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.


Ryan Adams' second, best, and best-selling album to date

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David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is a Grammy Award-nominated American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Initially a member of the group Whiskeytown, after three albums Adams went solo, releasing Heartbreaker in 2000. A longtime resident of New York City, Adams is probably best known for his song "New York, New York",...


New rave is over. The likes of frYars, Late Of The Pier and Crystal Castles are taking electro into darker, more interesting territory. No glowstick required

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“I like to piss people off,” Alice Glass told NME back in February. “We want people to feel nauseous.” It was a mission statement which Crystal Castles have fulfilled. And then some.
Their debut seven-inch, ‘Alice Practice’, certainly drew a line in the scene. A scabrous three-minute headfuck of colliding synths, banshee vocals and...


Back in 2002, Pete’n’Carl said it was‘Time For Heroes’. Well now it’s the anti-heroes’ time

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It’s the most cringeworthy thing a new band can do and Bloc Party are the latest band to be guilty of it. “We’re unpigeonholeable!” they’ve squealed in recent interviews. Sheesh, fellas, frankly you’re not being helpful. I’ve got more than 1,000 words to write and I fully intend on finding you a cosy little pigeonhole to squeeze into –...


The Swedish electro pioneers' third album that gave us 'We Share Our Mothers' Health'

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The Knife are an electro pop duo from Sweden that formed in 1999. They consist of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, who together also run their own record company, Rabid Records.
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This is music as it's meant to be: raw, colossal and awe-inspiring. No wonder everything else just pales in comparison

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There's little doubt now that Spiritualized's last studio album (1997's
'Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space') was a truly extraordinary achievement. Not only did it map out a wonderfully ambitious new blueprint for rock'n'roll by effortlessly fusing gospel and free jazz with taut garage rock and neo-classical strings, it also...


The classic debut from Pete's second outing

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Babyshambles are an English indie rock band established in London. The band was formed by Pete Doherty during a hiatus from his former band The Libertines, but Babyshambles has since become his main project (Although recently he has been focusing on his Solo work). Babyshambles have released two albums, three EP's and a number of singles. The band has...


Grandaddy have entered the 21st century with their souls intact. Now they're making sure we have, as well

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The romanticised American West of rattlesnakes and tumbleweeds has gone. In its place are farms with fax machines, campers with laptops, electricity pylons studding mountain ranges like topographical acupuncture. Even down rural roads that have barely smelled the acrid, encroaching asphalt of modernity, nature maintains an uneasy relationship with...


A record that holds a deep, dark, truthful Black Mirror up to our turbulent times.

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After the funeral comes the wake. A celebration, a party; a bleary, teary toast to what’s gone before, its impact on those who were touched by it. And after Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’ – after all the grief, glory and emotional exorcisms that saw their debut album light up 2004 like...


Just about as sprawling as you can get in under 40 minutes. Brilliant, in short.

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First things first, we need to deal with the elephant in the room, to dispel the thick fug of rumour that hangs heavy over this release. ‘Show Your Bones’ is not, repeat not, a concept album about Karen O’s pussy. Perhaps we should clarify. Despite earlier reports by producer Squeak E Clean (aka Sam Spiegal, brother of Karen O’s ex-flame,...


Painfully honest, emotionally draining album, that occasionally sounds like a million-selling electro-pop unit-shifter

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Weirdness and America go hand in hand nowadays, but back in November something so peculiar happened that not even the most liberally-mediated conspiracy theorist could even have dreamed it would ever occur.

It wasn't Bush getting re-elected, either. Anyone with a spit-polished gun rack and an exhaustive collection of ZZ Top vinyl...

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