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The 15 Best Albums of the Aughts

By The Pajiba Readership | Lists | December 22, 2009 |

By The Pajiba Readership | Lists | December 22, 2009 |

Over the summer, TK ran a comment diversion eliciting your favorite albums of the decade. At the time, obviously, the plan was to run it as part of Pajiba Music. Pajiba Music, however, ceased to exist on the site, but we were still left with a nice little diversion and I hate for all that effort to go to waste, so while these albums won’t get write-ups (my brief foray into PM was something of a disaster — I’m not cut out for writing about music), I thought I’d at least tally up the mentions and compile a list of the Top 15 Albums, according to the Pajiba Readership.

It was something of a weird collection of music to choose from — the lists tended toward the obscure hipster-y albums, though several less obscure hipster albums began to emerge and a general consensus began to form around the 15 albums below. It’s a strong list from my standpoint — most of these (save for number five, which I never got into) would probably be on my top albums of the aughts, too.

And before you start bitching at me about omissions, remember: These are chosen by our readers. Please direct your anger at them. I’m just the messenger, though I’m a fan of the message:

15. Feist — Reminder

14. Sufjan Stevens — Illinois

13. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black

12. Green Day American Idiot

11. Ben Folds’ — Rockin’ the Suburbs

10. Postal Service — Give Up

9. Kings of Leon — Aha Shake Heartbreak

8. The Decemberists — Castaways and Cutouts

7. Death Cab for Cutie — Plans

6. White Stripes — White Blood Cells

5. Fleet Foxes — Fleet Foxes

4. Modest Mouse — The Moon and Antarctica

3. Wilco — Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2. Radiohead — In Rainbows

1. Arcade Fire — Funeral

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