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The 50 Most Essential CDs Since 2001 – Harp

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First, let me say that I have a guilty pleasure with lists. Yes its true, I love a good list. I love the drama that can ensue when one item is placed above or below another and the web-based brawls that result. This list wont ruffle too many feathers though, as Harp Magazine, of which I am a loyal subscriber has the top 50 Most Essential Albums since 2001, a time period of which most of us should be quite familiar with, right. Harp is doing this in celebration of their 5th birthday.

50) Gillian Welch – (Time) The Revelator
49) The Roots – Phrenology
48) Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
47) Silver Jews – Tanglewood Numbers
46) Guided by Voices – Isolation Drills
45) Neko Case – Blacklisted
44) Solomon Burke – Dont Give Up On Me
43) Kathleen Edwards – Failer
42) Mark Lanegan – Bubblegum
41) Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Streetcore
40) Lucinda Williams – World without tears
39) Missy Elliot – Miss E…So Addictive
38) Sparklehorse – Its a wonderful life
37) The Libertines – Up the Bracket
36) The Black Keys – Rubber Factory
35) Franz Ferdinand – S/T
34) Wolf Parade – Apologies to Queen Mary
33) Bob Dylan – Love and Theft
32) The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
31) Drive By Truckers – Decoration Day
30) Ryan Adams – Gold
29) Steve Earle – The Revolution Starts Now
28) Elvis Costello – The Delivery Man
27) The Strokes – Is This It?
26) The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

25) The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
24) The White Stripes – Elephant
23) Cat Power – You Are Free
22) Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
21) Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow
20) My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves
19) Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
18) Steve Earle – Jerusalem
17) Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
16) Wilco – A Ghost is Born
15) PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her
14) Kanye West – Late Registration
13) The New Pornographers – Electric Vision
12) The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
11) Sleater Kinney – The Woods
10) The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute
9) MIA – Arular
8) Anthony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
7) Tom Waits – Real Gone
6) My Morning Jacket – Z
5) Tom Waits – Alice
4) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3) Brian Wilson – Smile
2) The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
1) The Arcade Fire – Funeral

Obvious omissions…..
Interpol
Spoon
The National
The Mountain Goats
M Ward

Who else did they forget?

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Posted by Joe Long   @   12 October 2006 104 comments

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Oct 12, 2006
2:56 pm
#1 Kristina :

Most lists like this give me headaches, but I am pleasantly surprised here. I agree with the omission of Interpol. What else? The only thing I can think right now is Blur’s Think Tank. And Bright Eyes I”m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. And some Rilo Kiley and Le Tigre. I’ll stop now.

Oct 12, 2006
5:47 pm
#2 john :

No Spoon, National, and M Ward is hard to swallow. Gold in front of Up The Bracket? Naming one of the weakest RA albums in the list, and putting it ahead of the Libertines best, is pretty questionable. And where is Radiohead? No Elliott Smith either…yikes. Moon and Antarctica should be on there. The Hold Steady is missing. Sufjan is missing. Postal Service could probably sneak on there as well. Maybe Clap Your Hands too.

Oct 13, 2006
12:30 am
#3 u2popmofo :

Off the top of my head that no one has mentioned yet, where’s the Sigur Ros?

Author Oct 13, 2006
3:28 pm
#4 Administrator :

mofo, great point about sigur ros, id also probably add the decemberists in there somewhere too…

Oct 13, 2006
4:01 pm
#5 Rusty :

Nice one, not bad, alsmost on the money.
Some good choices

Oct 14, 2006
12:45 am
#6 jon :

frances the mute, but no de-loused in the comatorium? that’s absurd. and they should have included amputechture. it’s far better than frances the mute ever thought of being.

Oct 14, 2006
12:57 am
#7 John :

definetley agree with jon, de-loused in the comatorium is essential…where are the shins?radiohead?

Oct 14, 2006
1:14 am
#8 matt in sd :

Come on, De-loused is soo much better than Frances the Mute.

Oct 14, 2006
1:35 am
#9 Mike LI :

Regina Spektor’s Soviet Kitsch should be essential.

Oct 14, 2006
1:45 am
#10 jwals :

this is probably the worst compilation of music

Oct 14, 2006
1:46 am
#11 Terrence :

this list is awful…
not that most of the albums are awful… but the omissions are insane and the order is terrible…

though some albums are just plain terrible, Delivery Man??? seriously? any one who says they enjoyed that is just in denial… Elvis Costello, like the Rolling Stones should just stop…

Joe Strummer??? Look I know he died but we don’t have to lie to ourselves.

