ILM Top 100 2000-2004: ALBUMS

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(are you ready for a tortuous drawn out one-by-one process lasting right up til the Bank Holiday weekend? GOOD, ME TOO - so let's get it retarded...)

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 16:53 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 100

Points: 144
No. of votes: 7
No. of #1 votes: 1

Year: 2002

Warped but placid electronica from Ben Jacobs. Often abstract, often pop, usually both...

Max Tundra is my Velvet Underground - his music just makes me want to go out and start a band. Or I guess, get a laptop and some software. Dozens of experimental ideas explode from every track, each given something like three seconds before the next one comes along, and yet, the songs are unbelievably catchy. A complete marvel.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Recommended tracks: Lysine

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 16:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't like this list already.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 16 August 2004 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link


Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 16 August 2004 16:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Stevem, you're killing me!!!

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

(The wait, the wait!)

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, it hurts, but it's better this way.

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

You're gonna do this for 100 albums??? (haha, at least mine is done)

Vinnie (vprabhu), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 99

Points: 153
No. of votes: 8
No. of #1 votes: 1

Year: 2002

Legendary troubadour drops first album in aeons to mass acclaim - even topping the Pazz & Jop poll two years back.

I know "Love and Theft" isn't going to get a lot of votes in this poll, but fuck it. It's one of the best albums of Dylan's career, and let's see what Mike Skinner and Dylan Mills are doing when they're sixty.
Not That Chuck

Recommended tracks: Sugar Baby

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:03 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 98

Points: 155
No. of votes: 9
No. of #1 votes: 1

Artist: WILEY
Year: 2004

The Eskiboy himself rises from the depths of London's grimey underground with a raw, confident debut rich with urban commentary, audacious humour and relentless yet inventive beats.

On a couple of the songs Wiley reminds me of Mike Skinner in terms of both delivery and lyrics - the ones where he's larking around, where he probably sounds most British ("Goin' Mad" and "Pies"). His voice is really compelling over a whole album - it's kind of underwhelming at first esp. compared to MCs with really distinctive flows like Dizzee and Lady Fury, but there's this kind of laconic, understated refusal to be all hysterical which I like. (read more)
The Lex

Recommended tracks: Pies, I'm Goin' Mad

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't know that commentary could have been provided!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:10 (fifteen years ago) link

It was mentioned on the form - as optional request.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

take that, pazz and jop 2001!

Sean M (Sean M), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Everybody feel free to gmail me some comments for both the album AND track they voted for at #1 - I will definitely require some further assistance with some of these...

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't belive Wiley is that low. Pies, people, pies. Wileys gonna eat you all like you were pies. You are gonna be in Wiley's stomach.

artdamages (artdamages), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 97

Points: 156
No. of votes: 10
No. of #1 votes: 2

Year: 2000


Petulant icon for both the contemporary and alternative sides of country/folk rock in the US backs up his running mouth with a widely adored collection of heartfelt songs considered by many to be his finest work by some distance.

Every tragic figure needs a peak to fall from.

Recommended tracks: Come Pick Me Up

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:26 (fifteen years ago) link

We could do track recommendations too? Can I retroactively add some?

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

yes please

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Excellent. Gonna try and gmail Steve some words soon and I second the recommendations, though Mr. M shld have the last word there.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:41 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 96

Points: 157
No. of votes: 6
No. of #1 votes: 0

Title: FREE ME
Year: 2004

Barnet's finest poplet shakes off the Spice shackles forever with a lively second solo effort plastered with retro charm, consistent songwriting and jaunty hooks.

Comments: How did THAT get in there? (part 1)

Recommended tracks: Maybe, Crickets Sing For Anamaria

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Is it just for one album or can I do recommendations for every entry I please? < /nerd>

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Monday, 16 August 2004 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

do as many as you like, can't guarantee all will be used tho

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Let's dance, you hot, salty nut!

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Monday, 16 August 2004 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Ex-Spice Girl in Dylan Topping Shocka!

frankE (frankE), Monday, 16 August 2004 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 95

Points: 160
No. of votes: 7
No. of #1 votes: 0

Label: Universal
Year: 2003

Dirty South by name and nature - newcomer Banner crunks it up in style.

