Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records of 2005

Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records of 2005

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50. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
March 8, 2005
Critic Score
82
11 reviews

On their fantastic third album, Set Yourself on Fire, Stars build cerebral torch songs out of boy-girl vocals, strings, synths, guitars and the occasional French horn.

49. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock

Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
September 12, 2005
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

48. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
March 7, 2005
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

46. The Willowz - Talk in Circles

The Willowz - Talk in Circles
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

45. Various Artists - Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Various Artists - Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
70
1 review

44. Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino

Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino
July 13, 2004
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

43. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi

Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi
April 12, 2005
Critic Score
70
7 reviews

42. Living Things - Ahead of the Lions

Living Things - Ahead of the Lions
October 4, 2005
Critic Score
68
7 reviews

41. Keyshia Cole - The Way It Is

Keyshia Cole - The Way It Is
June 21, 2005
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

40. Neil Young - Prairie Wind

Neil Young - Prairie Wind
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
68
7 reviews

39. Annie - Anniemal

Annie - Anniemal
September 28, 2004
Critic Score
83
10 reviews

38. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt

Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
June 21, 2004
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

37. Missy Elliott - The Cookbook

Missy Elliott - The Cookbook
July 4, 2005
Critic Score
70
12 reviews

36. The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue

The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

35. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
February 15, 2005
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

34. Paul Wall - The Peoples Champ

Paul Wall - The Peoples Champ
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

32. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
September 13, 2004
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

31. Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako

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

30. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor

Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
June 14, 2005
Critic Score
68
14 reviews

27. Stevie Wonder - A Time to Love

Stevie Wonder - A Time to Love
October 18, 2005
Critic Score
59
6 reviews

26. Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze

Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
Now that Homme is calling all the shots, he lacks both a manic foil to his confident cool as well as someone to rein in his inevitable deviations from what he does best: dark-chocolate rock with a soft, gooey center.

25. Jeezy - Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Jeezy - Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
July 26, 2005
Critic Score
68
6 reviews

22. Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor

Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor
November 11, 2005
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

21. Common - Be

Common - Be
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

20. System of a Down - Hypnotize

System of a Down - Hypnotize
November 22, 2005
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

18. Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak

Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
February 22, 2005
Critic Score
64
13 reviews

17. Van Morrison - Magic Time

Van Morrison - Magic Time
May 17, 2005
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

16. John Legend - Get Lifted

John Legend - Get Lifted
December 28, 2004
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

15. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Gorillaz - Demon Days
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

14. Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall

Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

What makes this set such a godsend, nearly fifty years late, is that we hear this brief legendary partnership at its best in a concert-hall setting, in stunning-for-its-day fidelity.

13. Various Artists - Run the Road Vol. 1

Various Artists - Run the Road Vol. 1
January 24, 2005
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

12. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
87
12 reviews

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

11. M.I.A. - Arular

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

10. 50 Cent - The Massacre

50 Cent - The Massacre
March 3, 2005
Critic Score
60
11 reviews

9. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
92
20 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.

8. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
January 25, 2005
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

7. Beck - Guero

Beck - Guero
March 29, 2005
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

6. My Morning Jacket - Z

My Morning Jacket - Z
October 4, 2005
Critic Score
84
16 reviews

2. The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang

The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang
September 5, 2005
Critic Score
62
10 reviews

1. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

He steps up his lyrical game, shows off his epic production skills, reaches higher, pushes harder and claims the whole world of music as hip-hop turf.

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