PJ Harvey???

and considering the omissions the fact that 3 white stripes albums, 2 my morning jacket, 2 new pornographers, and 2 steve earle albums is insane

neither steve earl album belongs here, get behind me satan in crap

Frances the mute is crap.

where is Radiohead? The Wrens? Interpol? Spoon? Bright Eyes? Hold Steady? Sufjan? Broken Social Scene? TV on The Radio? Jay Z? The Rapture? MadVillain? Fiery Furnaces? Streets? Dizzee Rascal? Ghostface? Animal Collective? LCD Soundsystem?

crap.

Oct 14, 2006
1:55 am
#12 rawlangs :

Ok, points for including The New Pornographers, but it’s “Electric Version”, not “Electric Vision”. If you’re going to write a (poor) list of essential albums, you should at least read it over before you publish. Jesus christ man.

Oct 14, 2006
2:04 am
#13 wheezl :

Jurassic 5 – Power In Numbers

Oct 14, 2006
2:52 am
#14 Andrew :

Is anyone else mad at the fact that not only is Arcade Fire on this list, but that they are number 1?

Oct 14, 2006
3:00 am
#15 Tom Ritchford :

Damn, this is depressing. I have a bunch of these “top 50″ and they’re all pretty forgettable — I hadn’t put it together till I saw this list.

My sister gave me that “Arcade Fire” CD for Xmas and I can barely listen to it. What happened to the music scene???

Oct 14, 2006
3:03 am

Essential? Feh… there isn’t one CD on that list that you could pay me to listen to, much less even one that I would buy.

Oct 14, 2006
3:10 am
#17 Nick :

Say Anything – …Is/Was A Real Boy

Oct 14, 2006
3:11 am
#18 deafanddumb :

ain’t got none of ‘em. ain’t gonna get none of ‘em. ain’t ever gonna get anything connected to the riaa/mpaa. ain’t ever gonna listen to music till the riaa is dead.

Oct 14, 2006
3:14 am
#19 JoeWag :

Audioslave’s debut album didn’t make the list?

Oct 14, 2006
3:29 am
#20 James :

thank you for recognizing Antony and the Johnson’s I am a Bird Now, an important yet often overlooked, except for the Mercury Prize in Britain,

Oct 14, 2006
3:32 am
#21 Chris :

Whoever wrote this list is retarded in some way shape or form, these are definately not the 50 most essential albums of the last five years

Oct 14, 2006
3:49 am
#22 MyDogBen :

um, Guster, hello? TKK? the illegal downloads of Smash-up Derby?

Oct 14, 2006
3:54 am
#23 Melon :

Interestimg list with some diverse choices. I’m not sure if the current decade has thrown up any true classic albums thus far.

http://www.besteveralbums.com is a good resource for the best albums of all time.

Oct 14, 2006
4:02 am
#24 Rant :

Very one-sided list…

I’ll name some I liked that didn’t make it to your list.

Coldpay?
Arctic Monkeys?
The Killers?
Jimmy Eat World?
Eyedea?
Sage Francis?
The Faint?
Scisor Sisters?
Common?
Talib?
John Legend?
Weezer?
DJ Shadow?
Eminem?
Pherell?
Luda?

This list makes no sense at all.

Oct 14, 2006
4:03 am
#25 kevin :

see arcade fire live.

realize, they’re a studio band only.

realize, they’re not that good.

i was ok with this list til i saw #1. Now i reject it totally.

Oct 14, 2006
4:10 am
#26 dr :

joanna newsom. they forgot joanna newsom.

Oct 14, 2006
4:13 am
#27 DrV :

Green Day’s “American Idiot” missing??!

Oct 14, 2006
4:13 am
#28 Ted :

Frances over de-loused is ridiculous. Frances is only really an album for serious prog fans while De-Loused is essential for just about anyone that appreciates music played at the appropriate level.

@Rant
Weezer and Shadow definately have not released their best stuff in the last 5 years (Private Press was 2001), they would both be in the top 10 of my 90’s list though.

Oct 14, 2006
4:28 am
#29 Max :

What about Billy Bragg & Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue albums? Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising or Devils and Dust? Johnny Cash and American IV? The Old 97’s?

