BTID’s 150 Most Essential Albums of The ’00′s

It seems like just yesterday…

1. DeVotchKaHow It Ends (2004)
2. The Jim Yoshii Pile-UpIt’s Winter Here (2001)
3. The WrensThe Meadowlands (2003)
4. The Kamikaze HeartsThe Kamikaze Hearts (2003)
5. Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

6. Ryan AdamsHeartbreaker (2000)
7. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven! (2000)
8. Emperor XCentral Hug/Friendarmy/Fractaldune (And The Dreams That Resulted) (2005)
9. Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend (2008)
10. WintersleepUntitled (2005)

11. Matt CostaSongs We Sing (2005)
12. Old CanesEarly Morning Hymns (2004)
13. EasterlyEasterly (2003)
14. The EverybodyfieldsNothing Is Okay (2007)
15. Kings Of LeonAha Shake Heartbreak (2004)

16. OwenNo Good For No One Now (2002)
17. Frightened RabbitThe Midnight Organ Fight (2008)
18. Ray LaMontagneTrouble (2004)
19. Sufjan Stevens(Come On Feel The) Illinoise (2005)
20. Songs:OhiaThe Lioness (2000)

21. Minus The BearThis Is What i Know About Being Gigantic (2001)
22. of MontrealAldhils Arboretum (2002)
23. Last Days Of AprilAngel Youth (2001)
24. Paul HoganFrances (2004)
25. GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump (2000)

26. MenomenaI Am The Fun Blame Monster (2003)
27. PenfoldOur First Taste Of Escape (2002)
28. Cloud CultAdvice From The Happy Hippopotamus (2005)
29. M. WardTransfiguration of Vincent (2003)
30. The MilwaukeesMissile Command (2000)

31. Malcolm Middleton5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine (2002)
32. Art BrutBang Bang Rock & Roll (2005)
33. AstronautalisYou And Yer Good Ideas (2005)
34. The Mysteries Of LifeDistant Relative (2001)
35. Clap Your Hands Say YeahClap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)

36. Summer At Shatter CreekSummer At Shatter Creek (2003)
37. Gogol BordelloMulti Kontra Culti Vs. Irony (2002)
38. The JoggersSolid Guild (2003)
39. The Postal ServiceGive Up (2003)
40. Kite OperationsDandelion Day (2005)

41. Augie MarchStrange Bird (2002)
42. The Broken Family BandHello Love (2007)
43. The Gifted ChildrenChinese Food Takeover (2001)
44. HammockKenotic (2005)
45. Kristofer ÅströmLoupita (2004)

46. The GlandsThe Glands (2000)
47. Machine Go BoomThank You Captain Obvious (2004)
48. Thinking MachinesDream In Lo-Fi (2002)
49. Isolation YearsInland Traveller (2001)
50. The ArgumentRecess Serenade (2004)

51. Brendan BensonLapalco (2002)
52. The Hidden CamerasThe Smell Of Our Own (2003)
53. The Rural Alberta AdvantageHometowns (2009)
54. The AlexanderCity In Ruins (2004)
55. Zolof The Rock and Roll DestroyerZolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer (2002)

56. Casiotone For The Painfully AlonePocket Symphonies For Lonesome Subway Cars (2001)
57. Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes (2008)
58. PhosphorescentA Hundred Times Or More (2003)
59. Dark MeanFrankencottage EP (2009)
60. Wolf ParadeApologies To The Queen Mary (2005)

61. OwenAt Home With (2006)
62. The DodosVisiter (2008)
63. Mobius BandThe Loving Sounds Of Static (2005)
64. The Appleseed CastLow Level Owl Vol. 1 & 2 (2001)
65. Helio SequenceKeep Your Eyes Ahead (2008)

66. The Capstan ShaftsChick Cigarettes (2004)
67. The London ApartmentsRomanticism Aside (2005)
68. Starlings, TNBetween Hell and Baton Rouge (2004)
69. The Gazillions!Have Landed (2000)
70. SpoonKill The Moonlight (2002)

71. 65daysofstaticThe Fall Of Math (2004)
72. Maestro EchoplexLast Night I Saw God On The Dancefloor EP (2001)
73. C’est MortelC’est Mortel (2002)
74. The Mendoza LineLost In Revelry (2002)
75. Youth Pictures Of Florence HendersonUnnoticeable In A Tiny Town Invisible In The City (2005)

76. Binary DollsToo Much Thinking Sinks Ships (2005)
77. WeakerthansLeft and Leaving (2000)
78. The ThermalsThe Body The Blood The Machine (2006)
79. William FitzsimmonsUntil When We Are Ghosts (2005)
80. AnathalloFloating World (2006)

81. SollyGet It Wrong It’s Alright (2005)
82. Say Hi To Your MomNumbers and Mumbles (2004)
83. Tom McRaeAll Maps Welcome (2005)
84. OxesOxes (2000)
85. Jens LekmanWhen i Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (2004)

