World Cafe 30th Anniversary Playlist: 2005


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Café, we look back and post playlists from each year of the show. As music has evolved over the years, so have our playlists, which have grown to reflect a much wider range of music than when we started.

2005. Phew – quite simply, it was an incredible year in music. By the end of the year, the pop charts were filled with hits from Gwen Stefani (the indelible “Hollaback Girl”), Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell and The Fray. And despite hearing “My Humps” ad nauseum on nearly every commercial radio station in the world, there’s no denying the Black Eyed Peas’ impact that year with the album. monkey business.

The richness of the year was materialized by albums including LCD Soundsystem’s eponymous debut album, Art Brut’s Bang Bang Rock & Roll, by Kanye West Late check-inthe always brilliant Illinois by Sufjan Stevens and Antony and Johnson’s stunner I am a bird now. We were also introduced to exciting new artists like Brandi Carlile.

The year was also notable for blog band music – which would become a kind of subgenre also known as “blog rock” – which is best represented by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, whose debut in 2005 are still a classic.

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