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In an effort to maintain some level of continuity, each album has been categorized by its year of release in the US or the UK. If an album never receives a US or UK release, it’s given a “five year buffer period” before it becomes eligible the year of its earliest release anywhere in the world. —SCM


  1.   2011 Yearbook Entry


01. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

02. The Roots: Undun

03. Colin Stetson: New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges

04. Gillian Welch: The Harrow and the Harvest

05. Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

06. Braids: Native Speaker

07. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

08. Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

09. Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

10. Bon Iver: Bon Iver

11. James Blake: James Blake

12. Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues

13. The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient

14. Chad VanGaalen: Diaper Island

15. Tom Waits: Bad as Me


01. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

02. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor

03. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

04. The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt

05. Beach House: Teen Dream

06. Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me

07. Menomena: Mines

08. Frog Eyes: Paul's Tomb: A Triumph

09. Ty Segall: Melted

10. White Denim: Last Day of Summer

11. The Roots: How I Got Over

12. Spoon: Transference

13. Das Racist: Sit Down, Man Mixtape

14. Women: Public Strain

15. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

Decade—2009 - 2000:

01. Radiohead: Amnesiac

02. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

03. Radiohead: Kid A

04. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

05. Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary

06. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

07. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

08. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

09. Spoon: Kill the Moonlight

10. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

11. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

12. Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards

13. Kanye West: Late Registration

14. Modest Mouse: The Moon and Antarctica

15. The Roots: Phrenology

16. Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

17. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

18. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

19. The Avalanches: Since I Left You

20. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs


01. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

02. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca

03. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

04. Girls: Album

05. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest

06. Mos Def: The Ecstatic

07. Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2

08. Dinosaur Jr.: Farm

09. Bear in Heaven: Beast Rest Forth Mouth

10. Woods: Songs of Shame

11. DOOM: Born Like This

12. Tim Hecker: An Imaginary Country

13. Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer

14. Taken by Trees: East of Eden

15. Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light


01. TV on the Radio: Dear Science

02. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

03. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

04. Flying Lotus: Los Angeles

05. Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8

06. The Tallest Man on Earth: Shallow Grave

07. Q-Tip: The Renaissance

08. Deerhunter: Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

09. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

10. Portishead: Third

11. Titus Andronicus: The Airing of Grievances

12. Man Man: Rabbit Habits

13. Lindstrøm: Where You Go I Go Too

14. The Black Keys: Attack & Release

15. Sigur Ros: Með suð í eyrum við spilum endaulast


01. Radiohead: In Rainbows

02. Feist: The Reminder

03. Panda Bear: Person Pitch

04. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

05. The National: Boxer

06. No Age: Weirdo Rippers

07. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam

08. Burial: Untrue

09. Jay-Z: American Gangster

10. Yeasayer: All Hour Cymbals

11. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

12. Grinderman: Grinderman

13. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

14. Iron and Wine: The Shepherd's Dog

15. The White Stripes: Icky Thump


01. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

02. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

03. Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards

04. The Roots: Game Theory

05. Bob Dylan: Modern Times

06. Grizzly Bear: Yellow House

07. Joanna Newsom: Ys

08. Califone: Roots & Crowns

09. Boris: Pink

10. Man Man: Six Demon Bag

11. Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

12. Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

13. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds

14. J Dilla: Donuts

15. M Ward: Post-War


01. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

02. Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary

03. Kanye West: Late Registration

04. My Morning Jacket: Z

05. The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree

06. Spoon: Gimme Fiction

07. Animal Collective: Feels

08. Andrew Bird: The Mysterious Production of Eggs

09. Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow

10. Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

11. Patrick Wolf: Wind in the Wires

12. Broadcast: Tender Buttons

13. The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

14. Danger Doom: The Mouse and the Mask

15. Beck: Guero


01. Madvillain: Madvillainy

02. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs

03. Arcade Fire: Funeral

04. Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender

05. TV On The Radio: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

06. Kanye West: College Dropout

07. Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands

08. The Black Keys: Rubber Factory

09. Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News

10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

11. Wilco: A Ghost is Born

12. MF DOOM: MM..Food

13. The Walkmen: Bows and Arrows

14. Dangermouse: The Grey Album

15. Paul Westerberg: Folker


01. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

02. Radiohead: Hail to the Thief

03. The Books: Lemon of Pink

04. Jay-Z: The Black Album

05. King Geedorah: Take Me to Your Leader

06. Cat Power: You Are Free

07. Sufjan Stevens: Greetings from Michigan

08. Lightning Bolt: Wonderful Rainbow

09. Califone: Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

10. Menomena: I Am the Fun Blame Monster

11. Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian

12. My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves

13. Broadcast: Ha Ha Sound

14. The White Stripes: Elephant

15. Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood


01. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

02. Spoon: Kill the Moonlight

03. The Roots: Phrenology

04. Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

05. The Books: Thought for Food

06. GZA: Legend of the Liquid Sword

07. Rjd2: Deadringer

08. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

09. Talib Kweli: Quality

10. Tim Hecker: Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again

11. Ugly Casanova: Sharpen Your Teeth

12. Tom Waits: Alice

13. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf

14. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: The Rising

15. Paul Westerberg: Stereo


01. Radiohead: Amnesiac

02. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

03. Bjork: Vespertine

04. Bob Dylan: Love and Theft

05. Gillian Welch: Time (The Revelator)

06. Jay-Z: The Blueprint

07. Spoon: Girls Can Tell

08. The Dismemberment Plan: Change

09. Sparklehorse: It's a Wonderful Life

10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part

11. Dntel: Life Is Full of Possibilities

12. Death Cab For Cutie: The Photo Album

13. Ryan Adams: Gold

14. Daft Punk: Discovery

15. Ted Leo & The Phramacists: The Tyranny of Distance


01. Radiohead: Kid A

02. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

03. Modest Mouse: The Moon and Antarctica

04. Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

05. The Avalanches: Since I Left You

06. Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R

07. Sigur Ros: Ágætis byrjun

08. Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

09. Broadcast: The Noise Made by People

10. Elliot Smith: Figure 8

11. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP

12. Panda Bear & Avey Tare: Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished

13. The White Stripes: De Stijl

14. Outkast: Stankonia

15. PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea


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