Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Best 100 Albums of the 2000s

Ranking this many albums is tough, and I'll admit - largely arbitrary in its exactness.

So, don't bust my chops on this!

Every time I look at it, I move stuff around, and have decided that I just need to post it. So, this is a very generalized list. I am pretty solid on my top 5, but after that a bunch could probably be moved around quite a bit.

At the bottom, I have included other albums that I liked enough to keep in my music library over the last decade, but didn't make the top 100.

Enjoy.


1. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism [2003]

2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes [2008]

3. Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs [2001]

4. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga [2007]

5. Band of Horses - Cease To Begin [2007]

6. The Decemberists - Picaresque [2005]

7. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days [2004]

8. The Format - Dog Problems [2006]

9. Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales [2002]

10. Rocky Votolato - Suicide Medicine [2003]

11. Sigur Ros - Meth suth i eyrum vith spilum end [2008]

12. Radiohead - In Rainbows [2007]

13. J. Tillman - Year In The Kingdom [2009]

14. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American [2001]

15. Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow [2002]

16. Grand Archives - Grand Archives [2008]

17. Minus the Bear - highly refined pirates [2002]

18. Josh Ritter - The Animal Years [2006]

19. The Player Piano - Player Piano / Satellite [2002]

20. The Postal Service - Give Up [2004]

21. Blue Scholar - Blue Scholars [2004]

22. Phantom Planet - The Guest [2002]

23. R.E.M. - Accelerate [2008]

24. Owen - At Home with Owen [2006]

25. Common Market - Tobacco Road [2008]

26. The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving [2000]

27. The Promise Ring - Wood/Water [2004]

28. Band of Horses - Everything all the Time [2006]

29. Death Cab For Cutie - The Photo Album [2001]

30. Dashboard Confessional - the swiss army romance [2000]

31. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise [2005]

32. Brendan Benson - The Alternative To Love [2005]

33. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans [2005]

34. Built to Spill - You In Reverse [2006]

35. J. Tillman - Minor Works [2008]

36. The New Amsterdams - Worse For The Wear [2004]

37. OneLineDrawing - The Volunteers [2004]

38. Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards [2007]

39. Damien Jurado - Caught In The Trees [2008]

40. Dear and the Headlights - Drunk Like Bible Times [2008]

41. Saves The Day - Stay What You Are [2001]

42. Domo - Baby Mercury [2007]

43. Okkervil River - The Stage Names [2007]

44. Elliott Smith - Figure 8 [2000]

45. Owen - I Do Perceive [2004]

46. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife [2006]

47. J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues [2009]

48. Jimmy Eat World - Futures [2004]

49. Sigur Ros - Takk . . . [2005]

50. The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree [2005]

51. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief [2003]

52. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs [2008]

53. Joshua James - Build Me This [2009]

54. The Format - Interventions and Lullabies [2003]

55. Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature [2007]

56. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [2009]

57. The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride [2008]

58. Lifesavas - spirit in stone [2003]

59. The National - Boxer [2007]

60. The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour [2007]

61. Pele - The Nudes [2000]

62. Hey Mercedes - Everynight Fire Works [2001]

63. Maritime - Heresy And The Hotel Choir [2007]

64. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning [2005]

65. Minus the Bear - Planet of Ice [2007]

66. Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs [2007]

67. Shark Speed - Sea Sick Music [2009]

68. Radiohead - Kid A [2000]

69. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing [2008]

70. The Get Up Kids - On a Wire [2002]

71. Jeremy Enigk - World Waits [2006]

72. Kalai - Rebel Hands [2004]

73. The Gloria Record - A Lull In Traffic [EP] [2000]

74. Before Braille - Kill the Messenger, Keep the Message [2008]

75. Ashton Allen - Dewdrops [2005]

76. Radiohead - Amnesiac [2001]

77. Ben Kweller - Sha sha [2000]

78. The Go Reflex - Phosphate Antigen [EP] [2003]

79. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha [2007]

80. The Pale Pacific - Urgency [2005]

81. Ben Harper - Live From Mars Disc 1 &2 [2001]

82. Beck - Sea Change [2002]

83. The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed [2006]

84. Dashboard Confessional - The Places you have come to fear the most [2001]

85. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels [2009]

