The Top 100 albums released between January 2000 and December 2009, as voted for by NME staff (past and present) plus a selection of musicians and industry figures that included Arctic Monkeys, Carl Barat, The Killers, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty, Elbow, Johnny Marr, MGMT, Ian Brown, The Big Pink, Snoop Dogg, Alan McGee, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Eavis and many, many more (see the full jury in NME magazine).

This list is taken from the ‘End Of The Decade’ issue of NME magazine (on sale November 18th) where each album included is reviewed again from a 2009 perspective, alongside brand new interviews and a look back at the defining musical moments of the past 10 years.


'Wolves' makes NME history by getting a higher mark just months after being reviewed

Read the original NME review from 2006:

Yes, yes, ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’ has been out for ages. But since that day, fortune has smiled on Gallows in extreme ways. Their debut now amounts to a year zero for, if not music in general, then certainly British hardcore. Thing is, ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’ is increasingly beloved of people who would normally prefer a bout of scrofula...


It’s a dark tunnel, but this record is worth it.

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Woe betide anyone who’s had the misfortune of things “just not working out” with a member of Frightened Rabbit; the Selkirk quartet’s second album cuts to the quick of love, fornication and general co-habitation with the opposite sex so fiercely that, after just six songs, celibacy seems the only sensible option. Yet, bleak though ‘The...


A collection of mournful tunes we've come to expect from Bonnie prince Billy

Read a biography of Bonnie Prince Billy:

Will Oldham, a.k.a. 'Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (born 24 December 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky), is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. From 1993 to 1997 he performed and recorded under variations of the Palace' name, including the Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music.



If it’s melancholic and spiritual solace you’re after, there are worse places to spend 35 minutes

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There are times everyone feels the need to get away from the bustle of their lives and get it together in the country. Well, Bon Iver, aka Justin Vernon, did it so you don’t have to. Recorded solo during a three-month stay in a Wisconsin log cabin, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ positively drips with isolation. Led by spectral half-chords and knackered...


They take a standard album to a different level

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Two years after their lauded debut, The Twilight Sad are attempting once more to inject real emotion and excitement into that sometimes clinical post-rock genre. So while they might seem to share U2’s fondness for heart-tugging, epic...


Brit-rap's finest hour to date

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You have to love a rapper who says 'frig' more than he says 'fuck', and Roots Manuva is very lovable indeed. His first album, 1999's superb 'Brand New Second Hand' introduced the concept of the British rapper as a "bruk pocket Frank Sinatra" and set unprecedented standards for UK hip-hop. 'Run Come Save Me' shows even greater imaginative flair....


This New Yorker has one winsome voice

Read a biography of Regina Spektor:

Regina Spektor (born February 18, 1980) is a Soviet-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village.

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‘Alas I Cannot Swim’ marks the arrival of a major talent, brave enough to swim against the commercial tide

Read the original NME review from 2008:
If the last 12 months will be remembered for the laddish, LDN alcopop of Lily and Kate then the forthcoming year promises more sober thrills. Put it down to the burgeoning underage scene (boasting Bombay Bicycle Club and The Onlookers), but 2008 promises to trade stage-school schtick for a more heartfelt audio verité. Chief among them is Reading’s...


Forget the spotlight: in a faintly unpleasant way, the dark is rising

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With Puddle Of Mudd currently starring in 'Grungesters, Inc' - the Disney reanimation of Nirvana's most commercial moments - i's good to know that there are bands tapping the other spirit of 1991. Cardiff's Mclusky are steeped in...


These are songs of intricate beauty and resonant truth and further evidence of Sunderland’s inspiring pop gene pool

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Two brothers, one school friend and 12 brilliant songs. It’s a superfluous fact that Field Music guitarist/drummer Peter played drums in the original line-up of The Futureheads, as is it that’s younger brother, David, was at the helm for the recording of the ‘Heads’ debut single. However, inking in the dots on the Wearside rock family...

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