Comments: n/a

Recommended tracks: Cadillac On 22s

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I've gmailed you, stevem!

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Monday, 16 August 2004 20:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Reading these user comments is grebtness. But even more U&K is seeing how many (#1) votes each album's received. You rawks, steve.

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Monday, 16 August 2004 20:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Love And Theft is a wonderful record. As is Treddin'. As is Mississippi. I'd better get writing my blurb for the #2 (if it is still #2!!!)

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Monday, 16 August 2004 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 94

Points: 160
No. of votes: 10
No. of #1 votes: 1

Label: Mute
Year: 2000

Comments: Walk through the woods, back and forth through time, in and out of loneliness - a poignant, haunting ramble you may never return from. Alright it's just an album...but what a voice, blending remarkably with the enveloping strings and gentle keys ranging between the sinister and soothing in tone. Accusations of being humourless and pretentious seem irrelevant when the scenery is this gorgeous. blueski

Recommended tracks: Human, Deer Stop

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:12 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 93

Points: 162
No. of votes: 10
No. of #1 votes: 0

Title: HATE
Label: Mantra
Year: 2002

Comments: The Delgados do something to me. There's bands I like. Bands I love. But somehow, the Delgados... the Delgados feel like they're my team, y'know? There's something kind of heroic about them. And I've not even listened to their first two albums that much. But there's something deeply human about it all. I think it might be I listened to Hate after the Polyphonic Spree's album, where almost every line felt contrived in its "won-derrr" effect, and The Delgados got the wonder without even trying. Magical realism - the whole lushness of the Flaming Lips, for instance, or maybe Mercury Rev, but not in the 'art' sense. Music being played by human beings, being made by human beings, who don't necessarily want to create art, but something they care about. (read more) William Swygart

Recommended tracks: The Drowning Years, All You Need Is Hate

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:24 (fifteen years ago) link

That's lovely, Swygart.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 92

Points: 163
No. of votes: 9
No. of #1 votes: 0

Artist: LOW
Title: TRUST
Label: Rough Trade
Year: 2002

Comments: "La la la Song" is possibly the sweetest thing they've ever done, and "Tonight" is dreamy and magical enough to be on Loveless. They even manage to raise the pace on "Canada". Who could ask for more? (read more) Kilian Murphy

Recommended tracks: Canada

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Turned out indie again, n't it?

(I'm loving that you're still up doing this, stevem)

Alba (Alba), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link

that Trust cover is terrific, isn't it?

"(That's how you sing) amazing grace" would be my recommendation from that album and maybe from Low's entire catalogue.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:48 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 91

Points: 167
No. of votes: 13
No. of #1 votes: 0

Title: THE GLOW (PART 2)
Label: K
Year: 2001

Comments: This record is easy to like because it is a labour of love - it is a home made record for the sake of recording rather than making good music. Simultaneously, the home recording asthetic is appealing and works well to create a continuous disc of changing ambience (rather than a bunch of singles cut together). Despite this casualness, there is some wonderful musical moments as well: delicate vocals, close overdub vocals, an interesting mix of easy sounds (acoustic intruments), non repetitive form and seemless yet sudden changes in direction. a good study of home recording and beautiful music. (read more) D Barclay

Recommended tracks: The Glow (Part 2)

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:50 (fifteen years ago) link

never heard of it - fantastic!

jed_ (jed), Monday, 16 August 2004 22:51 (fifteen years ago) link

This is turning out very well, congrats Mr. Stevem. :-) Actually now that I think I about it I didn't vote in the last big ol ILM rundown so this is surely a pattern on my part.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 02:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Have I mentioned how much I love lists ? ;)

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 04:26 (fifteen years ago) link

"for the sake of recording rather than making good music"!! Yes you've sold me with that one!

(Nice elephant tho)

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 06:09 (fifteen years ago) link

haha I don't think I even voted for Wiley and my comments were used for it! I'm glad it's there though, I rediscovered "Pies" a few days after I voted. Happier about Emma Bunton though.

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 09:20 (fifteen years ago) link

maybe you should put them up in blocks of, say, 5 at a time?

