Top 10 Lists (Music)

This page is a collection of my top 10 albums lists from 1990-2006. I stopped keeping track of music top 10s at that point, mostly because the art of the album has diminished and my interest has become more about singles/tracks and live performances. But I may see if I can restore the tradition soon. Until then…

2006

  1. The Decemberists — The Crane Wife
  2. The Baldwin Brothers — Return of the Golden Rhodes
  3. The Pipettes — We Are the Pipettes
  4. Camera Obscura — Let’s Get Out of This Country
  5. Neko Case — Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  6. Belle & Sebastian — The Life Pursuit
  7. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins — Rabbit Furcoat
  8. Tilly and the Wall — Bottoms of Barrels
  9. The Hold Steady — Boys & Girls In America
  10. Be Your Own Pet — Be Your Own Pet

2005

  1. Idlewild — Warnings/Promises
  2. The New Pornographers — Twin Cinema
  3. The Decemberists — Picaresque
  4. The National — Alligator
  5. …And You Will Know Us By the Train of Dead — Worlds Apart
  6. Beck — Guero
  7. Death Cab For Cutie — Plans
  8. The Magic Numbers — The Magic Numbers
  9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  10. Rob Dickinson — Fresh Wine For the Horses

2004

  1. The Go! Team — Thunder, Lightning, Strike
  2. Green Day — American Idiot
  3. Scissor Sisters — Scissor Sisters
  4. Camera Obscura — Underachievers Please Try Harder
  5. The Libertines — The Libertines
  6. The Killers — Hot Fuss
  7. Wilco — A Ghost Is Born
  8. The Arcade Fire — Funeral
  9. Rilo Kiley — More Adventurous
  10. Trashcan Sinatras — Weightlifting

2003

  1. Basement Jaxx — Kish Kash
  2. Radiohead — Hail to the Thief
  3. The Cardigans — Long Gone Before Daylight
  4. The New Pornographers — Electric Version
  5. The Delgados — Hate
  6. Tindersticks — Waiting For the Moon
  7. The Decemberists — Her Majesty the Decemberists
  8. Grandaddy — Sumday
  9. Spiritualized — Amazing Grace
  10. Manitoba — Up In Flames

2002

  1. Rilo Kiley — The Execution Of All Things
  2. Elf Power — Creatures
  3. Mr. Lif — I Phantom
  4. Beck — Sea Change
  5. The Raveonettes — Whip It On
  6. The Lucksmiths — Where Were We?
  7. Oasis — Heathen Chemistry
  8. Sigur Ros — ( )
  9. Bright Eyes — Lifted (Or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground)
  10. Wilco — Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2001

  1. Spiritualized — Let It Come Down
  2. Radiohead — Amnesiac
  3. The Shins — Oh, Inverted World
  4. blink-182 — Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
  5. The Push Kings — Feel No Fade
  6. R.E.M. — Reveal
  7. Built To Spill — Ancient Melodies of the Future
  8. Rilo Kiley — Take Offs and Landings
  9. Citizen Bird — Citizen Bird
  10. Preston School of Industry — All This Sounds Gas

2000

  1. Grandaddy — The Sophtware Slump
  2. Richard Ashcroft — Alone With Everybody
  3. Radiohead — Kid A
  4. Catherine Wheel — Wishville
  5. The Delgados — The Great Eastern
  6. Paloalto — Paloalto
  7. Green Day — Warning
  8. Johnny Cash — American III: Solitary Man
  9. Belle & Sebastian — Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
  10. Modest Mouse — The Moon & Antartica

1999

  1. The Magnetic Fieds — 69 Love Songs
  2. The Flaming Lips — The Soft Bulletin
  3. Moby — Play
  4. Blur — 13
  5. James — Millionaires
  6. blink-182 — Enema of the State
  7. Built To Spill — Keep It Like a Secret
  8. Travis — The Man Who
  9. Sleater-Kinney — The Hot Rock
  10. Sigur Ros — Agaetis Byrjun

1998

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel — In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  2. Pulp — This Is Hardcore
  3. R.E.M. — Up
  4. Placebo — Without You I Am Nothing
  5. Belle & Sebastian — The Boy With the Arab Strap
  6. Liz Phair — whitechocolatespaceegg
  7. The Delgados — Peloton
  8. The Push Kings — Far Places
  9. Pearl Jam — Yield
  10. Unbelievable Truth — Almost Here

