The Wrens - Meadowlands

50

The Wrens

Meadowlands
(Absolutely Kosher)


Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

49

Animal Collective

Sung Tongs
(FatCat)


Beck - Sea Change

48

Beck

Sea Change
(Geffen)


The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

47

The Hold Steady

Separation Sunday
(Frenchkiss)


MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

46

MGMT

Oracular Spectacular
(Sony/Columbia)


Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

45

Spoon

Kill The Moonlight
(Merge)


My Morning Jacket - Z

44

My Morning Jacket

Z
(ATO)


Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

43

Animal Collective

Strawberry Jam
(Domino)


Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

42

Bloc Party

Silent Alarm
(Vice)


Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

41

Grizzly Bear

Yellow House
(Warp)


Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

40

Ryan Adams

Heartbreaker
(Bloodshot)


Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

39

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
(XL)


The National - Alligator

38

The National

Alligator
(Beggars Banquet)


The Avalanches - Since I Left You

37

The Avalanches

Since I Left You
(Modular)


The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

36

The Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
(Warner Bros.)


Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

35

Arcade Fire

Neon Bible
(Merge)


Daft Punk - Discovery

34

Daft Punk

Discovery
(Virgin)


The Knife - Silent Shout

33

The Knife

Silent Shout
(Mute)


OutKast - Stankonia

32

OutKast

Stankonia
(LaFace/Arista)


TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain

31

TV On The Radio

Return To Cookie Mountain
(Interscope)


The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2

30

The Microphones

The Glow Pt. 2
(K)


Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say, That's What I'm Not

29

Arctic Monkeys

Whatever People Say, That’s What I’m Not
(Domino)


Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

28

Grizzly Bear

Veckatimest
(Warp)


of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

27

of Montreal

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
(Polyvinyl)


Radiohead - Amnesiac

26

Radiohead

Amnesiac
(Capitol)


The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America

25

The Hold Steady

Boys And Girls In America
(Vagrant)


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

24

Bright Eyes

I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
(Saddle Creek)


Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun

23

Sigur Ros

Ágætis Byrjun
(FatCat)


The White Stripes - Elephant

22

The White Stripes

Elephant
(V2)


Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

21

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)


The Postal Service - Give Up

20

The Postal Service

Give Up
(Sub Pop)


Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

19

Animal Collective

Merriweather Post Pavilion
(Domino)


Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

18

Death Cab For Cutie

Transatlanticism
(Barsuk)


Joanna Newsom - Ys

17

Joanna Newsom

Ys
(Drag City)


The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

16

The White Stripes

White Blood Cells
(V2)


Animal Collective - Feels

15

Animal Collective

Feels
(FatCat)


LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

14

LCD Soundsystem

Sounds Of Silver
(DFA)


Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary

13

Wolf Parade

Apologies To The Queen Mary
(Sub Pop)


The National - Boxer

12

The National

Boxer
(Beggars Banquet)


Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

11

Bon Iver

For Emma, Forever Ago
(Jagjaguwar)


Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights

10

Interpol

Turn On the Bright Lights
(Matador)


Panda Bear - Person Pitch

9

Panda Bear

Person Pitch
(Paw Tracks)


Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica

8

Modest Mouse

The Moon & Antarctica
(Epic)


Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

7

Broken Social Scene

You Forgot It In People
(Arts & Crafts)


Radiohead - In Rainbows

6

Radiohead

In Rainbows
(TBD Records)


Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

5

Sufjan Stevens

Illinois
(Asthmatic Kitty)


The Strokes - Is This It

4

The Strokes

Is This It
(RCA)


Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

3

Wilco

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
(Nonesuch)


Arcade Fire - Funeral

2

Arcade Fire

Funeral
(Merge)


Radiohead - Kid A

1

Radiohead

Kid A
(Capitol)


 
Comments (125)
  1. Cory  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    This is just about the most accurate list of top albums of the decade compiled thus far, good job! FIRST

    • Grace  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

      Totally agree. Great list.

      • Aadam Aziz Ansari  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

        I’m half-surprised to see that I own every single album on this list, some even on CD!

    • Snore  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2010 0

      The Postal Service? Death Cab for Cutie? Who made this list anyway? Zach Braff? On second thought, this list is too white even for Zach Braff. And any list for the decade without MIA deserves only contempt.

  2. Leo  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    How about that? BSS!

  3. Yellow House below Veckatimest. Tisk, Tisk, Tisk.

  4. Apparently a decade equals about 3 years for most Stereogum readers. Must be all that acid they dropped in the early 00′s.

