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
October 9, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

99.

The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
March 16, 2004
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

98.

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Critic Score
88
24 reviews

Evoking Fear of Music Talking Heads, Station to Station David Bowie and Sign ‘O’ the Times Prince, the resulting disc might be the most oddly beautiful, psychedelic and ambitious of the year.

97.

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
May 15, 2007
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

96.

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Critic Score
90
10 reviews

95.

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
June 5, 2001
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

94.

The Libertines - Up The Bracket
October 14, 2002
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
Eventually every song will kick in from a slightly different angle, including faux folk and cracked ballad.

93.

Johnny Cash - Unearthed
November 25, 2003
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

92.

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

For Emma, Forever Ago never turns into a pity party, because Vernon has a light touch, with zero interest in narrative or confessional lyrics.

91.

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
April 10, 2000
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

90.

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

89.

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
June 10, 2003
Critic Score
82
15 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.

88.

Brian Wilson - SMiLE
September 28, 2004
Critic Score
93
15 reviews

87.

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
April 24, 2006
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

86.

The Postal Service - Give Up
February 18, 2003
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

84.

Eminem - The Eminem Show
May 26, 2002
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

83.

The Black Keys - Attack & Release
April 1, 2008
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

82.

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
June 6, 2000
Critic Score
84
10 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.

81.

Ryan Adams - Gold
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

78.

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
91
24 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.

76.

Sigur Rós - ( )
October 29, 2002
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

75.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 5, 2007
Critic Score
85
27 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.

73.

Coldplay - Parachutes
November 7, 2000
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

Coldplay make straight-ahead, melodic Brit pop that strives for significance with a capital s, even as it has a hard time shaking its influences — you can also hear the ethereal guitar chime of U2, a bit of Dave Matthews’ breathy folk implosion, even a misting of Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd.

72.

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
March 9, 2004
Critic Score
84
17 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.

70.

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
88
16 reviews

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

69.

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
November 12, 2002
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Under Construction, uninhibited and unpredictable, is her best yet.

68.

U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
November 23, 2004
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

This is grandiose music from grandiose men, sweatlessly confident in the execution of their duties.

67.

Björk - Vespertine
August 27, 2001
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

Vespertine is a particle beam in comparison, as weightless as light but concentrated with direction.

63.

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
November 24, 2008
Critic Score
75
31 reviews

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

62.

Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
October 17, 2000
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

61.

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
June 19, 2001
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

60.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

59.

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
87
11 reviews

Interpol’s sleek, melancholy sound is a thing of glacial beauty.

58.

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Critic Score
88
9 reviews

57.

Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
October 7, 2003
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

56.

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

On their debut, Vampire Weekend mostly earn points the old-fashioned way: by writing likable songs you'll be glad to revisit next month.

54.

Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
February 26, 2002
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

53.

Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
September 23, 2008
Critic Score
65
23 reviews

52.

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

M.I.A.’s long-awaited full-length debut, Arular, is every bit as stunning as “Galang”: weird, playful, unclassifiable, sexy, brilliantly addictive.

51.

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-2000s-20110718
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3y
Again, no Modest Mouse - but you're putting Bob Dylan in one of the top-10 spots. What a joke. Maybe move Dylan over to make room for a more contemporary act. No Moon and Antarctica - no Good News for People Who Love Bad News. Ridiculous.
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