1997*

  1. Radiohead — OK Computer
  2. Catherine Wheel — Adam & Eve
  3. Built To Spill — Perfect From Now On
  4. Spiritualized — Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
  5. The Chemical Brothers — Dig Your Own Hole
  6. The Verve — Urban Hymns
  7. James — Whiplash
  8. Blur — Blur
  9. The Divine Comedy — A Short Album About Love
  10. Pavement — Brighten the Corners
  11. Oasis — Be Here Now
  12. Prodigy — Fat of the Land
  13. The Apples In Stereo — Tone Soul Evolution
  14. The Crystal Method — Vegas
  15. The Push Kings — The Push Kings
  16. Tanya Donnelly — Lovesongs For the Underdogs
  17. blink-182 — Dude Ranch
  18. Death In Vegas — Dead Elvis
  19. Swell — Too Many Days Without Thinking
  20. Bjork — Homogenic

* 1997 was an exceptional year in music (only 2003 rivals it in modern memory). I had to extend the list to 20 albums just to scratch the surface of what happened that year. Most records in this list would be top 5 material during many other years.

1996

  1. R.E.M. — New Adventures In Hi-Fi
  2. Neutral Milk Hotel — On Avery Island
  3. Belle & Sebastian — Tigermilk
  4. Suede — Coming Up
  5. Pearl Jam — No Code
  6. Sebadoh — Harmacy
  7. The Divine Comedy — Casanova
  8. Belle & Sebastian — If You’re Feeling Sinister
  9. Ash — 1977
  10. The Longpigs — The Sun Is Often Out

1995

  1. Radiohead — The Bends
  2. Pulp — Different Class
  3. Oasis — What’s the Story, Morning Glory
  4. Catherine Wheel — Happy Days
  5. Rancid — And Out Come the Wolves
  6. Blur — The Great Escape
  7. Tricky — Maxinquaye
  8. Spiritualized — Pure Phase
  9. The Magnetic Fields — Get Lost
  10. The Verve — A Northern Soul

1994

  1. Pulp — His N Hers
  2. R.E.M. — Monster
  3. Massive Attack — Protection
  4. Oasis — Definitely Maybe
  5. Built To Spill — There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
  6. Primal Scream — Give Out But Don’t Give Up
  7. Sugar — File Under Easy Listening
  8. Liz Phair — Whip-Smart
  9. Suede — Dog Man Star
  10. Stereolab — Mars Audiac Quintet

1993

  1. Nirvana — In Utero
  2. James — Laid
  3. Pearl Jam — vs.
  4. Cypress Hill — Black Sunday
  5. The Divine Comedy — Liberation
  6. Belly — Star
  7. New Kingdom — Heavy Load
  8. Cracker — Kerosene Hat
  9. Luscious Jackson — In Search Of Manny
  10. Liz Phair — Exile In Guyville

1992

  1. R.E.M. — Automatic For the People
  2. Ice Cube — The Predator
  3. The Jesus and Mary Chain — Honeys Dead
  4. James — Seven
  5. Pavement — Slanted and Enchanted
  6. Sir Mix-A-Lot — Mack Daddy
  7. Beastie Boys — Check Your Head
  8. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy — Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
  9. Sonic Youth — Dirty
  10. Spiritualized — Lazer Guided Melodies

1991

  1. My Bloody Valentine — Loveless
  2. Ice-T — O.G. Original Gangster
  3. R.E.M. — Out of Time
  4. Massive Attack — Blue Lines
  5. Slint — Spiderland
  6. Nirvana — Nevermind
  7. Cypress Hill — Cypress Hill
  8. Matthew Sweet — Girlfriend
  9. U2 — Achtung Baby
  10. Pixies — Trompe le Monde

1990

  1. Public Enemy — Fear of a Black Planet
  2. The Wedding Present — Bizarro
  3. Meat Beat Manifesto — 99%
  4. Trashcan Sinatras — Cake
  5. James — Goldmother
  6. The Black Crowes — Shake Your Moneymaker
  7. Operation Ivy — Energy
  8. Yo La Tengo — Fakebook
  9. The Sundays — Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
  10. Spacemen 3 — Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To

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