The Best Albums of the Decade: ’00s, Part 1

Here’s part one of the giant best-of-the-decade list I told you I was putting together. There wound up being 15 contributors. Each person submitted a list of their favorites of the decade. The list could be as long or as short as the contributor liked.

If you care to know how I scored them, read the confusing, monotonous, italicized paragraph below. If not, please feel free to skip over it and get right into the list. All you really need to take away from it: I created a scoring system for the lists.

I created a point system where a number one ranking netted an album 312 points. A number two ranking got 308 points. From there, there was a three-point gap between each album in the top ten (number three gets 305 points, number two gets 302, etc.). Since I think of it as an achievement for an album to get placed in a top ten list, I placed a bit of a gap between number 10 and number 11 (number 10 gets 284 points, and number 11 gets 279 — a five-point gap). All the rest of the albums within the top 100 of someone’s rankings are separated by two points (number 12 gets 277 points, number 13 gets 275). After the top 100 (starting with 101 — get it?), I separated each album by only one point. This trend continues until we reach #200, which receives one point. No one had a list longer than 200 albums deep. To put things into perspective, an album that received nothing more than a single first-place vote would place at #178. Since I am only revealing the top 100 here, rest assured that every single album represented was mentioned multiple times … one single voter was not able to take over the list. This shit is a collaboration!

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE:

100. Elliott Smith – Figure 8
Released: 18 April, 2000
total points: 538; # of votes: 3

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99. Rogue Wave – Out of the Shadow
Released: 13 July, 2004
total points: 542; # of votes: 2

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98. The White Stripes – De Stijl
Released: 20 June, 2000
total points: 545; # of votes: 3

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97. The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
Released: 12 September, 2000
total points: 547; # of votes: 3

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96. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
Released: 26 October, 2004
total points: 557; # of votes: 2

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95. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
Released: 21 November, 2000
total points: 560; # of votes: 3

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94. Sigur Rós – ( )
Released: 29 October, 2002
total points: 562; # of votes: 2

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93 (tie). M83 – Saturdays = Youth
Released: 15 April, 2008
total points: 567; # of votes: 3

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93 (tie). Califone – Quicksand/Cradlesnakes
Released:  18 March, 2003
total points: 567; # of votes: 2

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91. Islands – Return to the Sea
Released: 4 April, 2006
total points: 575; # of votes: 4

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90. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Released: 26 May, 2009
total points: 594; # of votes: 3

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89. The White Stripes – Elephant
Released: 1 April, 2003
total points: 615; # of votes: 4

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88. Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Released: 7 October, 2003
total points: 630; # of votes: 3

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87. Battles – Mirrored
Released: 14 May, 2007
total points: 644; # of votes: 4

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86 (tie). Crooked Fingers – Red Devil Dawn
Released: 21 January, 2003
total points: 647; # of votes: 3

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86 (tie). Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
Released: 6 June, 2000
total points: 647; # of votes: 3

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84. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Released: 23 September, 2003
total points: 651; # of votes: 3

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83. The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Released: 13 September, 2004
total points: 655; # of votes: 3

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82. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
Released: 22 March, 2005
total points: 657; # of votes: 3

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81. The Books – The Lemon of Pink
Released: 7 October, 2003
total points: 669; # of votes: 3

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80. Animal Collective – Sung Tongs
Released: 1 June, 2004
total points: 671; # of votes: 3

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79. Tenacious D – Tenacious D
Released: 25 September, 2001
total points: 679; # of votes: 3

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78. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
Released: 7 February, 2006
total points: 687; # of votes: 3

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77. Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight
Released: 14 April, 2008
total points: 694; # of votes: 3

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76. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Released: 7 May, 2006
total points: 699; # of votes: 3

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75. Man Man – Six Demon Bag
Released: 21 February, 2006
total points: 700; # of votes: 4

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74. Stephen Malkmus – Stephen Malkmus
Released: 13 February 2001
total points: 701; # of votes: 3

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73. Thom Yorke – The Eraser
Released: 11 July, 2006
total points: 711; # of votes: 3

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72. Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Released: 26 June, 2000
total points: 715; # of votes: 3

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71. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Released: 23 January, 2007
total points: 719; # of votes: 3

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70. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Released: 10 July, 2007
total points: 723; # of votes: 3

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69. TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Released: 9 March, 2004
total points: 731; # of votes: 3

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68. Deerhunter – Microcastle
Released: 13 August, 2008
total points: 741; # of votes: 3

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67. Sonic Youth – Murray Street
Released: 25 June, 2002
total points: 744; # of votes: 3

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66. Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
Released: 22 February, 2005
total points: 751; # of votes: 3

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65. Sleater-Kinney – One Beat
Released: 20 August, 2002
total points: 752; # of votes: 4

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64. The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows
Released: 3 February, 2004
total points: 763; # of votes: 3

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63 (tie). Spoon – Girls Can Tell
Released: 20 February, 2001
total points: 770; # of votes:  3

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63 (tie). Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy
Released: 5 April, 2005
total points: 770; # of votes: 3

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61. Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
Released: 24, May 2005
total points: 775; # of votes: 3

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60. Portishead – Third
Released: 29 April, 2008
total points: 778; # of votes: 3

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59. Animal Collective – Feels
Released: 18 October, 2005
total points: 780; # of votes: 4

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58 (tie). Wilco – A Ghost is Born
Released: 22 June, 2004
total points: 794; # of votes: 4

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58 (tie). Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
Released: 4 October, 2005
total points: 794; # of votes: 3

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56. Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon
Released: 25 July, 2006
total points: 798; # of votes: 4

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55. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House
Released: 4 September, 2006
total points: 799; # of votes: 4

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54. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Released: 6 March, 2007
total points: 804; # of votes: 4

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53. Jens Lekman – Oh You’re So Silent, Jens
Released: 22 November, 2005
total points: 812; # of votes: 3

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52. Iron & Wine – Woman King EP
Released: 22 February, 2005
total points: 828; # of votes: 4

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51. Brian Wilson – Smile
Released: 28 September, 2004
total points: 850; # of votes: 3

… Part 2 is coming soon!

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