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Top 50 albums of the decade, part six: the rankings and also-rans


Last week, I ran a list of the top fifty albums of the decade as chosen by myself and fellow music enthusiastic Calle Fitzgerald. The two of us created separate top fifty lists and generally kept them secret from each other until the big list burst forth from those loins. We're only two people, and save for some coincidental parallels and a few repeat albums and artists, our two lists were very different, so we opted not to rank the main fifty. Still, we wouldn't feel right not showcasing where those albums placed and the rest of our lists, so as a conclusion to our decade-end project, today we will present our two indivual lists (along with 30 also-rans each).

For the introduction to the project and part one, click here.
For part two, click here.
For part three, click here.
For part four, click here.
For part five, click here.

Calle's list:

50. Ben Folds, Rockin' the Suburbs (2001); Choice track: “Not the Same”
49. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (2008); Choice track: “Oxford Comma”
48. New Pornographers, Twin Cinema (2005); Choice track: “Stacked Crooked”
47. Regina Spektor, Soviet Kitsch (2004); Choice track: “Carbon Monoxide”
46. Clinic, Internal Wrangler (2000); Choice track: “Distortions”

45. Bat for Lashes, Two Suns (2009); Choice track: “Daniel”

Daniel - Bat For Lashes

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44. Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala (2007); Choice track: “Into Eternity”
43. The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow (2003); Choice track: “Kissing the Lipless”

42. Shakira, Laundry Service (2001); Choice track: “Underneath Your Clothes”

41. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (2009); Choice track: “Southern Point”
40. Harvey Danger, King James Version (2000); Choice track: “Humility on Parade”
39. My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade (2006); Choice track: “Teenagers”

38. Julieta Venegas, Limon Y Sal (2006); Choice track: “Me Voy”

37. Bedouin Soundclash, Sounding a Mosaic (2004); Choice track: "Living in Jungles”
36. The Strokes, Room on Fire (2003); Choice track: “What Ever Happened”
35. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine (2005); Choice track: “Waltz (Better than Fine)”
34. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible (2007); Choice track: “Intervention”
33. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (2008); Choice track: “White Winter Hymnal”

32. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (2009); Choice track: “Two Doves”
31. TV on the Radio, Dear Science (2008); Choice track: “Shout Me Out”
30. Elliott Smith, Figure 8 (2000)
29. Santigold, Santogold (2008); Choice track: “You'll Find A Way”
28. Super Furry Animals, Rings Around The World (2001); Choice track: “(Drawing) Rings Around the World”

27. David Byrne, Look Into the Eyeball (2001); Choice track: “The Great Intoxication”
26. Panda Bear, Person Pitch (2007)
25. The Tragically Hip, Music @ Work (2000)
24. Beirut, The Flying Club Cup (2007)
23. Damien Rice, O (2003)
22. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets (2004); Choice track: “Me and Mia”

21. R.E.M., Reveal (2001)
20. Radiohead, Hail to the Thief (2003)
19. Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica (2000)
18. Patrick Wolf, The Magic Position (2007)
17. Mindless Self Indulgence, If (2008)
16. M.I.A., Kala (2007)
15. The Killers, Hot Fuss (2004)
14. Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism (2003)
13. The Walkmen, You & Me (2008)
12. The National, Boxer (2007)
11. Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
10. Joanna Newsom, Ys (2006)
9. Supergrass, Life on Other Planets (2002)
8. Rufus Wainwright, Poses (2001)
7. Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit (2006)
6. Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005)
5. Okkervil River, The Stage Names (2007); Choice track: “A Girl In Port”

4. Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping (2008)
3. El Guincho, Alegranza! (2008)
2. Sigur Rós, Ágaetis Byrjun (2000)
1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

Lily Allen, Alright, Still (2006)
Blur, Think Tank (2003)
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, No More Shall We Part (2001)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)
Cocorosie, Noah's Ark (2005)
Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Counting Crows, Hard Candy (2002)
Decemberists, Picaresque (2005)
DeVotchKa, How it Ends (2004)
Interpol, Antics (2004)
R. Kelly, Double Up (2007)
Ben Kweller, Sha Sha (2002)
LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (2007)
MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (2008)
Muse, Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
My Morning Jacket, Z (2005)
No Doubt, Return of Saturn (2000)
Peter Bjorn & John, Writer's Block (2006)
Portishead, Third (2008)
Spoon, Gimme Fiction (2005)
St. Vincent, Actor (2009)
Stars, Set Yourself on Fire (2005)
Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005)
Tegan and Sara, So Jealous (2004)
M. Ward, Post-War (2006)
Weezer, Maladroit (2002)
White Stripes, White Blood Cells (2001)
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
Xiu Xiu, Fabulous Muscles (2004)

