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When we looked at Pitchfork’s 20 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s, we also went through the entire list and found the 15 songs they included from 2009, noting that Animal Collective was far and away the the highest placer from our current 12 months. A great song doesn’t always equal a great album, but in this case, it worked out for Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist: Merriweather Post Pavillion did very well in Pitchfork’s 20 Greatest Albums Of The ’00s, too. (Actually, A.C. and A.C.-related projects placed multiple times across the Top 200 list — two in the Top 20 — basically winning the > contest by a landslide.) Since Merriweather Post Pavillion is the only ’09 album in the Top 20, those of you with short memories will have lots of rediscoveries. (As far as other buzzed about ’09 records, Bitte Orca made it to 56, Veckatimest to 42.) Fans of a certain kind of rap should be happy. Your Dad might be, too. Fans of any kind of metal will weep bitter tears. Finally, if we’re to believe the folks at Pitchfork, 2002 and 2000 were pretty good years and 2001 wasn’t any slouch either.

20 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights [Matador, 2002]
19 Spoon – Kill The Moonlight [Merge, 2002]
18 Kanye West – Late Registration [Roc-A-Fella, 2002]
17 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver [EMI/DFA, 2007]
16 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Asthmatic Kitty, 2005]
15 The Knife – Silent Shout [Mute/Rabid, 2006]
14 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion [Domino, 2009]
13 OutKast – Stankonia [La Face, 2000]
12 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells [Sympathy For The Record Industry, 2001]
11 Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele [Sony, 2000]
10 The Avalanches – Since I Left You [Modular/Interscope, 2000]
09 Panda Bear – Person Pitch [Paw Tracks, 2007]
08 Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun [Smekkleysa; 2000]
07 The Strokes – Is This It [RCA, 2001]
06 Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica [Epic, 2000]
05 Jay-Z – The Blueprint [Roc-A-Fella, 2001]
04 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Nonesuch, 2002]
03 Daft Punk – Discovery [Virgin, 2001]
02 Arcade Fire – Funeral [Merge, 2004]
01 Radiohead – Kid A [Capitol, 2000]

Most of the writeups cover what you’d expect them to cover, but I like what Ian Cohen writes in his blurb on Funeral. Even if I don’t necessarily agree, it does raise some interesting (and appropriately dramatic) questions:

Will there ever be another album like Funeral? Sounds silly considering the second half of this decade has seen plenty of bands establish nice careers by ripping off the communal euphoria that Arcade Fire made fresh after four years of rock records that boasted metropolitan chic, emotional austerity, or lyrical removal– the music was amazing, but it was all kind of a downer. It’s debatable that Funeral itself is even original– considering they share a label, love of archaic brass and string instruments, and an undeniable ability to wring life affirmation in the face of personal tragedy, it might just be a crossover version of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

But besides being a turning point for indie rock, Funeral was one for the indie community as well. Whether it’s due to increasingly fractious listening habits or the increased ability for dissenters to be heard, Funeral keeps on feeling like the last of its kind, an indie record that sounded capable of conquering the universe and then going on to do just that. The consensus hyperbole that met Funeral resulted in any record that threatened to reach that level becoming met with severe scrutiny or even outright derision. And still, we wonder if there will ever be anything quite like Funeral — something tells me that as music becomes even more readily available to us in the next decade, we’ll still go through it all in the hopes we can find something with the unifying force and astounding emotional payload that only albums like Funeral can provide.

Not one pun on the word “funeral”? You can read the rest of those Top 20 blurbs at Pitchfork.

Comments (274)
  1. What if the most awesomest album of the decade comes out in the next 3 months?

    • srsly. Dylan XMas anyone?

    • dopeman  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      they still gonna put kid a on top.

    • It will. It’s called “Yup, I just did that sh*t” by Kanye West.

    • Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 0

      Or the next 15 months, seeing as how that’s actually the amount of time left in the current decade.

      • seth  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2009 0

        Really, Johnnyboy? So, the year 2000 was actually part of the 90′s? You learn something new everyday.

        • Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2009 0

          The answer to your question is yes. 2000 is the 10th year of the decade spanning 1991 to 2000.