Oct 14, 2006
4:33 am
#30 Mod :

an interesting selection, not quite to my personal taste, which some of the nay sayers here seem to not quite grasp the concept of, but I can definately see where you are coming from. And if I may offer a suggestion that may be minimally tangential, I’d say you should try out Mike Doughty’s “Haughty Melodic”, or if you feel like hopping in the wayback machine, Soul Coughing’s “El Oso”

Oct 14, 2006
4:47 am
#31 cm :

“The 50 CDs that some asshole thinks qualify as ‘most essential’ just because they represent his poor taste, narrow album collection, and lack of creativity/musical breadth.”

Oct 14, 2006
5:13 am
#32 hmm :

Where’s the rock? This is like pitchfork all over again…none of this is above 5 on the ol spinal tap guitar amp.

Oct 14, 2006
5:19 am
#33 ganymede68 :

The-50-most-essential-cd’s-since-2001-in-the-alternative-section-of-HMV-and-who’s-Thom-Yorke?

Oct 14, 2006
5:43 am
#34 ryan :

Haven’t even heard of most of these people, too much rap, no rock. Worst list ever.

Oct 14, 2006
5:45 am
#35 Ivan Minic :

Not bad, not bad at all ;)

Oct 14, 2006
5:49 am
#36 fred :

Between Eastcoast and Westcoast there ain’t Beirut. Their (his) sound is to be included

Oct 14, 2006
6:12 am
#37 John :

Death From Above 1979- You’re a Woman, I’m A Machine. I thought that it rocked like no other

Oct 14, 2006
6:25 am
#38 The Rev :

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Abbatoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus???

Thom Yorke – The Eraser?

Tool – Lateralus?

Oct 14, 2006
6:40 am
#39 Polonius :

this list is a fraud. the only reason these albums came up is because the stores can’t get rid of them so they need to make a list of the 50 most essential cds to get rid of since 2001.

Oct 14, 2006
7:29 am
#40 jan :

The list is so predictable it hurts.

Oct 14, 2006
7:30 am
#41 jan :

it screams pitchfork.

Oct 14, 2006
9:02 am
#42 captainpotato :

Nice to see that Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros on the list – “Streetcore” is brilliant.

Oct 14, 2006
9:38 am
#43 Dale Cruse :

Another nod to “American Idiot.” Excellent work. I’m surprised to see Iron and Wine but no Calexico.

Oct 14, 2006
9:52 am
#44 Christopher Dowling :

Yet another vote for Green Day’s “American Idiot”!

Oct 14, 2006
10:08 am
#45 Mark7r0n :

Say “No” to Greenday always. How about Pinback, Deadboy and the Elephant Men, Jimmy Eat World, Sigur Ros, Ben Harper, Ben Kweller?

Half of your list was the ACL Fest lineup, you should have been there if you wern’t.

Mad props tho on Neko Case and The Arcade Fire! I cannot stop listening to Fox Confessor.

Oct 14, 2006
10:25 am
#46 cole.... :

dont see how you can be upset that the arcade fire is on there. it’s not a completely horrible list, but it seems like they went from the extreme end of the alternative side of the spectrum to the name-dropping-side of the progressive spectrum..

Oct 14, 2006
10:30 am

i haven’t read any of these comments, but this list is such shit i can’t even take it. Ryan Adams “Gold”?? The Arcade Fire at #1?? the council of concerned citizens on indie rock affairs should pull out an assault weapon and shoot harp for publishing this incoherent list filled with replicated artists, completely ignoring some of the truly best out there.

there’s no bright eyes or even desaparecidos, there’s no sigur ros, no sign of elliott smith, no sufjan fucking stevens?????? no jurassic 5, no gorillaz or gnarls barkley (which by now we can establish as an essential record of THIS YEAR ALONE). if i really spent some time, i could pick this list apart in about 50 different ways. perhaps this should be called “the 50 most essential CDs since 2001 that tasteless white people who don’t change it up can’t dance should own”.

but what’s most disappointing is that it comes from harp magazine. cancel my subscription, please.

Oct 14, 2006
10:30 am
#48 Bill Brasky :

The real mistake here is assuming there has been 50 essential albums since 2001.

Oct 14, 2006
10:33 am

agree with above comment 100%`

Oct 14, 2006
10:51 am

It’s cute that people thing Weezer has made an essential album since 2001. And Jimmy Eat World! That’s simply fucking adorable.

Oct 14, 2006
11:22 am
#51 Jim :

You must be very cool, being into all of those bands that no one has ever heard of.