86. John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt [2005]

87. Rufus Wainwright - Want One [2003]

88. The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine [2006]

89. The Thrills - So Much For The City [2003]

90. TV on the Radio - Dear Science, [2008]

91. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend [2008]

92. Before Braille - the rumor [2002]

93. fun. - Aim and Ignite [2009]

94. Hudson River School - scenes from a leather recliner [2001]

95. Jimmy Eat World - Futures [2005]

96. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Take A Break [2003]

97. Mike Doughty - Rockity Roll [2003]

98. Black Eyed Peas - Bridging the Gap [2000]

99. Mr Kline + the Wizards of Time - This Album's Cursed [2005]

100. Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire [2006]




OTHER ALBUMS OF THE 2000s I LIKED


Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs [2005]

· Andrew Bird - Noble Beast [2009]

· Art for Starters - Drugs Made my Favorite Bands / Drugs Ruined my Favorite People [2009]

· Ben Folds - Supersunnyspeedgraphic, The LP [2006]

· Ben Folds - Way To Normal [2008]

· Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller [2006]

· Ben Kweller - Freak Out, It's . . . Ben Kweller [2000]

· Blackalicious - Nia [2000]

· Blackalicious - The Craft [2005]

· Blackpool Lights - This Town's Disaster [2006]

· Blue Scholars - Bayani [2007]

· Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend [2009]

· Bright Eyes - Fevers And Mirrors [2000]

· Bright Eyes - Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil... [2002]

· Built to Spill - Ancient Melodies of the Future [2001]

· Chris Walla - Field Manual [2008]

· Classic Case - Dress To Depress [2005]

· Coconut Records - Nighttiming [2007]

· Coconut Records - Davy [2009]

· Coldplay - a Rush Of Blood To The Head [2002]

· Coldplay - Parachutes [2000]

· Coldplay - Viva la Vida [2008]

· Coldplay - X&Y [2005]

· Collections Of Colonies Of Bees - Birds [2007]

· Common Market - Common Market [2006]

· Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst [2008]

· Counterfit - Super Amusement Machine for Your Exciting Heart [2002]

· Damien Jurado - And Now That I'm in Your Shadow [2006]

· Damien Jurado - I Break Chairs [2002]

· Damien Jurado - On My Way To Absence [2005]

· David Bazan - Curse Your Branches [2009]

· Dear and the Headlights - Small Steps, Heavy Hooves [2007]

· Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day [2009]

· Denison Witmer - Are You A Dreamer? [2005]

· Dent May - The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele - [2009]

· Desaparecidos - Read Music Speak Spanish [2002]

· Domo - Sweet Creepy [2006]

· Down to Earth Approach - Another Intervention [2004]

· Drew Danburry - This Could Mean Trouble, You Don't Speak for the Club [2008]

· Easy Star All-Stars - Radiodread [2006]

· fifteen minutes fast - remedial math rock [2003]

· Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [2002]

· Fruit Bats - Spelled In Bones [2005]

· G. Love - G. Love's Lemonade [2006]

· Gabriel Teodros - Lovework [2007]

· Galactic - From the Corner to the Block [2007]

· Gary Jules - Gary Jules [2006]

· General Elektriks - Cliquety Kliqk [2005]

· Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte [2000]

· Gratitude - Gratitude [2005]

· Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara [2007]

· Guster - Keep It Together [2003]

· Honeycut - The Day I Turned to Glass [2006]

· Hotel Lights - Firecracker People [2008]

· Hudson River School - Rise & Fall [2008]

· Iain Archer - Magnetic North [2006]

· Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle [2003]

· Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog [2007]

· Jack Johnson - On and On [2003]

· Josh Ritter - Hello Starling [2003]

· Joshua James - The Sun Is Always Brighter [2008]

· Jurassic 5 - Quality Control [2000]

· Kaki King - Legs to Make Us Longer [2004]

· Kalai - acousticum [2001]

· Kalai - six strings and the rainy day man [2002]

· Keane - Hopes And Fears [2004]

· Lateef & the Chief - Maroons: Ambush [2004]

· Less Than Jake - Anthem [2003]

· Less Than Jake - Borders and Boundaries [2000]

· Lifesavas - Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack [2007]

· Lyrics Born - Later that Day [2003]

