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Coffee Break: Best Albums of 2003

March Music Madness 2023: Best Albums of 2003
March Music Madness 2023: Best Albums of 2003MPR

by Jill Riley and Rachel Frances

March 09, 2023

Good news! The Current’s March Music Madness brackets are now live on the website! This year’s theme is Albums from 2003.

20 years ago: MySpace launched, the iTunes store debuted, the Iraq War began, and Olivia Rodrigo was born. It’s also the year that The Postal Service released their only album Give Up. The Shins put out their critically acclaimed Chutes Too Narrow. Jay-Z threatened to retire after releasing The Black Album. Metric debuted with Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

What were you doing in 2003? What albums from that year do you remember most? What do these albums mean to you? Music has a way of taking you back to a specific time and place. What songs bring back specific memories – good or bad? Share your thoughts below! Check out 64 of the best albums of 2003 here and fill out your bracket. Tune into The Current between Monday, March 20 and Thursday, March 23 to hear songs from the albums of each daily matchup. At the end of the day on Thursday, we’ll announce the top album of 2003, as voted by The Current’s listeners.

For today’s 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from albums that came out in 2003?


Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive.

Songs Played:
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Amy Winehouse – Amy Amy Amy
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Atmosphere – Shhh
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button To Button
Cat Power – Good Woman
The Knife – Heartbeats (Bonus!)