|McQ's #1 Album of 2001|
We're closing in on Labor Day weekend, which means it's time for a new McQ's Best Of... retrospective mix collection!
This year's look backwards returns us to all the great music of 2001, and what a music year it was!
Dance music had a transformative year with the arrival of Daft Punk's Discovery and several fantastic downtempo releases.
Alt-Rock produced tons of alternatingly substantial or fun, throwaway hits.
Female R&B singers, lead by the likes of Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Macy Gray, and Mary J. Blige, killed it in 2001, matched blow-for-blow by their hip-hop counterparts.
Garage rock, led by breakout albums from The Strokes and The White Stripes, became the flavor of the moment and marked a clear historical transition point for when Indie overtook Alt-Rock as the dominate rock flavor of the era.
And for the first and only time to date, a straight-up metal release, Tool's Lateralus, claimed the title of McQ's #1 album of the year.
As with last year's 1980 retrospective, clicking on the name of our first Best of the Best mix here will take you to our not-so-brief write-up touching on many of the year's top highlights, but all the mixes in this year's collection can be accessed here! So dig into however you like.
And now, onto the music!