Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

Posted on July 23, 2011

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As many may know, my ultimate brand is the band. My greatest addiction is music. It’s the social-est of all social media. The first search I do on any new search engine or platform is “Pearl Jam.” So naturally, I dig any top music list. While I don’t usually agree with MTV and VH1, Rolling Stone usually plays these games well. Let’s see how it goes… Here’s their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 2000s.

100. Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs

99. The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me

98. TV on the Radio –  Return to Cookie Mountain

97. Wilco – Blue Sky Blue

96. The Streets – Original Pirate Material

95. Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor

94. The Libertines – Up the Bracket

93. Johnny Cash – Unearthed

92. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

91. The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious

90. Amadou & Mariam – Dimanche a Bamako

89. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

88. Brian Wilson – Smile

87. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

86. The Postal Service – Give Up

85. Coldplay – Viva la Vida

84. Eminem – The Eminem Show

83. The Black Keys – Attack & Release

82. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R

81. Ryan Adams – Gold

80. Kings of Leon – Youth and Young Manhood

79.  The New Pornographers – Electric Version

78. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

77. Yo La Tango – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

76. Sigur Ros – 0

75. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

74. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

73. Coldplay – Parachutes

72. Sleater Kinney – The Woods

71. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

70. Missy Elliot – Under Construction

69. Bright Eyes – Lifted or…

68. U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

67. Bjork – Vespertine

66. Antony & the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now

65. Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

64. Gillian Welch – Time the Revelator

63. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak

62. Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man

61. The Shins – Oh, Inverted World

60. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

59. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

58. Danger Mouse – The Grey Album

57. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism

56. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

55. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand

52. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

51. Kings of Leon – Only By the Night

50. M.I.A – Arular

49. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight

48. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning

47. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine

46. Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds

45. Kanye West – Graduation

44. The Killers – Hot Fuss

43. System of a Down – Toxicity

42. Elliott Smith – Figure 8

41. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not

40. Kanye West – Late Registration

39. Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak

38. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker

37. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

36. U2 – No Line on the Horizon

35. PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

34. Outkast – Speakerboxx: The Love Below

33. Daft Punk – Discovery

32. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

31. My Morning Jacket – Z

30. Radiohead – In Rainbows

29. Sigur Ros – Agitus Byrjun

28. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell

27. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

26. The Greatest – Cat Power

25. Radiohead – Amnesiac

24. Bruce Springsteen – Magic

23. D’Angelo – Voodoo

22. Green Day – American Idiot

21. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

20. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

19. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

18. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

17. Beck – Sea Change

16. Outkast – Stankonia

15. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising

14. Jay-Z – The Black Album

13. U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

12. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

11. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft

10. Kanye West – The College Dropout

9. M.I.A. – Kala

8. Bob Dylan – Modern Times

7. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

6. Arcade Fire – Funeral

5. The White Stripes – Elephant

4. Jay-Z – The Blueprint

3. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2. The Strokes – Is This It

1. Radiohead – Kid A

There you have it. I’m pretty pumped to see Fiona Apple, Cat Power and Sigur Ros get some love, but I don’t think Coldplay and Kanye West deserved as many accolades on this list as they did. I don’t like anything by M.I.A. and can’t believe The Strokes made it to #2, but a majority of the albums make sense to me. I’m disappointed not to see Alice in Chains / Black Gives Way to Blue and Pearl Jam’s self-titled album (Binaural, too, but I don’t expect RS to agree). I don’t like that Animal Collective didn’t make the 100 and I’m a bit surprised Clash, Modest Mouse, Muse or Gorillaz didn’t either. I also have to agree with a commenter, the 2000s were nothing without the lyrical battles between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.

Well, what do you think? What’s missing or overrated? Weigh in below!

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