The Great Albums of the 2000’s

This list is all of the great albums i have heard in rock, in the ten year span of 2000-2009.

No limit on number.




2009 edition – 164 entries

2013 edition – 224 entries

2017 edition – 268 entries



new! = new addition

up – moved up the list since last time

down – moved down the list since last time

italics – 5 star albums

regular font – 4 ½ star albums





1.Funeral – The Arcade Fire

2.Return to Cookie Mountain – TV on the Radio

3.Trust – Low

4.The Cold Vein – Cannibal Ox

5.Gallowbraid’s Park – The Fiery Furnaces

6.The Great Eastern – The Delgados

7.Third – Portishead

8.Here Come the Miracles – Steve Wynn

9.Wilderness- Archer Prewitt

10.Boxer – The National



11.Electric Version – The New Pornographers

12.Each One Teach One – Oneida

13.Girls Can Tell – Spoon

14.Ys – Joanna Newsom

15.Middle Cyclone – Neko Case

16.The Sunset Tree – The Mountain Goats

17.The Argument – Fugazi

18.The Meadowlands – The Wrens

19.If We Can’t Trust the Doctors – Blanche

20.Rated R – Queens of the Stone Age



21.The Woods – Sleater Kinney

22.Un Dia – Juana Molina new!

23.Rated O – Oneida

24.Leaves Turn Inside You – Unwound

25.In Advance of a Broken Arm – Marnie Stern

26.Ascenseur Ouvert – Kingsbury Manx

27.Strawberry Jam – Animal Collective

28.Rubber Factory – The Black Keys

29.Allegory of Hearing – Roy Montgomery

30.Treny – Jacaszek new!



31.Let the Light In – Shannon Wright

32.Cast of Thousands – Elbow

33.Phrenology – The Roots new!

34.Things We Lost in the Fire – Low

35.Transcendental Blues – Steve Earle  

36.La Foret – Xiu Xiu

37.Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem

38.Is This It – The Strokes

39.Birds Make Good Neighbors – The Rosebuds up

40.Kill the Moonlight – Spoon



41.The Anomaly – DJ Logic new!

42.Our Love to Admire – Interpol down

43.Anthem of the Moon – Oneida

44.Whatever You Love You Are – Dirty Three new!

45.Hazards of Love – The Decemberists

46.Stars of the Lid – Tired Sounds of new!

47.Southern Rock Opera – Drive By Truckers

48.Internal Wrangler – Clinic

49.Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts – M83

50.It’s a Wonderful Life – Sparklehorse new!


51.For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver down

52.Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers – The National

53.The Coast is Never Clear- Beulah

54.Walk it Off – Tapes N Tapes

55.The Last Broadcast – The Doves up

56.Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes – TV on the Radio

57.Mass Romantic – The New Pornographers

58.Window City – Fiery Furnaces down

59.Red Dirt Girl – Emmylou Harris

60.Garden Ruin – Calexico



61.Z – My Morning Jacket

62.All My Friends are Funeral Singers – Califone

63.The Boxing Mirror – Alejandro Escovedo

64.The Slow Wonder – A.C. Newman

65.Neon Bible – Arcade Fire

66.Ancient Melodies of the Future – Built to Spill

67.The Spell – Black Heart Procession

68.Hate – The Delgados new!

69.Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven! – Godspeed You Black Emperor

70.Blueberry Boat – The Fiery Furnaces



71.Boys and Girls in America – The Hold Steady

72.You Forgot it In People – Broken Social Scene down

73.Mirrored – Battles

74.Hell Hath No Fury – Clipse up

75.My Music @ Work – The Tragically Hip

76.Directions to See a Ghost – The Black Angels new!

77.The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face – Man Man new!