    • Number of Albums, Avg Position by Year:
      2000 – 5, 23.6
      2001 – 6, 22.2
      2002 – 6, 24.8
      2003 – 4, 27.5
      2004 – 2, 25.5
      2005 – 8, 28.5
      2006 – 6, 29.3
      2007 – 9, 22.6
      2008 – 2, 30
      2009 – 2, 23.5

      Yay for math?

  5. Disgruntled Gary  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    Wow I can’t believe my top pick (…Trail of Dead “Source Tags and Codes”) didn’t even crack the top 50!

  6. The lack of Sunset Rubdown disturbs me. And seriously, that MGMT album is one of the best of the decade? You crazy for this one, Stereogum.

  7. This list may have even out-hipstered Pitchfork

  8. What a poor representation of our past decade.

    • nah, this is pretty good. you can’t please everyone. Don’t think MGMT, Bright Eyes, or any Ben Gibbard project desevie to be on here though. It’s pretty hard to believe Neon Bible isn’t on here, feel like I must be missing it

  9. Brian  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    A real shame to see Beirut and Destroyer both shut out, despite numerous amazing albums between them.

    • Cory  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

      I agree that Streethawk: A Seduction should’ve been included, the songwriting is brilliant ont hat album. Also I would have to say there’s a lack of some good rap albums, check out Cunninglynguists, Masta Ace, Kanye, UGK, and a couple Common albums

  10. The Moon & Antarctica and The Glow Pt. 2 are highly rated! GREAT JOB VOTERS!!!

  11. This one is breathtaking. Wow. Stereogum readers did this with only 1 vote each?

  12. brian  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    too much AC, too little YYYs.

  13. I’m actually really glad Silent Alarm made it. Good job everyone on not being rendered blind by hipster backlash (in this case at least).

  14. Bon Iver at 11? It’s obviously really good, but that’s clearly way too high. Glad to see Feels topped MPP. Solid top 10. Final thought…where’s Destroyer’s Rubies? It was probably denied inclusion due to it rarely being selecting at for the #1 album, but I’d venture to say a lot of people would put it in their top 10-20.

  15. Joe  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    Ugh. The only thing more obnoxious than stereogum readers applauding the list that stereogum readers created — is stereogum readers criticizing the list that stereogum readers created.

    • Sigma  |   Posted on Dec 26th, 2009 0

      or perhaps the stereogum readers reading the posts just to put down other stereogum readers for having opinions

  16. Lots of AC…..BUT….

    Sung Tongs > Strawberry Jam > Feels > MPP

  17. Oh no, WE FORGOT YEAH YEAH YEAHS!

  18. Steve  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    In Rainbows? Really? 6th best album of the decade?

  19. No Yo la tengo in the top 50 :D

  20. Dude who won’s gonna have a pretty sweet Animal Collective record collection.

  21. keyshawn  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    stereogum folks is white. where all my nigga albums at?

    and stankonia don’t count

  22. I enjoy AC but I’ll be goddamned before I’ll say they released four of the 50 best albums of this decade. Too much techonology is used for there brand of music, which makes them two steps away from 3oh!3

    • You took it too far with 3oh!3, but not far enough in that you forgot Panda Bear landed at 9 all by his lonesome.

      I would cut two AC albums to make room for YYYs and Dirty Projectors in order to have a more accurate representation of the same core group of listeners, but that’s just me.

  23. Needs more Super Furry Animals.

  24. alex  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    Wide Awake is here but LIFTED doesn’t even chart? ouch.

  25. would have been nice to have been able to listen to these albums too

  26. About fucking time. Finally a list worth blogging about. Seems like great hipster-minds do think alike after all. Very respectable list. Pat yourself in the back for me Stereogum.

  27. Cb  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    sums up the decade for me other than a few selections it’s spot on!! well done readers:)

  28. Um…no Jay-z, Kanye West, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Cash, Libertines, Franz, Brian Wilson, MIA, or Eminem? Come on Stereogum readers.

    • I know… Hip/Hop isn’t represented at all. Madvillain is missing too. This is a Pitchfork Pt. II list in my opinion

    • As a Libertines fan, even I know that while ‘Up The Bracket’ isn’t all that, it definitely beats a good amount of other albums on here.

  29. you people think like i think

  30. If Blueberry Boat landed on here, this list would be perfect

  31. It brings a smile to my face to see Wolf Parade at 13. Apologies To The Queen Mary is an amazing album. There follow-up was good but not as great. Either way, I want more from them.

  32. Anyone else noticed that there is ONE hip-hop album on that list?

    Phrenology? Blueprint? Supreme Clientele? Late Registration? Madvillainy? MM…Food? ANYBODY?

    • oFB  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 +1

      I voted for the Blueprint……

      This list has made alot of white people very happy

    • Donuts? Fishscale? The Cold Vein? Hall Hath No Fury?

      there’s at least 20 hip hop albums released this decade better than everything ben gibbard has ever done.

      this list sucks. it’s worse than pitchfork’s.