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm glad TicoTico said it and not me. (And yes, the elephant is nice.)

But I expected more albums to be listed by this morning.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:25 (fifteen years ago) link

(Why I care about this is beyond me. I've heard hardly any of the albums nominated, and if I did hear them, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like most of them. But I am enjoying this nevertheless.)

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:27 (fifteen years ago) link

so far this is an atrocity. but bravo stevem!!

jess, Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:29 (fifteen years ago) link

What do you think of the tracks list?

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i think it's pretty "representative" so far (which means there's two things on there i voted for) (as opposed to none here, so far) (though maybe that's a good thing since were not even in the 80's yet.)

jess, Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:39 (fifteen years ago) link

i will only be able to list 5-10 albums a day this way - the winner is likely to be revealed a week on Friday.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:40 (fifteen years ago) link

surely you jest?

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:50 (fifteen years ago) link

No. 90

Points: 168
No. of votes: 6
No. of #1 votes: 2

Label: EMI
Year: 2003

Radiohead's maverick guitarist (amongst other things) takes time out to score Simon Pummell's lifecycle-themed film.

Comments: The album's opening track, "Moon Trills" seems portentous of some grand celestial event; its elongated Messiaen-inflected piano chords and Ondes-Martenot wails form and reform in a harmonic spectra that travels slowly toward a dark meridian. Later, the starlit melancholy of "Bode Radio / Glass Light / Broken Hearts" unfurls in vivid plumes of glass harmonica and strings, and is shot through with dissonant adornments not unlike those emblematic of Debussy. The drowsy fantasia of "Clockwork Tin Soldiers," reverberates like falling glass marbles aleatorically tinkling a ballet for mechanical dolls. "Convergence" begins with a clash and percolates into a percussive, clattering cacophony, fighting the hegemony of beauty and melody. The banjo-driven "24 Hour Charleston" echoes the adrenalin rush of a thief in the night, as dramatic electroacoustics envelop the discordant melody. And the monistic "Peartree" with its angular, Ligetian organ harmony resonates as though the music were dispersing in the higher vaults of a gothic cathedral. In "Milky Drops From Heaven," a hurried horn takes on an animal character, the music destructing and reconstructing itself from moment to moment, as if the jazz band were tumbling up and down invisible stairs, their tempo varying at the rate of their descent. On the closer, "Tehellet" (the Hebrew meaning of which roughly translates as "hope, expectation") a languid cello is made to sound like a choir of seraphim heralding an ascent.

Perhaps Jonny Greenwood is not one of the luminaries like Messiaen or Penderecki, but here, their light reflects upon him, like the sun upon the moon. Salvador Saca

Recommended tracks: Moon Trills

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 10:52 (fifteen years ago) link

I really wish I'd voted. It would have made a difference. Dagnabbit.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 27 August 2004 19:13 (fifteen years ago) link

No, that seems pretty right. Maybe more like ELO.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 August 2004 19:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Bravo, Ned.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 27 August 2004 19:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Why didn't I speak my mind earlier today and declare Kid A the winner?

Well done, Steve. Loved the buildup inbetween, watching people be worng about Rooty vs Kish Kash and the excellent Avalanches stuff ('Etoh'/'Summer Crane' would definitely have replaced 'Frontier Psychiatrist' in my recommendations, and the early trifekta that ends with 'A Different Feeling' is almost as good as the 'Etoh'-onwards final stretch).

Ah, fun time.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Friday, 27 August 2004 19:26 (fifteen years ago) link

i told you not to underestimate the silent majority

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 27 August 2004 20:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd guess "common people" would be the no. 1 single - or is this me thinking with my heart rather than my head?

Top five with maybe a one in three chance at #1, I'd say. I can't think of a more likely choice at this point.

Andrew Unterberger (Andrew Unterberger), Friday, 27 August 2004 20:10 (fifteen years ago) link

next week: the 90s!

Hoo-ray! I've already got my nominees...

ALBUM: Bjork, Homogenic
TRACK: Nuyorican Soul, "It's Alright, I Feel It!"

