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A decade in music - 50 best albums of 2000

  • For the next few weeks as the "noughties" wrap up we're looking back at NME's best albums of the decade. Here are the top 50 albums from 2000, as chosen at the time. 50. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, ‘The Blue Trees’. NME said: “23 minutes of magical, and wildly esoteric beauty that suggested the band had remained indifferent to the rise of nu-metal.”

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  • 49. Grand Drive, ‘True Love And High Adventure’. NME said: “Awash with lush psychedelia and opiated melancholy, and a neat sideline in timeless melodicism.”

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  • 48. Q-Tip, ‘Amplified’. NME said: “Electric, bubbling beats and pro-peace, love-making and understanding rhymes.”

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  • 47. Madonna, ‘Music’. NME said: “‘Music’ proved there was still a great deal on offer from the mother of reinvention.”

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  • 46. Magnetic Fields, ‘69 Love Songs’. NME said: “A victory for art, as well as a set of repeated hits to the soul.”

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  • 45. Ryan Adams, ‘Heartbreaker’. NME said: “Folk classicism at its finest.”

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  • 44. Amen, ‘We Have Come For Your Parents’. NME said: “A very bloody postcard from the edge.”

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  • 43. Clinic, ‘Internal Wrangler’. NME said: “A brief but unforgettable experience.” Check out the top 50 albums of 2001 here

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  • 42. Outkast, ‘Stankonia’. NME said: “A creative and often humorous undertaking that humanised gangsta rap, strayed into radical territory and confounded expectations at every turn.”

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  • 41. David Holmes, ‘Bow Down To The Exit Sign’. NME said: “Hugely enjoyable if slightly pretentious spoken-word designer trip-hop.”

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  • 40. Black Box Recorder, ‘The Facts Of Life’. NME said: “A panoramic view of life and love on our nostalgia-choked, emotionally repressed island.”

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  • 39. Asian Dub Foundation, ‘Community Music’. NME said: “ADF’s second suite of musical Molotov cocktails hits hard.”

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  • 38. Leila, ‘Courtesy Of Choice’. NME said: “A joyous, melancholy, baffling, partly ironic and unnervingly direct set of songs.”

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  • 37. Paul Weller, ‘Heliocentric’. NME said: “All class. No act.”

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  • 36. Ghostface Killah, ‘Supreme Clientele’. NME said: “Worthwhile for the sheer sense of feeling on its own.”

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  • 35. Sigur Ros, ‘Agaetis Byrjun’. NME said: “The sound of baby whales being born under erupting volcanoes. Beautiful and impenetrable.”

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  • 34. Marilyn Manson, ‘Holy Wood (In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death)’. NME said: “A series of heroic rallying cries for the disenfranchised, while also baiting the American Far Right for all its worth.”

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  • 33. Shellac, ‘1000 Hurts’. NME said: “The uncomfortable sound of betrayal, and of broken relationships is accompanied by his band’s harshest music yet.”

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  • 32. Johnny Cash, ‘American III: Solitary Man’. NME said: “This’ll be the only time you’ll see the Man In Black run for cover.”

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  • 31. Two Lone Swordsman, ‘Tiny Reminders’. NME said: “Electro in sensibility.”

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  • 30. The Kingsbury Manx, ‘The Kingsbury Manx’. NME said: “Grown men gulped openly at its melancholy beauty.”

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  • 29. The Dandy Warhols , ‘Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia’. NME said: “Steeped in psychadelia, this had its head in the clouds, and its heart broken but beginning to mend.”

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  • 28. The Delgados, ‘The Great Eastern’. NME said: “A slow-motion charmer with elegantly beautiful depths.”

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  • 27. Smog, ‘Dongs Of Sevotion’. NME said: “Callahan harbours unsuspected tenderness.” Check out the top 50 albums of 2001 here

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  • 26. Belle And Sebastian, ‘Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant’. NME said: “B&S at their finest – intricate strings, unimpeachable melodies and enough charm to silence even the staunchest critic.”

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  • 25. Jeff Buckley, ‘Mystery White Boy’. NME said: “This is a joyous celebration, underwritten with incoming tragedy.”

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  • 24. Six By Seven, ‘The Closer You Get’. NME said: “A wrought work of bitter anger and in places stark terror.”

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  • 23. Broadcast, ‘The Noise Made By People’. NME said: “The Birmingham quintet’s pop experiments produced emotional results.”

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  • 22. Delta, ‘Slippin’ Out’. NME said: “A determined triumph over adversity, here was proof that – eventually – the good will out.”

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  • 21. Wu-Tang Clan, ‘The W’. NME said: “Dark, menacing, smoked-out, rhythmically years ahead and lyrically in a new rap dimension.”

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  • 20. Richard Ashcroft, ‘Alone With Everybody’. NME said: “Was ever a man so full of love?”

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  • 19. The Go-Betweens, ‘The Friend Of Rachel Worth’. NME said: “A set of ruminations on love and dilapidated German castles that sprang to life with a vigour one might have expected to have diminished.”

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  • 18. The For Carnation, 'The For Carnation’. NME said: “The power of strong words, softly spoken.”

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  • 17. Elliott Smith, ‘Figure 8’. NME said: “This time, his poison was FM pop splendour, lush Beatles instrumentation merging with his lyrical grace.”

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  • 16. Godspeed You Black Emperor!, ‘Levez Vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennas To Heaven’. NME said: “Galloping and frozen.”

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  • 15. Teenage Fanclub, ‘Howdy!’. NME said: “Classic Fanclub with no hard sell, just mile after mile of three-part harmonies and sun-bronzed chord progressions.”

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  • 14. Yo La Tengo, ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out’. NME said: “Adult, confessional and certainly not rock ‘n’ roll.”

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  • 13. Lambchop,’ Nixon’. NME said: “The title hinted at lost dreams, but this was a vote for the good guys.”

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  • 12. Grandaddy,’ The Sophtware Slump’. NME said: “The finest LP made by men with beards.”

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  • 11. Radiohead, ‘Kid A’. NME said: “Embraced the accoutrements of obscurity with wilful glee.”

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  • 10. Kelis, ‘Kaleidoscope’. NME said: “Brimming with space-funk inspiration.” Check out the top 50 albums of 2001 here

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  • 9. Super Furry Animals, ‘Mwng’. NME said: “Their most coherent in tone, it was the band’s best album.”

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  • 8. Doves, ‘Lost Souls’. NME said: “Hailed as one of the first great debut albums of the millennium.”

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  • 7. Eminem, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’. NME said: “The most fascinating pop superstar of our age.”

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  • 6. Coldplay, ‘Parachutes’. NME said: “Effortlessly moving and hugely popular at the same time.”

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  • 5. At The Drive-In, ‘Relationship Of Command’. NME said: “Proved that America could still be the brave, the bright, and the brilliant.”

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  • 4. Badly Drawn Boy, ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’. NME said: “Homespun urban folk and pretty allegorical musings.”

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  • 3. PJ Harvey, ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’. NME said: “Polly’s most confident and sensual feast for almost a decade.”

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  • 2. Primal Scream, ‘Exterminator’. NME said: “Rarely has anger been so beautifully managed.”

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  • 1. Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘Rated R’. NME said: “The feel good hit of the summer that lasted all year.”

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