Best of Decade (2010-2019) - Dave T (dtabachn)

dtabachndtabachn Buenos Aires, Argentina

ARTICLE: Best Of Decade (2010-2019) - Dave T (dtabachn)
YEAR: 2019


As I started writing for GDM back in 2016, this is my first 'Best Of Decade'. During the 2000-2009 decade, I was heavily into the AOR and Melodic Rock scene, searching for new artists, getting to know the best releases of the past and spending much of my spare time inside actual CD stores.

Times have changed and I confess I miss those days, although music is easier to find these days as soon as it is released via streaming and other online resources on the other hand.

That being said, I wasn't that much into music during the early years of the 2010's decade (work, other commitments, etc.) until I started feeling the need to dedicate more time to investigate the musical scene, which happened at the same time I started writing here. One thing led to another and vice versa.

So here I am, revisiting the whole last decade. In addition to that, I plan on completing my 'Best Of Decade 2000-2009' article sooner rather than later. Just for fun.

The Albums

The Ten Best Albums Of 2010-2019

#1 Ed Motta - 2013 AOR
Genres: Westcoast. Yacht Rock. AOR.
Music connoisseur/record collector and bon vivant from Rio de Janeiro Ed Motta gave me many moments of joy with his celebration of Westcoast and Yacht Rock's golden days of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

#2 Outlaws, The - 2012 It's About Pride
Genres: Southern Rock.
After the passing of the great Hughie Thomasson, Henry Paul returned to front the band for what is the comeback of the 2010's decade and its best Southern Rock album. The vocal/guitars harmonies and the melodies shape the outstanding songs.

#3 Satan - 2013 Life Sentence
Genres: Heavy Metal. NWOBHM.
Have they been frozen or what? Satan returned after being absent since the 1980's with an album every bit as relevant as the seminal 'Court In The Act' from 1983.

#4 Michael Monroe - 2011 Sensory Overdrive
Genres: Hard Rock. Punk Rock.
The Finnish singer started a glorious decade of releases with Ginger Wildheart by his side and the glossy production of Jack Douglas. '´78' is an anthem for the rebel at heart among other jewels here.

#5 Peter Frampton - 2012 Best of FCA!35
Genres: Classic Rock.
While celebrating the 35th anniversary of his landmark 'Frampton Comes Alive!', Peter gave us the present of a triple live recording with the entire performance of that album plus highlights of his solo career and his Humble Pie years as well. The way Frampton recreates his own sound here send shivers down my spine with each listen. Superlative and, by far, the best live album of the decade.

#6 Riot V - 2014 Unleash The Fire
Genres: Heavy Metal. USPM.
I dug this album from the very first bars. Todd Michael Hall is a hell of a singer, Mike Flyntz not only honors Mark Reale's legacy but also adds his soulful style while main songwriter Don Van Stavern is the mastermind behind this American-style Power Metal showpiece.

#7 Fighter V - 2019 Fighter
Genres: Stadium Rock.
We have already discussed the merits of the Swiss guys during 2019. Suffice to say that they deservedly found a place into the best of the last ten years by virtue of a strong set of songs.

#8 8-Is - 2010 Frame Of Us
Genres: AOR. Westcoast.
Soft, classy and focused one-off output from Italy. Singer Marcello Catalano said it had been a dream come true for him to record these songs. I think a good deal of this album is a dream come true for fans of AOR's lighter side.

#9 White Widdow - 2014 Crossfire
Genres: Melodic Hard Rock.
I arrived a little bit late to get to know the beauties of these Aussies' music. Once I heard the Foreigner-inspired vocal lines of 'Just Another Night' and the semi-title track 'Caught in the Crossfire', I was hooked on their very melodic style of Hard Rock. This is their best album in my book.

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#10 Jace Pawlak - 2016 Promise
Genres: AOR. Melodic Rock.
Faithful to his true influences, Jace Pawlak easily became my favorite artist of 2016 through this stupendous Melodic Rock collection. Thanks to Jeff (jeffrey343) for the heads up on the album.