(no way am I risking obvious choices on the off-chance someone else will nominate them, only to see no one nominate them.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 27 August 2004 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link

i told you not to underestimate the silent majority

Now I feel like a radical cleric.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 27 August 2004 20:51 (fifteen years ago) link

what happened to ILM's rap contingent? and what happened to TI???

Symplistic (shmuel), Friday, 27 August 2004 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Eh? There are like six hip-hop albums in the top 20.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Friday, 27 August 2004 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I count three (and one is extremely contentious.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 27 August 2004 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

hi. :|

Richard K., Saturday, 28 August 2004 06:56 (fifteen years ago) link

ha ha , its like when the Today program on Radio 4 organised a vote to choose a new law, or change to the law, which they would push to get enacted and the public voted for a law allowing you to kill any intruders in your home.

Its been great fun to follow. Thanks for alll the hard work Stevem!

Bidfurd, Saturday, 28 August 2004 09:08 (fifteen years ago) link

1. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)
2. Daft Punk - Discovery (2001)
3. The Streets - Original Pirate Material (2002)
4. Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner (2003)
5. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2001)
6. Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash (1008)
7. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free (983)
8. Jay-Z - The Blueprint (948)
9. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights (904)
10. Basement Jaxx - Rooty (830)
11. Radiohead - Amnesiac (804)
12. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief (751)
13. Kanye West - The College Dropout (703)
14. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (682)
15. Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun (681)
16. Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (679)
17. Missy Elliott - Miss E...So Addictive (573)
18. Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi (566)
19. The Rapture - Echoes (554)
20. PJ Harvey - Stories From The City Stories From The Sea (545)
21. The Junior Boys - Last Exit (536)
22. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (529)
23. The White Stripes - Elephant (517)
24. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (513)
25. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele (494)
26. N.E.R.D. - In Search Of... (486)
27. The Notwist - Neon Golden (479)
28. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People (469)
29. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell (466)
30. Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (465)
31. The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird Bark (440)
32. Justin Timberlake - Justified (437)
33. Le Tigre - Le Tigre (436)
34. Fugazi - The Argument (403)
35. Broadcast - Haha Sound (401)
36. Lambchop - Nixon (398)
37. Primal Scream - XTRMNTR (398)
38. Fennesz - Endless Summer (394)
39. The Scissor Sisters - The Scissor Sisters (381)
40. Cat Power - You Are Free (365)
41. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein (364)
42. The Clientele - Suburban Light (3??)
43. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire (352)
44. Richard X presents - X-Factor Vol. 1 (337)
45. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (337)
46. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance (335)
47. Luomo - Vocalcity (327)
48. Ladytron - Light And Magic (326)
49. Life Without Buildings - Any Other City (321)
50. Felix Da Housecat - Kittenz And Thee Glitz (311)
51. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Hearts Of Oak (305)
52. Lifter Puller - Fiestas & Fiascos (293)
53. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (289)
54. Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas (286)
55. Andrew WK - I Get Wet (280)
56. The Beta Band - Hot Shots II (279)
57. Royksopp - Melody AM (276)
58. Aaliyah - Aaliyah (275)
59. The RZA/Various Artists - Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (OST) (270)
60. The Liars - They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top (266)
61. Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow (265)
62. Sonic Youth - Murray Street (265)
63. Madvillain - Madvillainy (264)
64. Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan (264)
65. Big & Rich - Horse Of A Different Colour (263)
66. Cornelius - Point (262)
67. Goldfrapp - Black Cherry (254)
68. Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) (252)
69. Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album (252)
70. The Fall - The Real New Fall LP (245)
71. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - How I Long To Feel The Summer In My Heart (227)
72. Shellac - 1000 Hurts (227)
73. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight (221)
74. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse (218)
75. The New Pornographers - Electric Version (214)
76. Michael Mayer presents - Immer (214)
77. The Wrens - The Meadowlands (210)
78. Junior Senior - D-d-don't Stop The Beat (209)
79. D'Angelo - Voodoo (209)
80. New Order - Get Ready (207)
81. Atmosphere - Lucy Ford (206)
82. Xiu Xiu - Knife Play (204)
83. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Pig Lib (202)
84. Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated R (191)
85. Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus (191)
86. Calexico - Feast Of Wire (186)
87. Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight (176)
88. The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic (172)
89. Mogwai - Rock Action (170)
90. Johnny Greenwood - Bodysong (OST) (168)
91. The Microphones - The Glow (Part 2) (167)
92. Low - Trust (163)
93. The Delgados - Hate (162)
94. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain (160)
95. David Banner - Mississippi: The Album (160)
96. Emma Bunton - Free Me (157)
97. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker (156)
98. Wiley - Treddin' On Thin Ice (155)
99. Bob Dylan - Love And Theft (153)
100. Max Tundra - Mastered By Guy At The Exchange (144)

