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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.

 
 
 

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Arular

 

The genre-splicer's Mercury-nominated debut

Read a biography of M.I.A.:
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English songwriter, record producer, singer, fashion designer, and artist of Sri Lankan Tamil origin.

An accomplished visual artist by 2002, M.I.A. came to prominence in early 2004 through file-sharing of her singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" on the Internet. She released her...

 
 
 

Muse have widened the goalposts and re-established what rock is allowed to stand for

Read the original NME review from 2003:
In our green, moneyed corner of Planet Earth, possibility is being pissed up the wall. For the vast majority of human beings, at the age of about 21, the sparkle in the eyes deadens just a little, reason overtakes wonder, and they become a citizen rather than a soul. As the prophet Ally Sheedy foretold in the third greatest film ever made, ‘The...

 
 
 

The Walkmen are probably the least shagging, drugging, haircutting of the lot. But they have made the best record

Read the original NME review from 2004:
Not that we want to encourage growing up, but some time around the age of 28, you stop being a 'band' in the sense that your record is basically a loss leader for all the shagging, drugging and hairdressing. Which is all good and great, but after some of those people die, some go rich, solo and shit, and some go into 'short films', the rest of them...

 
 
 

Imbued with the same comfort-blanket buzz they got from all those Quaaludes and Gerry Rafferty and Wings records in 1973

Read the original NME review from 2002:
Meet Jack White's favourite songwriter and where are you? You're in the Mississippi delta with an octogenarian called Howlin' discussing his recently deceased dog, right? Well no, actually, you're cruising Madison Avenue in a beaten up Chevy gassing about cars and girls with Brendan Benson, essentially Evan Dando if he'd...

 
 
 

Like the institution with which it shares its name, 'The Great Eastern' feels haunted by opportunities missed

Read the original NME review from 2000:
After two LPs ('Domestiques' and 'Peloton') named after bicycling terminology, The Delgados have named their third album after a Glasgow dosshouse. Its stern facades keep watch over the inner sleeve, and the inhabitants' troubled spirits pass like a shiver through the album's darker tracks.
The...

 
 
 

Cool? Sure, whatever. Brilliant? Undoubtedly

Read the original NME review from 2001:
When The Avalanches were interviewed by NME a couple of weeks ago, they balked at suggestions they were the coolest band in the world. 'Since I Left You' is, after all, an album constructed from hundreds of snippets of obscure songs no-one's ever heard of, a reflection of an adolescence spent trawling nerdishly through second-hand record...

 
 
 

Whatever their future, a place in posterity for 'Speakerboxxx'/'The Love Below' is assured: two Technicolor explosions of creativity that people will be exploring, analysing and partying to for years

Read the original NME review from 2003:
OK, let's take this slowly. 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below' is OutKast's fifth album. Two CDs. 39 songs. 137 minutes of synapse-popping, gut-reorganising, breathtakingly adventurous music. As you've probably heard by now, OutKast's two members - Big Boi and Andre 3000 - take a CD apiece. It's a neat way to assert their differences, especially since Big...

 
 
 

It's hard going, but it's worth it, and that is undoubtedly their point

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There's love, there's the war on terror, and for Wilco, both are a battlefield. 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' sees the former country rockers streamlining their sound down to a painful bareness, and telling us how they hurt.
And, ouch, fingernails down the blackboard, it works brilliantly. In the songs of...

 
 
 

Indulge in ‘Vampire Weekend’’s vivid, foppish fantasy, which can still tell you plenty about the human condition, even if its lacrosse whites are rather suspiciously well-laundered

Read the original NME review from 2008:
The New Year deserves a new you. Now’s the perfect time to do a Gok Wan on your wardrobe; to finally peel off those skinny black jeans that have been bonded to your legs with cider since 2003; to bin the mascara (girls and boys); to donate the pointy shoes to a tramp and leave anything neon (so 2007) in a bundle outside the Sue Ryder shop.
...

 
 
 

Wild Beasts have undergone a sea change, and this beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering

Read the original NME review from 2009:
Making the strange seem normal is the most accomplished act of artistic alchemy. Any idiot can try to be weird; most will just end up being depressingly inane. But to take something as wonderfully, magically strange as Wild Beasts’ debut

 
 
 
 
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