Honorable Mentions

These are the albums that I have most frequently revisited from the decade besides those that made it to the Top 10.

Michael Monroe - 2013 Horns And Halos
Just as good as 'Sensory Overdrive'.

Purple Nights - 2012 Tributo a Deep Purple
Excellent Argentine tribute to Deep Purple. Rare and worthy.

Stryper - 2011 The Covering
Impeccable collection of cover versions plus one new song.

Riot - 2011 Immortal Soul
The return of the 'Thundersteel' lineup with some killer, hard-hitting songs.

Ratt - 2010 Infestation
A highly enjoyable return to form.


Two of my all-time favorite bands released their last-to-date studio albums in 2012. Either they changed or my tastes did, because I could not get into these albums then and I still cannot get into them today.

Van Halen - 2012 A Different Kind Of Truth. Not a single hook I can recall.
KISS - 2012 Monster. After the fabulous 'Sonic Boom', sounds like a major letdown only saved by the pair of 'Hell Or Hallelujah' and 'All For The Love Of Rock & Roll'.


I would like to mention the several 'Too Slow To Disco' compilations that started in 2014. These anthologies are a fun way to rediscover many artists that are rarely mentioned nowadays even though their music is in our collective unconscious, the likes of Ned Doheny, Paul Davis, Dave Raynor, Rita Lee, Roupa Nova or the Alessi Brothers to name just a few.

Eric also mentioned in his Best Of 2019 write-up the US compilation 'Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1976-1986'. The Japanese 'City Pop' genre has recently become one of my favorites, particularly Makoto Matsushita's 1981 album 'First Light'.

In Summary

Assorted genres found their way into this decade's recollection. Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Live Albums, Southern Rock, AOR, Melodic Rock, Westcoast and, to a certain extent in the case of Ed Motta, Yacht Rock. All of them I hold in high esteem, plus some others such as Smooth Jazz and Jazz Rock off the top of my head.

I foresee more genres will get a mention in our Best Of write-ups here at GDM. I celebrate it.

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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    edited May 2020
    Ratt's Infestation is also very good. Probably make my top 30. So too Jace Pawlak.
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    I wasn't really recognizing those albums on the list until I got closer to the end and saw that two of my faves made your list. I need to revisit that 8-IS album. Due to the band name, it shows up early in my alphabetically-ordered collection. I remember it being fairly good many years ago. I'll agree on those two disappointments. Not that they were bad, but rather that either it didn't measure up to the prior album (KISS) or the material didn't really move me (VH). I also think that RATT album is quite good, although I have to be in the right mood to listen to it, and I usually get my RATT fix from their first five.
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    dtabachndtabachn Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I see the list spreads over many genres, Jeff. I love AOR and Melodic Rock (the core of GDM), but I was also raised on Metal, Southern Rock, Classic Rock and Pop. Give the Ed Motta album a chance, it's perfect for a sunny day with a soft drink, lol! Alun reviewed it here. Ed's a huge Steely Dan fan. There's the Portuguese and English versions, I would go with the former, despite the language barrier sounds more natural to me. And for the rest, Outlaws and Frampton are great if you like Classic Rock. To me, 8-Is singer sounds like a more powerful early-Bon Jovi doing AOR and ballads.
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    edited May 2020
    For me Van Halen's 'A Different Kind of Truth' was my most played and favorite album of the decade. It will be reflected when I compile my list. No offense mate, but no hooks? That just seems amazing to me. Every song was a melodic masterclass, regardless of how dated some of the tracks were. To each his own, but that album was an instant classic and one of the few high points of a weak decade for music.
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    dtabachndtabachn Buenos Aires, Argentina
    It's all good, Alun. Just a matter of different perceptions and sensations sparked by music, mate. I look forward to reading your list :)
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    edited May 2020
    I’ve been procrastinating on starting it that's for sure! I need to find the killer instinct to get on with it.
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    geoviangeovian Earth Orbit
    I use the audio dictation tool on my phone, it spits it all out to a text file. Sure, there are a number of grammatical errors but mostly they can be fixed quickly.
    I can rip through longer pieces of text quite quickly this way.
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