Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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100. Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs

Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs
October 9, 2001
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

99. The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me

The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
March 16, 2004
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
86
6 reviews

98. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
88
17 reviews
User Score
84
154 reviews

97. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
May 15, 2007
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
79
75 reviews

96. The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
84
69 reviews

95. Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
June 5, 2001
Soul
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
73
26 reviews

94. The Libertines - Up The Bracket

The Libertines - Up The Bracket
October 14, 2002
Post-Punk
Critic Score
86
6 reviews
User Score
83
69 reviews
Eventually every song will kick in from a slightly different angle, including faux folk and cracked ballad.
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93. Johnny Cash - Unearthed

Johnny Cash - Unearthed
November 25, 2003
Country
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
91
2 reviews

92. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
User Score
87
449 reviews

91. The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
April 10, 2000
Garage Rock
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

90. Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako

Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako
August 2, 2005
World
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

89. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
June 10, 2003
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
11 reviews
User Score
85
453 reviews

Despite the anger and bitterness, Hail to the Thief is more musically inviting than Radiohead's last two outings. The album's fourteen tracks ... are more tuneful and song-focused than 2000's Kid A or 2001's Amnesiac.

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88. Brian Wilson - SMiLE

Brian Wilson - SMiLE
September 28, 2004
Rock
Critic Score
94
10 reviews
User Score
89
48 reviews

87. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
May 9, 2006
Funk
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
82
39 reviews

86. The Postal Service - Give Up

The Postal Service - Give Up
February 18, 2003
Electropop
Critic Score
82
13 reviews
User Score
83
135 reviews

85. Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
June 17, 2008
Rock
Critic Score
72
24 reviews
User Score
74
219 reviews

84. Eminem - The Eminem Show

Eminem - The Eminem Show
May 28, 2002
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
81
167 reviews

83. The Black Keys - Attack & Release

The Black Keys - Attack & Release
April 1, 2008
Rock
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
78
78 reviews

82. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
June 6, 2000
Rock
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
85
117 reviews

It's a strange, category-evading rock record, a mystery disc of gravity and low humor, of punk aggression and love-bead contentment; when you try to nail down the band's personality, it won't stay still.

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81. Ryan Adams - Gold

Ryan Adams - Gold
September 25, 2001
Alt-Country
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
83
29 reviews

80. Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood

Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood
August 19, 2003
Rock
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
73
47 reviews

79. The New Pornographers - Electric Version

The New Pornographers - Electric Version
May 6, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
77
21 reviews

78. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
92
20 reviews
User Score
91
481 reviews
For a musician like Stevens, going too far and trying too hard is the point, the way to get beyond where a more austere songwriter could get with a more naturalistic pose. So the most pleasurable music here is the most ambitious.
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77. 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
84
6 reviews
User Score
86
70 reviews

76. Sigur Rós - ()

Sigur Rós - ()
October 29, 2002
Post-Rock
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
87
123 reviews

75. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 6, 2007
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
20 reviews
User Score
84
464 reviews

On Neon Bible, the reverb is so big and black that the beat becomes boom andthe orchestral garnish, arranged by Chassagne and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett, gets pressed to the margins.

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74. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
May 9, 2006
Rock
Critic Score
64
12 reviews
User Score
72
90 reviews

73. Coldplay - Parachutes

Coldplay - Parachutes
November 7, 2000
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
71
5 reviews
User Score
78
214 reviews

72. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
March 9, 2004
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
12 reviews
User Score
82
199 reviews
The inevitable U.K.-press hype is justified: Franz Ferdinand's debut draws from beloved Brit pop and post-punk bands without the usual plagiarism. Favoring sweaty, uncertain rhythms over cold, processed beats, the album remains true to the band's original goal.
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71. Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
August 13, 2002
Folk
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
83
33 reviews

70. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Indie Rock
Critic Score
87
12 reviews
User Score
87
81 reviews

More than any previous Sleater-Kinney record, The Woods reflects the classic-rock undercurrent that runs through the punk heroines' live shows.

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69. Missy Elliott - Under Construction

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
November 12, 2002
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
82
7 reviews

68. U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
November 23, 2004
Rock
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
71
57 reviews

67. Björk - Vespertine

Björk - Vespertine
August 28, 2001
Art Pop
Critic Score
83
11 reviews
User Score
89
221 reviews

66. 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
108 reviews

65. Manu Chao - Próxima Estación: Esperanza

Manu Chao - Próxima Estación: Esperanza
June 5, 2001
Reggae
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
72
14 reviews

64. Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)

Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
July 31, 2001
Alt-Country
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
82
14 reviews

63. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
November 24, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
24 reviews
User Score
78
376 reviews

Many of his best songs have focused on his ambivalence about materialism, but on 808s & Heartbreak, the theme has hardened into schtick.

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62. Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man

Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
October 17, 2000
Country
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
85
14 reviews

61. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
June 19, 2001
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
83
106 reviews

60. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
User Score
83
282 reviews

59. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 22, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
9 reviews
User Score
89
368 reviews

58. Danger Mouse - The Grey Album

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
81
11 reviews

57. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
October 7, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
81
113 reviews

56. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
83
403 reviews

55. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
October 23, 2007
Folk
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
User Score
83
12 reviews

54. Norah Jones - Come Away with Me

Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
February 26, 2002
Jazz
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
79
37 reviews

53. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
September 23, 2008
Rock
Critic Score
61
17 reviews
User Score
68
89 reviews

52. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Electropop
Critic Score
88
12 reviews
User Score
83
143 reviews

51. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
85
89 reviews
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