My 50 Favorite Albums of the 00s

This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50.  The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.

A couple of notes:

  • Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
  • Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
  • Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
  • Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)

In Alphabetical Order:

  1. About A Boy by Badly Drawn Boy (2002)
  2. Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo by Aimee Mann (2000)
  3. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse (2006)
  4. The Black Album by Jay-Z (2003)
  5. The Blueprint by Jay-Z (2001)
  6. Colour the Small One by Sia (2004)
  7. The Con by Tegan and Sara (2007)
  8. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists (2006)
  9. The Documentary by The Game (2005)
  10. Donuts by J Dilla (2006)
  11. Fantastic, Vol. 2 by Slum Village (2000)
  12. Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)
  13. The Fix by Scarface (2002)
  14. FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake (2006)
  15. Gang of Losers by The Dears (2006)
  16. Heavier Things by John Mayer (2003)
  17. Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack by Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  18. Hold on Now, Youngster… by Los Campesinos! (2008)
  19. In Between by Jazzanova (2002)
  20. In Rainbows by Radiohead (2007)
  21. In Search Of… by N*E*R*D (2002)
  22. Instant Vintage by Raphael Saddiq (2002)
  23. Kid A by Radiohead (2000)
  24. Late Registration by Kanye West (2005)
  25. Lewis II by Lewis Taylor (2000)
  26. Like Water for Chocolate by Common (2000)
  27. The Listening by Little Brother (2003)
  28. Lord Willin’ by Clipse (2002)
  29. Mama’s Gun by Erykah Badu (2002)
  30. Marry Me by St. Vincent (2007)
  31. More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley (2004)
  32. O by Damien Rice (2002)
  33. Once soundtrack by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová/Interference (2007)
  34. Philadelphia Freeway by Freeway (2003)
  35. Plans by Death Cab For Cutie (2005)
  36. Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins (2006)
  37. The Reminder by Feist (2007)
  38. Restless Times by Clara Hill (2004)
  39. Rock Me by Platnum (2005)
  40. A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay (2002)
  41. Silent Alarm by Bloc Party (2005)
  42. Simple Things by Zero 7 (2001)
  43. Stankonia by Outkast (2000)
  44. Subject by Dwele (2003)
  45. Supreme Clientele by Ghostface Killah (2000)
  46. Third by Portishead (2008)
  47. Urban Legend by T.I. (2004)
  48. Vespertine by Björk (2001)
  49. Voodoo by D’Angelo (2000)
  50. Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 by Jill Scott (2000)

Now the hardest of them all: 50 Favorite Movies


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