Debbie Kruger
Broadcaster BAY FM DEBBIE'S CHOICES — TOP TEN LISTS
2003
2002
2001
2000
Best of the '90s
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
Best of the '80s
Best of the '70s

These lists were originally compiled to feature on end-of-year Debbie Does Breakfast shows, but when I was not on air, such as December 1998 when I was spending time in Los Angeles, I put together a list anyway, to take stock of the year musically for myself.

After departing the BAY FM airwaves in August 2000, I continued to compile my Top Ten list at the end of each year, and I also put together best-of-the-decade album lists for the '70s and '80s just for fun. I was back on BAY FM on and off between 2008 and 2010, so sometimes the lists have gone to air, other times not, but I always compile them to take stock.

The albums and songs here were the releases that I enjoyed and appreciated the most when they were still hot on the CD player (or on the turntable). Interestingly, looking back on my lists from the mid-1990s, I know I would prioritize some of the albums differently now. I'd probably leave one or two off altogether. And I'd certainly have Venice's Born and Raised at the top of my 1998 list and included it in the Top 10 albums of the Nineties. Such is the fickle nature of our musical listening habits.

Yet long-time Debbie Does Breakfast listeners would recognise a certain predictability in these lists, too. Such is the stable nature of a woman who knows the music she loves.

Live albums only feature when they are utterly compelling, which live albums usually are not, and are indicated in brackets. By and large, my top ten CDs of each year are albums of new music.

The pictured albums are links to find out more at Amazon.com.


My Top 10 Albums of 2011

1. Rumer – Seaons of My Soul
2. Adele – 21
3. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplane
4. Shelby Lynne – Revelation Road
5. Glen Campbell – Ghost on the Canvas
6. The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
7. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
8. JD Souther – Natural History
9. Laura Marling –
A Creature I Don't Know
10. Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

My Top 10 Albums of 2010

1. Sarah McLachlan – Laws Of Illusion
2. Jimmy Webb – Just Across The River
3. Elton John/Leon Russell – The Union
4. Sheryl Crow – 100 Miles From Memphis
5. Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
6. Jenny and Johnny – I'm Having Fun Now
7. Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies and Alibis
8. Gyan – Superfragilistically
9. Duffy –
Endlessly
10. Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep
Laws Of Illusion

My Top 10 Songs (singles) of the Noughties

1. "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkey 2006
2. "The Cold Acre" – Augie March, 2006
3. "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse, 2007
4. "Mercy" – Duffy , 2008
5. "Taken For Granted" – Sia, 2001
6. "Amazing" – Alex Lloyd, 2001
7. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" – Moby, 2000
8. "Just The Thing" – Paulmac, 2001
9. "I Can't Get You Out Of My Head" – Kylie Minogue, 2001
10. "Affirmation" – Savage Garden, 2000

My Top 10 Albums of the Noughties

1. Robert Lamm – Subtlety & Passion, 2003
2. Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden, 2007
3. Sheryl Crow – Wildflower, 2005
4. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand, 2007
5. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black, 2007
6. Duffy – Rockferry 2008
7. CPR – Just Like Gravity, 2001
8. Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell, 2008
9. Shelby Lynne – I Am Shelby Lynne, 2000
10. Neil Diamond – 12 Songs, 2005
subtlety and passion

My Top 10 Albums of 2009

1. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
2. Dan Fogelberg – Love In Time
3. John Fogerty – The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
4. Timothy B Schmit – Expando
5. Mindy Smith – Stupid Love
6. Jeff Larson – Heart Of The Valley
7. Regina Spektor – Far
8. Eddi Reader – Love Is The Way
9. Little Birdy –
Confetti
10. Barbra Streisand – Love Is The Answer

My Top 10 Albums of 2008

1. Robert Lamm – The Bossa Project
2. Sheryl Crow – Detours
3. Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell
4. JD Souther – If The World Was You
5. Joan Osborne – Little Wild One
6. Watch Me Disappear – Augie March
7. Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin'
8. Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
9. James Taylor –
Covers
10. Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark

My Top 10 Albums of 2007

1. Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden
2. Silverchair – Young Modern
3. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
4. Ann Wilson – Hope & Glory
5. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
6. Original Soundtrack – Once
7. Lisa Miller – Morning In The Bowl Of Night
8. Paula Cole – Courage
9. Cowboy Junkies –
At The End Of Paths Taken
10. Joan Osborne – Breakfast In Bed

My Top 10 Albums of 2006

1. Augie March – Moo, You Bloody Choir
2. Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy – Adieu False Heart
3. Don Walker – Cutting Back
4. Elton John – The Captain & The Kid
5. Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
6. Allison Moorer – Getting Somewhere
7. Jim Moginie – Alas Folkloric
8. Sara Tindley – Lucky The Sun
9. Roseanne Cash –
Black Cadillac
10. Gnarls Barkley – St Elsewhere

My Top 10 Albums of 2005

1. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
2. Neil Diamond – 12 Songs
3. Sheryl Crow – Wildflower
4. Shelby Lynne – Suit Yourself
5. Robert Lamm – Leap of Faith (Live)
6. Hirst & Greene – In the Stealth of Summer
7. Jimmy Webb – Twilight of the Renegades
8. Josh Rouse – Nashville
9. Venice –
Pacific Standard Time
10. Barbra Streisand – Guilty Pleasures

My Top 10 Albums of 2004

1. Brian Wilson – Smile
2. Finn Brothers – Everyone Is Here
3. Linda Ronstadt – Hummin' To Myself
4. Crosby & Nash – Crosby & Nash
5. Heart – Jupiter's Darling
6. Beth Nielsen Chapman – Look
7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of
7. Orpheus
8. The Dissociatives – The Dissociatives
9. Elton John – Peachtree Road
10. Eleni Mandell – Afternoon

My Top 10 Albums of 2003

1. Robert Lamm – Subtlety & Passion
2. Shelby Lynne – Identity Crisis
3. The Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music
4. The Thorns – The Thorns
5. Heather Nova – Storm
6. Eddi Reader – Sings The Songs of Robert Burns
7. Fleetwood Mac – Say You Will
8. Sarah McLachlan – Afterglow
9. Natalie Merchant – The House Carpenter's Daughter
10. Warren Zevon – The Wind
subtlety and passion

My Top 10 Albums of 2002

1. James Taylor – October Road
2. Allison Moorer – Miss Fortune
3. Sheryl Crow – C'mon C'mon
4. Venice – Welcome To The Rest of Your Life
5. Graeme Connors – This Is Life
6. Graham Nash – Songs For Survivors
7. Beck – Sea Change
8. Jackson Browne – The Naked Ride Home
9. David Gray – A New Day At Midnight
10. Joan Osborne – How Sweet It Is
October Road

My Top 10 Albums of 2001

1. CPR – Just Like Gravity
2. Elton John – Songs From the West Coast
3. Lucinda Williams – Essence
4. Ryan Adams – Gold
5. Natalie Merchant – Motherland
6. Shelby Lynne – Love Shelby
7. Eddi Reader – Simple Soul
8. Anastasia & John – Little Man
9. Dolly Parton – Little Sparrow
10. Bee Gees – This Is Where I Came In
Just Like Gravity

My Top 10 Albums of 2000

1. Beckley Lamm Wilson – Like A Brother
2. Shelby Lynne – I Am Shelby Lynne
3. Don Henley – Inside Job
4. Allison Moorer – The Hardest Part
5. Joan Osborne – Righteous Love
6. David Gray – White Ladder
7. Alison Krauss – Forget About It
8. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
9. kd lang – Invincible Summer
10. Steely Dan – Two Against Nature
Like A Brother

My Top 10 Songs (singles) of the Nineties

1. "Unbreak My Heart" – Toni Braxton (wr. Diane Warren) 1996
2. "Frozen" – Madonna, 1998
3. "Linger" – The Cranberries, 1993
4. "You Oughtta Know" – Alanis Morissette, 1995
5. "Sand and Water" – Beth Nielsen Chapman, 1997
6. "God Give Me Strength" – Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, 1998
7. "Constant Craving" – kd lang, 1993
8. "Tears In Heaven" – Eric Clapton, 1992
9. "Carnival" – Natalie Merchant, 1995
10. "Losing My Religion" – REM, 1991