78.One Beat – Sleater Kinney

79.You are Free – Cat Power

80.Tallahassee – The Mountain Goats



81.This is it and I am It – Marnie Stern

82.Apologies to the Queen Mary – Wolf Parade

83.Friend or Foe – Menomena

84.Sharpen Your Teeth – Ugly Cassonova

85.The Ecstatic – Mos Def up

86.Drums not Dead – Liars

87.Bows and Arrows – The Walkmen

88.The Creek Drank the Cradle – Iron and Wine

89.Hour of the Bewilderbeast – Badly Drawn Boy

90.Echoes – The Rapture



91.Visiter – Dodos up

92.Oh, Inverted World – The Shins down

93.Jessica Bailiff – Jessica Bailiff

94.Bitte Orcha – Dirty Projectors

95.April – Sun Kil Moon

96.Proof of Youth – The Go! Team new!

97.Knife Play – Xiu Xiu

98.Ceaders – Clearlake

99.Toxicity – System of a Down new!

100.Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not – The Arctic Monkees



101.Liars – s/t

102.How Will You? – Azita

103.The Moon and Antarctica – Modest Mouse

104.Blessing and a Curse – Drive by Truckers

105.Lullibies to Paralyze – Queens of the Stone Age

106.Fields of the Sun – Comets on Fire

107.Purling Hiss – s/t new!

108.Amsterdam – Lofty Pillars

109.Ritual of Hearts – Maquiladora

110.Noble Beast – Andrew Bird



111.Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Neko Case new!

112.Translations – Sylvie Lewis

113.Come Across the River – Heather Duby new!

  1. Coastal – s/t new!

115.Some Echoes – Aloha

116.The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn – Cocorosie

117.Crossing Dragon Bridge – Steve Wynn

118.Up in Flames – Caribou (Manitoba) up

119.Crystal Castles – s/t new!

120.Marry Me – St. Vincent



121.Up the Bracket – The Libertines Come Across the River – Heather Duby new!

122.Rock it to the Moon – Electrelane

123.Aztec Discipline – Kingsbury Manx

124.Chutes too Narrow – The Shins

125.The Shepherd’s Dog – Iron and Wine

126.Alternative to Love- Branden Benson

127.Feels – Animal Collective

128.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands say Yeah

129.Three – Black Heart Procession

130.Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float – The Drones new!



131.It Still Moves – My Morning Jacket

132.Blinking Lights and Other Observations – The Eels

133.Turn off the Bright Lights – Interpol

134.Onoffon – Mission of Burma

135.The College Dropout – Kanye West new!

136.Memories of Another World – Alcest new!

137.Where You Go I Go Too – Lindstrom new!

138.I and Love and You – The Avett Bros. down

139.Low Kick and Hard Bop – Solex

140.Gulag Orkestar – Beirut



141.Roomsound – Califone

142.Bacholor Number 2 – Amiee Mann

143.Lullaby for Liquid Pig – Lisa Germano new!

144.Feast of Wire – Calexico

145.The Glands – The Glands

146.Sermon on Exposition Blvd – Rickie Lee Jones

147.Sybris – Sybris

148.Witchcraft Rebellion – Old Time Relijun

149.Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished – Animal Collective

150.Cathedral – Castanets



151.Carried to Dust – Calexico up

152.A Paper Gift – Motion Picture

153.Lateralus – Tool

154.You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See – Girls Against Boys new!

155.Over the Sun – Shannon Wright

156.Bacholor Number 2 – Amiee Mann

157.Heron King Blues – Califone

158.I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – El-P

159.Here Comes the Indian – Animal Collective

160.The Mysterious Production of Eggs – Andrew Bird



161.Los Angeles – Flying Lotus new!

162.Rejoicing in the Hands – Devendra Banhart

163.For Carnation – s/t new!

164.Castaways and Cutouts – The Decemberists

165.Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Spoon up

166.All Hail West Texas – Mountain Goats

167.Gutter Tactics – Dalek

168.Fur and Gold – Bat for Lashes

169.The Back Room – The Editors

170.Ghosts of the Great Highway – .Sun Kil Moon




171.Last Exit – Junior Boys

172.Hail to the Thief – Radiohead

173.From Chaos – 311 new!

174.Bang Bang Rock ‘n Roll – Art Brut

175.Maroon – Barenaked Ladies

176.Midnight Boom – The Kills

177.Black Eyes – s/t

178.Vivian Girls – s/t new!

