Top 100 albums of the 2000s

So next up are the top 100 albums of the 00s. Oh, so you thought albums became extinct during this period? Well, they certainly took some severe beating because of the influence of iTunes, Spotify et al and I freely admit I bought less full lengths as the decade progressed, but extinct? I don’t think so.

1. Arcade Fire – Funeral – 2004

For me, a sign of a truly great album is that I discover new things, angles and musical/lyrical turns with every spin. With Funeral it still feels that I’ve only just scratched the surface. From start to finish, there’s never a boring moment, never a filler or part of a song that I wish would end. Best songs: all of them! But if I must choose it’s “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)”.

2. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand – 2004
Much was written about Franz Ferdinand’s musical manifesto, i e to make guitar music  “girls could dance to”. Nothing wrong with that. But is it ok if I dance too? Best songs: “Take Me Out”, “Darts of Pleasure”.




3. The Strokes – Is This It – 2000
No matter what you thought of The Strokes, be it that they were Velvet Underground rip-offs or tired of the hype as they were being hailed as the saviours of rock’n’roll, it’s hard to argue against the fact that Is This It is a really good album. In the end (of the decade) it’s all that matters. Best songs: “Hard To Explain”, “Barely Legal”


4.Bloc Party – Silent Alarm – 2005

It’s an old cliche to talk about a band’s sound being “modern” but that comes definitely to mind when listening to Silent Alarm. Best songs: “Helicopter”, “Banquet”






5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver – 2007

Sound Of Silver combines melancholy and humour with a typical DFA electronic sound. It’s not over-the-top as the LCD debut from 2005, but more laid-back and introvert. Best songs: “All My Friends”,
“Someone Great”




6. The Decemberists – Picaresque – 2005

Definitely the best lyrics of the 00s. Best songs: “The Mariner’s Revenge Song”, “The Sporting Life”





7. Electrelane – Axes – 2005

Electrelane is one of my favourite bands ever, and Axes is their best album. Dark, introvert but strangely invigorating. Best songs: “Bells”, “Two For Joy”.





8. Pete &  The Pirates – Little Death – 2008

Sadly, many of best-of-the-decade lists seem to have forgotten Little Death. If you’re into british indie-pop (or any kind of guitar-based modern music really) this is a must. Best songs: “Mr Understanding”, “She Doesn’t Belong To Me”.




9. The Postal Service – Give Up – 2003

I’ve never been a big Death Cab For Cutie fan, so initially I overlooked Ben Gibbard’s side project, but when I finally did listen to Give Up properly… well… it’s a top 10 album, say no more. Best songs: “Such Great Heights”, “Clark Gable”





10. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America – 2006

Can broad legged pub rock really be good and clever at the same time? Yes, the Hold Steady proved it many times during the 2000s, with Boys and Girls in America as their peak. Best songs: “Stuck Between Stations”, “Massive Nights”. 





11 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells – 2002
12 Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit – 2006
13 Håkan Hellström – Känn Ingen Sorg För Mig Göteborg – 2000
14 Okkervil River – The Stage Names – 2007
15 The Avalanches – Since I Left You – 2000
16 The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic – 2000
17 Digitalism – Idealism – 2007
18 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell – 2003
19 2 Many DJs – As Heard on Radio Soulwax [Pt. 2] – 2003
20 LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem – 2005
21 The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine – 2006
22 …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Source Tags & Codes – 2002
23 Clinic – Internal Wrangler – 2000
24 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – 2002
25 Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out – 2000
26 Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More – 2009
27 JJ72 – JJ72 – 2000
28 The Fratellis – Costello Music – 2006
29 Prefuse 73 – One Word Extinguisher – 2003
30 Jay-Z – The Blueprint – 2001
31 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – 2005
32 At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command – 2000
33 Four Tet – Rounds – 2003
34 Spoon – Kill The Moonlight – 2002
35 The White Stripes – De Stijl – 2001
36 Hot Chip – The Warning – 2006
37 Bright Eyes – Fevers And Mirrors – 2000
38 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes – 2008
39 The Knife – Silent Shout – 2006
40 The Hidden Cameras – The Smell Of Our Own – 2003
41 Muse – Absolution – 2003
42 Primal Scream – XTRMNTR – 2000
43 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – 2009
44 Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock & Roll – 2004
45 Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours – 2008
46 Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast – 2000
47 Idlewild – The Remote Part – 2002
48 No Age – Nouns – 2008
49 The National – Alligator – 2005
50 Stephen Malkmus – Stephen Malkmus – 2001
51 Metric – Fantasies – 2009
52 Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now Youngster – 2008
53 The Fiery Furnaces – Gallowsbird’s Bark – 2003
54 The Wombats – A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation – 2007
55 Ghostface Killah – Fishscale – 2006
56 Electrelane – The Power Out – 2004
57 The Lucksmiths – Naturaliste – 2003
58 Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin – 2007
59 Ballboy – Club Anthems 2001 – 2001
60 Breakestra – The Live Mix Part 2 – 2001
61 Mull Historical Society – Loss – 2001
62 The Maccabees – Colour It In – 2007
63 Tilly And The Wall – Wild Like Children – 2004
64 Daft Punk – Discovery – 2001
65 Fucked Up – Hidden World – 2006
66 Silver Jews – Tanglewood Numbers – 2005
67 The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee – 2002
68 Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country – 2006
69 Acrade Fire – Neon Bible – 2007
70 Detektivbyrån – Wermland – 2008
71 Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows – 2000
72 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Pig Lib – 2003
73 The Detroit Cobras – Life, Love And Leaving – 2001
74 Jurassic 5 – Quality Control – 2000
75 Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances – 2008
76 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends – 2006
77 Jay-Z – The Black Album – 2003
78 Broadcast – Haha Sound – 2003
79 AFX – Chosen Lords – 2006
80 Girl Talk – Night Ripper – 2006
81 The Dirtbombs – Ultraglide In Black – 2001
82 Boy Hits Car – Boy Hits Car – 2001
83 Melt-Banana – Bambi’s Dilemma – 2007
84 Brakes – The Beatific Visions – 2006
85 The Field – From Here We Go Sublime – 2007
86 The Roger Sisters – Purely Evil – 2002
87 Danger Mouse – The Grey Album – 2005
88 Mastodon – Leviathan – 2004
89 Mclusky – The Difference Between Me And You Is That I’m Not On Fire – 2004
90 The Delgados – The Great Eastern – 2000
91 Ash – Burn Baby Burn – 2001
92 Camera Obscura – Underachievers Please Try Harder – 2003
93 Ballboy – A Guide For The Daylight Hours – 2003
94 Quantic – Apricot Morning – 2002
95 The Courteeners – St. Jude – 2008
96 Modeselektor – Happy Birthday – 2007
97 Kathryn Williams – Little Black Number – 2000
98 Da Damn Phreak Noize Phunk – Electric Crate Digger – 2001
99 The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning – 2008
100 Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress – 2003

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