Top 40 Music Albums of the 2000s by ForegroundNoise (2020)

Super duper work in progress so rate it as such!!

The 2000s is the only decade at the moment where I feel I've reviewed enough records to make a half decent list but will amend and add as I listen to more stuff. Anything that's missing from here (and my public ratings) please hit me up with!! Never a man to turn down the rec of a passionate music fan. Genres also provided for your pleasure <3.

Below are my favourite short releases of the decade, and below that any stand-out albums that do not qualify as contemporary (retrospective compilations, live albums etc.). As for the term 'short release' this refers to anything that falls under less than half an hour in length, a distinction I justify my preference over traditional album/EP differentiation in the following thread:

https://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=20954&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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Top Short Releases of the 2000s

1. Jay Reatard - Blood Visions (In The Red, 29:09)
garage punk - 9/10
2. Joanna Newsom - Joanna Newsom & The Ys Street Band (Drag City, 24:06)
chamber folk ● progressive folk - 8/10
3. Interpol - Precipitate (n/a, 21:14)
post-punk revival - 8/10
4. Boards Of Canada - Trans Canada Highway (Warp, 28:00)
IDM - 8/10
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Miscellania

Bang On A Can - In C (Cantaloupe Music, 45:30)
minimalism ● indeterminacy ● chamber music - 9/10

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art rock ● experimental rock ● electronic

(Parlophone/Capitol, 49:56)

10/10

♚ 2000

"Stop sending letters
Letters always get burned
It's not like the movies
They fed us on little white lies"

I know what you're thinking. Another 2000s chart. Another Kid A in the top spot. Cue groan. Cue eye roll. Cue clicking away to another tab.

There is a dirty secret to universal acclaim: it has a threshold. Once crossed, it does more harm than good. All of a sudden, to like that which was once a marker of your own refined taste, seems now so pedestrian, so unimaginative.

Kid A, and Radiohead more generally, are acute sufferers from this over-saturation of acclaim. That is not to say all criticisms of the band aren't untrue, the most common one I see thrown their way is they are derivative, and certainly I agree that only rarely does the band cut a path through their experimentation that is entirely unique. We must not forget, however, that experimentation is a means, not an end; a fine line exists between innovation for new modes of appeal and creating something obnoxiously inaccessible for its own sake (and this is coming from someone who thinks Trout Mask Replica is the best rock album of the 60s). Radiohead bear the brunt of elitist criticism because the embellishment of their relatively mainstream sound with elements of the experimental underground is seen as an infringement on more boundary-pushing artists.

Yet I'd argue, it's in this very act that the strength of the band lies. Radiohead have never been at the front lines of the avant-garde, but they instead use their fame to incorporate seemingly disparate underground influences into mainstream rock; the IDM, folk and jazz that twist and writhe through this album are in no small part responsible for turning many, myself included, to the most interesting recesses of those genres, all whilst maintaining the band's undeniably visceral impact. The National Anthem's infectious bassline and clattering drums holds together a track that disintegrates towards chaos with every passing second and demands your own throbbing response, whilst the title track's first refrain of 'standing in the shadows at the end of my bed' lets slip a moment of forlorn human pain in an otherwise icy robotic landscape.

OK Computer might do conventional 'songwriting' better (beautiful verse/beautiful chorus/beautiful verse/beautiful chorus) but rather than rest on their laurels, Radiohead took deliberate steps away from a tried and tested formula and in committing what they thought to be commercial suicide, created what turned out to be their most beloved albums, and it's for this reason that unlike so many other records from my teens that have fallen by the wayside, Kid A endures.
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cLOUDDEAD
Compilation
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experimental hip hop ● abstract hip hop

(Big Dada/Mush, 73:35)

10/10

♚ 2001

"Physics of a bicycle
Isn't it remarkable?"
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chamber folk ● progressive folk

(Drag City, 55:38)

10/10

♚ 2006

"In bodies that don't keep
Dumbstruck with the sweetness of being
Until we don't be"
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abstract hip hop

(Stones Throw, 46:08)

10/10

♚ 2004

"What's the difference? All you get is lost children
While the bosses sit up behind the desks, it cost billions
To blast humans in half, into calves and arms
Only one side is allowed to have bombs"
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chamber pop ● indie pop

(Asthmatic Kitty/Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade, 73:59)

10/10

♚ 2005

"Tuesday night at the Bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens"
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lo-fi indie ● indie folk ● psychedelic folk

(K, 66:38)

10/10

"I faced death
I went in with my arms swinging
But I heard my own breath
And I had to face that I'm still living"
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indie rock

(Epic, 59:43)

10/10

"And it's our lives
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
We're alive for the first time
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
We're alive for the last time
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
To live before you die
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
That our lives are such a short time
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
When it takes such a long time
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember"
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drone ● psychedelic folk ● avant-folk

(self-released, 157:29)

9/10

"And she sat down into the room,
Then cry, cry, then fell asleep"
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electronic ● experimental rock

(Island/Mercury, 49:17)

9/10

♚ 2008

"What more can I say?
For I am guilty
For the voice that I obey
Too scared to sacrifice a choice
Chosen for me"
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ambient ● drone

(Kranky, 123:54)

9/10
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Top 40 Music Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 5 13%
2001 7 18%
2002 2 5%
2003 4 10%
2004 5 13%
2005 2 5%
2006 3 8%
2007 6 15%
2008 3 8%
2009 3 8%
Artist Albums %


Radiohead 3 8%
Stars Of The Lid 2 5%
Animal Collective 2 5%
Unwound 1 3%
cLOUDDEAD 1 3%
Broadcast 1 3%
Interpol 1 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 18 45%
United Kingdom 9 23%
Canada 5 13%
France 2 5%
Germany 2 5%
Sweden 1 3%
Mixed Nationality 1 3%
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From 12/21/2019 18:47
I'm confused. No offense was intended. I'm just saying a lot of people on BEA (clarification: being active users/users who use the forums, etc.) would agree with this chart. And they do... that's all.

Not sure how that's an insult... but yeah... I guess you can take it that way.

Like really, all I was saying is this is a perfectly curated chart that probably nobody would disagree with who actively uses the forums.

Furthermore, I'm not sure if you saw my comment, but you keep suggesting that I should get more into genres I already have listened to and don't enjoy/love... I think you are insinuating I am closed minded because I don't have Burial on my chart...but why would I if I don't enjoy it after multiple listens?
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From 12/21/2019 00:30
This is basically the BEA soundtrack to the 2000s.
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From 07/10/2019 13:47
Love seeing Björk and MF Doom in your chart, amazing!
Broken Social Scene is such an underlooked band; bloody love this list. Keep on working on the 100 mark!
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dope chart!
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From 03/28/2019 00:54
I'm more familiar with the albums on this chart than your overall one. Still lots to check out, but I like what I do know a lot. Great resource for discovering new music, which is what this website is all about for me.
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From 03/14/2019 10:50
Nice collection of albums right there. Cannot get enough of Kid A and Glow Pt2
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1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
3. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
4. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
5. London Calling by The Clash
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7. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
8. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
9. Who's Next by The Who
10. Animals by Pink Floyd
11. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
12. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
13. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
14. Marquee Moon by Television
15. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
16. Low by David Bowie
17. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
18. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
19. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
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