179.Ole! Tarantula – Robyn Hitchcock

180.Tangos and Tanturms – Sylvie Lewis



181.Like Her – Volebeats

182.Source Tags and Codes- ..And you Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead up

183.The Rising – Bruce Springsteen

184.Endless Summer – Fennez

185.Kingdom of Rust – Doves

186.Dear Science – TV On the Radio

187.Neon Golden – Notwist new!

188.Blacklisted – Neko Case

189.Thickfreakness – The Black Keys

190.Dig Lazarus Dig – Nice Cave



191.Comets on Fire – s/t

192.The World Won’t End – Pernice Brothers new!

193.There is No Enemy – Built to Spill down

194.Lost Souls – The Doves up

195.Harmony – Gordon Lightfoot new!

196.Busted Stuff – Dave Matthews

197.The Seldom Seen Kid – Elbow

198.BRMC – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club new!

199.Ghosts of the Great Highway – Sun Kil Moon

200.Universal Audio – Delgados


201.45:33 – LCD Soundsystem up

202.White Pony – Deftones new!

203.Dyed in the Wool – Shannon Wright

204.Leviathan – Mastadon new!

205.Field Songs – Mark Lanegan new!

206.Devotion – Beach House

207.Alligator – The National

208.De Stijl – White Stripes

209.Gypsy Freedom – Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice down

210.Blackwater Park – Opeth new!


211.Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron & Wine

212.Since I Left You – Avalanches

213.Fleet Foxes – s/t up

214.Mapmaker – Parts and Labor

215.A Piece of What You Need – Teddy Thompson

216.Real Gone – Tom Waits

217.White Ladder – David Gray

218.holy fuck – lp

219.Twin Cinema – The New Pornographers up

220.DIA – Amen Dunes

221.Sea Change – Beck

222.Weather Systems – Andrew Bird

223.Veckatimest – Grizzly Bear

224.Seperation Sunday – The Hold Steady

225.Ha Ha Sound – Broadcast

226.Quicksand/Candlesnakes – Califone

227.The Universe Will Provide – Mike Kenally

228.The Milk Eyed Mender – Joanna Newsom

229.First Impressions on Earth – The Strokes up

230.Everything is Good Here/ Please Come Home – Angels of Light new!



231.Secret Wars – Oneida

232.American Idiot – Green Day new!

233.From the Filthy Tongues of Gods and Griots – Dalek

234.Murray Street – Sonic Youth

235.All is Dream – Mercury Rev

236.Life on other Planets – Supergrass

237.Illinios – Sufjan Stevens

238.Deathconsciousness – Have a Nice Day new!

239.Thunder, Lightning, Strike – The Go! Team

240.That’s Your Fire – Aloha down



241.Writer’s Block – Peter, Bjorn, and John

242.Avatar – Comets on Fire

243.The Big Come Up – The Black Keys

244.Pound for Pound – Royal Trux

245.At Mount Zoomer – Wolf Parade up

246.Hypnotic Underworld – Ghost

247.A Bigger Bang – The Rolling Stones

248.Crooked Fingers – s/t new!

249.A Weekend in the City – Bloc Party

250.Furnace Room Lullaby – Neko Case new!



251.Bromst – Dan Deacon

252.Attack and Release – The Black Keys down

253.Ladybird – Shit and Shine new!

254.A Man Under the Influence – Alejandro Escavedo

255.Burnside on Burnside – R.L. Burnside new!

256.Street Horsing – Fuck Buttons new!

257.Serena Maneesh – s/t new!

258.A Promise – Xiu Xiu

259.Under an Hour – Menomena

260.Heavy Ghost – DM Smith



261.Workout Holiday – White Denim new!

262.The Dirty South – The Drive By Truckers new!

263.The Universe Will Provide – Mike Kenally

264.Late Registration – Kanye West new!

265.Hospice – The Antlers

266.A Certain Trigger – Maximo Park

267.Non Stop Je Te Pile Deux – We are Wolves

268.LCD Soundsystem – s/t