The Best Albums of the George W. Bush Presidency

The presidential election of 2000 was as hotly contested and fraught with controversy as the ranking of Bush’s best albums will undoubtedly be. President Bush still generates controversy. His fans declare him one of the greatest presidents of all time; his detractors declare George W. Bush as one of the worst presidents of all time. Likewise, fans of the music from the new millennium’s first decade are quick to declare that bands like The Strokes deserve to be seated at the musical table with the greats from yesteryear. Others turn their nose up at the offerings from the musical acts of the 2000s. Of course, superlatives need the distance of time. Perspective is hard to have while still so close.

That being said, there were excellent albums released during Bush’s presidency. How those albums rank amongst the best albums released during other presidential administrations is yet to be seen. Before I rank the ten best albums of George W. Bush's presidency, here are the honorable mentions:

White Blood Cells, The White Stripes; The Blueprint, Jay-Z; Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips; Elephant, The White Stripes; Absolution, Muse; Illinois, Sufjan Stevens; Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem; A Grand Don’t Come for Free, The Streets; Wincing the Night Away, The Shins; For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective; ( ), Sigur Rós; Frances the Mute, The Mars Volta; Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol; Back to Black, Amy Winehouse; Gold, Ryan Adams; I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, Bright Eyes; Ys, Joanna Newsom; Kill the Moonlight, Spoon.

10. Songs for the Deaf  — Queens of the Stone Age

For the recording of Songs for the Deaf, band founder Josh Homme brought in rock luminaries Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan to help. The result is one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time.

9. Original Pirate Material — The Streets

The Streets proved with Original Pirate Material that England could produce an authentic hip-hop voice that wasn’t, in the words of Mike Skinner, “someone from Reading pretending to be Biggie or Q-Tip.”