The Top 75 Albums of 2000-2009

Hello, end of decade; hello, another self-indulgent list! From the 376 2000-something albums I picked up over the past ten years, here are the best 75, ranked.  The number 75 holds no special significance; it had to end somewhere. But considering the effort that went into this, I wasn’t cutting off at 10, either.

75. FRANZ FERDINAND – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
74. SPOON – Kill The Moonlight
73. SHE & HIM – Volume One
72. VARIOUS ARTISTS / STUART MURDOCH – God Help The Girl (Soundtrack)
71. BAT FOR LASHES – Two Suns

70. NEW ORDER – Waiting For The Sirens’ Call
69. THE LONG BLONDES – Someone To Drive You Home
68. IVY – Long Distance
67. THE PRESETS – Apocalypso
66. THE NATIONAL – Boxer

65. THE CLIENTELE – God Save The Clientele
64. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like A Peasant
63. NEW ORDER – Get Ready
62. CUT COPY – Bright Like Neon Love
61. DAVID BOWIE – Reality

60. THE CLIENTELE – Strange Geometry
59. THE RAPTURE – Echoes
58. WOLF PARADE – At Mount Zoomer
57. PASSION PIT – Manners
56. PHOENIX – It’s Never Been Like That

55. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – The Age Of The Understatement
54. NO-MAN – Together We’re Stranger
53. MORRISSEY – Years Of Refusal
52. BJORK – Vespertine
51. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – The Life Pursuit

50. DOVES – Lost Souls
49. EDITORS – The Back Room
48. NEON INDIAN – Psychic Chasms
47. THE PIPETTES – We Are The Pipettes
46. IVY – In The Clear

45. BRITISH SEA POWER – Do You Like Rock Music?
44. PULP – We Love Life
43. JUNIOR BOYS – Begone Dull Care
42. ANNIE – Don’t Stop
41. THE CHURCH – Untitled #23

40. AMY WINEHOUSE – Back To Black
39. THE NATIONAL – Alligator
38. ANNIE – Anniemal
37. ST. VINCENT – Actor
36. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR – Hercules And Love Affair

35. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
34. RADIOHEAD – In Rainbows
33. INTERPOL – Turn On The Bright Lights
32. THE GO-BETWEENS – Oceans Apart
31. SAINT ETIENNE – Sound Of Water (Top Album of 2000)

30. GOLDFRAPP – Supernature
29. BLOC PARTY – Silent Alarm
28. GOLDFRAPP – Black Cherry
27. M83 – Saturdays = Youth
26. DAVID BOWIE – Heathen

25. BRITISH SEA POWER – Open Season
24. BRYAN FERRY – Frantic
23. CAMERA OBSCURA – Let’s Get Out Of This Country
22. MORRISSEY – You Are The Quarry
21. THE STROKES – Is This It (Top Album of 2001)

20. GIRLS – Album
19. GOLDFRAPP – Seventh Tree
18. TRASHCAN SINATRAS – Weightlifting
17. SAINT ETIENNE – Finisterre
16. THE ARCADE FIRE – Neon Bible

15. JUNIOR BOYS – So This Is Goodbye
14. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE – You Forgot It In People (Top Album of 2002)
13. CAMERA OBSCURA – My Maudlin Career
12. FRANZ FERDINAND – Franz Ferdinand
11. YEAH YEAH YEAHS – It’s Blitz! (Top Album of 2009)

10. BRIAN WILSON – That Lucky Old Sun
9. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – Sound Of Silver (Top Album of 2007)
8. BRITISH SEA POWER – The Decline Of British Sea Power (Top Album of 2003)
7. SALLY SHAPIRO – Disco Romance (Top Album of 2006)
6. SAINT ETIENNE – Tales From Turnpike House (Top Album of 2005)

5. ARCADE FIRE – Funeral
4. THE BLUE NILE – High
3. INTERPOL – Antics
2. CUT COPY – In Ghost Colours (Top Album of 2008)
1. BRIAN WILSON – Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE (Top Album of 2004)

SMiLE is a re-engagement of an old, never-finished Beach Boys project from 1966-67. I consider Wilson’s album “new” work, as do most reviewers. Besides, if I discount it, my brother’s most-hated band of the decade, Cut Copy, owns the top spot. If that were the case, LCD Soundsystem’s album with “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” would’ve made the cut. Speaking of Daft Punk, “Discovery” was #91. This is the kind of geeky stuff I know.

Hey, can I also nominate a six-week stretch at the end of summer 2004 as the best period of the decade? Beginning August 30th, I bought four of my top five records of the 2000s, saw Morrissey in concert for the first time, and caught the best show of my life on October 6th, watching Brian Wilson from a front row seat, as he sandwiched a live performance of the Album of the Decade between an unplugged set and a full-band set of album tracks and pop classics. It was a good time to be alive.

Onto the next decade!

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