101. Villalobos - Alcahofa (143)
102. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You (143)
103. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Tyranny Of Distance (142)
104. Camera Obscura - Underachievers Please Try Harder (139)
105. Stars Of The Lid - The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid (137)
106. Smog - Dongs Of Sevotion (137)
107. Rufus Wainwright - Want One (136)
108. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Cast Of - Once More With Feeling (OST) (133)
109. Bersuit Vergabarat - Hijos Del Culo (127)
110. Saturday Looks Good To Me - All Your Summer Songs (120)
111. The Walkmen - Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Has Gone (119)
112. Lawrence - The Absence Of Blight (119)
113. Wire - Send (117)
114. Oneida - Each One Teach One (117)
115. Spoon - Girls Can Tell (116)
116. Ellen Allien - Weissmix (116)
117. Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World (114)
118. David Sylvain - Blemish (114)
119. Fog - Ether Teeth (113)
120. The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas (110)
121. DJ Rupture - Minesweeper Suite (109)
122. M83 - M83 (104)
123. Akufen - My Way (103)
124. Cassette Boy - The Parker Tapes (102)
125. British Sea Power - The Decline Of British Sea Power (93)
126. Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me (91)
127. TI - Trap Muzik (91)
128. Blonde Redhead - Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons (90)
129. Underworld - A Hundred Days Off (88)
130. PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her (88)
131. The Bees - Sunshine Hit Me (85)
132. Okkervil River - Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See (81)
133. Desaparecidos - Read Music/Speak Spanish (80)
134. Mission Of Burma - Onoffon (79)
135. Spray - Living In Neon (78)
136. Kaito - Special Love (74)
137. Blak Twang - Kik Off (70)
138. John Fahey - Red Cross (69)
139. Avey Tare & Panda Bear - Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (69)
140. The Futureheads - The Futureheads (64)
141. The Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (63)
142. Cave In - Jupiter (61)
143. Various Artists - Lord Of The Decks: The Fellowship Of The Mic (61)
144. Converge - Jane Doe (58)
145. Saian Supa Crew - X-Raisons (57)
146. Soft Pink Truth - Do You Party? (55)
147. Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (54)
148. Miss Kittin - I Com
149. Jandek - The Gone Wait (50)
150. Eve - Eve-O-Lution (47)
151. The Deadly Snakes - Ode To Joy (45)
152. Beaumont - This Is Beaumont (45)
153. The Montgolfier Brothers - The World Is Flat (45)
154. Killing Joke - Killing Joke (44)
155. Kristin Hersh - Sunny Border Blue (42)
156. Stephen Jones - Almost Cured Of Sadness (42)
157. Crydamoure presents - Waves (40)
158. My Favorite - The Happiest Days Of Our Lives (38)
159. Comets On Fire - Field Recordings From The Sun (36)
160. The Wrangler Brutes - The Wrangler Brutes (32)
161. The Cure - The Cure (31)
162. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope (26)
163. Xiu Xiu - A Promise (23)
164. Rancid - Rancid (20)
165. Fennesz - Live In Japan (16)
166. Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me (14)
167. Joy Zipper - American Whip (14)
168. The Mountain Goats - The Coroner's Gambit (13)
169. Bangkok Impact - Traveller (10)
170. Bark Psychosis - Codename: Dustsucker (9)
171. Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where (8)
172. Anti-Pop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue (7)
173. Raphael Saddiq - Instant Vintage (7)
174. Neurosis - A Sun That Never Sets (7)
175. DJ Krush - Zen (5)
176. Neurosis/Jarboe - Neurosis/Jarboe (3)
177. Girl Talk - Unstoppable (1)
178. Destroyer - Your Blues (-1)
179. Smashing Pumpkins - Machina: The Machines Of God (-11)
180. 50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (-16)