Oct 14, 2006
11:32 am
#52 Terrence :

ryan- “too much rap, no rock. Worst list ever.”

Seriously??? you shouldn’t have printed that considering the preceding statement is
“Haven’t even heard of most of these people,”

one of the big problems is NO rap.
theres Kanye and Missy, outkast & the roots.. MIA is barely rap.
so 4 maybe five out of 50??
I can think of a few, Ghostface – Fishscale
T.I. – King, Camron – Purplehaze, Common – Be, Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101, Jay Z – Black Album, Dizzee Rascal – Boy in the corner, Madvillain – Madvillainy, El-P – Fantastic Damage, Mr. Lif – I Phantom

… yep I really kinda feel its missing some…
I re-iterate… crap.

Oct 14, 2006
12:07 pm
#53 Thom :

But at the same time everyone is bitching about how there favorite album/aritst is missing. Few of the the albums are even noticable ecept by fanbois, now really cutting edge, none changing an out look on music.

I give T.I.’s, common’s, Jurrasic 5, dialate peoples, Gorillaz, Scissor sister and Green Day made really good and cutting edge albums for what they are, they shoudl be there

people that list coldplay, well ok basically this list
Coldpay?
Arctic Monkeys?
The Killers?
Jimmy Eat World?
Eyedea?
Sage Francis?
The Faint?
Scisor Sisters?
Common?
Talib?
John Legend?
Weezer?
DJ Shadow?
Eminem?
Pherell?
Luda?

most of the albums are crap that are listed, Talib will never be an essential album no matter how good he is, the faint album was comlpete crap, killers although good is nothing more than synth rock,l eminem only cause he is white, there are so many better white rappers than him, and nothing he does is so amazing, mostly really irritating and sound the same

Oct 14, 2006
12:37 pm
#54 Sage :

So ahh…where’s the torrent?

Oct 14, 2006
12:46 pm
#55 dustbuster :

Harp’s an alt-countryish mag which explains many of the choices. Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’ clearly overlooked.

Oct 14, 2006
12:53 pm
#56 Smiling Mountain :

You missed probably the greatest band to come around since Pink Floyd which would be Tool.

Oct 14, 2006
1:02 pm
#57 obie :

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . . What about Radiohead ? ?

Oct 14, 2006
1:16 pm
#58 CDS :

My music folder on my hard disk is up to about 90Gb now, and I don’t have any music from any of these artists.

Oct 14, 2006
1:19 pm
#59 Patrick Money :

The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
Say Anything – Is a Real Boy

these two records should be in the top ten.

its funny to see so many people take this shit so seriously…everytime a list like this is released everyone gets there panties all knotted up.

Oct 14, 2006
1:52 pm
#60 Julian Bond :

Scary how many of the artists mentioned had better times before 2001 rather than after it. Hasn’t *anything* new appeared since 2000 or are we still rehashing the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s? Again, and again, and again, and…

61. CDS. spot on.

Wot no Ninjatune? No Chillout/Trip-hop/Downbeat/Acid Jazz? Where’s Blackalicious and Atmosphere? At least somebody up there mentioned DJ Shadow and Madvillain.

Here’s just one essential album post 2001. “Man with a Movie Camera”, Cinematic Orchestra.

Oct 14, 2006
1:58 pm
#61 joe :

@ #26 – arcade fire is a studio band

I saw them play Coachella last year and they literally stole the festival. Many people agreed. Had that monster crowd eating out of the palms of their hands.

Maybe you saw an off show or I saw an on, but they weren’t a studio band that day.

Oct 14, 2006
2:31 pm

Essential to who? If Nomeansno isn’t on the list, it’s not worth looking at.

Oct 14, 2006
2:37 pm
#63 Miles :

I’d like to thank Jack Black for so perfectly capturing the top 50 critics/posters above in “High Fidelity”. I love the “you’re an asshole for even putting together such a list”, “you’re a dick for omitting an album that changed my life” mentality (10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 32).

Pretty decent list, by my reckoning, although I definitely have some albums on high-rotation, which may not be revolutionary, that were cut (Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Walkmen, Stars, Pete Yorn, Killers-Hot Fuss, Sounds, Broken Social Scene, Arctic Monkeys, the Bravery, Spoon). The Streets should have made it.

Oct 14, 2006
2:45 pm
#64 michaeltravis :

Your subjective opinions are wrong and make you a terrible person. My musical tastes are the only valid ones.

