Not the band, we’re talking about The UK site’s recounting the best albums that have come out during its existence. It might not reap many classics, but it’s a valid exercise, especially for people with short attention spans or failing grades in history. That’s the cynical take. On the other hand, it could work as a nice refresher course in what took place in recent years, since years do have a habit of blending together. The most interesting part is its electronic streak. The least interesting part is a lot of the albums on it. Just to prep you in advance so you don’t hyperventilate: There’s no Grizzly Bear. I won’t give away the winner, but they say this about it: “Frankly, if you don’t own this album (and love, and cherish it), you quite probably don’t deserve to have any music in your life whatsoever.” Got it? Appropriately dramatic words for the collection holding the no. 1 spot:

50 The Killers – Hot Fuss
49 Kasabian – Kasabian
48 Deerhunter – Microcastle
47 Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold
46 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
45 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
44 Portishead – Third
43 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
42 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
41 Santigold – Santigold
40 Late Of The Pier – Fantasy Black Channel
39 Sigur Rós – Takk…
38 Efterklang – Parades
37 Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
36 The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
35 Hot Chip – The Warning
34 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
33 Benga – Diary Of An Afro Warrior
32 Feist – The Reminder
31 Broadcast – Tender Buttons
30 Battles – Mirrored
29 Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
28 Tunng – Mother’s Daughter And Other Songs
27 The Libertines – The Libertines
26 Kanye West – The College Dropout
25 Apparat – Walls
24 Burial – Burial
23 Gallows – Orchestra Of Wolves
22 Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness
21 Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
20 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
19 Soulwax – Nite Versions
18 The Bug – London Zoo
17 Brian Wilson – SMiLE
16 Isolée – We Are Monster
15 My Morning Jacket – Z
14 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
13 Joanna Newsom – Ys
12 Modeselektor – Hello Mom!
11 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
10 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
09 J Dilla – Donuts
08 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
07 M.I.A. – Arular
06 LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
05 The Knife – Silent Shout
04 TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
03 Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
02 Radiohead – In Rainbows
01 Arcade Fire – Funeral

You can read their complete writeup of Funeral at

Comments (212)
  1. Tom Koff  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    I guess correctly.

  2. Doop  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Oh those wacky Brits–even if you want to like this list their choice of albums to represent the artists is pretty sketchy at best. ‘Get Behind Me Satan’, ‘Because of the Times’, and LCD s/t? Hmmm…

  3. James Mandible  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Wow what? I can agree with maybe ten of those. Maybe. And not in those places. And here I had managed to forget Gallows even existed.
    And Funeral’s good and all but uhhhh it’s not that good.

  4. Eh, I really have nothing bad to say.
    Late of the Pier is a little to recent to be here though (But at least it’s not Vivian Girls again).
    Bummer on Grizzly Bear, but cool to see Bloc Party and Hot Chip get some love.
    Albums I would’ve like to have seen:
    St. Vincent-Marry Me
    The Thermals-The Body, The Blood, The Machine
    Any Neko Case
    Dirty Projectors-Rise Above
    Spoon-Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
    Ans several others I don’t feel like typing

    • Gimme fiction is way better than ga ga ga ga ga.

      • dave  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2009 0

        agreed… but overall that list is pretty decent. I’m glad to see Burial, KOL (when they didn’t suck… like they do now), The Bug, and Modeselektor on their too. I’m a bit pissed however that In Rainbows is behind Funeral. Don’t get me wrong, Funeral is a fantastic album… but its not In Ranbows.

        Also, where the fuck is The Eraser?

      • Drake Tungsten  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2009 0

        let’s just say that they should both be on the list and that everything Britt Daniel touches turns to gold.

    • TD  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

      I disagree in regard to Late of the Pier. Black Fantasy Channel is a solid album from beginning to end. I’ve listened to it dozens of times and it doesn’t get old. I was disappointed by the P4K review, which seemed more concerned with the ‘nu-rave’ genre coming to a close than with the interesting songwriting. Nice to see it gets acknowledged on the other side of the Atlantic though.

  5. It’s not the end of the year yet! Are we starting early on listgum?

  6. k42  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    i actually like the fact that in rainbows is #2. no spoon on this list at all, though.

    funeral is overrated as a whole, though wake up will probably be the best song of the decade.

  7. astro  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    i’ll be damned. santigold and santogold are one in the same.

  8. adam  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Uh oh, the guy from Psychedelic Horseshit is -not- going to like this list…

  9. A list of best albums from the last 5 years is completely insignificant. Seems like someone’s looking to make traffic for their site…check my blog instead! lol.

  10. It’s a very unnecessary list, but at least it’s a list of some really good albums. And I love seeing Deerhunter on somebody’s favorites list besides my own.

  11. Oversights  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    They accidently left of Odelay, Ok Computer, Kid A and Entroducing

  12. cody  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    inside the fire is where?

  13. besides for the electronic stuff and the dubstep, i’d say this list is okay. i’m not into the bleep-bloop-blip-skreeeeeeeeee-bloop stuff too much. i still like guitars and hooks and choruses and whatnot.

    and the comment above mine is hilarious.