Jon's list:

50. Young and Sexy, Stand Up For Your Mother (2002); Choice track: “Television”
49. Hot Chip, Made In the Dark (2008); Choice track: “Out at the Pictures”
48. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones (2006); Choice track: “Cheated Hearts”
47. Los Campesinos!, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (2008); Choice track: “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed”
46. Ben Folds, Rockin' the Suburbs (2001); Choice track: “Still Fighting It”

45. Hello Saferide, Introducing... Hello Saferide (2005); Choice track: “My Best Friend”

44. The Decemberists, Picaresque (2005); Choice track: “The Infanta”
43. Band of Horses, Cease to Begin (2007); Choice track: “Is There a Ghost?”

42. Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007); Choice track: “She's a Rejector”
41. Q-Tip, The Renaissance (2008); Choice track: “Won't Trade”
40. St. Vincent, Actor (2009); Choice track: “Marrow”

39. Portastatic, Bright Ideas (2005); Choice track: “I Wanna Know Girls”

38. Brian Eno & David Byrne, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008)
37. 1990s, Cookies (2007); Choice track: “See You at the Lights”
36. Saturday Looks Good to Me, Every Night (2004); Choice track: “Since You Stole My Heart”
35. Lily Allen, Alright, Still (2006); Choice track: “LDN”

Lily Allen - LDN

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34. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People (2002); Choice track: “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl”

33. Lucky Soul, The Great Unwanted (2007); Choice track: “Get Outta Town!”
32. Destroyer, Streethawk: A Seduction (2001); Choice track: “The Bad Arts”
31. Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala (2007)
30. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002); Choice track: “Politik”
29. M.I.A., Kala (2007); Choice track: “Hussel”
28. Drive-By Truckers, The Dirty South (2004); Choice track: “Never Gonna Change”
27. Pernice Brothers, Live a Little (2006); Choice track: “Somerville”

26. The Coup, Pick a Bigger Weapon (2006)
25. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
24. Sparks, Hello Young Lovers (2006)
23. OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
22. The Walkmen, Bows + Arrows (2004); Choice track: “The Rat”
21. Jay-Z, The Blueprint (2001)
20. Sleater-Kinney, All Hands on the Bad One (2000)
19. Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (2004)
18. Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills (2001)
17. Beyonce, B'Day (2006)
16. The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound (2008)
15. A.C. Newman, Get Guilty (2009)
14. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak (2003)
13. Elliott Smith, Figure 8 (2000); Choice track: “LA”

12. Beulah, Yoko (2003)
11. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America (2006)
10. The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
9. Kanye West, The College Dropout (2004)
8. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
7. Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003); Choice track: “If She Wants Me”

6. The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema (2005)
5. Okkervil River, The Stage Names (2007)
4. Art Brut, Bang Bang Rock & Roll (2005)
3. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (2007)
2. Camera Obscura, Let's Get Out of This Country (2006)
1. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

Aesop Rock, Labor Days (2001)
Alphabeat, This Is Alphabeat (2007)
Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
The Arcade Fire, Neon Bible (2007)
The Avalanches, Since I Left You (2000)
Beck, Guero (2005)
The Beta Band, Hot Shots II (2001)
Blood Red Shoes, Box of Secrets (2008)
Cadence Weapon, Afterparty Babies (2008)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)
Jarvis Cocker, Further Complications (2009)
Daft Punk, Discovery (2001)
The Fiery Furnaces, Gallowsbird's Bark (2003)
The Format, Dog Problems (2006)
Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers (2003)
Talib Kweli, Quality (2002)
The Libertines, Up the Bracket (2002)
Stephen Malkmus, Stephen Malkmus (2001)
Marah, Kids in Philly (2000)
McLusky, McLusky Do Dallas (2002)
Mos Def, The Ecstatic (2009)
Noisettes, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf? (2007)
P.O.S., Never Better (2009)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (2009)
Prototypes, Prototypes (2006)
Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight (2007)
The Rumble Strips, Girls and Weather (2007)
Stars, Set Yourself on Fire (2005)
The Strays, Le Futur Noir (2006)
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (2008)


  • Josh Fitz (Brother of Calle) 5 years ago

    Ranking all this would have driven me insane, but you guys made some excellent choices! I was pumped to see Julieta Venegas make Calle's list, as she's still kind of an underground figure to US listeners. You guys should both check out her MTV Unplugged album if you get the chance. It's really extraordinary!
    Good work!