Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
85
1,045 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (47), Hip Hop (28), Electronic (24), Indie Folk (16), Alternative Rock (12), Experimental (11), Indie Pop (10), Singer-Songwriter (8), Electropop (8), Experimental Rock (8), Folk (6), Ambient (4), Rock (4), Chamber Pop (3), Noise Rock (3), Soul (3), Dance Punk (3), Garage Rock (3), Post-Rock (3), Folk Rock (2), Post-Punk (2), Indietronica (2), Minimal (2), Alt-Country (2), Mashup (1), Post-Hardcore (1), Trip Hop (1), Art Rock (1), Grime (1), Dream Pop (1), Progressive Metal (1), Drone (1), Pop (1), Lo-Fi (1), Punk Rock (1), Dubstep (1)

1. Radiohead - Kid A

Radiohead - Kid A
October 3, 2000
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
95
11 reviews
USER SCORE
93
215 ratings

The experience and emotions tied to listening to Kid A are like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax. 

2. Arcade Fire - Funeral

Arcade Fire - Funeral
September 14, 2004
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
95
8 reviews
USER SCORE
92
252 ratings

3. Daft Punk - Discovery

Daft Punk - Discovery
March 13, 2001
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
89
95 ratings

4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
93
9 reviews
USER SCORE
91
113 ratings

5. Jay Z - The Blueprint

Jay Z - The Blueprint
September 11, 2001
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
87
6 reviews
USER SCORE
88
37 ratings

6. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
June 13, 2000
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
91
6 reviews
USER SCORE
90
76 ratings

7. The Strokes - Is This It

The Strokes - Is This It
October 9, 2001
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
91
6 reviews
USER SCORE
91
171 ratings

8. Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun

Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
June 12, 1999
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
9 reviews
USER SCORE
92
101 ratings

9. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Panda Bear - Person Pitch
March 20, 2007
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
85
10 reviews
USER SCORE
90
85 ratings

10. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

The Avalanches - Since I Left You
November 27, 2000
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
96
6 reviews
USER SCORE
90
80 ratings

11. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
January 25, 2000
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
3 reviews
USER SCORE
87
14 ratings

12. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
July 3, 2001
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
7 reviews
USER SCORE
89
71 ratings

13. OutKast - Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia
October 31, 2000
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
5 reviews
USER SCORE
89
58 ratings

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
92
19 reviews
USER SCORE
90
188 ratings

What they've constructed here is a new kind of electronic pop-- one which is machine-generated and revels in technology but is also deeply human, never drawing too much attention to its digital nature.

15. The Knife - Silent Shout

The Knife - Silent Shout
July 25, 2006
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
86
77 ratings

16. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
July 5, 2005
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
10 reviews
USER SCORE
90
132 ratings

17. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 20, 2007
Dance Punk
CRITIC SCORE
87
14 reviews
USER SCORE
90
122 ratings

18. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
11 reviews
USER SCORE
88
98 ratings

19. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
7 reviews
USER SCORE
88
20 ratings

20. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 22, 2002
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
11 reviews
USER SCORE
90
109 ratings

21. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
October 10, 2007
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
14 reviews
USER SCORE
91
208 ratings

22. M.I.A. - Kala

M.I.A. - Kala
August 21, 2007
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
90
11 reviews
USER SCORE
87
68 ratings

23. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
June 3, 2003
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
8 reviews
USER SCORE
90
48 ratings

24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
April 29, 2003
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
8 reviews
USER SCORE
87
48 ratings

25. Madvillain - Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
March 23, 2004
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
92
6 reviews
USER SCORE
91
80 ratings

26. Fennesz - Endless Summer

Fennesz - Endless Summer
July 3, 2001
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
91
5 reviews
USER SCORE
89
7 ratings

27. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
June 1, 2004
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
81
7 reviews
USER SCORE
86
60 ratings

28. Kanye West - The College Dropout

Kanye West - The College Dropout
February 10, 2004
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
6 reviews
USER SCORE
87
105 ratings

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
89
147 ratings

Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.

30. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
February 19, 2002
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
86
6 reviews
USER SCORE
88
27 ratings

31. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
14 reviews
USER SCORE
88
67 ratings

32. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
87
140 ratings

For all the album's winding paths and unexpected vistas, Fleet Foxes' harmonies remain the primary draw, and they've written and arranged these songs to showcase their shared vocals. 

33. Basement Jaxx - Rooty

Basement Jaxx - Rooty
June 26, 2001
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
59
4 reviews
USER SCORE
87
1 rating

34. Radiohead - Amnesiac

Radiohead - Amnesiac
June 5, 2001
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
9 reviews
USER SCORE
87
127 ratings

35. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
July 10, 2007
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
10 reviews
USER SCORE
87
41 ratings

36. The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
86
7 reviews
USER SCORE
85
19 ratings

37. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
February 22, 2000
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
85
14 ratings

38. Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
May 23, 2006
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
81
21 ratings

39. Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun

Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
February 6, 2001
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
3 reviews
USER SCORE
89
3 ratings

40. The National - Alligator

The National - Alligator
April 12, 2005
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
7 reviews
USER SCORE
88
62 ratings

The National are stuck somewhere in the emotional recesses of life, the characters in their songs adrift on roads both literal and metaphorical. They're stuck between the country and the city, but not in the suburban or exurban senses-- their music reveals the parallels between small-town everybody-knows-everybody drama and big-city alienation. The Brooklyn (via Cincinnati) quintet engage with their American anxiety with a somewhat European elegance, and Alligator-- their third album and first for Beggars Banquet-- finds them pushing the tempos and trying on bigger shoes without losing the stately sense of pacing and dour melody that made their first two albums so pleasing.

41. Burial - Untrue

Burial - Untrue
November 6, 2007
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
93
10 reviews
USER SCORE
90
79 ratings

42. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86
128 ratings

What's perhaps the most remarkable thing about the truly remarkable Veckatimest, however, is how very exciting much of it is; no small feat for a painstaking chamber-pop record that never once veers above the middle tempo.

43. Luomo - Vocalcity

Luomo - Vocalcity
May 23, 2000
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
95
2 reviews
USER SCORE
86
4 ratings

44. D'Angelo - Voodoo

D'Angelo - Voodoo
January 25, 2000
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
89
4 reviews
USER SCORE
89
10 ratings

45. Fugazi - The Argument

Fugazi - The Argument
October 16, 2001
Post-Hardcore
CRITIC SCORE
87
5 reviews
USER SCORE
89
10 ratings

46. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
October 21, 2003
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
8 reviews
USER SCORE
87
50 ratings

47. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender

Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
March 23, 2004
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
86
5 reviews
USER SCORE
87
35 ratings

48. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
May 3, 2005
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
5 reviews
USER SCORE
84
7 ratings

49. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
February 1, 2005
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
8 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

50. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
16 reviews
USER SCORE
87
90 ratings

Deerhunter toured with Nine Inch Nails this summer, making a stop at Colorado's famed Red Rocks Amphitheater. That canyon found the Atlanta noise-rock quintet at a precipice. In the few months prior, Deerhunter had added a new guitarist, Whitney Petty, to replace the departed Colin Mee. Lead singer Bradford Cox had released his debut solo album, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel, under the name Atlas Sound. The band's third album, Microcastle, and its would-be surprise bonus disc, Weird Era Cont., had both leaked half a year before they were due in stores. U nimpressed NIN fans were writing blog posts comparing Cox to Geddy Lee.

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