  14. Farmer Ted  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    The Kings of Leon sound like Fall Out Boy and look like the Jonas Brothers.

    England is an island of fools, just trying to be “cool”, but trying too hard.

    Be yourself.

    And the band “The Clash” sucks. Sound like a bunch of damned pirates.

    Farmer Ted

    • g-wog  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

      I know it’s cool to hate on Kings of Leon but honestly, your response shows that you haven’t listened to either them or Fall Out Boy. They sound nothing alike, regardless of your own personal taste. Maybe you were listening, but you couldn’t hear because your head was so far up your ass.

  15. ed  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    uh, what, another list? blaaaaaaaahhhh…

  16. You’re on crack. Seriously. Arctic Monkeys? Please.

  17. mar  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    the killers? wacala.

    (that’s “ew” in spanish)

  18. Woah Clash. Woah.

  19. Is this a parallel universe? Am I on the alternate universe’s Stereogum where the commenters peacefully receive and respect a list of “Top Albums” and “Top Songs”? Is this real life? Why hasn’t anyone properly raged? I feel….I feel funny. Why is this happening to me? Are y’all gonna be peaceful forever?

  20. Congratulations Blender, you’re no longer the author of the stupidest fucking list Stereogum’s ever posted.

  21. megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Nice to see that everyone hasn’t forgotten about SMiLE

    • JonLovitz  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 0

      Songs are great, but the group of original SMiLE recordings from 1967 that came out on that Beach Boys box set is unbelievably better. Not saying SMiLE 2004 isn’t good, it’s just that unfortunately, it doesn’t hold a candle to the version produced by Brian in his prime some 40 years ago.

      This list is OK. I’m not going to get my knickers in a twist, but I’d like to see some more Mogwai, Explosions in The Sky, or just post-rock in general represented.

  22. Bender Bending Rodriguez  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    What? No Robbie Williams? Just when you think you have the Brits figured out…

  23. Kings of Leon FTW.

    also TVotR.

  24. Am the only one who thinks some latter day Dylan albums should be on this list?

    Oh yeah, and a few more rap albums. Jay-Z anybody?

  25. Fred  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Can we not have the anti-Brit sentiment that always seem to appear when a list from Britain is published. We don’t all get together as an island to piss you off.

  26. otisore  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    #’s 1-9 > AC

  27. 18 The Bug – London Zoo

    OMG, they are horrible. Ugly music.

  28. Was the National’s “Boxer” more of an American thing?

  29. The last Gorillaz album was very good…add a little more Damon Albarn and Danger Mouse to this list.

  30. Pointless list is pointless…

  31. 2nose  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    I agree that a list of the best of the past 5 years, moreso than most lists in general, is bloody pointless…however Battles ‘Mirrored’ has not recieved nearly the recognition it deserved, so I’m glad to see that there. Speaking of Battles, how about a Progress Report, Stereogum…?

  32. You know? I like this list. Kasabian has no place being on a best of anything, but that aside, pretty good. The fact that they included Broadcast makes me think they’re doing something right.

  33. king of leon, the libertines, and the fucking killers over andrew bird, grizzly bear and okkervil river?

    england for the fail.

  34. Give them a break, at least they didn’t but Kaiser Chiefs on here

  35. I was pleasantly surprised to see Liars and Deerhunter.

    No Wolf Parade though? For shame.


    Thank you.

    • You miss-spelled INFERIOR.

      • Lol. No. I. Did. Not.

        • Then I hope you kept your receipt because your ears are broken.

          • Next comes the part where you or someone else actually explains why Funeral trumps the sublime aural and conceptual brilliance of Neon Bible. I have no knowledge of the p4k (etc.) ratings in this case, so we’ll need concrete arguments.

          • Track by track:

            Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) > Black Mirror
            Neighborhood #2 (Laika) < Keep The Car Running
            Une année sans lumière > Neon Bible
            Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) > Intervention
            Neighborhood # 4 (Kettles) > Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
            Crown of Love > Ocean of Noise
            Wake Up > The Well and the Lighthouse
            Haïti < (Antichrist Television Blues)
            Rebellion (Lies) > Windowsill
            In the Backseat < No Cars Go
            (silence) < My Body Is A Cage

            Neon Bible is way too studied and deliberate for me. It lacks the energy and reckless abandon of Funeral’s best moments.

            And I’m sure you were being sarcastic about the P4k ratings but here they are anyway:

            Funeral – 9.7
            Neon Bible – 8.4

          • Neighborhood #2 (Laika) > Neon Bible
            Haïti > Windowsill

            I left those out for some reason.

          • Crap…….I left off “Rebellion (Lies)” and “Antichrist Television Blues” too. That’s what I get for not actually looking at the CD tracklists that are only three feet away from me.

            I need to start proof reading my comments before hitting submit.

            You can’t fire me, I quit.

          • Really, really appreciate the feedback.