          Seth (and anyone else who voted my comment down), it’s called the Gregorian calendar. Please look it up. Apparently Pitchfork has discarded it and resides in a universe in which there was a year zero, but the rest of the world hasn’t. With no year zero, the first decade of the Common Era was years 1 through 10. That means the current decade consists of the years 2001 to 2010.

          • While what you’re saying is correct, Pitchfork’s list isn’t called “The 20 Greatest Albums of the DECADE” it’s called the “The 20 Greatest Albums of the ’00s”. ’00 is part of that time span. ’10 is not.

    • I always think that. I always…always…think that.

  2. What a failure of a list. The only agreeable ranking on there is “Kid A”

  3. Kid A and Funeral can stay where they are. Now let’s shuffle the rest up.

  4. In Rainbows at 21 I found a little odd, higher than Amnesiac.

  5. they are releasing a list in january of notable albums of the next 3 months

  6. i dunno, i think it’s a pretty damn solid list. of course, it doesn’t exactly mirror what my own choices would be, but come on, you can’t expect that from a comprehensive list like this. my only beef is that, in my opinion, the second half of the decade had music being made by artists not named animal collective that was better than the music being made by artists named animal collective.

  7. justin vernon  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Where is Bon Iver?

  8. angu  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Ys should be top 20.

  9. Most glaring omission I found was Demon Days/Gorillaz. I would have picked Lifted rather than Fevers and Mirror’s for Bright Eyes too.

    • Actually, the I found the most surprising, if not glaring omissions from the list (the whole list, not only the top 20) were The Unicorns (ranked in the top 10 in 2003) and PB&J’s Writer’s Block, which they totally loved. Personally I’ve listed to either of those albums more than I have Kid A in the past 10 years. But that’s just me.

  10. Is ths list perfect? No. Is any list perfect? No. While I do think there were some albums that they missed(Frog Eyes? Menomena?), I have no problem with the top 20 and with this list. As for the whole AC v. GB thing, they’re both great. We all win.

  11. Eh, can always complain, but it’s not bad. Apologies to Queen Mary higher, top 50 at least. I’ve always liked I Am Not Afraid of You… better than And then Nothing… personally.

    And, yeah, 13 of top 20 going to first three years? Either playing it safe or sentimental?

    • Bob K.  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

      Those first three years were significantly better than any other stretch this decade.

      2009 comes close, but it’s tough to put these albums in any context just yet. Also, I think 9/11 probably gave those albums a much stronger context in people’s lives.

      Good list overall, despite some minor quibbles.

  12. Pettr  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    This makes me feel so cool because I own all of these except interpol

  13. The Moon & Antarctica being #6 makes me forgive them for anything else that happened on this list, but still The Glow, Pt. 2 is only #73, c’mon that’s a top 50 album easily

  14. A Poveda  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    What about GSY!BE’s Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven? (2000)

  15. I can respect this list.

    I wonder if someone will call pitchfork pretentious in the following comments – or grumble about how much they hate it.

  16. wow  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Um, Primal Scream XTRMNTR where are you??

  17. mattgcn  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    18 of the 20 there were easy calls for me, and even then only because i’m not well-versed in what rap is considered good. not dissatisfied with the top 20, just plenty that should’ve been higher (ys, blueberry boat) or included just at all (post-nothing)

  18. Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, and Arcade Fire have no place on that list. But otherwise it’s pretty good.

    (I also strongly dislike LCD Soundsystem and “Sound of Silver” but i’m willing to concede that it’s everyone’s favorite album or something)

    • Johnny Tuttle  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

      Elliot, I’ve got West and Stevens as two of the best artists of the decade myself; if you don’t like them, fine, but saying they don’t deserve to be on the list is a little much.

    • WOW.
      Sufjan and Arcade Fire are incredible and Kanye’s a genius, look past who he is and listen to his music. It’s brilliant. Arcade Fire DEFINITELY deserved #2, if not #1.