My Top 10 Albums of the Nineties

1. Eagles – Hell Freezes Over, 1994
2. Queen – Made In Heaven, 1996
3. Chicago – Night & Day, 1995
4. kd lang – Ingenue, 1993
5. Linda Ronstadt – We Ran, 1998
6. Madonna – Ray of Light, 1998
7. Jimmy Webb – Ten Easy Pieces, 1996
8. Beth Nielsen Chapman – Sand and Water, 1997
9. Eddi Reader – Mirmama, 1992
10. Cold Chisel – The Last Wave of Summer, 1998
Hell Freezes Over

My Top 10 Albums of 1999

1. Robert Lamm – In My Head
2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Looking Forward
3. Venice – Spin Art
4. Fiona Apple – When The Pawn...
5. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris –
•••Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
6. Paula Cole – Amen
7. Nancy Wilson – Live at McCabes Guitar Shop (Live)
8. Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton – Trio II
9. Cowboy Junkies – Rarities, B Sides and Slow Sad Waltzes
10. Santana – Supernatural
In My Head

My Top 10 Albums of 1998


1. CPR – CPR
2. Linda Ronstadt – We Ran
3. Madonna – Ray of Light
4. Eddi Reader – Angels & Electricity
5. Cold Chisel – Last Wave of Summer
6. Venice – Born and Raised
7. Cowboy Junkies – Miles From Our Home
8. Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
9. Ebba Forsberg – Been There
10. Heather Nova – Siren
CPR

My Top 10 Albums of 1997


1. Fleetwood Mac – The Dance
2. Fiona Apple – Tidal
3. Beth Nielsen Chapman – Sand and Water
4. James Taylor – Hourglass
5. Various – The Bridge Benefit Concerts Vol. 1 (Live)
6. kd lang – Drag
7. Paula Cole – This Fire
8. Kyle Vincent – Kyle Vincent
9. The Corrs – Talk On Corners
10. Beth Orton – Trailer Park
The Dance

My Top 10 Albums of 1996


1. Cowboy Junkies – Lay It Down
2. Eddi Reader – Candyfloss and Medicine
3. The Corrs – Forgiven Not Forgotten
4. Jimmy Webb – Ten Easy Pieces
5. Linda Ronstadt – Dedicated to the One I Love
6. Gillian Welch – Revival
7. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Matapedia
8. Various Artists with the New Zealand Symphony
•••Orchestra – ENZSO (Live)
9. Karen Carpenter – Karen Carpenter
10. Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
Lay It Down

My Top 10 Albums of 1995


1. Chicago – Night & Day
2. Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily
3. Queen – Made In Heaven
4. Heart – The Road Home
5. Linda Ronstadt – Feels Like Home
6. Joan Osborne – Relish
7. Neil and Tim Finn – Finn
8. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
9. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball
10. kd lang – All You Can Eat
Night & Day

My Top 10 Albums of the Eighties

1. Barbra Streisand – Guilty, 1980
2. Fairground Attraction – First of a Million Kisses, 1988
3. Linda Ronstadt – Cry Like a Rainstorm,
•••Howl Like the Wind, 1989
4. Don Henley – The End of the Innocence, 1989
5. Heart – Private Audition, 1982
6. Cold Chisel – Twentieth Century, 1984
7. Chicago – Chicago 17, 1984
8. Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust, 1987
9. Queen – The Miracle, 1989
10. The Power Station – The Power Station, 1985
Guilty

My Top 10 Albums of the Seventies

1. Eagles – Hotel California, 1976
2. Chicago – Chicago III, 1971
3. Queen – A Night at the Opera, 1975
4. Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown, 1979
5. Heart – Dreamboat Annie, 1976
6. Linda Ronstadt – Hasten Down The Wind, 1976
7. Little River Band – Sleeper Catcher, 1978
8. Sherbet – Life... Is For Living, 1975
9. Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute, 1979
10. ELO – A New World Record, 1976
Hotel California


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