RS Issue 1094/1095

The 2000s

The Decade of Lost Chances

The '00s gave us great music. Too bad about everything else. By Rob Sheffield

Behind the Issue: A peek at the making of our decade wrap-up.

The Moments:
How Music Changed

Guitar rock made a comeback, the industry went bust, and Britney and Madonna made out. A look back at the decade in music.

Pop Quiz: How well do you know the 2000s? Which classic rocker co-wrote Shaggy's hit "Angel"? What John Hughes film inspired a smash Fall Out Boy single? Test your knowledge with our trivia challenge.
Gallery: See the decade's iconic moments in photos.
Meltdowns & Blowups: Ten years of Britney fits and Kid Rock fisticuffs.
RS Covers: 245 iconic images.
Forgotten Faces: Sisqo and Jason Alexander get a second 15 minutes.
Farewells: The stars we lost in the 2000s.

The Voices:
Artists of the Decade

Bruce Springsteen, M.I.A. and six other artists who defined the 2000s.

Bruce Springsteen: Artifacts from the legend's career.
Radiohead: Thom Yorke and Co.'s evolution.
Kanye West: Check out the MC's most ambitious show.
Beyoncé: Live shots from Sasha Fierce's tour opener.
Arcade Fire: A timeline of the troupe's live shots.
M.I.A.: The global party starter's wildest looks.
Jack White: The many guises of rock's multitasker.
U2: Three decades of the world's biggest band.

The Music: The 50 Best Albums and 50 Best Songs

Artists, industry insiders and critics pick the best tracks and discs from the past 10 years.

Bonus Picks: See the second half of our best-of lists — 100 albums and 100 songs.
Editors' Roundtable: Managing editor Will Dana and RS contributors David Fricke, Rob Sheffield and Jody Rosen debate the best music and videos of the past 10 years.
The Ballots: Find out how Tom Morello, Isaac Brock and Lars Ulrich voted.
Taibbi's Playlist: What our politics guru was spinning.
Readers Picks: Thousands voted. See the results.

The Movies: Peter Travers' Top 10 of the 2000s

The ballsiest performances, craziest effects and most unforgettable lines ("I drink your milkshake") of the decade.

Travers' Worst: Ten years of film follies.


James Cameron's
Impossible Reality

With his new 3-D sci-fi epic, Avatar, the famously volatile director tries to revolutionize the way movies are made. By Erik Hedegaard


With 3 million refugees still trapped in hellish camps, the West's massive campaign to prevent another Rwanda has created a quagmire. By Ben Wallace-Wells


Albums and Songs of the Year

From U2 to Jay-Z to Phoenix, the top 10 tunes and albums on our 2009 playlist.

The 25 Best Albums and 50 Best Songs of 2009: RS editors' expanded rundown of the year's greatest music.
2009 in Random Notes: The year's hottest rock photos.
The Year in RS Covers: From Barack to Britney.
Readers' Picks: Your '09 favorites.


The Best of 2009

The top 10 films of the year. Plus: Holiday releases bring out the big guns for Oscar season.

The Travers Take: More movie news and reviews from Peter Travers.
Travers Hits Twitter: Tap in for daily Twitter updates — juicy interview tidbits and knee-jerk reviews — from our film critic.


Chicago's Curse

Why do all the Bears' quarterbacks go bust?


A Decade of Hits

The top-selling albums and songs of the past 10 years.


The Year in Movies: Peter Travers' video rundown of 2009's most memorable movies, from the totally awesome (Where the Wild Things Are) to the just plain embarrassing (Transformers 2).

Learn to Play Guitar With Orianthi: You've seen her shred in Michael Jackson's This Is It, now the Australian virtuoso — who just released her major-label debut, Believe — teaches you how to play like a pro.

Tori Amos Talks Little Earthquakes: The singer-songwriter — who released her 11th album last month — breaks down her 1992 debut, track by track.

Phoenix Q&A;: The French art rockers reveal what inspired their hit "1901" and answer your Twitter questions.

Ian McCulloh Live: Echo and the Bunnymen's frontman plays "The Killing Moon" in our studio.

New Year's Eve Concert Roundup: From Lady Gaga to Phish, RS picks the rockingest ways to ring in 2010.