Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s

Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s

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1. Radiohead - Kid A

Radiohead - Kid A
October 3, 2000
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
90
13 reviews
User Score
93
367 reviews

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
94
12 reviews
User Score
92
391 reviews

It's taken perhaps too long for us to reach this point where an album is at last capable of completely and successfully restoring the tainted phrase "emotional" to its true origin.

3. Daft Punk - Discovery

Daft Punk - Discovery
March 13, 2001
Electronic
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
88
162 reviews

4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
92
10 reviews
User Score
90
192 reviews

Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but under that is a fantastic rock record.

5. Jay Z - The Blueprint

Jay Z - The Blueprint
September 11, 2001
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
87
66 reviews
What holds it together is Jigga's overwhelming self-assuredness-- the kind of justified confidence you can imagine witnessing from a world conqueror or cult leader.

6. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
June 13, 2000
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
6 reviews
User Score
89
131 reviews

You officially have not heard Modest Mouse until you have heard their major label debut. The growth, bravery, and confidence are staggering for a trio that most recently hammered through a song about "doin' the cockroach." 

7. The Strokes - Is This It

The Strokes - Is This It
October 9, 2001
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
10 reviews
User Score
90
290 reviews

The Strokes have struck an incredible balance between the two extremes of rock music: sentimentality and listlessness.

8. Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun

Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
June 12, 1999
Post-Rock
Critic Score
87
10 reviews
User Score
92
164 reviews

Sigur Rós effortlessly make music that is massive, glacial, and sparse. They are Hidden People ... They are the first vital band of the 21st Century.

9. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Panda Bear - Person Pitch
March 20, 2007
Experimental
Critic Score
85
14 reviews
User Score
89
144 reviews

It sounds like what it is: one guy alone in his bedroom trolling through music history, picking and choosing bits to make something deeply personal and all his own.

10. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

The Avalanches - Since I Left You
November 27, 2000
Electronic
Critic Score
90
9 reviews
User Score
90
135 reviews

The Avalanches have managed to build a totally unique context for all these sounds, while still allowing each to retain its own distinct flavor. As a result, Since I Left You sounds like nothing else.

11. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
January 25, 2000
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
88
21 reviews

12. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
July 3, 2001
Garage Rock
Critic Score
87
6 reviews
User Score
87
116 reviews

13. OutKast - Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia
October 31, 2000
Hip Hop
Critic Score
88
7 reviews
User Score
89
109 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
23 reviews
User Score
90
293 reviews

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
82
11 reviews
User Score
86
102 reviews

16. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
91
16 reviews
User Score
91
227 reviews

Musically, Illinois is strange and lush, as excessive and challenging as its giant, gushing song titles.

17. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 20, 2007
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
19 reviews
User Score
90
184 reviews

Far removed from the compressed, trebly, and overmastered paradigm that's gripped electronic music in the last decade, Sound of Silver sounds deep, spacious, and full-blooded.

18. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
User Score
88
185 reviews

With the help of co-producer Jon Brion, West has taken his jumbled personae, buoyant enthusiasm, and vision for the grandiose, and transformed his chattering, seemingly unrealistic ideas into an expansive, imperfect masterpiece.

19. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
86
38 reviews

20. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 22, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
13 reviews
User Score
89
195 reviews

21. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
October 10, 2007
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
88
20 reviews
User Score
91
350 reviews

Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief.

22. M.I.A. - Kala

M.I.A. - Kala
August 21, 2007
Electropop
Critic Score
86
18 reviews
User Score
87
96 reviews

For all the choices she might have made and the audiences she might have aimed at, the fresh-sounding, adventurous, and not-exactly-accessible Kala is the kind of record that obviously demanded a defined personal vision. 

23. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
October 15, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
User Score
89
79 reviews

24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
April 29, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
85
64 reviews

25. Madvillain - Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
March 23, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
8 reviews
User Score
92
151 reviews
While Doom's entire career has been shadowed by consistently strong production efforts, never has such chemistry developed between him and another beatmaker.

26. Fennesz - Endless Summer

Fennesz - Endless Summer
July 3, 2001
Ambient
Critic Score
89
5 reviews
User Score
88
15 reviews
Fennesz takes musical warmth, glowing melodies and lush arrangement and subjects them to sharp digital decay, providing another deep layer of meaning.

27. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
June 1, 2004
Experimental
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
86
99 reviews

28. Kanye West - The College Dropout

Kanye West - The College Dropout
February 10, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
User Score
86
186 reviews

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
88
224 reviews

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
84
5 reviews
User Score
85
51 reviews

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
15 reviews
User Score
86
101 reviews

Like their first albums, the songs build on loops, grooves, and drones. They feel familiar, but they've never sounded this good-- or this thick.

32. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
20 reviews
User Score
87
212 reviews

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
64
4 reviews
User Score
78
9 reviews

34. Radiohead - Amnesiac

Radiohead - Amnesiac
June 5, 2001
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
86
225 reviews

35. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
July 10, 2007
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
87
73 reviews

With Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon have once again found a gray area between the poles of pop accessibility and untested studio theorizing, modifying a formula that has grown to feel familiar even as it wanders, and refusing to square the circle while doing so.

36. The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
85
33 reviews

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
85
6 reviews
User Score
86
27 reviews

The first three-quarters of Inside-Out contains some of Yo La Tengo's best work to date. As a whole, however, it may be one of their less ear-catching records.

38. Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
May 23, 2006
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
80
35 reviews

39. Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun

Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
February 6, 2001
Noise Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
89
11 reviews

40. The National - Alligator

The National - Alligator
April 12, 2005
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
87
100 reviews

Massed vocals and backing harmonies are two of the few things the National have added to their sound since their last album, and though Alligator is satisfying and engaging, it's not quite as bracing as their stellar sophomore outing, 2003's Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

41. Burial - Untrue

Burial - Untrue
November 6, 2007
Dubstep
Critic Score
93
13 reviews
User Score
89
129 reviews

Untrue is an album meant to be heard at home, in the car, on headphones-- his songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener.

42. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
86
189 reviews

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
87
5 reviews

44. D'Angelo - Voodoo

D'Angelo - Voodoo
January 25, 2000
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
92
5 reviews
User Score
89
43 reviews

Not all music needs to be built to last, but Voodoo was designed and willed and technically optimized to be a testament for the ages; it captures empty space and heartbreak as well as it does rim shots and joy. The grooves deepen.

45. Fugazi - The Argument

Fugazi - The Argument
October 16, 2001
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
87
5 reviews
User Score
89
15 reviews

46. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
October 21, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
87
69 reviews

47. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender

Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
March 23, 2004
Indie Folk
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
User Score
85
47 reviews

48. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
May 3, 2005
Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
83
12 reviews

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
88
10 reviews
User Score
86
49 reviews

50. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
87
134 reviews

The resulting 2xCD set captures urgent and imaginative songs that reorganize 4AD haze, off-kilter indie pop, crashing garage-punk, forward-leaning krautrock, and hypnotic Kranky ambience into a singular-sounding call-to-arms.

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