· Lyrics Born - Same !@#$ Different Day [2005]

· Maritime - Glass Floor [2004]

· Maritime - We, the Vehicles [2006]

· Mark Kozelek - If You Want Blood [2000]

· Maroon 5 - Songs about Jane [2002]

· Matt Pond PA - Several Arrows Later [2005]

· Matt Pryor - Confidence Man [2008]

· Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic [2005]

· Mike Doughty - Sad Man Happy Man [2009]

· Minus the Bear - Menos El Oso [2005]

· Mogwai - Mr Beast [2006]

· Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins [2008]

· Onelinedrawing - Visitor [2002]

· Owen - New Leaves [2009]

· Panic at the Disco - Pretty. Odd. [2008]

· Pedro the Lion - Winners Never Quit [2000]

· Pele - Elephant [2003]

· Pele - Enemies [2002]

· Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block [2006]

· Pigeon John - And The Summertime Pool Party [2006]

· Pinback - Summer In Abaddon [2004]

· Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line [2008]

· Rajiv Patel - Obey The Cattle [2003]

· Ratatat - Ratatat [2004]

· Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up [2002]

· Reggie & The Full Effect - Greatest Hit's '84-'87 (Lord Of The Bling Trilogy) [2004]

· Reggie & The Full Effect - Songs Not To Get Married To [2005]

· Reggie & The Full Effect - Under The Tray [2003]

· Reubens Accomplice - the Bull, the Balloon, and the Family [2004]

· Rocky Votolato - Burning My Travels Clean [2002]

· Rogue Wave - Out of the Shadow [2004]

· Saul Williams - Amethyst Rock Star [2001]

· Saves The Day - In Reverie [2003]

· Say Hi - Oohs And Aahs [2009]

· Shearwater The Dissolving Room [2001]

· Shearwater Winged Life [2004]

· Shearwater Palo Santo [2006]

· Shearwater Rook [2008]

· Sigur Ros - ( ) [2002]

· Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [2007]

· Spoon - Gimme Fiction [2005]

· Strange Fruit Project - The Healing [2006]

· Straylight Run - Straylight Run [2004]

· Sun Kil Moon - April [2008]

· Talib Kweli - Quality [2004]

· Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance [2001]

· The All-American Rejects - All-American Rejects [2002]

· The Anniversary - Designing a Nervous Breakdown [2000]

· The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis [2000]

· The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha [2009]

· The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible [2007]

· The Ataris - End is forever [2001]

· The Casket Lottery - Survival Is For Cowards [2002]

· The City On Film - In Formal Introduction [2006]

· The Dodos - Visiter [2008]

· The Fire Theft - The Fire Theft [2003]

· The Get Up Kids - Guilt Show [2004]

· The Gift of Gab - Escape 2 Mars [2009]

· The Gift of Gab - Fourth Dimensional Rocketships [2003]

· The Gift of Gab - Supreme Lyricism Vol. 1 [2006]

· The Gloria Record - Start Here [2002]

· The Letterpress - input / output [2004]

· The Living End - Roll On [2000]

· The Mighty Underdogs - Droppin' Science Fiction [2008]

· The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed [2004]

· The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely [2006]

· The Mountain Goats - Tallahasse [2002]

· The Mountain Goats - the Life of the World to Come [2009]

· The New Amsterdams - Killed Or Cured [2005]

· The One Up Downstairs - The One Up Downstairs [2002]

· The Pale Pacific - gravity gets things done [2000]

· The Suicide Machines - The Suicide Machines [2000]

· The Thrills - Let's Bottle Bohemia [2004]

· The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site [2003]

· The Wooden Birds - Magnolia [2009]

· Thom Yorke - The Eraser [2006]

· Very Secretary - Standing In The Shade [2000]

· Volcano Choir - Unmap [2009]

· Waxwing - One For the Ride [2002]

· Zookeeper - Becoming All Things [2007]

2 comments:

  1. 100 albums is quite the task. I'm glad to see National, Great Lake Swimmers and The Format made the cut.

    ReplyDelete
  2. On a nostalgic whim I decided to re-visit some of my old favorite records and this was one of the only sites that mentioned Phosphate Antigen in any meaningful way. Loved that CD. Great list.

    ReplyDelete