End of the decade: Week one, day four

(Beth Schonberger)
(Beth Schonberger)

This week is the inaugural week of the CU Independent’s “End of the Decade” series, a look back at the best of pop culture from 2000-2009. Every week from Monday to Thursday, you the viewer will have the chance to vote on four different categories of pop culture elements.

The series starts this week and will run through the end of the semester, except for the week of Thanksgiving. Each day, there will be a poll where you will select two winners from a pool of five, with a different category each day. Mondays will be a selection of movies, Tuesdays will feature live music performances, vote for the best of TV on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, pick your favorite albums. We will reveal the top 10 of all four categories on the week of Dec. 7.

This week’s choices in the best album category:

“The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem (2000): The third album by the controversial rapper earned praises from “Entertainment Weekly” and “Rolling Stone,” also introduced us to singles like “The Real Slim Shady” and “Stan.”

“Dangerously in Love” by Beyonce (2003): Mrs. Jay-Z proved that she didn’t have to have Destiny’s Child to shine and become one of today’s biggest superstars. With catchy songs like “Baby Boi,” “Naughty Girl” and “Crazy in Love,” its no wonder she won five Grammy Awards at the 2004 ceremony.

“Stripped” by Christina Aguilera (2002): Christina showed us a new sexier side in her sophomore album.  Showing off her powerful vocals in songs like “Beautiful,” “Fighter” and “The Voice Within,” Aguilera showed both her fans and critics that she can keep up with the likes of Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige.

“Back in the U.S.” by Paul McCartney (2003): The former Beatle performed some of his hits from both the Beatles and the Wings catalogues in this double live album.

“Daughtry” by Daughtry (2006): So maybe not winning “American Idol” isn’t such a bad thing. Take a look at Chris Daughtry and his band, whose debut album released seven singles, including “What I Want,” which they collaborated on with guitar guru Slash and “Home,” which was the elimination song for “Idol’s” sixth season.

Pick your two favorites from this list in the poll below:

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