Unranked (albums which did not receive a single vote):

A Frames - A Frames
Absu - Tara
Cul De Sac - Death Of The Sun
Dean Roberts - Be Mine Tonight
Devin The Dude - Just Tryin' Ta Live
Gogogo Airheart - Exitheuxa
Juniper Moon - El Resto Di Mi VIda
The Loud Family - Attractive Nuisance
Mira - Apart
Trance To The Sun - Atrocious Virgin

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Saturday, 28 August 2004 10:12 (fifteen years ago) link

wow that 101 -> is really fascinating. Villalobos, just missed it. My number one (and nomination) just a few behind. Blemish at 114, for crying out loud. Really good stuff like Bangkok Impact and Bark Psychosis with one vote (presumably). I'll take that 101-> list over the top 100 anyday.

Fanstastic, Stevem. Hero!

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 28 August 2004 10:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Even more amazing: Joy Zipper and Anti-Pop Consortium with 14 votes and 7 votes each! wow!

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 28 August 2004 10:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Good work Steve!

Sorry I never voted, I've only heard around 15 of the nominated albums and half of them I wasn't particularly fond of...

jel -- (jel), Saturday, 28 August 2004 11:34 (fifteen years ago) link


the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Saturday, 28 August 2004 11:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Even more amazing: Joy Zipper and Anti-Pop Consortium with 14 votes and 7 votes each! wow!

Hang on, amazingly low number of points for those two, or amazing that they got any points? (I honestly can't tell!) Several of the Anti-Pop points were from me, I think.

And yeah, very nice work Stevem!

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 28 August 2004 11:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Amazingly Low i meant!

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 28 August 2004 11:53 (fifteen years ago) link

the world is flat only got my number one vote! i knew mark tranmer and roger quigley did this album only for me! phantastic!

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Saturday, 28 August 2004 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Immense credit to Steve for doing all this, and although it seems odd to say this when I think half of the top ten were in my 15 (didn't keep my list), and only one of my votes (from memory) fell outside the 100 (Underworld), reading through this has only confirmed me in my current practice of not visiting ILM. Too much of the sort of music I find sucks the joy and energy from my life. The ILM zeitgeist is too far from my own tastes and feelings. (And because I am on a dialup and don't download, all the discussion about stuff I am interested in tends to be done and dusted before I've heard the tunes.)

Oh, thanks for running my Eninem comments - they were dashed off notes to you, rather than anything studied for reprinting here, but they read okay to me, so I'm happy.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 28 August 2004 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link

154. Killing Joke - Killing Joke (44)

Is anyone else surpised this didn't get a round 45 points?

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Saturday, 28 August 2004 23:16 (fifteen years ago) link

me, for one.

also: I am shocked simply shocked that Hijos del Culo ended up at #109, I gave it 45 but that leaves 82 votes unaccounted for. Who else voted for this brilliant masterwork? I MUST KNOW SO I CAN SHOWER YOU WITH DIAMONDS AND PEARLS.

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Sunday, 29 August 2004 00:16 (fifteen years ago) link

179. Smashing Pumpkins - Machina: The Machines Of God (-11)


amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 29 August 2004 03:54 (fifteen years ago) link

you are so busted

Worst of all, I'm starting to like Pavement.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 29 August 2004 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

108. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Cast Of - Once More With Feeling (OST) (133)

Damn you hate votes. If this hadn't got 4 hate votes, it would have ended up somewhere in the 80's

I did think the hate votes counting as negative points was the worst idea about this poll, even before this outrage.

I thought the nominations process was a great idea, much more interesting than an open poll, and the whole thing has been highly entertaining. Much thanks to Stevem.

