Pitchfork revealed their Top 50 Albums. Better luck next year Kanye.

50: Orthrelm OV
49: Fiery Furnaces EP
48: Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy
47: The Boy Least Likely To The Best Party Ever
46: Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine [Jon Brion Version]
45: M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us
44: Vashti Bunyan Lookaftering
43: Spoon Gimme Fiction
42: My Morning Jacket Z
41: Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue
40: Young Jeezy Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101
39: Robyn Robyn
38: Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow
37: Dominik Eulberg Kreucht & Fleucht
36: Keith Fullerton Whitman Multiples
35: The Game The Documentary
34: Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers
33: Bloc Party Silent Alarm
32: Beanie Sigel The B.Coming
31: Konono No. 1 Congotronics
30: Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
29: Serena Maneesh Serena Maneesh
28: Sunn O))) Black One
27: Jamie Lidell Multiply
26: The Decemberists Picaresque
25: Alan Braxe & Friends The Upper Cuts
24: The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
23: Ladytron The Witching Hour
22: Broadcast Tender Buttons
21: Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney Superwolf
20: The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
19: Sleater-Kinney The Woods
18: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
17: The Clientele Strange Geometry
16: Love Is All Nine Times That Same Song
15: Clipse We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 2
14: Vitalic OK Cowboy
13: Various Artists Run the Road
12: New Pornographers Twin Cinema
11: Isolée We Are Monster
10: Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
09: Cam’ron Purple Haze
08: LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
07: Animal Collective Feels
06: Deerhoof The Runners Four
05: Antony & the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now
04: M.I.A. Arular
03: Art Brut Bang Bang Rock & Roll
02: Kanye West Late Registration
01: Sufjan Stevens Illinois

Comments (124)
  1. JT  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    No Andrew Bird?!? Goddammit, Pitchfork.

  2. Matt  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Cam’ron at #9 ?!?

  3. this list is seriously flawed, on the hip hop side alone:

    jeezy is on it. beanie sigel is on it. cam’ron is at #9 … unreal. and if i’m not mistaken, that’s Clipse and MIA aka “galang chick”. those are five projects of questionable artistic merit.

    where is danger/doom? where is mariah carey? where is pharrell? where are the black-eyed peas? (if you can forgive the dipset for jacking “We Built This City”, you can s.t.f.u. about how much “Humps” sucks!!) even ciara’s project deserves some consideration for the production by jazzy pha…and if not, then missy elliott…

    i’ll give you that kanye should be on there…but it’s debatable that he should even be in the top 10.

  4. justin  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    wtf is up with pitchfork and rap. i like rap. kanye’s album, common’s album and the dangerdoom album have gotten alot of play this year. but it seems like they through really off the wall shit in there just to be hip to the mtv crowd or something. could you imagine these kids in their tight shirts and emo glasses at a young jeezy concert… HA

  5. mike  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    no lucksmiths? i have a hard time believing that album isn’t one of the 50 best of the year…

  6. Joey  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    What a ridiculous list! Where’s Springsteen’s “Devils & Dust”? I’ve heard of maybe 5 of these bands.

  7. John  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    It makes no sense. They gave The Woods 9.0 in their review, which is higher than at least one of the albums in the top 10, yet The Woods only makes #19? Huh?

  8. It’s a solid list. I’m surprised Andrew Bird isn’t on it, nor Danger Doom, but this was an amazing musical year with a truckload of good albums.

  9. LL Cool F  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Fiery Furnaces mere presence therein immediately throws their entire credibility into doubt.

  10. It would be impossible to put together a year end list that everyone agreed with. So while there are albums that I think are missing or don’t belong long on a list I would make, I’m not going to waste my breathe complaining about it. Although I have to say that I agree about the rap items on this list. Some of them don’t seem very noteworthy, even by pitchfork’s standards. Is this a case of afirmitive action in a year end list?

  11. davidm  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    I can’t believe Kanye got number 2. His album was all hype and maybe 3 good songs. Probably the worst album I got this year. Also, did anyone hear about MIAs crazy shenanigans at her Philly show a few weeks ago? Where she refused to come out because she said the soundsystem was underpowered and then started crying? Wack.

  12. “They gave The Woods 9.0 in their review”

    They didn’t give the Woods anything. A specific reviewer gave the Woods a 9.0. The end of the year list gets voted on by the entire staff, so there are always going to be differences.

    “Also, did anyone hear about MIAs crazy shenanigans at her Philly show a few weeks ago? Where she refused to come out because she said the soundsystem was underpowered and then started crying? Wack.”

