I totally disagree - mainstream pop was at a low point in the early and mid-noughties. It only became better in 2007.
Agree it was a great time for music, Op! "Dashboard" by Modest Mouse is my absolute favourite song of the 2000's and it came out in 2004. There were also:
Franz Ferdinand: "Take me out" and "Michael."
Keane: "Can't Stop Now" & "Everybody's changing"
Arcade Fire: Rebellion (lies) & Neighbourhood #1
And Morrissey's "You are the Quarry" was great too. Love "First of the gang to die."
R5: you just wrote half the soundtrack to the music of that era I was thinking about!
I look back on that time fondly, R5. 10 years ago nearly...We're due for another great pop resurgence!
When people have strong opinions about a particular time in pop music history, it often has something to do with their age and what was happening in their lives at the time.
I second r8.
The sky was so blue during that period....
"So much great shit came out during those few short years."
OK, how does "late 2004 to about the end of 2005" equal a few short years?
Phoenix "Everything is everything" is another great 2004 song.
The Libertines' best album.
British Sea Power "Be Gone."
And The Killers really broke out in 2004 with "Mr Brightside" and "Somebody Told me."
Death Cab's "Plans", The Walkmen's "Bows and Arrows", Iron and Wine's "Our Endless Numbered Days", Interpol's "Antics", Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's eponymous CD, Block Party's "Silent Alarm" and Bright Eyes' "Wide Awake, It's Morning" all came out during that time span.
Not bad. Every one of those records I still listen to all the time.
You may be onto something. Quite a few of my favorite albums from the past decade came out during that period:
Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
Bleed Like Me - Garbage
Witching Hour - Ladytron
Supernature - Goldfrapp
Odyssey - Fischerspooner
I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons
Confessions on a Dancefloor - Madonna (her best album of that decade)
This Island - Le Tigre
Love, Angel, Music, Baby - Gwen Stefani
R14 must have been 12 at the time. Yeeeeeuck!
we belong togetherrrrrrr
The Libertines hit full stride (only to implode completely - but I still have an inexplicable crush on Pete Doherty) on the UK front. Modest Mouse and the Killers were at the same breakneck pace on the American side of things.
This was a small resurgence of great rock and roll.