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favorite albums from each year of the decade

it's in the title. with the end-of-decade-best-of lists quickly approaching, I thought it'd be a fun little exercise to pick an AOTY for each year of the decade. Including honorable mentions, what I would have chosen at the time, and maybe a little spiel about each album. Mostly this will just reveal what a pop punk fan I was in middle school and still am. What do you think of these albums? What would you pick for this list?
1Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


this is probably my favorite album of all time, so of course I'm gonna include it. There's nothing I could say about this record and what it means to me that hasn't already been said in countless write-ups on this site or otherwise. If you haven't heard it, give it a try

HM: Wingnut Dishwashers Union - Burn the Earth! Leave It Behind!, Nails - Unsilent Death
At the time: N/A
2The Wonder Years
Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing


this was my favorite album of all time until I discovered The Monitor. I found this album right after it came out and all the hyperbolic praise people have heaped upon it certainly apply in my case. Nothing super intelligent to say about it.

HM: Ramshackle Glory - Live the Dream, The Antlers - Burst Apart, BTMI! - Vacation
At the time: same
3The Chariot
One Wing


just discovered this a few months ago but holy. shit. instant 5. as i progress further into the heavier side of hardcore and metalcore I've yet to find a band i love as much as The Chariot. This album is just fucking balls-to-the-wall crazy, from the mathcore opener to the western-style break in "First" to the sparse "Speak". This whole thing is a spastic masterpiece, an exercise in chaos that, for all its aggression, feels incredible to listen to. It's a hell of a journey packed into a tight half hour

HM: The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
At the time: Yellowcard - Southern Air
4Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled


In my opinion this is a perfect album. Melding punk, emo, and post hardcore together in an emotionally volatile blend, this is probably my strongest contender against The Monitor for album of the decade.

HM: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation, Touche Amore - Is Survived By
At the time: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
5The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


a cliche pick, but some things are popular for a reason. I've made a pretty deep dive into emo and its associated genres since I started dipping my toes in it around the time this dropped, and this is still my favorite album in its style. Never fails to amaze me even half a decade later

HM: Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
At the time: same
6Hop Along
Painted Shut


a little embarrassed to say i didn't click with this album until hearing Bark Your Head Off, Dog last year. I had listened to this a few times and liked "Waitress" but other than that nothing stuck. After being floored by Bark I revisited this and all the pieces fell into place. The rasp in Frances's vocals, her storytelling and songwriting ability, and the blend of emo with a more standard indie rock-style instrumental, everything here just does it for me

HM: mewithoutYou - Pale Horses, Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?
At the time: The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven
7Jeff Rosenstock


This album is undeniable. Come on.

HM: Touche Amore - Stage Four, Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
At the time: Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle
8The Menzingers
After the Party


I was a senior in high school when this came out, and I remember when I saw them on the first tour supporting this album some dude in the crowd said to me, "how old are you? You're too young to be singing along to this!" when he saw my 17-year-old ass screaming "WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW THAT OUR TWENTIES ARE OVER?". Maybe I'm an old soul. Maybe great songwriting defies age. I've been known to cite "Tellin' Lies" as alternatively the greatest rock song since Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" or the greatest song of all time, and I'm only being hyperbolic about half of the time with that. and of course the whole album is incredible

HM: Paramore - After Laughter
At the time: Gang of Youths - Go Farther In Lightness
Nearer My God


I've been a Foxing fan since The Albatross and, maybe this is a hot take, I think they've only improved with each album. This is a huge album. They swung for the fences, and I think they nailed it out of the park. Years from now this is going to be looked back on as a masterpiece. I mean, I think it's a masterpiece now. Best live band in indie rock right now too, for my money

HM: Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog, Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz
At the time: same
10Billy Woods, Kenny Segal
Hiding Places

and that brings us to 2019

obviously the year's still going and there's tons of stuff yet to come out/i've yet to listen to/albums need time to grow (this very recently overtook American Football for my top spot of the year). I've been listening to Hiding Places consistently, almost obsessively, since it came out in the first quarter of this year. Woods's dark, jagged bars over Segal's classic cloudy beats fit together so well, and the lyrics draw me so completely every time. Definitely not for everyone and it can be a bit same-y, but I can't get enough of it for now

HM: American Football - LP3, PUP - Morbid Stuff, Little Simz - GREY Area, State Faults - Clairvoyant
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