We're counting down the best albums of The Aughts this week.

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Kanye West, "Jesus Walks"

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60. R.E.M., “Accelerate” (Warner Bros., 2008): Nothing like an angry kiss-off to the Bush years to rev your artistic engines. ["Man-Sized Wreath"]
59. Florence and the Machine, “Lungs” (2009) ["Dog Days Are Over"]
58. Bruce Springsteen, “Magic” (Columbia, 2007) ["Girls in their Summer Clothes"]
57. The White Stripes, “Elephant” (V2, 2003) ["Seven Nation Army"]
56. Macy Gray, “The Id” (Epic, 2001) ["Sweet Baby"]
55. Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, “Furnace Room Lullaby” (Bloodshot, 2000)
54. Taking Back Sunday, “Louder Now” (Warner Bros., 2006) ["Liar"]
53. The Pretenders, “Break up the Concrete” (Shangri-La, 2008) ["Love's a Mystery"]
52. Kelly Clarkson, “Breakaway” (RCA, 2004) ["Since U Been Gone"]
51. Bishop Allen, “Charm School” (Champagne School, 2003): Sweet, surprising and easily the best self-produced, self-released debut I've ever heard. ["Another Wasted Night"]
50. New Pornographers, “Electric Version” (Matador, 2003) ["The Laws Have Changed"]
49. Phoenix, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (XL, 2009) ["1901"]
48. Nas, “Untitled” (Def Jam, 2008) ["Hero"]
47. Rilo Kiley, “More Adventurous” (Brute/Beaute, 2004) ["Portions for Foxes"]
46. Fall Out Boy, “Folie a Deux” (Island, 2008) ["What a Catch, Donnie"]
45. Lily Allen, “Alright, Still” (EMI, 2007) ["Knock 'Em Out"]
44. Radiohead, “In Rainbows” (TBD/ATO, 2007): The whole business model would have collapsed if the songs weren't great. ["15 Step"]
43. Kanye West, “The College Dropout” (Roc-a-Fella, 2004): Before all the distractions, there was a brash, inventive rapper/producer who did whatever he wanted. ["Through the Wire"]
42. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, “Miss E . . . So Addictive” (WEA / Elektra, 2001) ["Get Ur Freak On"]
41. Interpol, “Turn on the Bright Lights” (Matador, 2002)
["PDA"]