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.


Insane, never-to-be-released marriage of The Beatles' 'The White Album' to Jay-Z's 'The Black Album'

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Some of the most striking modern popular culture has been born out of its creators imposing rediculous restrictions on themselves. The Coen Brothers tying themselves to the storyline of Homer's Odyssey for O Brother Where Art Thou, the real-time straitjacket 24 has willingly slipped into for three series, Demetri Martin performing huge...


They are to 2003 what Oasis were to 1994 and The Strokes to 2001- the most exciting new rock band of the year

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Don’t put it down to coincidence that The Strokes and Oasis have been mention in the same breath as Kings Of Leon in the past couple of weeks- it won’t be the last time. The Strokes took time out from recording their new album to hang out with The Kings in New York and Noel Gallagher recently declared, “The Kings Of Leon are my new fucking...


Despite all its self-defeating limitations and annoying, fey affectations, this remains a superb record

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Two years since their last album of new material, and all the characteristic eccentricities that once made Belle & Sebastian such an interesting, mysterious and nobly intransigent musical/ cultural phenomenon have begun to wear thin. They offered a suitably shabby, second-hand...


Although, as a compelling array of trailerpark melodrama, southern gothic, murder ballads and eerie country-blues,’Ballad Of The Broken Seas’ sound less like it was written in Scotland than a rusty mobile home in Louisiana

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In a week that saw Barrymore rubbing Preston Ordinary Boys’ back while he puked, we should be used to incongruous pairings. Still, ‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’ takes some beating. On one side: wide-eyed and pouting ingénue Isobel Campbell. On the other: grimacing man-beast Mark Lanegan. Isobel wears cardies, was in a band called the Gentle...


A truly unique masterpiece

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Capdown were a band from Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Originally known as Soap, their songs have political themes as alluded to by their name, which is short for Capitalist Downfall. Mixing ska, punk, hardcore, dub and reggae, Capdown built a reputation around their independent releases and numerous tours.



They might hark back to some halcyon ideal of rosy ‘60s melodicism, but they do it with a sheer, unfettered joy that precious few of today’s writing retro-rock bores can match

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Some things you should know about The Shins. Number one: frontman James Mercer is a songwriting genius, the rare poetic talent who can pen the tune to a Gap advert- which he did: it starred Dude, Where’s My Car’s Ashton Kutcher- and pull himself from the corporate slurry smelling of honey. Number two: their second album, ‘Chutes Too Narrow’,...


Brand New: definitely not appearing on The OC anytime soon

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With the relentless march of ‘The Black Parade’, it’s easy to forget that there are other emo bands doing their damnedest to redevelop their identities as they watch the genre warp into something unrecognisable. Brand New are one such band. It takes no small degree of self-belief to title a record ‘The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me’,...


There are a few autopilot alt.rock moments, but in the main, the Scene make a good argument for the communal party

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Yes, there are 14 people in Broken Social Scene, but put the ideas of The Polyphonic Spree’s gimmicky fluff out of your mind. Reeling in numbers of several million fellow Toronto bands (the best known being post-rockers Do Make Say Think) their collective spirit makes for an exhilarating, loveable record. < br /> There’s something of the...






This is a bewildering three dimensional picture of the 21st century and a triumph for its revolutionary creator

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There are two versions of the MIA myth. Myth the first: Back in 2005, into a world increasingly obsessed with revivalism, a techinicoloured terrorist emerged from the streets of east London dressed like sonic the hedgehog at a basement rave and ripped UK music from limb to limb. Then, armed with neon thread, this visionary stitched it back...


After 37 years of chin-stroking anticipation, get prepared for 37 years of chin-stroking appreciation

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Has there ever been a more eagerly-anticipated album? Or a more hotly-debated one? This is it, folks, the holy grail of music geeks: The Beach Boys' lost masterpiece 'Smile'. Or at least, it almost is.

A potted history: in 1965 The Beatles released 'Rubber Soul'. Songs such as 'Norwegian Wood' introduced instrumentation that went...

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