      • Don’t get me wrong. I like listening to Kanye. I’m just saying,

        sampling music like whoa! and having witty (read: not poetic. just humorous.) lyrics only makes you a really good rapper with catchy hooks. it does not make you a genius. He is not exactly reinventing a genre.

        (also error on my previous comment. i meant to clarify that arcade fire belongs on the list but i just wouldn’t place them as high as pitchfork chose to. [not that i expected them to do otherwise of course given the perfect 10 it recieved])

    • elen  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      I soooooo agree with you with LCD, I’ve tried so hard to get into that dude… nothing still…

    • bebacker  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      your comment is fucking moronic. my god

    • sugar  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      so why are you on stereogum or even reading anything remotely like pitchfork? you probably should be reading other sites that you agree with. its what everyone does on the internet.

  19. Tim  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    How does “Kill the Moonlight” rate higher than Ga Ga…?

    • I am wondering the same exact thing. I liked Kill The Moonlight , but i find Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga to be absolute perfection.

      • I think ga ga ga ga ga is great, but nowhere near kill the moonlight. And in my personal opinion, neither of those are as good as gimme fiction. Have you listened to The Beast And Dragon, Adored lately? JESUS CHRIST

  20. Meowface  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Where the fuck is Ursa Major?!?

  21. James  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Super bummed “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” didn’t make the list. But at least Fevers and Mirrors did. according to p4k Wide Awake=8.7 F&M=5.4 what?

  22. what do you think this list will look like in ten years when they make it all over again? certainly different, yes, but kid a, yankee hotel foxtrot, and funeral aren’t going anywhere. they are one-of-a-kind, near-perfect albums.

    you can’t possibly expect an objective list that chronicles an entire decade while you’re creating it within that decade. but pitchfork knows (certain types of) music, and their analysis (of those certain types) of music is pretty on pretty much all the time. that’s why stereogum pulls 90% of its news from pitchfork. that’s why we expected them to post something about this list right before the long weekend. and that’s why i’m pretty confident that this is a fairly legitimate list. did you read that description? that man feels music.

    that being said, veckatimest higher than yellow house is a travesty, and that list in ten years will almost certainly reflect that.

  23. i will tell you  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    but why stay fixated on the best the greatest = i mean i know that this is america and i too (prolly like you) am a american not an americant. but why feed into it?

    biggest building
    fastest plane
    largest burger
    richest milkshake

    yawn. who cares. is there such as thing as being too plugged in? leave something for those of the future.

    NEWS FLASH – i would love to see a list of the years 1900 – 1909 top albums!

  24. Marko  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    I just find it weird that the Lemon of Pink is completely missing.

  25. Seeing that I own 17 out the 20 albums on this top 20, I can agree with most but not all of the picks PF decided to go with. I would personally do some minor changes with it though…

    20 OutKast – Stankonia [La Face, 2000]
    19 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes [Sub Pop; 2008]
    18 Lill Wayne – Tha Carter III [Cash Money, Universal, Young Money, 2008]
    17 The National – Alligator [Beggars Banquet; 2005]
    16 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Asthmatic Kitty, 2005]
    15 The Knife – Silent Shout [Mute/Rabid, 2006]
    14 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion [Domino, 2009]
    13 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights [Matador, 2002]
    12 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells [Sympathy For The Record Industry, 2001]
    11 Jay-Z – The Blueprint [Roc-A-Fella, 2001]
    10 Liars – Drum’s Not Dead [Mute; 2006]
    09 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest [Warp; 2009]
    08 Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun [Smekkleysa; 2000]
    07 The Strokes – Is This It [RCA, 2001]
    06 Portishead – Third [Island/Mercury; 2008]
    05 Arcade Fire – Funeral [Merge, 2004]
    04 The Libertines – Up the Bracket [Rough Trade; 2002]
    03 …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Source Tags & Codes [Interscope; 2002]
    02 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Nonesuch, 2002]
    01 Radiohead – Kid A [Capitol, 2000]

    There. That’s better.

    • their’s is better, and the reason being is that theirs has The Moon & Antarctica

    • The Third Man  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      Thank god you were here! Our of all the records that were released in the past ten years you barely rearranged their list to perfect it down to perfection. Brilliant!!