    I think you’re referring to Lady Sovereign.

  13. davidm  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    My bad Ben, I stand corrected, guess I was too quick with my fingers, and not my brain.

  14. holy jesus.

    i understand trying to broaden your list and welcome different types of music, but they should stick to good albums while doing so…beanie siegel/the game/young jeezy…cam’ron at 9? all that and 5 unforgivable exclusions (andrew bird, the national, caribou, broken social scene and barlow) makes this one of pfork’s weakest lists…art brut and mia 3/4? really!?

  15. karl  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    I very rarely agree with Pitchfork, this list has some of the right albums just in the wrong order. But the glaring problem with their list is the Camron placement at #9??! No matter how they explain the reasoning behind it, it still just doesn’t make any sense!!

  16. Pitchfork really don’t get what is good anymore. There is no way that Art Brut released the third best album this year. The album is decent upon first listen and grows tiring very quick. It shows a very poor opinion from “the writers”. There are numerous UK bands who released infinitly better albums – Dogs, Paddingtons, The Cribs, The Rakes; but Pitchfork have to go for the least commercial. Go over to http://tommyshots.blogspot.com and see the new UK bands. I hope for their sake they all sell millions and Pitchfork overlooks them all, it will do them better.

  17. No, The National-Alligator? WTF?

  18. andrew  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    This is the best list I’ve seen. Keep in mind that Pitchfork is a collection of writers, many of whom are more interested in hip-hop than others, like that guy from themack who reviews the Juelz Santana mixtapes for the singles section every so often. It’s not a listing of the fifty highest reviewed albums – go to Metacritic for that. Jamie Lidell and Ladytron both could have been higher, but as a comprehensive assortment of the best albums of the year, I don’t think you could do much better.

    Responding to other comments above: Black Eyed Peas?

  19. mls  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Hey, at least they got number one right. My biggest complaints are that Twin Cinema didn’t make the top ten, and that “Young Jeezy” was somehow better than My Morning Jacket. Overall it’s a pretty decent list (at least Kanye wasn’t number one, right?).

  20. Jonah  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    My thoughts on the single biggest omission: No Rogue Wave?!? IMO, that’s a Top 5 album for this year.

  21. As always, there’s a few head-scratchers.

    1. Sigur Ros = missing.
    2. Andrew Bird = missing.
    3. Xiu Xiu = missing.
    4. Kanye & Cam’ron?! Psh. How about Edan and Common?
    5. Six Organs of Admittance and Thee Silver Mt. Zion nowhere to be found, but Dominik Eulberg and Bloc Party made the list?
    6. And how did Isolee make #11?

    Still, I’m pleased enough with the list this year. Sufjan deserves his place at the top. Art Brut, while maybe not #3, has been too underappreciated, so I’m glad they’re recognizing. Wolf Parade and CYHSY rightfully not in the top 5. And they made sure to rep Fiona Apple and Roisin Murphy, which was a pleasant surprise as I’m a huge fan of these great great albums.

  22. How bout Frank Black’s “Honeycomb.” A lovely record.

  23. andrew, i’ve taken the time to listen to Jeezy, Black Eyed Peas, and several Cam’ron/Juelz/Diplomats efforts and i can honestly tell you that Pitchfork is needlessly riding Cam’s d*ck over nothing. don’t let the fact that you hate the Black Eyed Peas singles cloud your judgement. do this little experiment: find a copy of “We Built This City” by Cam and The Diplomats somewhere. listen. realize that it’s a rip-off of Starship. then tell me that you still take them seriously enough to tell me that one of their number should ever be in the *top 10* on any list…

  24. Kanye got #1 on Rolling Stone’s list, narrowly beating out … the Rolling Stones (!)

  25. Dustin  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    No Ryan Adams? Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights should be on there.

  26. J Watertruck  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    I like the placement of the hip hop records on this list. Cam might be a little high on there but it is a far better record than DangerDoom and especially that Common album. Jeezy, Beanie, Clipse, and Game all deserve to be on there.

    And I LOVE that Art Brut record but there is no way it deserves to be in the top 5.

  27. Rinfster  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Any 2005 year end list that ignores Kate Bush’s “Aerial” is hereby deemed irrelevant.

  28. david Brent  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    There is nothing funnier than a bunch of indie snob hipsters attempting to be “down” with hip hop. I laugh at the thought of a bunch of skinny white dudes with assymetrical haircuts and ironic t-shirts discussing Dip Set and whipping coke with serious looks on their faces. Needless to say, the Lil’ Wayne album is much better than Cam’Ron, Late Registration was good, but not #2 of the year good, and I have neither the time nor the desire to check out half these albums b/c quite frankly, not too much music really captivated me this year. Illinois was really good, as was My Morning Jacket, but half the albums on this list didn’t get a second listen.

