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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.

 
 
 
 

After all the pale imitators, Radiohead finally have a competitor worthy of healthy comparison

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Hooray! Manchester has delivered its first great album of the millennium. Others will doubtless follow, but few will conjure up magic as brooding as Elbow have here.

Peering back through the musical mists of time one can see a thread of majestic melancholia that links Talk Talk to

 
 
 

A core of brilliant songs struggling for air?

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'Rings Around The World' wafts in on the kind of heavy duty industry hype normally reserved for underwhelming Oasis albums. However, it pains this reviewer greatly to report that it's not, as has been signalled, Super Furries' best album. It's their worst.

That's still aeons better than most other left-of-centre alternative British...

 
 
 

Seldom has a voice been blessed with such resonance and doom. And seldom has a musical elder statesman made so many wise decisions in the twilight of his career

Read the original review from 2002 Johnny Cash could sing a pizza menu, or perhaps that Busted single, and make it sound like a chapter of revelations. Seldom has a voice been blessed with such resonance and doom. And seldom has a musical elder statesman made so many wise decisions in the twilight of his career. ‘The Man Comes Around’ is Cash’s fourth apocalyptic karaoke session produced by...

 
 
 

Grammys-decimating gold-dust from the singer now more known for her tabloid troubles

Read a biography of Amy Winehouse:

Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is an English singer and songwriter, known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, jazz, rock & roll, and ska. Winehouse is best known for her soulful, powerful contralto vocals.

Winehouse's 2003 debut album Frank was commercially and critically successful in her...

 
 
 

One of the most assured debut albums of the decade

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In 2002, UK Garage's bid for popularity crashed and burned. Acts like More Fire Crew turned out bullish garage-rap LPs with barrels of braggadocio but precious little substance. The likes of Romeo and Lisa Maffia learnt to assimilate or die, stealing into the Top 20 under the guise of nu-R&B. And the talent clung to the scene's underside,...

 
 
 

Find this place where dim rock/dance tribalism is an irrelevance, and all that matters is edgy, imaginative, emotionally resonant music.

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In many ways, the beauty of music is its sheer unpredictability. That is, the reassuring unknown that no matter how uptight and Stereophonics things get, no matter how hard the mainstream media try to water down our musical experience, someone, somewhere will be writing weird songs, discovering lost albums and cross-breeding genres in,...

 
 
 

An extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime album, proving The Libertines are both the stuff of revolution and aesthetic princelings among the lumpen indie proletariat

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In the summer of 2004, as the greatest British renaissance of music for over a decade gathers pace, two upstart bands have reached the attention of the broader public. There’s the slick tunefulness of Franz Ferdinand and the intoxicating grimy anthems of

 
 
 

A Technicolor car crash of the mythological and the space-aged

Read the original NME review from 2007:

New rave: the plaything of a group of east London art kids; a multi-tentacled neon revolution; a rebirth of punk flying alongside the soul of dance music and under the influence of lost weekends on interstellar ketamine terror-cruises. And you know what else? It’s a fucking albatross around the neck of the most thrilling and visionary band...

 
 
 

Eloquently mapped out life's foundations and marked the Jigga as the complete rapper

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The ruler's back. You don't have to take Jay-Z's word for it (although listening to 'The Blueprint' makes that tough). Check this week's American chart for confirmation of the unique hat-trick he nets courtesy of 'The Blueprint'. Three albums in three years: three Number Ones. There isn't an artist...

 
 
 

Features the first ever marriage of ragtime, Egyptian reggae and barbershop on record

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Dunno how it happened. But thanks to a glitch in the time-space continuum, The Coral's brilliant, bizarre debut album arrives with us in mid-2002, fresh from the British beat boom of 1964. En route they've navigated their way via Country Joe & The Fish, Leadbelly, Motown,

 
 
 
 
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