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BEST OF '00s: Top Albums #100-81

Though The Aughts certainly gave us plenty to complain about, they also gave us plenty of great music, even if a lot of it did require far more searching than it did in the past.

Here’s some of the decades most memorable albums (with the occasional comment):

100. Travis, “The Man Who” (Epic, 2000):
Comfortable Britpop that remains timeless. In fact, “Why Does It Always Rain on Me” is probably due for an “American Idol”-styled remake. You’re welcome, Simon Cowell.
99. Go  Team,  Thunder, Lightning, Strike  (Memphis Industries, 2005): The best Target commercial theme ever! ["Ladyflash"]
98. Prince,  3121  (Universal Motown, 2006) ["Te Amo Corazon"]
97. Friendly Fires,  Friendly Fires  (XL, 2008) ["Paris"]
96. Sleater-Kinney,  One Beat  (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) ["Oh"]
95. Bob Dylan,  Modern Times  (Columbia, 2006) ["Thunder on the Mountain"]
94. Bright Eyes,  Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground  (Saddle Creek, 2002) ["Lover I Don't Have to Love"]
93. Madonna, “Music” (Warner Bros., 2000):
It did make the bourgeoisie and the rebel.
92. Ryan Adams, "Gold" (Lost Highway, 2001) ["New York, New York"]
91. Modest Mouse, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" (Epic, 2004) ["Float On"]
90. Alicia Keys, "As I Am" (RCA, 2007) ["No One"]
89. Kaiser Chiefs, "Employment" (Universal, 2005) ["I Predict a Riot"]
88. Johnny Cash, "American V: A Hundred Highways" (American/Lost Highway, 2006):
A gorgeous epitaph to a legendary career. ["Rose of My Heart"]
87. System of a Down, "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" (Columbia, 2005) ["B.Y.O.B."]
86. New Order, "Get Ready" (Warner Bros., 2001) ["Crystal"]
85. Passion Pit, “Manners” (2009) ["The Reeling"]
84. The Academy Is ...,  Santi  (Fueled by Ramen, 2007) ["Everything We Had"]
83. The National, “Boxer” (Beggars Banquet, 2007):
Poetic, moody and complicated enough to reward repeated listenings. ["Apartment Story"]
82. Joseph Arthur,  Redemption's Son  (Enjoy/Universal, 2002) ["Honey and the Moon"]
81. Sleater-Kinney, All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars, 2000)

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