Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett top 25 albums and songs of the decade

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Year 2009 is about to end, and it is also end of the decade, which means it is time for the top lists. It is not only Metallica fans that are deciding their favourite Metallica songs of all time, it is also the Metallica band members that get to make their own favourite songs and albums lists.

Rolling Stone has asked Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett on their favourite 25 albums and favourite 25 songs of the decade so here they are.

Both Metallica members have recognized some of their old friends including Alice in Chains, Guns’n'Roses and Motorhead, they also found place for some of their tour supporters like The Sword, Mastodon and Machine Head, but there are also some surprising pop names like Sean Paul and Afroman.

Lars Ulrich’s top 25 albums of the decade

  1. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not
  2. System of a down – Toxicity
  3. The sword – Age of winters
  4. Kings of Leon – Aha shake heartbrake
  5. White Stripes – Elephant
  6. Green Day – American Idiot
  7. Slipknot – Vol 3: Sibliminal Verses
  8. Eminem – The Eminem show
  9. Wolfmother – Wolfmother
  10. Rage against the machine – Renegades
  11. U2 – No line on the horizon
  12. Kasabian – Kasabian
  13. The mars volta – De-loused in the comatorium
  14. Oasis – Don’t believe the truth
  15. Queens of the stone age – Rated R
  16. System of a down – Mezmerize
  17. Arctic Monkeys – Favorite worst nightmare
  18. Alice in chains – Black gives way to blue
  19. Black keys – Attack & release
  20. Audioslave – Audioslave
  21. Mastodon – Crack the skye
  22. Motorhead – Inferno
  23. Guns’n'roses – Chinese Democracy
  24. The Datsuns – The datsuns
  25. Last Shaddow Puppets – The age of understatement

Kirk Hammett’s top 25 albums of the decade

  1. Radiohead – Kid A
  2. The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium
  3. Sigur Ros – ( )
  4. Muse – Absolution
  5. Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake
  6. Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
  7. Mastodon – Crack the Skye
  8. Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The love below
  9. Interpol – Turn on the bright lights
  10. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 100 days, 100 nights
  11. System of a Down – Mezmerize
  12. The Black Keys – Magic Potion
  13. PJ Harvey – Stories from the city, stories from the sea
  14. Sinead O’Connor – Faith and Courage
  15. Gojira – The way of all flesh
  16. Machine Head – The blackening
  17. Ry Codder & Manuel Galban – Mambo Sinuendo
  18. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R
  19. Tool – Lateralus
  20. Tom Waits – Alice
  21. My Morning Jacket – It still moves
  22. Alice in chains – Black gives way to blue
  23. The Sword – Age on winters
  24. Pink Martini – Hey Eugene!
  25. All Shall Perish – Awaken the dreamers

Lars Ulrich’s top 25 songs of the decade

  1. U2 – Moment of surrender
  2. Eminem – Cleaning out my closet
  3. Arctic Monkeys – From the ritz to the rubble
  4. Rage against the machine – How I could just kill a man
  5. The sword – Freya
  6. Oasis – Lyla
  7. Arctic Monkeys – Fake tales of San Francisco
  8. Green Day – Boulevard of broken dreams
  9. Slipknot – Duality
  10. Oasis – Falling down
  11. Johnny Cash – Thirteen
  12. White Stripes – Seven nation army
  13. System of a down – Toxicity
  14. Zwan – Number of the bent
  15. Wolfmother – White unicorn
  16. Kings of Leon – Sex on fire
  17. U2 – vertigo
  18. Pink – Get the party started
  19. Alice in chains – Check my brain
  20. Stand – It’s been a while
  21. Sean Paul – Get busy
  22. System of a down – B.Y.O.B.
  23. Kid Rock – Picture
  24. Lamb of God – Redneck
  25. Kasabian – Club foot

Kirk Hammett’s top 25 songs of the decade

  1. Radiohead – Everything in its right place
  2. Dengue Fever – One thousand tears of a tarantula
  3. Mastadon – Oblivion
  4. Afroman – Becuase I got high
  5. Kings of Leon – The bucket
  6. Lamb of God – Set to fail
  7. U2 – Beautiful day
  8. The Mars Volta – Intertiatic E.S.P.
  9. Muse – Stockholm Syndrome
  10. Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
  11. Gojira – Vacuity
  12. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – How long do I have to wait for you?
  13. Queens of the stone age – Tension head
  14. Alice in Chains – Check my brain
  15. My morning jacket – Mahgeetah
  16. System of a down – Violent pornography
  17. The Sword – Freya
  18. Outkast – Hey ya!
  19. Sigur Ros – Svef-g-englar
  20. Lamb of God – Now you have something to die for
  21. At the drive-in – One armed scissor
  22. Korn – Here to stay
  23. Kid Rock – American bad ass
  24. The black keys – You’re the one
  25. Amy Winehouse – Back to black

What do you think? Do you agree with Lars’ and Kirk’s choices? Are there any specific albums and songs that you liked in this decade?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 randy December 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

is this list a joke? haha.

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2 Brett Stevens December 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

They seem to be trying really hard to get in some mainstream albums. Still, that Motorhead is really good. Too bad they missed out on the Skepticism.

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3 Mark Kidd January 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Oh come on! arctic monkeys, seriously lars?

Also how odd theres no mention of megadeth, endgame is , deservedly, on pretty much every metal heads list. You may not like him guys but you cant deny his music is brilliant.

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4 Paul b February 20, 2010 at 12:54 am

Interesting to see how diverse both their music choices are. Good to see they don’t just listen to the same sort of Shit all the time.

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5 Courtney April 13, 2010 at 7:02 am

Come on, you guys up there! leave them alone! i mean, all those albums are actually really quite good, and just because ‘The Arctic Monkeys’ and ‘Amy Whinehouse’ is in there list, doesnt mean they are completley off metal! I actually find it interesting the different sorts of music genres they like! actually, I am kinda happy they dont listen to the same crap, otherwise, they would be really boring! (no offence)

Courtney age 12 Australia.

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