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THE TOP 100 GREATEST ALBUMS OF THE DECADE

 

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.

 
 
 
 

American Idiots? Not a chance. Green Day are smarter than most of us thought or wanted them to be

Read the original NME review from 2004:
Though they’ve tried admirably to repeat themselves as little as possible down the years, Green Day are seemingly cursed by the army of mosh-monkeys who would like nothing better than a series of third-rate ‘Dookie’ clones. 2000’s ‘Warning’ album bombed with the fanbase mainly because there was nothing that sounded remotely like ‘Basket...

 
 
 

Their third effort saw the blue collar Brooklyn boys really make the jump across the pond

Read a biography of The Hold Steady:
The Hold Steady is a Brooklyn-based rock band comprising Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (lead guitar), Franz Nicolay (keyboards, vocals, harmonica, accordion), Galen Polivka (bass) and Bobby Drake (drums). The band's style has been described as a "riff-heavy mixture of classic rock," notable for its "lyrically dense storytelling." To date, the...

 
 
 

Out there, sure- but this is the sort of experimentalism Radiohead scoop plaudits for

Read the original NME review from 2006:
Perhaps because there are so many musicians around who’d eat their own vomit if they thought it would get them nearer the zeitgeist, there’s something oddly heartening about Liars’ near-suicidal trajectory from the mainstream. On ‘Drum’s Not Dead’, these tranced-out New York art freaks slip into another plane entirely, hammering out PiL...

 
 
 

A classic album that represents, as Outkast say on 'B.O.B.', "Power music, electric revival."

Read the original NME review from 2000:
Why wait for the conclusion. Let's cut to the chase. 'Stankonia' (pronounced Stank-O-nee-ya) is the best hip-hop album of the year so far. Take Mos Def's willingness to experiment, Common's intelligence and Kool Keith's futuristic rhymes and thread it together with some southern fried Atlanta funk and some complex concepts on life, and you get a rather...

 
 
 

By balancing progression with consolidation, technology with tradition, MMJ have created a work of stunningly expansive ambition. ‘Z’ is nothing less than a masterpiece

Read the original NME review from 2005:
The whispers surrounding this, My Morning Jacket’s second major-label record, were perplexing. Kentucky’s hairiest, rootin’-tootin’ country dudes have gone a bit electro, you say?
The reality is, thankfully, nowhere near as ridiculous as that sounds: ‘Z’ is definitely not death-sex-gabba-techno. What it is, however, is the point...

 
 
 

Several charges of Grievous Cultural Significance and Defining A Generation Without A Licence. Looks like you’re going down for Album Of The Year, sunshines

Read the original NME review from 2005:
Lock up your iPods, Middle England: here come Generation Asbo. Scowling into rock’s Bluewater with their disco-sequinned hoodies pulled over their brows and glowstick ankle tags flashing, Hard-Fi watch the security cameras whirr in their direction and clock the undercover filth taking up pincer formation. They take a moment to pose for the lenses –...

 
 
 

We should thank our lucky stars for the existence of The Golden Virgins. Praise be, indeed

Read the original NME review from 2004:
Sunderland foursome The Golden Virgins specialise in documenting the laborious cruelty human beings inflict on each other routinely in the name of love. Nothing groundbreaking there you might think, but it’s the panache with which they do so that proves to be so thrilling.
Over 12 glorious tracks The Golden Virgins overhaul the love song...

 
 
 

Forget the accent: Jamie T is a genuine voice, the sort of untrained, maverick personality that doesn’t come along too often. Britain, you’re honoured to have him

Read the original NME review from 2007:
Some people take immediate offence to Jamie T… hear him sing – all spittle-flecked excitement and cod-Jamaican pronunciation – and go “But he’s just a trustafarian from Wimbledon!”, like life might be more fun if all white kids from Wimbledon sung about tennis and shopping centres. Fact is, though, the best metropolitan records are part...

 
 
 

An exercise in self-mythologising, 'Poses' leaves us with the impression of Rufus Wainwright he wants us to have: romantic, talented, handsome, and tragically alone. Except for the timpanist, of course

Read the original NME review from 2001:
Sweet but deadly, the world of Rufus Wainwright. Full of love that offers fleeting epiphanies and lasting aches. Chocolate that tastes beautiful, but makes you fat. Drugs that take you higher but fracture your mind. If he had a signature pose, it would be reclining on a couch, lost in a poetic, melodramatic swoon.
'Poses' is Wainwright's second...

 
 
 

If and when Damon Albarn makes a shit record, there’ll no doubt be queues round the block to lambast him. His critics’ll have to wait though

Read the original NME review from 2007:
Damon Albarn doesn’t half make it easy for people to dislike him. There he was, onstage at Camden’s newly refurbished Roundhouse venue with his new band (who, apparently, are “all too old to have a name”) performing this, their first album, in its entirety. But, one minute into ‘Three Changes’, he stops proceedings and loudly orders his...

 
 
 
 
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