Chancing by any mag stand over the last month or so and you were bound to bump into a music magazine selecting the "best XYZ" of the decade. Rolling Stone got into the game as well - but with a twist. Instead of limiting the list to their staff, they dolled out ballots to over 100 top musicians, critics and industry insiders and let them each vote for the best albums/songs of the decade. The result is a cross-section of a wide-ranging musical landscape that appeared in flux and fluid motion throughout the decade.
Perhaps one of the coolest side-links made available by RS is a page (linked below) where you can see scanned copies of the actual ballots filled out by everyone from Austin Scaggs (writer for Rolling Stone) to Lars Ulrich (the drummer of Metallica) to Tom Morello (formerly of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, and now The Night Watchman) and two dozen others!
As for who was voted the best?
In the album category, Radiohead takes top honors for their seminal 2000 album "Kid A", recorded in Lennon/McCartney's sonic realm of choice Abbey Road (Studio 2).
Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" was voted best song of the decade for its cross-over appeal in a decade in which true cross-over pop hits were a dwindling, if not extinct, species.