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
91
12 reviews
User Score
92
314 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
95
8 reviews
User Score
92
340 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
8 reviews
User Score
89
136 reviews

4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
92
9 reviews
User Score
91
167 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
86
55 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
90
117 reviews

7. The Strokes - Is This It

The Strokes - Is This It
October 9, 2001
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
88
7 reviews
User Score
90
256 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
147 reviews

9. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Panda Bear - Person Pitch
March 20, 2007
Experimental
Critic Score
84
11 reviews
User Score
89
127 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
92
8 reviews
User Score
90
118 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
80
3 reviews
User Score
88
18 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
88
102 reviews

13. OutKast - Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia
October 31, 2000
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
6 reviews
User Score
89
94 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
91
22 reviews
User Score
90
256 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
10 reviews
User Score
86
92 reviews

16. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
90
13 reviews
User Score
91
190 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
84
16 reviews
User Score
90
161 reviews

18. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
13 reviews
User Score
88
152 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
82
7 reviews
User Score
86
35 reviews

20. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

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

21. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
October 10, 2007
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
87
17 reviews
User Score
91
303 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
87
16 reviews
User Score
87
84 reviews

23. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
October 15, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
88
69 reviews

24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

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

25. Madvillain - Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
March 23, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
7 reviews
User Score
92
130 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
14 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
87 reviews

28. Kanye West - The College Dropout

Kanye West - The College Dropout
February 10, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
86
158 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
89
194 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
86
6 reviews
User Score
86
44 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
88
14 reviews
User Score
86
88 reviews

32. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
87
187 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
63
5 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

34. Radiohead - Amnesiac

Radiohead - Amnesiac
June 5, 2001
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
87
193 reviews

35. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
July 10, 2007
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
87
66 reviews

36. The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
85
30 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
83
5 reviews
User Score
86
25 reviews

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
34 reviews

39. Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun

Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
February 6, 2001
Noise Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
85
7 reviews

40. The National - Alligator

The National - Alligator
April 12, 2005
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
87
90 reviews

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
92
11 reviews
User Score
89
112 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
22 reviews
User Score
86
166 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
4 reviews
User Score
88
35 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
88
14 reviews

46. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
October 21, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
87
64 reviews

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
86
43 reviews

48. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
May 3, 2005
Rock
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
82
11 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
85
43 reviews

50. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
87
120 reviews

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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