Oct 14, 2006
3:31 pm
#65 maxwell :

look at pitchfork’s best albums of the year list over the past three years. take top 10 albums. put on your site. arcade fire at the top? really?

where’s phoenix? some good picks on here, but terribly predictable. M. Ward hurts too.

Oct 14, 2006
3:35 pm
#66 Weebles :

No Tool? One of the most influential bands of our generation? Lateralus should be in there for sure. The music industry and the mainstream crap is disgusting.

Oct 14, 2006
5:36 pm
#67 Ethan :

Modest Mouse.

Oct 14, 2006
6:38 pm
#68 Bart :

It’s comments make this a great list.

Oct 14, 2006
7:28 pm
#69 Ashley :

What? “Get Behind Me Satan” ranked better than “Elephant”?

Oct 14, 2006
7:44 pm
#70 Dr. No :

I suppose it speaks of how old and useless I am, but I don’t own a single one of these CDs. I have bought exactly one non-gospel/non-jazz CD in the last one year. And that was 4th Avenue Jones.

I guess it could be worse. At least I’ve heard of some of the people on this list.

Oct 14, 2006
8:09 pm
#71 logophilus :

Barring M.I.A.’s Arular, there is not a single mention of electronic music. Arular is barely electronic. It is a melange of genres that resists easy classification. For that reason, I agree with its inclusion. Notably, where is Squarepusher’s Ultravisitor, that strange mix of jazz and electronic that defies description? Where is Shpongle, twisting the boundaries of world music and psychedelia? Or for that matter, what about electroclash? There’s a genre that’s brand-spanking new, cutting edge, and shunned entirely.

This list is very biased against non-lyrical music. Poduction skills are being devised, tested, and proven in non-lyrical music. Genres are being blended like a fine coffee. Nonetheless, many seem to think it is fine to completely disregard music that simply lacks lyrics. It is truly a shame that people are so shortsighted that they overlook such a broad category of music.

Oct 14, 2006
9:10 pm
#72 EJ :

music sucks anyways they should have made a 50 esseential fuckups of the bush administration since 2001. at least there would be more agreement on the content of that.

Oct 14, 2006
9:15 pm
#73 CACOPHANY :

This is a stupid thing to argue. YOU’LL NEVER AGREE WITH A TOP ____ ALBUMS LIST UNLESS IT IS YOUR OWN!!!!! STOP CRYING ABOUT IT….

…but…

And any list of top albums since 2001 that does not include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a sin against all common decency. Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus is the best album of 2004, and the best rock album of the new millenium.

Oct 14, 2006
9:33 pm
#74 Joe Smithson :

“most important”? are you kidding?

this list is a cliche of all that’s wrong with music today. it’s hipster-wannabee-earnest crap. almost every single one.

good job not deviating from the mainstream. at all.

Sleater-fucking-Kinney? for those of us over 30 that grew up in the Northwest having to listen to them, they’re screeching self-indulgent nonsense.

Oct 14, 2006
9:35 pm
#75 joe smith :

“most important”? are you kidding?

this list is a cliche of all that’s wrong with music today. it’s hipster-wannabee-earnest crap. almost every single one.

good job not deviating from the mainstream. at all.

Sleater-fucking-Kinney? for those of us over 30 that grew up in the Northwest having to listen to them, they’re screeching self-indulgent nonsense.

Oct 14, 2006
11:20 pm
#76 33 1/3 :

no heart, no soul, no message in any of the above, just corporate approved noise coming soon to an elevator near you

Oct 14, 2006
11:26 pm
#77 wendy :

I HATE lists…and as an ancient music junkie (EXTREME Elvis Costello and Clash fan) I am offended they are added to this list just to be on it. I like Delivery Man, but it is NOT an essential album as far as EC’s catalog is concerned. Same for the Joe Strummer thing. This is just to add some kind of iconic cred to this lame list.

Certainly Spoon,Sufjan Destroyer, Cat Power should be on list list (disclaimer: I work with all those artists), but I would definitely add Arctic Monkeys, Jenny Lewis (I love that record, haters), White Stripes Elephant (their best),Radiohead, Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Beck, The Dears, His Name is Alive, Rufus Wainright, Seu George, Feist and SO many others.

I DO agree with New Pornographers Electric Version (a fave of mine).

