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.

 
 
 
 

Post-Gorillaz pop gems and a moving epitaph for Graham Coxon

Read the original NME review from 2003:

Due to some weird accident of timing, we're currently getting a masterclass on how - and how not - to sustain a long career in pop. Jarvis is back under new (dis)guise Relaxed Muscle, Radiohead return with an album that disappointingly occupies the same musical space as the last two,

 
 
 

The lyrics are great, the attitude unmistakable

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As nu-metal bands proliferate at a rate that usually requires a visit from Rentokil, the unconverted could feel swamped by the tide of unhealthy mental filth rising up the charts. It's an unprecedented cosmic kindness, then, that for every band squawking at their parents like ungainly chicks demanding worms, America should be producing an equal...

 
 
 

The eloquence, barbarism, tenderness and sweat-drenched vitality of 'Elephant' make it most fully-realised White Stripes album yet.

Read the original NME review from 2003:

For one who talks so much about honesty, Jack White is a difficult man to trust. When last we hear him on 'Elephant', he is hanging out on what sounds like Lee Hazlewood's porch, but is actually Toerag Studios in Hornerton, engaged in a giggly menage a trois with Holly Golightly and his beloved 'sister' Meg. Holly is pushy, loving Jack "like a...

 
 
 

Prolific, intelligent and – most importantly – brimming with heart-wrenching melodies

Read the original NME review from 2005:

When Sufjan Stevens picked up his banjo and announced his intention to write an album for each one of America’s 50 states, it probably all seemed like a right laugh. No doubt he’d had a couple of ales down his local and was channelling...

 
 
 

Skinner proves far more effective than any doomsayer.

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In a provincial shopping park - it doesn't matter where, it could be anywhere that B&Q, Halfords and Comet have chosen to congregate in one formation or another - a modded Escort Mk IV (with the 'Escort' logo rearranged so that it reads 'sorted') sits in the car park, its bodykit rattling in time to the...

 
 
 

Pills, punk rock, dark humour and death

Read the original NME review from 2002:

The myth is often so much better than the reality. It's great to hear about the excess, but the hangovers are less often recorded. Great to hear about the drugs, but less to hear about the dependency. Brilliant to witness the amazing rock'n'roll, much less brilliant to be present at the soundcheck. The achievement of

 
 
 

Avant-garde brilliance from a band playing one-handed just to prove they can

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The unbearable heaviness of being Radiohead continues. Following the equivalent birth pains of a medium-sized galaxy, 'Kid A' arrives amidst the most fantastic stories of artistic constipation: abortive recording sessions, writer's block, band members wondering just what the...

 
 
 

The New Mexico four-piece up the ante considerably

Read the original NME review from 2007:

The Shins’ singer and songwriter James Mercer recently confessed that this record’s rather strange title was down to the fact that he’d been struggling to sleep at night, so aware was he of the feverish anticipation around the album. No surprise there – the band’s obsessed fans are as freakily passionate as any emo tribe, while Natalie...

 
 
 

Of 11 tracks contained within, there is not a pedestrian moment

Read the original review from 2000
Though they probably don’t give a monkey’s, the ‘saviours of US rock music’ tag currently being hung around At The Drive-In’s necks might be weighing a bit heavy. When you’ve been praised as ‘the best live band ever’, despite only having played in the UK a handful of times, the your major label debut album has a lot to live to. When...

 
 
 

A record with heart, designed for the dancefloor

Read the original NME review from 2007:

Hey, ever heard the one about the indie band who incorporated a dance direction? Oh, you have? What, like, 1,875,328 times already? This week? Well, you’re not the only one. In fact, if NME has to listen to one more person telling us, “Dance music’s not dead, it just learnt to play guitar,” we might just be forced to gouge out our own...

 
 
 
 
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