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.


They are an important, amazing, real band that won’t let you down

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First, a question: what is the point of rock’n’roll? There are as many answers as there are people to ask, but surely one essential tenet is that great rock affirms life. Which brings us to ‘Stabbed’, one of the most unsettling moments on Glasvegas’ astounding debut. In it, James Allan recounts a flight from a tooled-up gang in a...





A substance over style, as vivid and otherworldly as the Storm Thorgerson artwork that adorns the cover

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Anyone who’s loved Biffy Clyro over the last few years will be no stranger to heartbreak. We valiantly cheered them on as they released album after album to the growing adulation of their small army of militant fans, but, unfortunately, the indifference of the wider public. They had great songs, sure, but true greatness always escaped their...


This feels like the British art-rock album we’ve all been waiting for

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At first sight, you could easily have dismissed The Horrors as haircuts, scenesters, talentless art-school chancers. Sure, after listening to the brilliant, bilious racket of their debut ‘Strange House’, you might have struggled a bit more. But you’d still have managed it.



The most ornate hardcore album ever and the one record the Tacoma, Washington pioneers will be remembered for

Read a biography of Botch:

Botch was a mathcore band from Tacoma, Washington, that formed in 1993 and disbanded in 2002.

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It’s an ode to emotion; it’s hard to imagine a more evocative, beautiful LP

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After over a decade of making music to construct dreams to, a phoned-in Mogwai album would be surprising, given their ever-unsquashed laurels. A pleasure to report, then, that their sixth approaches their best, such is the stately symphony of opener ‘I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead’ and all eight glorious minutes of the squalling ‘Scotland’s...


In this universe of Dadrock authenticity, they’ve made a record with enough power and ambition that it might just rewrite that particular rulebook

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So, just how bombastic, overblown, wilfully obscure, magnificent, portentous, histrionic, eccentric and mental is Muse’s new record? Well, there’s a moment, as ‘Hoodoo’ morphs into epic finale ‘Knights Of Cydonia’, when a piano that sounds like it’s heralding the destruction of the universe gives way to the sound of galloping horses....


This album is a miniature classic - here's hoping indie snobbery doesn't condemn it to the mists of time

Read the original NME review from 2003:
Some records wear the moniker 'Critic's Choice' like a pungent, hastily-applied cologne. These records can usually be identified within seconds of pressing play (giveaways include gloomy synth intros, discernible melody, wispy vocals singing lyrics about nothing very much at all, the general 1983 'vibe') and are almost universally of very little...


The post-rock pioneers' magnum opus

Read a biography of Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and commonly abbreviated to GYBE) are a Canadian post-rock band which originated from Montreal, Quebec in 1994. They were the first outside act to release their recordings through Constellation, an influential independent record label also located in Montreal.


The new rock royalty have come to claim their throne. Do not miss out on this

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Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was the genius behind one of the '90s most unheard and influential bands, Californian 'desert-rockers' Kyuss. They famously rehearsed in the Palm Springs desert, made sprawling, drug-addled,...


You know the drill- vocals like Tindersticks with corn stalks stuck in their teeth, red house painter-y guitar twangles, tunes not so much ‘played’ as soaked through charcoal and aged through oak caskets

Read the original NME review from 2005:
In a barn somewhere on the outskirts of Assfeich, Ohio, the louche hicks of have been battery farming bands like The National into a life of modest-selling critical adoration since then mumbly old days of Lambchop. You know the drill- vocals like Tindersticks with corn stalks stuck in their teeth, red house painter-y guitar twangles, tunes...

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