            Still disagree. My Body Is a Cage, No Cars Go, Intervention, Ocean of Noise, and Keep the Car Running all strike me as more wondrous than anything on Funeral. “Deliberate,” and “studied” seem to be the marks against Neon Bible, but I find the concept execution and visceral cultural critiques to be thrilling without taking away from the sweeping, adventurous arrangements of the music itself. Maybe I’m partial to bold statements.

            Honestly did not know the Pitchfork ratings. 9.7?! Holy Shit. That probably explains Funeral’s ascent in the pantheon quite a bit.

          • Alright, so we pleasantly agree to disagree.

            *high five*

            Who says we can’t have civilized discourse on the internetz?

          • megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

            Fuck you both

          • I wonder how scrunched up the text here will get

          • Choam Nomsky  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

            Can a single Arcade Fire discussion not get bogged down in a neverending Funeral vs. Neon Bible cage-match? I love both albums for different reasons, and feel no need to rank them.

          • santi  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 0

            get a room

          • arcade fire > everyone
            unnecessary posts > irrelevant lists

          • Badger_Dash  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2009 0

            If this conversation moves any further to the right, this wall will collapse in on itself. The Internet apocalypse.

          • Bryan  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

            Not really fair to compare each track like this. I think Funeral has the better songs, and a better overall aesthetic. But song by song, Funeral has great 5 songs (Tunnels, Power Out, Crown of Love, Wake Up, Rebellion) and Neon Bible has 7 (Keep the Car Running, Intervention, Ocean of Noise, Antichrist TV Blues, Windowsill, No Cars Go, My Body is a Cage). So depending on the rating metric, I could go either way.

          • Andrew  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

            (Silence) > My Body Is A Cage

      • you misspelled “miss-spelled”

    • Your Mom  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 0

      Arcade Fire are a very overrated band. I really just can’t see why everyone loves these guys so much. Don’t get me wrong, I do like them, BUT they aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread…..Number 1? NO WAY. Don’t get me started on Vampire Weekend either…..I love Kings of Leon, but Number 3 for that album is pushing it. However, the list is spot on, maybe not in the order I’d imagine.

  37. Ben  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Um, The National? Fucked that one up.

    Leaving Spoon out was also a bad call. And The Hold Steady?

    • Farmer Ted  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

      Spoon and the Hold Steady are the worst two bands ever.
      Never even heard of the National.
      But they must suck as well.

  38. MGMT? Still? I thought we all agreed that we’d turn the other way on that one, that it’s time to pretend it never happened. A little beirut would have been nice. Or some national. Or some wolf parade. Or some Cut Copy, if we want to replace apples with apples.

  39. Kings of Leon being here (and at number three! wtf?!) automatically makes this list a joke. That being said, I would like to have seen these albums here:

    Stephen Malkmus/Face The Truth
    Midlake/Bamnan and Slivercork
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow/Scribble Mural Comic Journal
    The Fiery Furnaces/Blueberry Boat
    Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ BIlly/Superwolf
    A.C. Newman/The Slow Wonder
    Vashti Bunyan/Lookaftering
    Bill Callahan/Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

    • danny  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 0

      YES, Superwolf. Damn I always forget about that album. To my ears, the best Oldham album this decade.

    • MIchael  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 0

      A Sunny Day In Glasgow album is the most underrated of past 5 years. How did that slip through the cracks. Amazing.

  40. Jam  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    spoon yes…hold seady hell no

  41. Brendan  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    I like this list solely because it gives My Morning Jacket’s “Z” the credit it deserves. It’s a phenomenally fluid album. One of my top 5 favorite albums.

    • AJ Thunderfuck  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

      Remind me to use the phrase “phenomenally fluid” more often when describing things I like.

  42. lists of lists  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    off the top of my head- BSS’s “Broken Social Scene” over “You Forgot it in People” is a really bad call…

    • James  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

      You Forgot It in People was released in 2002, disqualifying it for consideration. This list covers 2005-2009.

  43. Brendan  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    I like this list solely for the inclusion of My Morning Jacket’s “Z”. One of the best albums I’ve ever heard.

  44. kingdom  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Damn limeys managed to piss me off again!
    It’s the hypocrisy between their year end lists and this list that bothers me the most.

  45. MB  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    “MGMT? Still? I thought we all agreed that we’d turn the other way on that one, that it’s TIME TO PRETEND it never happened. A little beirut would have been nice. Or some national. Or some wolf parade. Or some Cut Copy, if we want to replace apples with apples.”

    Time to Pretend?

    Oh ho ho

  46. Brendan  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    GOD DAMN THESE SCHOOL COMPUTERS. They always end up making me look like a tard for multiple posts of the same thing. Sorry guys.

  47. Ted Tedson  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Still don’t understand Merriweather Post Pavillion. Sounds like someone pressed a button on some random Boss beatbox preset and tried to sing like Brian Wilson over it. Oh wait, they did.

  48. AJ Thunderfuck  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    Hey England, your Kings of Leon is showing.

  49. Portishead-Third is at 44? For shame, should have at least broken the top 20.

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