100 Best Albums of the 2000s

100 Best Albums of the 2000s

Vampire Weekend, 'Vampire Weekend'

56. Vampire Weekend, 'Vampire Weekend'

Vampire Weekend came out of Columbia University in the late 2000s, showing a pronounced affinity for boat shoes and button-downs as well as an intimate knowledge of African guitar music. Their debut backed up massive press buzz with suavely seductive pop-rock songs about college campuses and trysts with Benetton-wearing ladies. Ezra Koenig's Paul Simon-esque melodies were as refined as his education, floating over bright keyboards and Afropop-tinged grooves. Koenig had a term for VW's music: Upper West Side Soweto. However you label the sound, it was manna for indie-boys and Molly Ringwald girls all over the world.

50 Top Tweeters in Music: Ezra Koenig

Video: Vampire Weekend and Black Keys Fight It Out on 'Colbert Report'

Photos: 2010 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Back to Top