    • Joshua  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      Your list makes much more sense. you should write for pitchfork or something.

    • I upvote you for Trail of Dead alone, a record that Pitchfork originally gave a perfect 10 to and now is… nowhere on the list. Okay, it may be on the list – I stopped looking.

    • Freddo  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 0

      Thank you so much for putting your time and effort into YOUR list and sharing it with us all. I will forget about it in a matter of minutes, but I do want to thank you before I move along with my day.

    • I agree that Fleet Foxes should have been there…but Kid A would’ve been my number 1 too… call me nostalgic if you will!

    • Joey  |   Posted on Oct 10th, 2009 -1

      Doesn’t anyone else think green day’s american idiot should be on here. I know there not indie and too mainstream. But if its good music its good music. That album made a statement. It was the greatest punk album ever. If you can try to be balanced and put rapper on there, you can fit green day. Overall im cool with the list though

    • KrepEZ  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2009 0

      That’s better? You removed The Moon & Antarctica from the Top 20; that automatically makes things worse! Regardless of the other changes you made to the list to better suit your sensibilities. I could care less about your personal preference, it is morally reprehensible to remove such a flawless album from the Top 20, lol.

  26. rita  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    I think it’d be interesting to do this list based on the ratings that Pfork gives in its album reviews. For example, The Avalanches album, at #10, got a 9.5, while Panda Bear, at #9, got a 9.4. So according to that, The Avalanches should be ranked higher.

    • yooooooooooooooo  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

      I don’t think the ratings make sense in relation to this list, Rooty by Basement Jaxx got a 3.5 but its in the top 40 I think

    • The album ratings are the opinion of the specific writer assigned to review that album, while this list is the result of a vote by everyone at P4K. There are bound to be some discrepancies between the two.

      • I’m glad they didn’t rank this based solely on the scores assigned upon release. I think it’s pretty evident that the staff as a whole took stock of what albums had held up exceptionally well over the years (e.g. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was ranked number 11 on the ’00-’04 list, but here it was number 4…which is much more fitting).

        The only albums for which this list isn’t “fair” are the recent releases, say those from 2008 and 2009, because they haven’t had time to sink in with people like, say, Kid A or YHF or Funeral. Kid A still sounds fresh and exciting and revelatory 10 years later, and that’s why it is number 1…however, who knows if something released recently is capable of usurping it. I guess we’ll know in 5 years or so after the recent releases have had time to really “sink in.”

        (For the record, I don’t think any recent release is better than Kid A, but that’s my opinion. But I’d put Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born at number 1, and I don’t think it made the list at all. Oh well.)

    • rank  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      I’m pretty sure that the reason it doesnt coincide is because each writer ranks the album themselves, not the whole staff. its the staff that votes and compiles the list. so brian would rank an album 9.5, but probably be trumped by the voting when a list was made.

  27. EAB  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    “Dear Science” deserves to be in the top 20.

  28. Barns  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    I cry for Brian Wilson.

  29. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading their list and passages about the albums, and I thought they did a good job with the placings. However, Pitchfork seem to be overdoing the lists these days. Everytime they do one, it seems to make all the previous ones obsolete because the placement (or non-placement as the case may be) of the albums changes so much. Albums like CYHSY’s debut and Brian Wilson’s Smile, which both got 9/10 and placed in their respective end of year lists ( the latter as high as #5!), didn’t even make the top 200 of the decade. Others like Daft Punk’s Discovery (I love it personally, just so you know before berating me), which got a 6.4 first time round and didn’t make the end of year list, comes in at #3 of the decade. It all seems strange to me, and makes me distrust any of Pitchfork’s ratings and lists.
    Yeah, I know that reviews are only written by one journalist and it’s only that one person’s opinion, but you’d hope (if not expect) that there would be some consensus made between at least a few of the publication’s journalists before they hand out ratings.

    • ben  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      ha, i agree they’re overdoing it a bit.
      but i think it’s the benefits of the hindsight. evaluations at present moment are bound to differ from opinions from before, especially considering they take into account how influential each album is in this decade.

