It's that time of the year where lists are appearing more often than your friends ask you what you are doing on New Year's Eve.

I've never been one for lists - mostly I'm too lazy - but it's hard not to get sucked into the pop culture nostalgia (remember last month? That was so cool!) and the keeping up with the neighbours (is my list hip enough?) that comes with them. So who am I to buck a trend? So here are my Top 10 Albums of 2005, with limited commentary:

1. Beck – Guero
A great combination of the of his last two albums, Sea Change and Mutations with a little of Odelay thrown in. It was as if he got over his melancholy and decided to go on a road trip with the top down. Breezy coolness.

2. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
I just can’t get enough of Jack White. Whether he’s singing about his doomed relationship with Rene Zellweger in Little Ghost or taking on celebrity culture in Take, Take, Take, he’s got this non-dancer toe tapping along.

3. Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
“When there’s nothing left to burn, you’ve got to set yourself on fire.” Just like this Montreal band and the rest of the scene.

4. Spoon – Gimmie Fiction
5. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
6. The Bravery – The Bravery
7. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
9. Stephen Malkmus – Face the Truth
10. The Deadly Snakes – Porcella

Of course my other reason to make this list is to point you all to, which has the list to end all year end lists.

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