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End of Decade: lists (part 2)
Posted at 8:59 PM, 19 December 2009 -

As the decade comes to an end, music publications and blogs are publishing their "best of the decade" lists. This is the second round up of the Xenomania songs/albums that appear on those lists. (See the first part here.)


MSN writers' 20 best albums of the decade

Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005)

The decade of the X-Factor has produced exactly one good group from the talent show format. Something about Girls Aloud has always had them being warmly received even amongst those who would normally sneer. After two accomplished but safe records, Chemistry was Girls Aloud and Xenomania's difficult third album. Almost title track Biology is really odd, like four separate tracks welded together. It ought to sound like a car crash, but it works. Long Hot Summer was the straight pop hit whilst Swinging London Town and Racy Lacey did for this decade what Blur did for the 1990s.


The Guardian: Alexis Petridis's noughties mixtape

Girls Aloud - Biology (2005)

A perfect example of postmodern noughties pop, this daring, brilliant song, performed by a reality TV band, sampled the Animals and sounded like three choruses rolled into one.



Daily Mail - 50 best albums of the Noughties

20. Girls Aloud - Tangled Up (2007)

WITH the help of Xenomania, Britain's best girl group transcended their reality-TV roots to produce a pop masterpiece. It turned them into national treasures.

Key track: Call The Shots.


Spinner: Best British Songs of the 2000s

8. Girls Aloud – Sound of the Underground (2003)

These TV talent show graduates have rightfully proved themselves much more than a flash in the pan, thanks in no small part to this sassy debut. Not your average girl band fare, this Xenomania produced track had bags of street smart attitude and bizarrely a bit of drum n' bass too.

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