The Guardian's 100 Best Albums of the 21st Century

The Guardian's 100 Best Albums of the 21st Century

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100.

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

99.

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews

Sometimes you get the frustrating sense that strong ideas are being deliberately short-circuited in the pursuit of a slightly self-conscious weirdness.

98.

Rokia Traoré - Tchamantché
May 19, 2008
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

97.

Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue
June 13, 2005
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

96.

Missy Elliott - Miss E... So Addictive
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

Packed with unique ideas and brilliantly realised, Miss E...So Addictive is further evidence of Elliott's refusal to play male rappers at their own game and her desire to change the rules entirely. It's an album that sets its own agenda and sounds like nothing else in hip-hop: an incomparable achievement.

95.

Charli XCX - Pop 2
December 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

With adventurous ideas, noisy thrills and eclectic guests, Charli XCX shows that cheesy pop can be truly creative.

94.

Peaches - The Teaches of Peaches
September 5, 2000
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

93.

Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
February 6, 2001
Critic Score
89
7 reviews

90.

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

89.

Taylor Swift - 1989
October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

On 1989 the reasons she’s afforded the kind of respect denied to her peers are abundantly obvious.

88.

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

87.

Justin Timberlake - Justified
November 5, 2002
Critic Score
67
8 reviews

86.

Elliott Smith - Figure 8
April 18, 2000
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

85.

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

84.

Konono N°1 - Congotronics
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

83.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

On Skeleton Tree, the Bad Seeds sound shattered, barely capable of holding themselves together.

81.

Madvillain - Madvillainy
March 23, 2004
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

80.

Lady Gaga - The Fame
October 28, 2008
Critic Score
65
11 reviews

79.

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

Like the rest of Late Registration, Drive Slow suggests an artist effortlessly outstripping his peers: more ideas, better lyrics, bigger hooks, greater depth.

78.

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Drake is insipid as a singer ... As a rapper, he is inert to the point of catatonia and his foregrounded voice becomes swiftly intolerable.

77.

The Bug - London Zoo
July 7, 2008
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

76.

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

75.

M.I.A. - Kala
August 21, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

74.

Salif Keita - Moffou
March 26, 2002
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

73.

Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
November 28, 2006
Critic Score
88
17 reviews

72.

Lily Allen - Alright, Still
July 14, 2006
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

70.

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Critic Score
62
36 reviews

69.

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

68.

The National - Boxer
May 22, 2007
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

67.

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
May 23, 2000
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

66.

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
June 5, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

65.

Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
May 2, 2000
Critic Score
85
5 reviews

64.

Kelis - Tasty
December 5, 2003
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

63.

Jay-Z - The Black Album
November 14, 2003
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
Despite innumerable producers (including usual suspects Timbaland and the Neptunes), there's little here tune-wise to match Jay's dextrous delivery and enormous reputation. The brilliant exception is the Eminem-twiddled Moment of Clarity, in which Jay candidly admits "I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars." If that's how he feels, he's getting out at the right time.

62.

The Knife - Silent Shout
February 17, 2006
Critic Score
83
15 reviews

61.

Kanye West - The College Dropout
February 10, 2004
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

59.

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

58.

J Dilla - Donuts
February 7, 2006
Critic Score
87
8 reviews

57.

Amy Winehouse - Frank
October 20, 2003
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

56.

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

55.

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

54.

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

The decaying guitars and analogue synthesisers create a crepuscular melancholy. These are impassioned songs, but they steer clear of Bruce's bombast or lighters-aloft choruses.

53.

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

The music here feels taut and meticulous, devoid of self-indulgence.

52.

N.E.R.D. - In Search of...
September 28, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

51.

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
93
4 reviews
Original Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/13/100-best-albums-of-the-21st-century
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3w
Where TF is TOOL? TV on the radio?? Beck??? Band of horses???? And I'm sorry Koi no yokan and diamond eyes were both better albums than white pony... What about queens of the stone age or modest mouse?? You guys suck
3mo
Where is Shakira???
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