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Top 20 Albums of 2017

# Artist Album Label
1. Aimee Mann Mental Illness SuperEgo Records |Listen|Buy|
2. Tennis Yours Conditionally Mutually Detrimental |Listen|Buy|
3. Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder Arts & Crafts |Listen|Buy|
6. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound Carpark Records |Listen|Buy|
7. Temples Volcano Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
8. Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans |Listen|Buy|
9. Wavves You’re Welcome Ghost Ramp |Listen|Buy|
10. Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
11. Shins Heartworms Aural Apothecary |Listen|Buy|
12. Clientele Music For The Age Of Miracles Merge Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Beck Colors Capitol Records |Listen|Buy|
14. XX I See You Young Turk Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Echo Of Pleasure Painbow |Listen|Buy|
16. Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Aftermath |Listen|Buy|
17. Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Domino Recording Co |Listen|Buy|
18. Jay Som Everybody Works Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
19. New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
20. U2 Songs Of Experience Interscope Records |Listen|Buy|

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring some of the best songs from these albums:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.

There were also 2 additional releases that were great, but were recorded many years ago, so therefore did not qualify for my best of list.  First off, released in September, Neil Young gifted us with a never before released album that was recorded in 1976 called Hitchhiker.  Do give it a listen, it features a handful of never before released tracks and some alternate versions of already classic songs.  In October we saw the release of The Replacements first official live album called – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986.

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

# Artist Album Label
1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy|
2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy|
3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy|
6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy|
7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy|
8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy|
11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy|
12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy|
16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy|
17. Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown Merge |Listen|Buy|
18. Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador |Listen|Buy|
19. Mountain Goats Life of The World To Come 4AD |Listen|Buy|
20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

The Gossip – Music For Men
Girls – Album
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
Boat – Setting The Paces
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Best Albums Of 1999

BEST ALBUMS OF 1999

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Artist Album Label
1
Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin Warner Bros.
2
Wilco Summer Teeth Warner Bros.
3
Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I Desoto
4
Splashdown The Red Shift EP/Blueshift Java/Unreleased
5
Pinback Pinback Ace Fu
6
Tom Waits Mule Variations Anti
7
Low Secret Name Kranky
8
Folk Implosion One Part Lullaby Interscope
9
Guided By Voices Do The Collapse TVT
10
Matthew Sweet In Reverse Volcano
11
Sloan Between The Bridges Murder
12
Built To Spill Keep It Like A Secret Warner Bros.
13
Hang Ups Second Story Restless
14
Arcwelder Everest Touch & Go
15
Essex Green Everything Is Green Kindercore
16
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Spanish Dance Troupe Beggars Banquet
17
Old 97’s Fight Songs Elektra
18
Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs Merge
19
Les Savy Fav The Cat & The Cobra French Kiss
20
Kingsbury Manx Kingsbury Manx Overcoat
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Best Albums Of 2000

BEST ALBUMS OF 2000

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Artist Album Label
1
Blackalicious Nia Mo’ Wax
2
New Pornographers Mass Romantic Matador
3
Josh Rouse Home Slow River
4
Weakerthans Left And Leaving Sub City
5
Versus Hurrah Merge
6
Spoon Love Ways EP Merge
7
Teenage Fanclub Howdy! Columbia
8
J. Mascis & The Fog More Light Artemis
9
Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars Jagjaguwar
10
Clinic Internal Wrangler Domino
11
Supergrass Supergrass Capitol
12
Francine Forty On A Fall Day Q Division
13
Buddyrevelles American Matador Motorcoat
14
Neko Case Furnace Room Lullaby Bloodshot
15
Tabla Beat Science Tala Matrix Axiom
16
Aimee Mann Bachelor #2 Superego
17
Sarah Harmer You Were Here Zoe
18
Jurassic 5 Quality Control Interscope
19
Morphine The Night Dreamworks
20
Peter Bruntnell Normal For Bridgewater Slow River
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Best Albums Of 2001

BEST ALBUMS OF 2001

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Artist Album Label
1
Shins Oh, Inverted World Sub Pop
2
Super Furry Animals Rings Around The World Epic
3
Daryll-Ann Happy Traum Excelsior
4
Chitlin’ Fooks Chitlin’ Fooks Hidden Agenda
5
Red House Painters Old Ramon Sub Pop
6
Pernice Brothers The World Won’t End Ashmont
7
Ken Stringfellow Touched Manifesto
8
Posies Nice Cheekbones & A PhD EP Badman
9
Sarah Shannon Sarah Shannon Casa Recording Co.
10
Beulah The Coast Is Never Clear Velocette
11
My Morning Jacket At Dawn Darla
12
Poor Rich Ones Happy Happy Happy Rec 90
13
Dismemberment Plan Change De Soto
14
Idaho Levitate Idaho Music
15
Stereolab Sound-Dust Elektra
16
Blake Babies God Bless The Blake Babies Rounder
17
Faithless Outrospective Arista
18
Jim O’Rourke Insignificance Drag City
19
Manic Street Preachers Know Your Enemy Virgin
20
Call & Response Call & Response Kindercore
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Best Albums Of 2002

