50. Starsailor, 'Silence Is Easy'. NME said: "The acoustic stylings of the debut gave way to a bombastic swagger."
49. The Duke Spirit, 'Roll, Spirit, Roll'. NME said: "This mini-album clearly proved that our American cousins don’t have a monopoly on darkly thrilling rock'n'roll."
48. Jane's Addiction, 'Strays'. NME said: "A masterclass."
47. Canyon, 'Empty Rooms'. NME said: "For an album that sounded so much like Neil Young drinking himself to death to be so life-affirming was no mean feat."
46. The Raveonettes, 'Chain Gang Of Love'. NME said: "Essentially the soundtrack to the best shag you might ever have."
45. Cat Power, 'You Are Free'. NME said: "We felt her pain, and boy did we feel all the better for it."
44. Basement Jaxx, 'Kish Kash'. NME said: "Beats without borders."
43. Ten Grand, 'This Is The Way To Rule'. NME said: "Singer and all-round good guy Matt Davis died in August from an aneurysm. This was a fitting testament."
42. Stellastarr*, ‘Stellastarr*'. NME said: "Rumbling art-punk: their name’s a bugger to type, but this was easy to fall for."
41. Soledad Brothers, 'Voice Of Treason'. NME said: "Brothers in arms with The White Stripes, Detroit’s Soledad Brothers arrived with their credentials well in order."
40. Devendra Banhart, 'Oh Me Oh My..The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting….'. NME said: "Ace. Buy it."
39. Patrick Wolf, 'Lycanthropy'. NME said: "An amazing story of beats, rhymes and folk."
38. 22-20s, '05/03'. NME said: "Storming neo-blues classics."
37. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Master And Everyone'. NME said: "A collection of beguilingly beautiful alt.country classics that has the power to make being on your own cool."
36. British Sea Power, 'The Decline Of British Sea Power'. NME said: "Eccentric, lyrical, and brilliant."
35. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, 'Nocturama'. NME said: "A schizophrenic but massively rewarding listen."
34. Jay-Z, 'The Black Album'. NME said: "Here Jay-Z went back to strings 'n' rhymes basics… and party anthems… with stunning results."
33. Mogwai, 'Happy Songs For Happy People'. NME said: "Their most challenging and beautiful record to date."
32. The Thrills, 'So Much For The City'. NME said: "Firmly blew away the accusations that The Thrills were lightweight – here were ox-strung tunes coated in candyfloss and fairy dust."
31. 50 Cent, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin''. NME said: "A great street record, up there with anything by Tupac, Biggie or Snoop."
30. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, 'Take Them On, On Your Own'. NME said: "A political assault of wailing guitar riffs and mean vocals."
29. Peaches, 'Fatherfucker'. NME said: "Outrageously filthy, blood-washing, electro-spunk genius."
28. The Mars Volta, 'De-Loused In The Comatorium'. NME said: "Psychedelic, soulful and fierce."
27. Super Furry Animals, 'Phantom Power'. NME said: "Another year, another outstanding SFA album."
26. The Kills, 'Keep On Your Mean Side'. NME said: "Hard as rock, and mean as a snake."
25. The Darkness, 'Permission To Land'. NME said: "Clever words, anthemic choruses, played with panache, sung with bravado and dollops of fun."
24. Four Tet, 'Rounds'. NME said: "A jungle of subtle, warped melodies – breathtaking in its complexity, yet accessible to anyone possessing a human heartbeat."
23. The Cooper Temple Clause, 'Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose'. NME said: "Madly ambitious, wildly eclectic, but brilliantly tuneful."
22: Blur, 'Think Tank'. NME said: "It had Arabic touches, frazzled edges, even occasional awful jazz-meandering but, thank God, mainly it had faith-restoring, beautiful pop songs."
21: The Hidden Cameras, 'The Smell Of Our Own'. NME said: "Piss-sex, man-love and the unmistakable whiff of stale cum… the sound of the Daily Mail editorial team suffering a nervous breakdown."
20. Jet, 'Get Born'. NME said: "Dues-paid rockin' that paid off, boozy, blokey ballads with guitars that sounded like bar-room brawls."
19. Muse, 'Absolution'. NME said: "In 2003, 'Absolution' cast a shadow that was hard to ignore."
18. The Sleepy Jackson, 'Lovers'. NME said: "God-bothering psychedelic country rock."
17. Funeral For A Friend, 'Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation'. NME said: "The Welsh heroes' victory flag in the sand for UK hardcore."
16. Dizzee Rascal, 'Boy In Da Corner'. NME said: "Innovative, edgy, yet still accepted by the mainstream."
15. Hot Hot Heat, 'Make Up The Breakdown'. NME said: "Deranged yelps, breakthrough singles and beats flailing from all directions."
14. The Distillers, 'Coral Fang'. NME said: "Albums about sex and drugs are good, but nothing beats death for a theme."
13. Spritualized, 'Amazing Grace'. NME said: "Followed garage rock’s more minimalist lead to the top. Magnificent."
12. The Coral, 'Magic And Medicine'. NME said: "A more subtle and refined follow-up, their second LP in under a year."
11. Evan Dando, 'Baby I'm Bored'. NME said: "A big, gay, doe-eyed alt.country masterpiece."
10. My Morning Jacket, 'It Still Moves'. NME said: "Echoing through the whole of 'It Still Moves,' drenched in reverb, it was immediately clear that Jim James was in possession of something we’ve been looking for for a long time – a new voice."
9. Radiohead, 'Hail To The Thief'. NME said: "It was no giant leap forward, but still more than enough."
8. Outkast, 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'. NME said: "The one ('Speakerboxxx') a quality hip-hop album with all the guest spots that might be expected. The other (‘The Love Below’) a freaky festival of funk and sleaze."
7. Kings Of Leon, 'Youth & Young Manhood'. NME said: "A modern benchmark for all debut albums."
6. Rufus Wainwright, 'Want One'. NME said: "High gloss, luxurious finish, the world that pop’s most flamboyant craftsman inhabited was beautiful and fashionable."
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Fever To Tell'. NME said: "So there was more, then, than just having the best name in rock, an unending conveyer belt of fashion and a guitarist with the coolest cockerel cut since goth."
4. Elbow, 'Cast Of Thousands'. NME said: "Less a collection of songs and more a series of bleeps, whirrs and pulses located somewhere deep within the soul."
3. The Strokes, 'Room On Fire'. NME said: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And it ain't broke."
2. The Rapture, 'Echoes'. NME said: "With 'Echoes,' these NYC hipsters didn't just match their inspirations, they bettered them."
1. The White Stripes, 'Elephant'. NME said: "A candy-coloured ride showcasing every reason we'd fallen in love with the Stripes' first three albums."