Gummy Awards

The Gummy Awards: Top 20 Albums Of 2005

This year, Stereogum wanted you — the readers — to decide the year’s best albums. Thousands voted during our 7 day poll and we’ve finally tallied the Top 20.

As promised, one of you (selected randomly) wins the lot of ‘em, purchased NEW from an ACTUAL STORE … so you can regift the ones with rootkits.

Props to those who gave Monk & Coltrane’s Carnegie reissue a shoutout. And to everyone who couldn’t get enough Kidz Bop. To the guy who said Walk The Line’s Soundtrack was 2005’s best: go buy a Johnny Cash album … one without Jaoquin Phoenix. To the gal who voted for Simply Red’s remix CD: I think you’re reading the wrong blog.

One poll taker wrote in, “No good music has been released since 1998.” Thank god he didn’t win.

Kanye may claim Stereogum Readers Hate Black People, but Jed, Jim, and I think your responses were top-notch, even if you are racist. Thanks for voting, thanks for reading, have a great holiday.

20

KANYE WEST
Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)
RELEASED: August 30

Buy It!

19

BRIGHT EYES
I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (Saddle Creek)
RELEASED: January 25

Buy It!

18

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
s/t (Capitol)
RELEASED: February 15

Buy It!

17

ANDREW BIRD
Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (Righteous Babe)
RELEASED: February 8

Buy It!

16

OKKERVIL RIVER
Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar)
RELEASED: April 5

Buy It!

15

GRIZZLY BEAR
Horn Of Plenty (w/ Bonus Remixes) (Kanine)
RE-RELEASED: November 8

Buy It!

14

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS
I Am A Bird Now (Secretly Canadian)
RELEASED: February 1

Buy It!

13

THE NATIONAL
Alligator (Beggars)
RELEASED: April 12

Buy It!

12

M.I.A.
Arular (XL)
RELEASED: March 22

Buy It!

11

Animal Collective
Feels (Fat Cat)
RELEASED: October 18

Buy It!

10

My Morning Jacket
Z (ATO)
RELEASED: October 4

Buy It!

09

SLEATER-KINNEY
The Woods (Subpop)
RELEASED: May 24

Buy It!

08

THE DECEMBERISTS
Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars)
RELEASED: March 22

Buy It!

07

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
s/t (Arts & Crafts)
RELEASED: October 4

Buy It!

06

NEW PORGRAPHERS
Twin Cinema (Matador)
RELEASED: August 23

Buy It!

05

SPOON
Gimme Fiction (Merge)
RELEASED: May 10

Buy It!

04

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH
s/t (CYHSY)
RELEASED: October 11

Buy It!

03

BLOC PARTY
Silent Alarm (Vice)
RELEASED: March 22

Buy It!

02

WOLF PARADE
Apologies To The Queen Mary (Subpop)
RELEASED: September 27

Buy It!

01

SUFJAN STEVENS
Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
RELEASED: July 5

Buy It!

And our randomly generated winner: Zac Cianflone. Congrats Zac!

UPDATE: You may have noticed Arcade Fire on the list earlier. I included them because pollmaster Jim said “Some people had convoluted arguments for considering AF an 05 release.” I just read the arguments … and they’re not very good. So I put the Arcade Fire out. Welcome Kanye.