Favourite lyric: "The best part of what has happened was the part I must have missed/ So I'm asking you to shine it on and stick around/I'm not writing my goodbyes."
2. The Postal Service - Give Up
Favourite song: Such Great Heights
Favourite lyric: "I'll be your platform shoes/undo what heredity's done to you/ You won't have to strain, to look in to my eyes."
Favourite song: The Recluse
Favourite lyric: "You gotta sink, gotta sink, gotta sink to swim/Impersonate greater persons/'Cause we all know art is hard/When we don't know who we are."
It's hard to believe Ben Gibbard was able to release this album in the same year as the aforementioned Give Up. It is a beautiful and compelling album, which gets better with each listen.
Favourite song: A Lack of Colour
Favourite lyric: "There's no blame, for how our love did slowly fade /And now that it's gone, it's like it wasn't there at all/And here I rest, where disappointment and regret collide /Lying awake at night"
Blair Shehan has a distinctive and captivating voice, which perfectly complements this polished rock album; it is an enjoyable listen from start to finish.
Favourite song: The Fold Out
Favourite lyric: "The beauty I have seen, I cannot keep/It seems the more I dream, the less I want to sleep."
Favourite song: Blue in the Face
Favourite lyric: "You know I came here, when I needed your soft voice/I needed to hear something, that sounded like an answer/Now I'll stay here, and every day I get one."
7. Blink 182 - Blink 182
I was a long time Blink 182 fan (Enema of the State was one of the first CDs I bought), but thankfully they seemed to grow up around the same time that I did. This was a much more mature album and is probably one of their best. Also, it's fun to sing like Tom Delonge...
Favourite song: Stockholme Syndrome
Favourite lyric: "You're cold with disappointment/While I'm drowning in the next room/The last contagious victim of this plague between us/I'm sick with apprehension,/I'm crippled from exhaustion/And I dread the moment when you finally come to kill me."
8. The Format - Intervention and Lullabies
Before fun., there was a little known band called The Format, and Interventions and Lullabies was the first of their two outstanding albums. In my opinion, lead singer Nate Ruess' can do no wrong and like both of fun.'s releases this is an extremely catchy indie-pop album.
Favourite song: Tie the Rope
Favourite lyric: "'Cause what's left to lose?/I've done enough/And if I fail well then I fail but I gave it a shot/And these last three years, I know they've been hard./But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun; even if its alone."
9. Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
A fantastic punk-pop album; the lyrics may not as strong as the other entries in the list, but...they have an electric violinist! I'm not angry at 12yr old me for giving up the violin, I'm just disappointed.
Favourite song: Ocean Avenue
Favourite lyric: "There's a piece of you that's here with me/It's everywhere I go, it's everything I see/When I sleep I dream and it gets me by/I can make believe that you're here tonight/That you're here tonight."
10. The Early November - The Room's Too Cold
If you can handle the vocals, which are a little whiny at times, this is a great album. I finally managed to see this band at Slam Dunk festival earlier this year...another one crossed off the list. Ace Ender's new album Enola, which was released earlier this year, is also fantastic.
Favourite song: The Course of Human Life
Narrowly missing out:
Fall Out Boy - Take this to Your Grave
Something Corporate - North
John Mayer - Heavier Things
Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance
Motion City Soundtrack - I am the Movie
The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever Told
Listen to these albums on Spotify: Remembering 2003