6 June

Following up on the lists of the 15 May post, treading into the recent past and contemporary times, with fifteen artists each listed for the 1985-94, 1990-99, and 1995-2004 periods, compensating for both the lack of consensus to be expected with more-recent work; and the rise of electronic dance music and Hip Hop as genres relatively distinct from Rock, unlike previous genres such as Reggae and Disco finding themselves swallowed up by Rock's commercial vacuum--until we get to the Twenty-First Century, when popular music as a whole found itself dumped in favor of growing televisual forms of recreation: the Web, video games, the D V D, mobile phones. Anyone suggesting that most of the artists listed for the 2000-09 and 2005-2014 periods compare favorably to their predecessors would turn this exercise into a kind of special pleading. Moreover, unlike in the 1990's, many of the most influential of recent artists in Techno and related genres have not been as interested or successful in branching off into album-oriented work--even in the case of commercially-successful "E D M" artists.

1985-94:
  1. The Beastie Boys
  2. Beat Happening
  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  4. The Cure
  5. Robyn Hitchcock
  6. Ice Cube
  7. The Mekons
  8. My Bloody Valentine
  9. Nirvana
  10. The Pixies 
  11. Public Enemy 
  12. Spacemen 3
  13. Suede
  14. Sun City Girls
  15. Tom Waits

1990-99:
  1. Aphex Twin
  2. Blur
  3. Boredoms
  4. Vic Chesnutt
  5. The Flaming Lips
  6. Gastr del Sol
  7. Guided by Voices
  8. P J Harvey
  9. Massive Attack
  10. Pavement
  11. Pulp
  12. Royal Trux
  13. Sebadoh
  14. Stereolab
  15. Underworld

1995-2004:
  1. Beck
  2. Björk
  3. Califone
  4. Charalambides
  5. Fennesz
  6. Jay-Z
  7. Jeff Mills
  8. Neutral Milk Hotel
  9. The No-Neck Blues Band
  10. The Olivia Tremor Control (or Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, or Super Furry Animals, or Ghost)
  11. OutKast
  12. Radiohead
  13. Smog
  14. Wilco
  15. The Wu-Tang Clan/ Method Man/ The GZA/ Ol' Dirty Bastard/ Ghostface Killah

2000-09:
  1. Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U F O
  2. Boris
  3. Excepter
  4. The Fiery Furnaces
  5. Gorillaz
  6. Alicia Keys
  7. Oneida
  8. The Shins
  9. Sunn
  10. Usher
2005-14:
  1. Animal Collective
  2. Deerhunter
  3. Jandek
  4. A Hawk and a Hacksaw
  5. The Hold Steady
  6. The Knife
  7. Lil Wayne
  8. My Morning Jacket
  9. Joanna Newsom
  10. Kanye West
Some possible artists for the 2010-19 decade? These New Puritans and Prince Rama to start--perhaps Death Grips.