  30. too much kanye west. nice to see madvillian at #25.

    • Johnny Tuttle  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      I do kinda sort like the West appearances on the list even though only Late Registration is the only album of his I’d place. I’d put that very highly, too, FTR.

      Madvillainy (and Donuts) was great, and the scattered Outkast was fine, but there wasn’t a whole lot of backpacker rap on the list. It was mostly Wu and Jay-Z when they brought up rap. I would have liked to have seen Danger Doom, mmm….Food?, and maybe even the latest Monch on the list.

  31. Jeff  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Even if you don’t love every album on this list, it’s pretty hard to argue against any of the picks. Yes, its easy to think, “well where’s (fill in any of your favorite albums)??” But then you need to remember, Pitchfork didn’t really compile a list of the “Best Albums” of the decade (if one could even be compiled), they compiled a list of albums that had a large impact on a wide group of people, and continue to be influential / highly regarded as definitive artistic statements.

    With that said, there are definitely a few that I would toss out. I don’t really prefer to listen to hip-hop or (relatively) straight-forward rock music. Goodbye Kanye, Jay-Z, Ghostface, Spoon, White Stripes, Modest Mouse.

    My top 20 would’ve included Boards of Canada – Geogaddi, Burial – Untrue, Royksopp – Melody AM, Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash, and Hot Chip – The Warning. But that’s because my personal preference is for electronic music.

    This top 20 is very safe, as it should be. Most of these albums landed in the top 1/2/3 spots for their respective years. If they threw in any curveballs, people would call bullshit. Pitchfork put out a pretty bullshit-proof top 20, and I’m okay with that.

    (But really, no Royksopp even in the Top 200, and so many of goddamn Kanye’s albums?!?! Really?!?!)

  32. michael  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    kid a should have been higher.

  33. genevieve  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    pitchfork is to animal collective as preteen girls are to the jonas brothers

    that said, it’s nice to see kill the moonlight at #19

    • Andrew  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 0

      Hollinndagain was their original number 1 before they instituted the only 3 albums per artist rule.

  34. Jeff  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    Pretty great list actually. Most of the big ones are there. Some nice surprises like Bonnie Prince Billy, Andrew Bird, D’Angelo, “Alligator”, “Tallahassee”, Constantines, Jim O’Rourke, PJ Harvey, Beta Band, Ryan Adams’ only good record, etc…

    I’m truly surpsised at the lack of big Deerhoof albums and Castaways and Cutouts. Also, I thought P-fork writers were crazy about Smile, Lemon of Pink, and the Liars debut. Those records are probably in the next 201-250 though.

    Also, I wish more people cared about CYHSY debut. Such a good album. Overall, this is definately a fun list.

    • Jeff  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

      I would like to add that it’s funny how tentative the staff was to put more 2009 records on the list. You can tell they take it pretty seriously, and don’t want to place a 2009 record that in 2 years falls out of favor. Obviously they put the year’s Big 3, but I thought maybe Phoenix or Japandroids would be there.

      • Cory  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

        Right, but the fact that they didn’t put Logos by Atlas Sound on there, is sort of lame. Also, it’s suprising that there was only oneElliott Smith album on the list. And another surprise was the lack of “big hyped” p4k approved lo-fi bands, where really only No Age(who made it twice), The Go! Team The Microphones, The Mountain Goats and Exploding Hearts. Big nod to having Cannibal Ox on there though, The Cold Vein’s one of the best rap albums of the decade.

  35. Blu  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    How many albums has Neko Case released since 2000?

  36. shouldn’t their top albums of the past 10 years, make up their top 10 records of the decade…? Or at least have them in the top 20….

  37. CHM  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    individual staff lists coming soon i hope? surely dbt got love from someone…

    • Agreed! DBT should have had at least 2 albums on this list.

      Decoration Day, Southern Rock Opera. & Brighter Then Creation’s Dark are better then a lot of albums on this list.

      Maybe they need to move to Brooklyn or something.