BEST ALBUMS OF 2002

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Artist Album Label
1
Paul Westerberg / Grandpaboy Stereo/Mono Vagrant
2
Doves The Last Broadcast Capitol
3
Sleater Kinney One Beat Kill Rock Stars
4
Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Warner Bros.
5
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Source Tags & Codes Interscope
6
Low Trust Kranky
7
Elvis Costello When I Was Cruel Island
8
Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights Matador
9
Medeski, Martin, & Wood Uninvisible Blue Note
10
Anti-Pop Consortium Arrhythmia Warp
11
Spoon Kill The Moonlight Merge
12
Anomoanon Asleep Many Years In The Wood Temporary Residence
13
Neko Case Blacklisted Bloodshot
14
The Deathray Davies The Day Of Ray Idol
15
Chitlin’ Fooks Did It Again Hidden Agenda
16
Beck Sea Change Geffen
17
Clinic Walking With Thee Domino
18
The Reindeer Section Son Of Evil Reindeer Pias
19
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Nonesuch
20
Concrete Blonde Group Therapy Manifesto
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Best Albums Of 2003

BEST ALBUMS OF 2003

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Artist Album Label
1
Shins Chutes Too Narrow Sub Pop
2
Cat Power You Are Free Matador
3
Wrens Meadowlands Absolutely Kosher
4
Bonnie Prince Billy Master And Everyone Drag City
5
Decemberists Castaways And Cutouts Kill Rock Stars
6
Fiery Furnaces Gallowbird’s Bark Rough Trade
7
Ben Gibbard/Andrew Kenny Home Volume 5 Post Parlo
8
Ken Stringfellow/Jon Auer Private Sides Arena Rock
9
Supergrass Life On Other Planets Island
10
Francine 28 Plastic Blue Versions Of Endings Without You Q Division
11
Long Winters When I Pretend To Fall Barsuk
12
Decemberists Her Majesty Kill Rock Stars
13
Sun Kill Moon Ghosts Of The Great Highway Jetset
14
Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now Overcoat
15
American Analog Set Promise Of Love Tiger Style
16
Kaito Band Red spinART
17
Postal Service Give Up Sub Pop
18
Stars Heart Paper Bag
19
M. Ward Transfiguration Of Vincent Merge
20
Belle & Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress Rough Trade
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Best Albums Of 2004

BEST ALBUMS OF 2004

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Artist Album Label
1
Mirah C’mon Miracle K
2
Feist Let It Die Arts & Crafts
3
Loquat It’s Yours To Keep Jackpine Social Club
4
Mission Of Burma OnOffOn Matador
5
Pinback Summer In Abaddon Touch & Go
6
Elvis Costello Delivery Man Lost Highway
7
Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat Sanctuary
8
Rogue Wave Out Of The Shadow Sub Pop
9
Arcade Fire Funeral Merge
10
Camera Obscura Underachievers Please Try Harder Merge
11
Animal Collective Sung Tongs Splinter
12
Tegan & Sara So Jealous Vapor
13
Joanna Newsome Milk-Eyed Mender Drag City
14
Neko Case The Tigers Have Spoken Anti
15
Interpol Antics Matador
16
Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Like Bad News Sony
17
Stars Set Yourself On Fire Arts & Crafts
18
Wilco A Ghost Is Born Nonesuch
19
Kings Of Convienence Riot On An Empty Street Astralwerks
20
The Futureheads The Futureheads Sire
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Best Albums Of 2005

BEST ALBUMS OF 2005

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Artist Album Label
1
Low The Great Destroyer Sub Pop
2
Bright Eyes I’m Awake It’s Morning Saddle Creek
3
Spinto Band Nice & Nicely Done Bar/None
4
Rogue Wave Descended Like Vultures Sub Pop
5
New Pornographers Twin Cinema Matador
6
Doves Some Cities Capitol
7
Spoon Gimme Fiction Merge
8
Out Hud Let Us Never Speak Of It Again Kranky
9
Animal Collective Feels Fat Cat
10
Matt Pond PA Several Arrows Later Altitude
11
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy Jagjaguwar
12
Laura Viers Year Of Meteors Nonesuch
13
Aimee Mann The Forgotten Arm Superego
14
Sleater Kinney The Woods Sub Pop
15
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs Righteous Babe
16
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers Capitol
17
Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree 4AD
18
Bloc Party Silent Alarm Vice
19
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! S/R
20
Death Cab For Cutie Plans Atlantic
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Best Albums Of 2006

BEST ALBUMS OF 2006

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Artist Album Label
1
Figurines Skeleton Morningside
2
Mission Of Burma The Obliterati Matador
3
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood Anti
4
Thom Yorke The Eraser XL
5
Camera Obscura Let’s Get Out Of This Country Merge
6
The Decemberists Crane Wife Capitol
7
Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit Matador
8
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat Team Love
9
Band Of Horses Everything All The Time Sub Pop
10
Pernice Brothers Live A Little Ashmont
11
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Geffen
12
M. Ward Post War Merge
13
Bonnie Prince Billy The Letting Go Drag City
14
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely 4AD
15
Joanna Newsom Y’s Drag City
16
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Interscope
17
The Heartless Bastards All This Time Fat Possum
18
The Essex Green Cannibal Sea Merge
19
The Replacements Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was Rhino
20
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers XL
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