Pitchfork: Twenty Best Albums of the ’00s


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Lists like these are no-win propositions, as just about everyone is bound to find at least a few albums with which to disagree. Case in point: I wouldn’t mind one bit if I never hear the albums that rank at numbers 2, 4, 7, 16, 18 or 20 again. Ever. On the other hand, I could listen to the number 1 album on loop. Forever.

  1. wow. goes to show you can’t account for different tastes. i agree with 2, 16, 18 and 20, but yankee hotel foxtrot was one of the most defining albums of the last decade for me. i always thought it was a great album, with 2 of the most beautiful closing tracks (poor places and reservations) recorded in the last 10 years.

    as for radiohead, count me as the uncool and maybe crazy. i never really got their appeal.

    and it’s always hard to agree with pitchfork. how they can put spoons kill the moonlight above girls can tell, i’ll wont be able to understand. the opening line on that album “don’t say a word, cuz the last one’s still stingin'” laid on britt daniel’s brilliant instrumentals is one of my favorite opening lines for an album in a long time.


    oh, and the frustration of not a single hold steady album on that list is going to drive me crazy. 🙂

  2. ah, kid a is a great album, but i think if you listened to it on a loop forever you’d be pretty depressed after a while. just saying.

  3. You’re right, it’s no win, but I was pleased to see The Avalanche’s Since I Left You in the top 5.

    Now *that* is an album I could put on endless loop.

  4. Much as I dislike Pitchfork, I can’t help but feel chuffed they mentioned my perennial favorites Sigur Ros and Modest Mouse.

    (Agreed on Arcade Fire. Never have I been stung so badly by critical consensus.)

  5. I must agree with many of those picks. Surely Radiohead, Daft Punk and The Avalanches. And I also like the White Stripes and Outcast CD’s. Strongly disagree with the choose of Kanye West (also known as “The Asshole” 😉 ) and Interpol. What I would also like to see there is Roisin Murphy, Anthony $ The Johnsons, the latest U2 record “No Line On The Horizon” and “Sounds of the Universe” by Depeche Mode.

  6. Can’t understand all the dislike for the Arcade Fire, it truly is a brilliant album. Though I agree, I think I could listen to Kid A on loop forever.

  7. Interesting I can listen to 4, 7, and 20 on loop and careless if I ever hear Kid A again. Tom’s whining gets old after awhile. I do admit I loved the album and the band when it came out. Man, that Interpol record is terrific gonna go loop it now.

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