  38. strip mines  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    some unfortunate omissions:

    neko case – fox confessor brings the flood (blacklisted was great, but this is better)
    the appleseed cast – low level owl vol. i and ii (for a while people called them “the american radiohead,” which is of course ridiculous, but one of the best double albums of the ’00s)
    british sea power – the decline of british sea power (pure rock history, i.e. a historical text as rock music before the overrated flop “do you like rock music?”)
    owls – owls (tim kinsella’s finest record and maybe my favorite of the decade, but that’s just my palate)
    ________
    mclusky – do dallas – glad it made the top 100.
    ba dum

  39. andrew  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    I like SubSickAlien’s list better.

    Still…. Pitchfork seem to be mostly on the ball with this list, despite a few personal disagreements.

  40. shitlist  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    keep listening to pitchfork you blind hipsters. top 20 shit list of 2000′s

  41. I really think that YHF and The Moon and Antarctica are tied for #1 with Kid A at #3, but my only real gripe is that Fever Ray did not make the top 200 at all. Imo, it is better than MPP, Bitte Orca, and Veckatimeist, as far as the recent albums go. (Tho I love all 4, obv)

    • Jeff  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      Totally agree. Seeing it performed live this past week solidified it for me, that album is absolutely incredible.

  42. bbbbb  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    where is kelly clarkson?!?!

  43. Ted Tedson  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0
  44. njikòlai  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    man I hate these lists.

  45. andre  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    agreed that the unicorns, clap your hands say yeah and writer’s block should’ve been on the list…
    would’ve liked to see beirut on there as well

  46. Justin Timberwolf  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    I’d have the Unicorns in my top 5 and the Hot Snakes’ Suicide Invoice in my top 10 (Automatic Midnight would be on there somewhere too), but that’s just me. Also, Love + Theft by Bob Dylan is a great record, and I don’t see why that wouldn’t be included somewhere in the top 200, unless maybe they thought it was too dad rock/Grammys rock.

    The thing that will date this list most in years to come is probably its emphasis on keyboards over guitars, especially since “rock was back” at the start of this decade, and it produced some really amazing shit, like Guitar Romantic, Up the Bracket, etc., that hopefully will be looked back upon fondly in addition to all the great electronic-leaning records that came out.

  47. blaaaah  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    pitchfork suuuuuuuucks. where’s Pedro The Lion, M. Ward? A Ghost Is Born isn’t even in the top 200… effing loozers.

    • Pitchfork hated (or at least really disliked) A Ghost Is Born, which I think is a crime; it was my favorite album of the decade. But hey, opinion is opinion, right?

  48. Smog/Dongs of Sevotion
    Grandaddy/The Sophtware Slump
    Danielson/Ships
    Silver Jews/Bright Flight
    Stephen Malkmus/Face The Truth . . .

    . . . And two more Deerhoof albums (any from this decade, really, aside from “Halfbird”) should have been in the top 50 (not making the list at all is crazy–Bright Eyes instead of Smog when Conor Oberst is a poor man’s Bill Callahan? really??!). I think the majority of us will agree that the incredibly high placement of the Vampire Weekend album is the most egregious ranking of all. But otherwise a good list. Kid A is definitely number one.

  49. No Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr” in the top-200 ? Sorry, but these guys don’t listen to a larger range of music I am afraid, so this list is pretty narrow IMO.

    • Johnny Tuttle  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      That’s very true.

      They listen to the lightest electronic and rock, indie, some rap (obvious “underground” and the top 40 outliers who are generally quite good [i.e., Jesus Walks over Crank Dat]), and then the list gets pretty well shot.

      Nothing from artists older than Radiohead or Tweedy. Nothing from metal (I don’t remember 1 from the 200, but I’m not even a tourist to metal these days and I might not recognize even the prominent band’s names), nothing from a whole lot of genres.

      That’s not really a weakness–they’re fairly diverse in their reviews, and you can’t cover everything.

      The best of this list is that the top 40 junk (save for Jaz-Z) is mostly gone. The singles list had just a few too many Clarksons and Beyonces for my taste.

    • What metal would people have had on here then?

  50. blaaaah  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

    and lightspeed champion-falling off the lavender bridge should have been way high on the list but it’s not even there

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