  29. kevin  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    only 2 of those albums made my top 10

    what idiots

  30. like a few others, i was most disappointed and confused at not seeing any broken social scene or ryan adams + cardinals “jacksonville city nights” on the list. i thought their top 50 singles was rather underwhelming too.

  31. austin  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    no broken social scene??? what is going on pitchfork?

  32. I’m not sure why Art Brut is so high–I like it, but not that much. M.I.A.’s album is amazing, and I fully expected it to be in the top ten.

    And really, Broken Social Scene’s album is much better than a bullshit Fiery Furnaces EP.

    Overall, I find it kind of dull. Nothing past Broadcast is surprising. And who didn’t think Illinois would get number one? Where are those amazing albums that passed under P-fork’s radar during the year? Where is Hot Chip (even though it came out last year in the UK)?

  33. Love Is All got number 16… but the album isn’t even out yet. How is that possible?!!?

  34. No White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan”?

  35. unbeebable  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Malkmus and Super Furry Animals should have at least cracked the top 50. Foolz

  36. Ultratails  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    First of all, have you guys heard the Kanye West album, in its entirety? It has a bunch of amazing songs, in which Kanye pours his heart out on the subject. Like “Roses”, Kanye raps about how his Grandma is dying and poor people pass away, even though “Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS.”

    Even if it did, come down to beats, Kanye blows BEP out of the water.

    That being said, keep in mind that Pitchfork really takes lyrics into account, for more than just rap. That’s probably why ArtBrut’s at #3. They regard originality very highly too. Explaining why Illinois is at #1.

    And yeah, no Broken Social Scene?

    And who said Black Eyed Peas deserved to be on there?

  37. tristan  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    I laughed when I saw Sufjan at the top. Illinois is a bloated hysterical album, but the man’s hip!

  38. Jay  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Look, the list could be worse, Kanye could have been #1. And ease up on the Friedbergers. Yes, RMC missed big time (though Rob Mitchum still had it seventh on his list), but their EP is a strong record.

    Sleater-Kinney should have been in the top 10 and CYHSY shouldn’t have made the top 20. And no BSS is just criminal.

    But is anyone really surprised? This is Pitchfork afterall. They always put out a divisive best album list. Shit, Rapture was #1 in 2003.

  39. pitchforkmediasucks  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    no broken social scene
    no common
    no iron & wine
    no boards of canada
    no sigur ros
    no doves
    no dangerdoom
    bloc party not even in the top 20!

    and then you got young cheesy, cam’ron (who is one of the wackest rappers of our time) and beanie sigel on the list. not cool.

  40. r*obox  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    No Lindsay Lohan?! Preposterous!

  41. seiche  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    With this list, I think Pitchfork has officially humped the shark.

    It’s all downhill from here.

  42. no Akron/Fmaily.

    This list is weak.

  43. re: Broken Social Scene…I can’t be the only one who thought it was kind of a snooze. fine, but not in the top 50.

  44. farning  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    would have loved to see akron/family in there

    as well as cass mccombs, sigur ros, grizzly bear, chad vangaalen, OF MONTREAL!!

    oh dear pitchfork. at least it’s mildly fun to complain about their lists

  45. I agree with Jim about the new Broken Social Scene being kind of a snooze. I just feel kind of bored listening to it… that doesn’t mean I don’t like it, but it’s… ::shrug::

    I also agree that Ryan Adams should be on this list… even if it’s only Cold Roses.

    Where are the Eels? Ben Folds?

    The Fiery Furnaces EP (!) gets in the top 50, but Death Cab is no where to be seen.

  46. RoadkillKid  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    I think the list at popmatters.com would be more to your liking, oh readers and writers of stereogum. I especially liked the comment from the guy who had only heard of 5 bands on the entire pitchfork list. Hey, at least you’re digging on The Boss.


  47. Ant  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Does anyone else remember all the pitchfork induced hype leading up to Silent Alarm? Aprox 4,762 features and reviews + 6 months = #38.
    kiss your cred goodbye.

  48. foster  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    no broken social scene = dissapointment

  49. foster  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    ok that popmatters is a little better to my taste… but no cyhsy????

  50. LL Cool F  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2005 0

    Is there anything more in tune with the zeitgeist than arguing about a list.
    There’s a war on, people.

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