The Beat’s 150 Most Essential Albums Of The 00’s

It seems like just yesterday…

1. DeVotchKaHow It Ends (2004) (How It Ends)
2. The Jim Yoshii Pile-UpIt’s Winter Here (2001) (Monotonologue)
3. The WrensThe Meadowlands (2003) (This Boy Is Exhausted)
4. The Kamikaze HeartsThe Kamikaze Hearts (2003) (In My Way)
5. Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago (2008) (The Wolves Act I & II)

6. Ryan AdamsHeartbreaker (2000) (Come Pick Me Up)
7. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven! (2000) (Storm)
8. Emperor XCentral Hug/Friendarmy/Fractaldune (And The Dreams That Resulted) (2005) (Raytracer)
9. Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend (2008) (M79)
10. WintersleepUntitled (2005) (Danse Macabre)

11. Matt CostaSongs We Sing (2005) (Cold December)
12. Old CanesEarly Morning Hymns (2004) (Both Falling Bright)
13. EasterlyEasterly (2003) (Wicked Conversation)
14. The EverybodyfieldsNothing Is Okay (2007) (Everything Is Okay)
15. Kings Of LeonAha Shake Heartbreak (2004) (King Of The Rodeo)

16. OwenNo Good For No One Now (2002) (I’m Not Going Anywhere Tonight)
17. Frightened RabbitThe Midnight Organ Fight (2008) (Keep Yourself Warm)
18. Ray LaMontagneTrouble (2004) (Hold You In My Arms)
19. Sufjan Stevens(Come On Feel The) Illinoise (2005) (Chicago)
20. Songs:OhiaThe Lioness (2000) (Lioness)

21. Minus The BearThis Is What i Know About Being Gigantic (2001) (Pantsuit…Uggggh)
22. of MontrealAldhils Arboretum (2002) (Jennifer Louise)
23. Last Days Of AprilAngel Youth (2001) (Glowing Me Choking You)
24. Paul HoganFrances (2004) (Snow)
25. GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump (2000) (The Crystal Lake)

26. MenomenaI Am The Fun Blame Monster (2003) (The Late Great Libido)
27. PenfoldOur First Taste Of Escape (2002) (Kissing The Nightmare)
28. Cloud CultAdvice From The Happy Hippopotamus (2005) (We Made Up Your Mind For You)
29. M. WardTransfiguration of Vincent (2003) (Helicopter)
30. The MilwaukeesMissile Command (2000) (When They Attack)

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

36. Summer At Shatter CreekSummer At Shatter Creek (2003) (My Neighbor’s Having A Seizure)
37. Gogol BordelloMulti Kontra Culti Vs. Irony (2002) (Occurrence On The Border)
38. The JoggersSolid Guild (2003) (Hot Autism)
39. The Postal ServiceGive Up (2003) (Such Great Heights)
40. Kite OperationsDandelion Day (2005) (Senses Are Next)

41. Augie MarchStrange Bird (2002) (Sunstroke House)
42. The Broken Family BandHello Love (2007) (Give and Take)
43. The Gifted ChildrenChinese Food Takeover (2001) (Chicago – Remedy The Guestlist)
44. HammockKenotic (2005) (Blankets Of Night)
45. Kristofer ÅströmLoupita (2004) (I Collect Knives)

46. The GlandsThe Glands (2000) (I Can See My House From Here)
47. Machine Go BoomThank You Captain Obvious (2004) (Captain Obvious)
48. Thinking MachinesDream In Lo-Fi (2002) (I Love You So Much)
49. Isolation YearsInland Traveller (2001) (Melting Minds)
50. The ArgumentRecess Serenade (2004) (Speak My Mind)

51. Brendan BensonLapalco (2002) (Good To Me)
52. The Hidden CamerasThe Smell Of Our Own (2003) (Smells Like Happiness)
53. The Rural Alberta AdvantageHometowns (2009) (The Deadroads)
54. The AlexanderCity In Ruins (2004) (I Once Was There)
55. Zolof The Rock and Roll DestroyerZolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer (2002) (Plays Pretty For Baby)

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

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

66. The Capstan ShaftsChick Cigarettes (2004) (Froth Of July)
67. The London ApartmentsRomanticism Aside (2005) (Streetlights Are Soldiers)
68. Starlings, TNBetween Hell and Baton Rouge (2004) (Tramps Rouge)
69. The Gazillions!Have Landed (2000) (Morons and Americans)
70. SpoonKill The Moonlight (2002) (Stay, Don’t Go)

71. 65daysofstaticThe Fall Of Math (2004) (The Fall Of Math)
72. Maestro EchoplexLast Night I Saw God On The Dancefloor EP (2001) (My Eyes Are Disconnected…)
73. C’est MortelC’est Mortel (2002) (Magnum Opus 2)
74. The Mendoza LineLost In Revelry (2002) (Damn Good Disguise)
75. Youth Pictures Of Florence HendersonUnnoticeable In A Tiny Town Invisible In The City (2005) (A List Not To Be Read At Your Wedding)

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)
Code Pie – This Habit (2005)

24 Responses to The Beat’s 150 Most Essential Albums Of The 00’s

  1. i gotta say….”The Battle Of Electricity” by The Gerbils and “The Coast Is Never Clear” by Beulah should both be on this list, and like, pretty high on it. As far as I’m concerned.:)

  2. The Glands! Yes!!!! One of my favorite albums by anyone ever.

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