Favourite Fifty Albums of the Twenty First Century (So Far)

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  1. The White Stripes- Elephant (2003)
  2. Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
  3. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
  4. Wilco- Yankee Foxtrot Hotel (2002)
  5. The Strokes- Is This It? (2001)
  6. Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  7. Beck- Sea Change (2002)
  8. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Fever to Tell (2003)
  9. Devendra Banhart- Rejoicing in the Hands (2004)
  10. The Arcade Fire- Funeral (2004)
  11. The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  12. Joanna Newsom- The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004)
  13. Antony and the Johnsons- I Am A Bird Now (2005)
  14. The White Stripes- Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
  15. The Strokes- Room on Fire (2003)
  16. The White Stripes- White Blood Cells (2001)
  17. The Hives- Veni, Vidi, Vicious (2000)
  18. The Rapture- Echoes (2003)
  19. Modest Mouse- The Moon and Antarctica (2000)
  20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- s/t (2005)
  21. Regina Spektor- Soviet Kitsch (2004)
  22. Brendan Benson- Lapalco (2001)
  23. The Shins- Oh Inverted World! (2000)
  24. The Postal Service- Give Up (2003)
  25. Nellie McKay- Get Away From Me (2004)
  26. Cat Power- You Are Free (2003)
  27. Badly Drawn Boy- Hour of the Bewilderbeast (2000)
  28. Hot Hot Heat- Make Up the Breakdown (2002)
  29. The Decemberists- Her Majesty... The Decemberists (2003)
  30. The Polyphonic Spree- The Beginning Stages of... (2002)
  31. The Fiery Furnaces- Gallowsbird's Bark (2003)
  32. Feist- Let it Die (2004)
  33. Outkast- Speakerboxx/The Love Below (2003)
  34. Modest Mouse- Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)
  35. Elliot Smith- From a Basement on a Hill (2004)
  36. Animal Collective- Sung Tongs (2004)
  37. Radiohead- Hail to the Thief (2003)
  38. System of a Down- Mesmerize (2005)
  39. The Libertines- s/t (2004)
  40. Blanche- If We Can't Trust the Doctors (2004)
  41. Sleater-Kinney- The Woods (2005)
  42. Franz Ferdinand- s/t (2004)
  43. Mates of State- Team Boo (2003)
  44. The Go! Team- Thunder, Lightning, Strike! (2004)
  45. Bloc Party- Silent Alarm (2005)
  46. Rufus Wainwright- Poses (2001)
  47. The Kings of Leon- Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
  48. Loretta Lynn- Van Lear Rose (2004)
  49. Junior Boys- Last Exit (2004)
  50. The Killers- Hot Fuss (2004)

Great list!

Just wondering if you have heard The Shins, Air, The Rapture, or My Morning Jacket?

All in all, this is quite similar to what my list looks like.

Oooo, The Rapture...

You know what? That Shins album completely slipped my mind... I can't believe I didn't think of it. That was such a great album! Thanks :)

You and I seem to have similar running tastes. Your top four would all be in my top ten, and many of your other entries would be high up for me as well.

I must say, you underrate the streets. I also agree with dcstar about The Shins.

Also, the new N.E.R.D. is wonderful.

OH! Check out Cat Power's "You Are Free". It's one of the best. Also, The New Pornographers' "Electric Version".

Just picked up the Raveonettes the other day. They took me somewhat by surprise. The vocals remind me of Belle & Sebastion, but they have this 50's/60's pop sound that juxtaposes their lyrics so nicely.

I'm glad to see that you liked them.

Very different, and not quite like anything else out there. The Raveonettes are very cool. :)

No Jet? They'd easily make my top 10. Get Born is a fantastic album, going by your taste, I thought they'd make it in here for sure.

A brilliant and cool album, however as far as innovation goes, far too many familiar soundig guitar riffs. Great, but nothing spectacularly new-sounding about it.

Where is Sigur Ros - ()? lol, just a matter of taste, as always. I CANNOT WAIT for the new Polyphonic Spree album.

I also cannot wait for the new Polyphonic Spree album. I was so disappointed that I couldn't see them at Lollapalooza :(

What about Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour of Bewilderbeast? This album always goes under the radar, but it's a modern pop masterpeice.

You know, I really need to pick this album up. I have (and really enjoy) his Have You Fed the Fish?, but not his more lauded album.

Sorry, not my list, but I just wanted to mention that.

Another album that should have been an obvious addition to the list, but which slipped my mind completely.

I just realized that there is no showing for Kid A on your list. Have you not heard it, or do you just not like it?

I haven't really had a chance to hear it to make a solid judgement on it. It is on my list of albums I keep meaning to give a listen to.

Ah, The Decemberists...great choice.

It was actually reading your list that reminded me what a great album that was... so thanks!

Absolutely!

Permission to Land???

Though, that's really the only one I can complain about on the list. Maybe the Ryan Adams one. Some of them aren't my style, but all good stuff.

No Kid A? Or Sigur Ros?

I'm very happy to see A Rush of Blood to the Head, along with The Beginning Stages Of... and Absolution - since those are ones I love but wouldn't necessarily expect to see on this kind of list.

Muse definitely don't get enough attention over here in North America... Absolution is a fantastic album.