86. The Mountain GoatsTallahassee (2002)
87. MonoHymn To The Immortal Wind (2009)
88. Langhorne SlimWhen The Sun’s Gone Down (2005)
89. The Stars Of Track and FieldCenturies Of Love and War (2006)
90. Andrew BirdThe Mysterious Production Of Eggs (2005)

91. ShearwaterRook (2008)
92. James William HindleTown Feeling (2005)
93. The AcornGlory Hope Mountain (2007)
94. The Hotel AlexisGoliath, I’m On Your Side (2007)
95. Sigur RósHvarf/Heim (2007)

96. Flotation Toy WarningBluffer’s Guide To The Flight Deck (2004)
97. BeirutGulag Orkestar (2006)
98. HalleyForget The Leaves, Autumn Will Change Us (2002)
99. My Education5 Popes (2001)
100. BikerideMorning Macumba (2002)

101. Jay ReatardMatador Singles ’08 (2008)
102. Cloud CultFeel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) (2008)
103. AstronautalisThe Mighty Ocean And Nine Dark Theaters (2006)
104. The SlatsBoom Patrol (2006)
105. First CoatMove Like Sparrows (2005)

106. The Prayers and Tears Of Arthur Digby SellersThe Mother Of Love Emulates The Shapes Of Cynthia (2005)
107. DestroyerYour Blues (2004)
108. A.A. BondyAmerican Hearts (2007)
109. The Gifted ChildrenColorfast Anthems (2000)
110. Bluebottle KissCome Across (2003)

111. The Kallikak FamilyThe Vineland Social Maturity Scale (2004)
112. Cars Can Be BlueAll The Stuff We Do (2005)
113. Akron/FamilyAkron/Family (2005)
114. DealershipTV Highway To The Stars (2001)
115. The DriftNoumena (2005)

116. Clue To KaloOne Way, The Only Way (2005)
117. Gogol BordelloGypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005)
118. SolteroDefrocked and Kicking The Habit (2003)
119. The DollyrotsEat My Heart Out (2003)
120. Jamie BarnesHoney From The Ribcage (2005)

121. SymeSwing Swing (2005)
122. Five Dollar DayBlack Bears (2005)
123. The Long WintersWhen i Pretend To Fall (2003)
124. Andrew BirdNoble Beast (2009)
125. IdahoThe Lone Gunman (2005)

126. The SlatsPick It Up (2004)
127. Jack RoseKensington Blues (2005)
128. The Broken Family BandBalls (2006)
129. Matt Pond PAEmblems (2004)
130. Songs:OhiaDidn’t It Rain (2002)

131. Damien Rice9 (2006)
132. The Turn-OnsEast (2004)
133. TullycraftDisenchanted Hearts Unite (2005)
134. MonoYou Are There (2006)
135. A Sunny Day In GlasgowAshes/Grammar (2009)

136. IslandsReturn To The Sea (2006)
137. Say Hi To Your MomImpeccable Blahs (2006)
138. Fionn ReganThe End Of History (2006)
139. The ClienteleStrange Geometry (2005)
140. LongwaveThe Strangest Things (2003)

141. Joel Plaskett EmergencyDown At The Khyber (2001)
142. Silence KitPieonear (2004)
143. The UnlovablesCrush-Boyfriend-Heartbreak (2004)
144. BiirdieMorning Kills The Dark (2005)
145. Sprites Starling, Spiders, Tiger and Sprites (2003)

146. Two-Minute MiraclesVol. 3: The Silence Of Animals (2003)
147. The Exploding HeartsGuitar Romantic (2003)
148. The Potomac AccordSilver Line On A Black Sea (2001)
149. 65daysofstaticOne Time For All Time (2006)
150. James Orr ComplexChori’s Bundle (2003)

Albums I’ve realized I omitted after the fact and will someday incorporate into the list:

Rogue WaveAsleep At Heaven’s Gate (2007)
The StrokesIs This It (2001)
Ben FoldsRockin’ The Suburbs (2001)

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6 Responses to BTID’s 150 Most Essential Albums of The ’00′s

  1. really fantastic list, man. there are some things i would change in places, certainly, and a few that i think got snubbed, but we’ll discuss that later in more detail i’m sure. either way, this is awesome, and basically i just have to download all of those that i don’t have or haven’t heard. you still got it.

  2. melissa

    booyah! \m/\-_-/\m/

  3. Hey, thanks! I will be making ongoing changes to this like adding band links/wiki info/mp3 links etc. And I just remembered a few days ago I left out the first Strokes and Ben Folds’ albums. Egregious errors that I need to somehow rectify.

  4. mark

    very interesting list… one of the only that I’ve seen with 2 records that ended up in my top 4:

    Songs:Ohia’s Lioness and Didn’t It Rain.

  5. mark

    And that Potomac Accord record — a beautiful gem!

  6. Ronaldo

    Very cool list. I can’t even agree with 50% of it, but it’s just a refreshingly unique list with a lot of “local” or unknown artists and true underground releases. Keep it up!

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