Joe Kay (feethurt), Monday, 30 August 2004 10:03 (fifteen years ago) link

(in a perfect world the Buffy soundtrack would have traded places with Smashing Pumpkins)

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 30 August 2004 10:24 (fifteen years ago) link

dammit i wish i had been here to vote, i coulda pushed Tyranny of Distance into the top 100.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 19:24 (fifteen years ago) link

in a perfect world the Buffy soundtrack would have traded places with Smashing Pumpkins


Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 19:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I would've voted for Hijos de Culo but I hadn't even HEARD IT YET when I voted. :(

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I just noticed nobody voted for my nomination, the Devin album. Nobody to blame but myself since I didn't vote but what a shame! That's a brill album.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 23:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I also forgot to vote, but will take this whole thing as a listening list. Awesome.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 1 September 2004 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Just one more vote for Stars of the Lid and what could have been . . .

sundar subramanian (sundar), Thursday, 2 September 2004 01:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Since I live in a rockist world 'IRL', I was pretty surprised at Daft Punk's really high ranking, and realized I bought it when it came out but didn't listen much past the first few tracks. Now I've pulled it out and have been listening to it non-stop for a week- great album!! Thanks.

Richard K (Richard K), Friday, 3 September 2004 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link

too bad it's not even remotely iconic :(

comme personne (common_person), Friday, 3 September 2004 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Who else voted for Spray who else voted for Spray who else voted for Spray? There are 33 points not accounted for...

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Friday, 3 September 2004 20:57 (fifteen years ago) link

that's a really, really white top 200.

i like an awful lot of the records on it, including the #1. i admire the incredible amount of work that went into it. i did not participate, not for any aesthetic or political reasons, but simply because i'm too lazy. and i quite enjoyed reading through it. so i don't mean this as criticism, just as observation and question:

it's just really, really white. and i'm wondering what makes it all that different from all the other lists (rolling stone, q, vill voice, etc) that we constantly carp about? what makes this one any less carpable?

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:01 (fifteen years ago) link


amateur!!!st (amateurist), Friday, 3 September 2004 23:29 (fifteen years ago) link

number 2 should be sung tongs.

seahorse genius (seahorse genius), Saturday, 4 September 2004 00:28 (fifteen years ago) link

it's just really, really white. and i'm wondering what makes it all that different from all the other lists (rolling stone, q, vill voice, etc) that we constantly carp about? what makes this one any less carpable?

I think it's still Emma Bunton.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Saturday, 4 September 2004 00:31 (fifteen years ago) link


count the number of non-white people in the top 100. see how many hands it takes.

count the number of acts in the top 100 whose fans aren't primarily white.


fact checking cuz (fcc), Saturday, 4 September 2004 00:36 (fifteen years ago) link

but you say it as though it's a pejorative and not a simple observation.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Saturday, 4 September 2004 02:47 (fifteen years ago) link

1. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)
2. Daft Punk - Discovery (2001)
3. The Streets - Original Pirate Material (2002)
4. Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner (2003)
5. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2001)
6. Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash (1008)
7. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free (983)
8. Jay-Z - The Blueprint (948)
9. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights (904)
10. Basement Jaxx - Rooty (830)

Does anybody spot something odd about this list?

Joe Kay (feethurt), Saturday, 4 September 2004 10:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, I hadn't seen this until today. There are some horrid things in the top ten. Of all the people that ILM obsesses over, Daft Punk and the Avalanches are assuredly the most boring, so I don't understand why they're ahead of Basement Jaxx, Missy etc.

It's a very very male-dominated list, especially near the top. Not as male-dominated as most 'canonical' lists but still, not a single girl in the top ten, wtf!

The Lex (The Lex), Saturday, 4 September 2004 11:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Does anybody spot something odd about this list?

Heh heh. Dizzee is the real winner!

Vasquesz, Saturday, 4 September 2004 14:16 (fifteen years ago) link



MATH BLASTER MYSTERY! (ex machina), Saturday, 4 September 2004 14:19 (fifteen years ago) link

I noticed it, but thought the organiser had been given enough hassle by then.

Alba (Alba), Saturday, 4 September 2004 14:20 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Senor Embargo (blueski), Wednesday, 6 October 2004 18:04 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
toptoptop top20002004 top20002004albums

a banana (alanbanana), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 23:33 (fifteen years ago) link

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