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Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #62 Wilco

 

The Top 100 Artists of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one artist and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 artist of the decade!

Please read our introduction to learn about our nominating and ordering process.

#62 Wilco

In the 1990s, Wilco was Neil Young. They were Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. They were once another Big Star and Jeff Tweedy was a modern Alex Chilton. But, once the century turned, Wilco finally became Wilco.

Although Wilco's rebirth can be summed up with 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, 2004's A Ghost is Born solidified their greatness. It was another combination of experimentation and folk-rock, but it highlighted the band's precision and musicianship. 2007's Sky Blue Sky sounded more like a follow-up to Wilco's alt-country statement, Being There, being that it stripped away the experimentation; but, once again, it was further proof that the members of Wilco are gifted musicians and their folk-rock sound can sustain within an ever-evolving musical climate. Certainly, folk-rock is nothing new, but when coupled with the experimentation and/or musicianship that highlighted each of Wilco's releases this decade, it is a genre that will never die and Wilco will carry it for the remainder of the decade and beyond.

Check back tomorrow for the next artist! To see the full list of the Top 100 Artists of the Decade, click here.

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