How Good Was The Year (in music) - 2005?

Jumping 40 years onwards from the last thread we are now rating 2005.

A reminder of the premise of the thread

Rate the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year. Non-musical nostalgia is welcome in the thread but that’s beside the point of the poll.

Everyone may nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls on the final day of the thread (in one week) - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll, e.g

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1997 8.60 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
2 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
3 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
4 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
5 2004 8.10 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
6 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
7 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
8 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
9 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
10 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
11 2009 7.10 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
12 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
13 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret

2005 was the year of the London 7/7 bombings, Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor, hurricane Katrina devastated the US and in particular New Orleans, and the Buncefield fire ravaged Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.

We said goodbye to Rosa Parks, Hunter S. Thomson, Pope John Paul II, Luther Vandross and Ronnie Barker.

How good was the music? After we’ve had a good few days to nominate our favourite albums and songs I’ll make three polls on Monday evening - one each from your album and song nominations and a number poll for your overall rating for the year out of 10. You’ll then have two days to vote.

Some lists for inspiration:

Drowned in Sound's Top 46 Albums of 2005 / In Depth // Drowned In Sound
Best Albums of 2005 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 2005 - Rate Your Music
Top 50 Albums of 2005 | Pitchfork
NME's best albums and tracks of 2005
Top 50 Singles of 2005 | Pitchfork

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations


Looking at that DiS list the ones I still play and love now:

Art Brut - Bang, Bang, Rock’n’Roll
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
DFA 1979 - You’re a Woman I’m a Nazi now, father (okay, I can’t recall but I’m sure something dodgy came up these guys recently :cry: )

2005 was the world’s introduction to Rihanna. Still think this is one of her best:


I was at that Glastonbury we were the last tent before the river so fucking lucky.


Would probably nominate some singles off those for song too.
Entertain is an all-timer

And Romantic Rights just for that opening riffage


It was my last festival, figured I’d cut my losses after that! Wasn’t exactly a classic line-up but even if it had been I’m not sure I could have told myself it was worth it. My highlights were almost all related to the mushrooms and brandy coffees from the tipi field, can’t remember seeing one act that felt worth it. I figure I’ve always got 2003 to remember the good times.

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My main memory apart from Friday morning was how nice Thursday was.

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Incredible year, hard to vote anything other than 10. No idea what to do for album or song, so many one of a kind contenders.

2005 feels not that far away but also like a previous life. It was the last of 14 years I lived in Houston Texas (where many folks from New Orleans fled to after hurricane Katrina), before moving to Seattle. The decision and the move happened in 2006, but 2005 was the last full year, and music-wise there was still a lot of 2005 stuff in heavy rotation. Scanning my list, there’s a lot I discovered in the following years but still a good chunk of rock, electronic, and hip-hop I was into then.

Let’s look at that, actually, the stuff I know I was into at the time. I discovered a ton more 2005 stuff in the following year or two, namely electronic and instrumental hip-hop, as I had a lot more time on my hands with my girlfriend being back in school full time in a new city without friends. But here’s what I recall from when I was still in Houston.

The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
Bear vs Shark - Terrorhawk
Prefuse 73 - Surrounded by Silence
Autechre - Untilted
Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV…
Beck - Guero
AFX - Hangable Auto Bulb
Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
Criteria - When We Break
of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins
Team Sleep - s/t
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
Fantômas - Suspended Animation
Gym Class HeroesThe Papercut Chronicles


Sufjan Stevens - illinois

Half man half biscuit - for what is chatteris


British Sea Power - Open Season
The National - Alligator
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Broken Social Scene - s/t
The Rakes - Capture/Release
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
Calexico and Iron & Wine - In The Reins
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
Sons and Daughters - The Repulsion Box
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Idlewild - Warnings/Promises
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Editors - The Back Room
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Doves - Some Cities

I’m tired of typing (lots more I could list) but it was

Reckon its a 10.


So much good stuff this year though

David thomas broughton
Sleater kinney
Wolf parade
Mountain goats
My morning jacket
Okkervil river
Boards of canada
Sage francis
Broken social scene
Buck 65
Half man half biscuit


single nomination and its not even close


ok maybe it was a little close. crazy year


Nominate album Achtung Bono - Half Man Half Biscuit

Warny has already posted the best song so have this instead

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nominate song Art Brut - Emily Kane

For What Is Chatteris’ lyrics are my favourite of all time I think.

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With the very significant caveat that this wasn’t a time of my life where albums were of much interest, and I was too young to be aware of all the nerd music you guys like…

… I just scrolled through the Wikipedia list of 2005 albums and I’m struggling to imagine a less inspiring list. Genuinely more Best Of albums released that year that excite me than studio albums. Campfire Headphase and A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out are really the best of the year. And I’m relatively muted in enthusiasm on both (CH is the weakest BoC for me, Fever has great high points but is a bit much all at once).

I will say my difficulty with this series is that I feel like writing a year off as 2/10 is unfair because chances are I don’t know that many albums in depth and listening to a bunch of albums feels like a chore. But i do know a fair few things released that year and I’m Partridge shrug about most of them. Silent Alarm is ok but it’s not something that makes me feel much.

Hopefully the randomiser gives us a 90s year next week.

Will look at songs later in the week (but One Thing is my most overrated pop song of all time I think). I always think Call On Me by Eric Prydz is 2005 but pretty sure it’s 2004 and I nominated it in that thread.


Overwhelmed by how many incredible albums and songs there were that year. And at the time I only knew four of them:

  • Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace
  • Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
  • The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
  • Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze

Everything else came later. I hadn’t really started diving into modern indie rock yet (or indie rock at all really outside of Built to Spill and Modest Mouse). Here’s the rest in alphabetical order:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Boris - Pink
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Jimmy Chamberlin Complex - Life Begins Again
The National - Alligator
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
Pelican - March Into the Sea EP
Sigur Ros - Takk
Silver Mt Zion - Horses in the Sky
Silversun Pickups - Pikul
Sleater Kinney - The Woods
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Trail of the Dead - Worlds Apart
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Albums in bold are the 5 I’m most likely to nominate. More thoughts coming over the course of the week. What a year.

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Nominate plans by death cab