  33. dark element  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    yep yep yep.. read it and weep.. apologies #13! being the biased fan that i am… id rather see them at #1 but i will take 13. im running down this list ..and all im thinking is where did you put them? as i know that when anyone mentions the decade.. there will be apologies to queen mary. and of course silent alarm will always be there as well… wish bloc party would return to their original style.

  34. Definitely the best list I’ve seen. Reading through this just felt good. It just gets more and more right as you go on. I was so tired of seeing lists without things like Discovery, Illinois, Hissing Fauna, or Sound of Silver.

    I am apparently the only person on Earth that thinks Lifted, and maybe be even Cassadaga, is a little better than I’m Wide Awake. Whatever, great job guys.

    • I’m also baffled that nearly everyone seems to think I’m Wide Awake is better than Lifted (except for Pitchfork, who strangely put Fevers and Mirrors far down on their best of the decade list and didn’t include any other Bright Eyes albums at all… I guess Conor Oberst isn’t hip anymore for some reason?). Up until all of the best of the decade lists started coming out I’d always assumed it was the other way around. As far as I’m concerned though, Lifted is Oberst’s masterpiece thus far. (I’m not with you on Cassadaga though. I even thought the Four Winds EP was better than Cassadaga.)

  35. Matt  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    It is surprising that the list came out like this with the one vote each thing. What a great top ten.

  36. Matt  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    It is surprising that the list came out like this with the one vote each thing. What a great top ten.

  37. Not bad, but I am really surprised Dragonslayer, Microcastle, and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out didn’t make the top 50.

  38. I’m also very impressed with the quality of the list considering everyone only had one vote. And yeah, of course it’s a bit white bread – but so is Stereogum and the people who read it. It’s not shocking, it’s simply demographic bias. Personally I think the most glaring omission is M.I.A., but eh, nothing’s perfect.

    And further kudos to Stereogum readers for getting #1 right. Any Best Album of the 2000s list that doesn’t have Kid A at the top is lying to itself.

  39. dm  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with most of these selections, but the overall list is almost embarrassingly white. It’s like hip-hop didn’t even happen.

  40. does animal collective run this site? haha. i FUCKIN love animal collective…but really…a top list shouldn’t repeat in my opinion. and ya you almost threw me off with outkast but still an indie rock list. black people music is much more fun. all that poetry takes is a broken heart. and i’m not even black. where’s my trip hop at?!

  41. hutch  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    No list is ever going to satisfy everyone (or anyone completely), but all in all this list is not too bad. I would make a lot of changes, but who wouldn’t?
    pretty good polling I would say.

  42. Daft Punk – Discovery is #1 not freaking 34… Discovery was a revolutionary album! Nothing revolutionary happened in this top 10. This list is really kind of screwed because there was only one vote I think. The barrage of “I’m not going to take more then 17 seconds to think about this” entries is best represented mostly by Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Animal Collective. Ten years is a long time and deserves at least a 10min jaunt down iTunes library/CD Book/Record collection.

  43. this is pretty nice work, everybody.
    obviously people’s individual tastes would switch the order up and change some out, but if you remove the numbers from the list and make it unranked, this is a really solid collection.

  44. fag  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2009 0

    Animal collective is a joke, but I guess its better than ranking Green Day up here.

  45. joel  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Animal Collective is a pretty good band. However, they are noooooooot good enough to compose 1/10th of the entire list (including Panda Bear). That is ridiculous. Boo-urns.

    Also, Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem must be moved higher. It’s an imperative. Or else all that business from 2012 is gonna start going down. The Mayans predicted it. They loved Sound of Silver.

  46. I think this is a great list overall. However…

    TWIN CINEMA? GA GA GA GA GA? XIU XIU? WHY?? FIERY FURNACES? BLOOD BROTHERS? BITTE ORCA? LIL WAYNE? and…BJORK?

    Sorry, I rambled. Still, good list.

  47. a little more rap needed and Postal service too high but overall probably the best list i ve seen this year (and for the rap being a black person who went to public school in baltimore of all places,heard aughties rap everyday from random ringtones and street corners, aughties rap was just terrible,of course there were masterpieces but not everyone thought so, not like indie rock has done for the aughties anyway

  48. matt   |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    animal collective definitely have some of the best songs of the decade. None of the best albums however.

  49. No love for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah???

  50. Sirrockaby  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    This list is crap….. two big omissions: The Shins and The New Pornographers. Any of their albums could be in the Top 25. Also, Hip-Hop??? did we miss EL-P, Murs, Clipse, Ghostface, and Kanye West…

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