I took up the guitar about halfway through the naughts, but was sort of a late bloomer as a music listener, not beginning to keep up with new music until 2008/9. So, I again can't claim a connection to much of the music on this page when it was first released - at least not until we start getting into those later years.
The world didn't end in Y2K, but on the bright side, the digital music revolution was ramping up. To summarize: music got better, there was more of it, and the Internet made it easier to get. And to illustrate this: I made it through the '60s-'90s lists without having to make any heartbreaking cuts, and thought doing yearly Top 5s for a single decade would be a breeze in comparison. But I underestimated just how much more fruitful the musical landscape became in the second millennium, right out of the gate.
Still, not too many tears were shed over the making of this list; most of the albums that I was hesitant to cut were from my "pet" artists/labels anyway, and it should be painfully obvious who most of those are by now. At least we start out here with some fresh faces:
The next five years: