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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

  2.   The Chemical Brothers: Further (2010)

  3.   Listener: Wooden Heart (2010) 

  4.   Nurses: Apple’s Acre (2009)

  5.   Listener: Ozark Empire (2005)


01. Wu Lyf: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

02. Kanye West/Jay-Z: Watch the Throne

03. The Weeknd: House of Balloons Mixtape

04. Bon Iver: Bon Iver

05. Yick: Yuck

06. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

07. Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

08. The Roots: Undun

09. Florence + the Machine: Ceremonials

10. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

11. The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient

12. Future Islands: On the Water

13. The Cool Kids: When Fish Ride Bicycles

14. Adele: 21

15. Iron & Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean

16. tUnE-yArDs: Whokill

17. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra Mixtape

18. The Joy Formidable: The Big Roar

19. James Blake: James Blake

20. Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo


01. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
Santah: White Noise Bed
Taylor Swift: Speak Now
Big Boi: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More
Kid Cudi: Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
The National: High Violet
Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday

10. Listener: Wooden Heart

11. Earl Sweatshirt: Earl
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
Allo Darlin’: Allo Darlin’
Timbre: Little Flowers

15. Twin Shadow: Forget
White Denim: Last Day of Summer
Phantogram: Eyelid Movies
The Roots: How I Got Over
The Chemical Brothers: Further

20. The Unthanks: Here’s the Tender Coming

Decade—2009 - 2000:

1. The Good Life: Album of the Year

2. Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days

3. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

4. The Arcade Fire: Funeral

5. Sigur Ros: Takk…

6. The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free

7. Lucero: Nobody’s Darlings

8. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

9. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam

10. Sigur Ros: ( )

11. Antony & the Johnsons: I am a Bird Now

12. Cursive: The Ugly Organ

13. The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts

14. Kanye West: Graduation

15. The Antlers: Hospice

16. Fun: Aim and Ignite

17. Passion Pit: Manners

18. The National: Boxer

19. Gorillaz: Demon Days

20. Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary


01. The Antlers: Hospice

02. Fun: Aim and Ignite

03. Passion Pit: Manners

04. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

05. The Rural Alberta Advantage: Hometowns

06. Lucero: 1372 Overton Park

07. jj: jj nº2

08. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca

09. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

10. David Bazan: Curse Your Branches

11. Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

12. Tiny Vipers: Life On Earth

13. The xxxx

14. Delorean: Ayrton Senna EP

15. Tyler, the Creator: Bastard

16. Mos Def: The Ecstatic

17. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

18. The Swell Season: Strict Joy

19. The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come

20. Nurses: Apple’s Acre


01. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

02. Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

03. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

04. Why?: Alopecia

05. Hercules and Love Affair: Hercules and Love Affair

06. Taylor Swift: Fearless

07. Kings of Leon: Only By the Night

08. Randy Newman: Harps and Angels

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

10. Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna

11. The Cool Kids: The Bake Sale EP

12. Lightspeed Champion: Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

13. TV On the Radio: Dear Science

14. The Hush Sound: Goodbye Blues

15. The Notwist: The Devil, You + Me

16. The Bug: London Zoo

17. M83: Saturdays=Youth

18. Butch Walker: Sycamore Meadows

19. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali

20. Ida Maria: Fortress Round My Heart


01. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam

02. Kanye West: Graduation

03. The National: Boxer

04. Panda Bear: Person Pitch

05. Glen Hansard: “Once” Soundtrack

06. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

07. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

08. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog

09. Burial: Untrue

10. Lupe Fiasco: The Cool

11. Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

12. Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

13. Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad

14. Battles: Mirrored

15. M.I.A.: Kala

16. Madcon: So Dark the Con of Man

17. Bluebirds & Bright Lights: I Know What Makes Me Strong

18. Bright Eyes: Cassadaga

19. Tegan & Sara: The Con

20. Caribou: Andorra


01. Matisyahu: Youth

02. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

03. TV On the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

04. Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I am Dreaming

05. Clint Mansell: “The Fountain” Soundtrack

06. Destroyer: Destroyer’s Rubies

07. LCD Soundsytem: Sound of Silver

08. His Name Is Alive: Detrola

09. Grizzly Bear: Yellow House

10. OOIOO: Taiga

11. Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere

12. Final Fantasy: He Poos Clouds

13. Joanna Newsom: Ys

14. Danielson: Ships

15. Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

16. Damien Rice: 9

17. Peter Bjorn and John: Writer’s Block

18. Ali Farka Toure: Savane

19. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

20. Johnny Cash: American V


01. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

02. Lucero: Nobody’s Darlings

03. Sigur Ros: Takk…

04. Antony and the Johnsons: I am a Bird Now

05. Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary 

06. Gorillaz: Demon Days

07. The National: Alligator

08. Final Fantasy: Has a Good Home

09. The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema

10. Kanye West: Late Registration

11. Bloc Party: Silent Alarm

12. Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy

13. Listener: Ozark Empire

14. My Morning Jacket: Z

15. Animal Collective: Feels

16. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

17. Coco Rosie: Noah’s Ark

18. Moonbabies: War On Sound

19. Of Montreal: Sunlandic Twins

20. Rosie Thomas: If Songs Could Be Held


01. The Good Life: Album of the Year

02. Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days

03. The Arcade Fire: Funeral

04. The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free

05. Nanook of the North: The Taby Tapes

06. Kanye West: The College Dropout

07. Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender

08. Dizzee Rascal: Showtime

09. Madvillain: Madvillainy

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

11. Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans

12. Brian Wilson: SMiLE

13. Frog Eyes: The Folded Palm

14. Taking Back Sunday: Where You Want to Be

15. Smoosh: She Like Electric

16. Tegan & Sara: So Jealous

17. Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands

18. Pedro the Lion: Achilles Heel

19. The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat

20. Danger Mouse: The Grey Album


01. Cursive: The Ugly Organ

02. Outkast: Speakerboxx/The Love Below

03. The Postal Service: Give Up

04. The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow

05. Damien Rice: O

06. The Notwist: Neon Golden

07. Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism

08. The Decemberists: Her Majesty the Decemberists

09. The Books: The Lemon of Pink

10. The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?

11. The White Stripes: Elephant

12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

13. Sufjan Stevens: Michigan

14. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner

15. Four Tet: Rounds

16. Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood

17. Brand New: Deja Entendu

18. The New Pornographers: Electric Version

19. The Wrens: The Meadowlands

20. Dresden Dolls: The Dresden Dolls


01. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

02. Sigur Ros: ( )

03. The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts

04. Eminem: The Eminem Show

05. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around

06. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

07. Pedro the Lion: Control

08. Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank the Cradle

09. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

10. Dixie Chicks: Home

11. Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered

12. Missy Elliott: Under Construction

13. The Mountain Goats: Tallahassee

14. Immortal Technique: Revolutionary, Vol. 1

15. The Polyphonic Spree: The Beginning Stages of...

16. The Roots: Phrenology

17. Desaparecidos: Read Music/Speak Spanish

18. Regina Spektor: Songs

19. Taking Back Sunday: Tell All Your Friends

20. Lovers: Star Lit Sunken Ship


01. Aesop Rock: Labor Days

02. The Shins: Oh, Inverted World

03. Gorillaz: Gorillaz

04. Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American

05. Sparklehorse: It’s a Wonderful Life

06. India.Arie: Acoustic Soul

07. Tindersticks: “Trouble Every Day” Soundtrack

08. Thursday: Full Collapse

09. System of a Down: Toxicity

10. Daft Punk: Discovery

11. Bjork: Vespertine

12. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

13. The Dismemberment Plan: Change

14. Tenacious D: Tenacious D

15. Saves the Day: Stay What You Are

16. The Strokes: Is This It?

17. Ryan Adams: Gold

18. The Faint: Danse Macabre

19. Rufus Wainwright: Poses

20. N.E.R.D: In Search of…


01. Outkast: Stankonia

02. Sigur Ros: Ágætis Byrjun

03. Modest Mouse: The Moon and Antarctica

04. Cursive: Domestica

05. Bright Eyes: Fevers & Mirrors

06. Radiohead: Kid A

07. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP

08. Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2

09. Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump

10. Elliot Smith: Figure 8

11. Alkaline Trio: Alkaline Trio

12. Animal Collective: Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished

13. Joseph Arthur: Come to Where I’m From

14. The New Pornographers: Mass Romantic

15. Crooked Fingers: Crooked Fingers

16. The Mountain Goats: The Coroner' Gambit

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

18. Johnny Cash: American III: Solitary Man

19. The Avalanches: Since I Left You

20. Smog: Dongs of Sevotion


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