Oct 15, 2006
12:02 am
#78 graphicartist2k5 :

WTF is up with this pointless list? how is ANY of this music “essential”? it’s not like any of the bands on this list are even on the same caliber as the beatles, jimi hendrix, and all others that came before them that kicked their collective asses looooong before their parents even thought of giving birth to them. as a couple of people have said, what about coldplay? what about, oh I dunno, U2? or how about dave matthews? what the hell happened to listing artists that do music that can be listened to loooooong after they are gone? i honestly can’t say that i would even BEGIN to listen to any of the bands on that list, and that is mainly because i don’t listen to crap when it comes to music. and throwing bob dylan in the mix isn’t going to make me want to listen to the other “artists” on it, especially sure as hell not kanye “bitch ass” west. that guy is one hell of a freakin’ whiner. as others have said before, lists like this are totally pointless, because there are those of us out there in internetland that DO know what good music is, and the majority of the bands on this list are not good enough to be on an “essential music” list. at best, they’re average.

Oct 15, 2006
12:05 am
#79 Pat :

wheres muse??

Oct 15, 2006
1:12 am
#80 Buster Hymen :

Essentially disposable. Harp magazine’s use of “most” is almost meaningless when coupled with “essential”. Aside from the absence of non-pop/rockschlock/rap and non-English language works, a “most essential” list which ignores Richmond Fontaine, The Jayhawks, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, Thea Gilmore,James Blood Ulmer and Connie Lingus is provincial, addled and contingent.

Oct 16, 2006
12:59 am
#81 marcus :

are you kidding? this list sucks … none of my personal favorites are on here … and I am positive that my favorites will match those of everyone elses favorites, so they should totally be on there… why aren’t they on there? I’m so mad, this list is stupid… my list rocks it’s full of totally less obvious bands like Coldplay, Jay-z, U2, and a plethora of other bands that are hip…

props to the person who said Rufus W. and Regina Spektor…

…sigh…

Oct 16, 2006
1:03 am
#82 marcus :

P.S …just because an artist released an album prior to 2001 does and should not make it eligible for this list so before you go saying “what about Weezer? What about this White Stripes? What about Green Day? … just because these people are still regretfully making music, that does not make them an automatic on the list … and nor should it …

but don’t get me wrong I think this list is terrible hah

Oct 16, 2006
5:17 pm
#83 sc :

“no heart, no soul, no message in any of the above, just corporate approved noise coming soon to an elevator near you”

How is this list corporate approved? How many of these artists listed actually gets played on the radio?

Oct 17, 2006
12:43 pm
#84 alexpigment :

considering that you can never be even 75% in agreement with one of these lists, i actually think this is a good one. obviously there are things left out: spoon, cursive, trail of dead, sigur ros, radiohead, idlewild (most people will not agree with me here), etc. but all in all it’s a good list. then again, i own 2/3 of this list, most of them being in the top 25 here. oh well, it’s not really worth any harsh critiquing, it’s just some dude and his opinions

Oct 31, 2006
1:19 am
#85 Jon Mayes :

Out (for sure)-
The Strokes (never could get into these guys)

Brian Wilson (if you’re going to put a 60’s guy up there on reputation, you should have gone all out and went with Scott Walker)

Same goes for Dylan

I think you only need one NP’s album and Twin Cinema does just fine. You could probably also yank A Ghost Is Born, since YHF is so superior.

In (for sure)

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (should be real close to the top)

Leslie Mayes, nee Feist – Let It Die.

Jay-Z/Danger Mouse – Grey Album
(don’t hold against it all the future piss poor mashups it inspired)

Decemberists?

Sufjan?

Nov 4, 2006
6:09 pm
#86 TheJuice! :

If a record released by your “fave” band wasn’t included in the list, well, who cares?

There’s a multitude of records I would deem essential to my own listening. Would I expect others to share the same opinion? No, of course not. But their opinions are no less valid.

Relax.

Nov 6, 2006
5:38 am
#87 elle :

Where is Elliott Smith on this list?

May 27, 2007
8:01 pm
#88 Dani Raskolnikov :

Absolutely pathetic list! So many bland, obvious choices in there, complete lack of variety, whole genres of music overlooked.

No point saying what I think should be in there, but there could have been more of an effort to make this list a bit more eclectic. Do we really need THREE White Stripes albums on there? About half the albums are dire, blandrock.

Lame.

Jun 13, 2007
10:28 am
#89 Katie :

okay. well my Number 1 albumn would have been 100 Broken Windows , Idlewild. Where is that?

Mar 11, 2012
12:01 am

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