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Top 30 Albums

1 SMiLE by Brian Wilson 2004 97
2 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn 2004 97
3 Madvillainy by Madvillain 2004 93
4 The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [2004 Version] by Talking Heads 2004 93
5 Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal 2004 92
6 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets 2004 90
7 HoboSapiens by John Cale 2004 89
8 Funeral by The Arcade Fire 2004 88
9 Last Exit by Junior Boys 2004 88
10 College Dropout by Kanye West 2004 87
11 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith 2004 87
12 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart 2004 87
13 Ta Det Lugnt by Dungen 2004 87
14 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 2004 87
15 The Dirty South by Drive-By Truckers 2004 86
16 Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens 2004 86
17 Now, More Than Ever by Jim Guthrie 2004 86
18 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand 2004 86
19 Showtime by Dizzee Rascal 2004 86
20 Favourite Colours by The Sadies 2004 86
21 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83 2004 86
22 These Were The Earlies by The Earlies 2004 85
23 Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 by Jill Scott 2004 85
24 Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine by Cee-Lo 2004 85
25 The Futureheads by The Futureheads 2004 85
26 Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition by Murs 2004 84
27 Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band 2004 84
28 The Real New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click) by The Fall 2004 84
29 Crimes by The Blood Brothers 2004 84
30 Our Shadows Will Remain by Joseph Arthur 2004 84

 

Music Critics' Year-End Top Ten Lists

Village Voice 2004 Pazz & Jop Poll (a survey of 793 critics)
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 Smile by Brian Wilson
3 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
4 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
5 American Idiot by Green Day
6 Funeral by Arcade Fire
7 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
8 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
9 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
10 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
Almost Cool
1 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
2 Fabulous Muscles by Xiu Xiu
3 Morals And Dogma by Deathprod
4 The Blue Notebooks by Max Richter
5 Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens
6 Virðulegu Forsetar by Jóhann Jóhannsson
7 It's All Around You by Tortoise
8 Lycanthropy by Patrick Wolf
9 Thunder, Lightning, Strike by The Go! Team
10 Funeral by Arcade Fire
Blender
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
3 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
4 Confessions by Usher
5 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
6 You Are The Quarry by Morrissey
7 The Diary Of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys
8 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
9 Get Away From Me by Nellie McKay
10 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
Cokemachineglow
1 Smile by Brian Wilson
2 The Slow Wonder by A.C. Newman
3 Madvillainy by Madvillain
4 Funeral by Arcade Fire
5 The Blue Notebooks by Max Richter
6 The Folded Palm by Frog Eyes
7 The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
8 Hypnotic Underworld by Ghost
9 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
10 Nino Rojo and Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
Drawer B
1 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
2 Antics by Interpol
3 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
4 The Futureheads by The Futureheads
5 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
6 Last Exit by Junior Boys
7 i by Magnetic Fields
8 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
9 Smile by Brian Wilson
10 You're A Woman, I'm A Machine by Death From Above 1979
Drowned In Sound
1 Antics by Interpol
2 Hot Fuss by The Killers
3 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
4 Logic Will Break Your Heart by The Stills
5 The Futureheads by The Futureheads
6 Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins
7 Miss Machine by The Dillinger Escape Plan
8 You Are The Quarry by Morrissey
9 Panopticon by Isis
10 Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters
Dusted
(Otis Hart)
1 The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
2 Too Much Guitar by Reigning Sound
3 The Shining Example is Lying On the Floor by The Hotel Alexis
4 Espers by Espers
5 Bring The Neon War Home by Yellow Swans
6 Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth? by The Soft Pink Truth
7 Nouvelle Vague by Nouvelle Vague
8 Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens
9 Where I Am Today by Max de Wardener
10 Colorseries by Donnacha Costello
Entertainment Weekly
(David Browne)
1 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
2 Our Shadows Will Remain by Joseph Arthur
3 Rubber Factory by The Black Keys
4 The College Dropout by Kanye West
5 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
6 Afrodisiac by Brandy
7 Uh Huh Her by PJ Harvey
8 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
9 American Idiot by Green Day
10 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
Entertainment Weekly
(Tom Sinclair)
1 Fly Or Die by N.E.R.D.
2 Harder And Harder by The Paybacks
3 Love Songs For Patriots by American Music Club
4 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
5 Rubber Factory by The Black Keys
6 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV On The Radio
7 Who Killed The Zutons by The Zutons
8 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
9 Daddy Wants A Cold Beer And Other Million Sellers by The A-Bones
10 Survival Of The Sickest by Saliva
Filter
1 Funeral by Arcade Fire
2 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
3 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
4 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
5 Hot Fuss by The Killers
6 Now Here Is Nowhere by Secret Machines
7 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83
8 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
9 Madvillainy by Madvillain
10 Up All Night by Razorlight
Junkmedia
1 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
2 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
3 N'ecoutez Pas by Le Fly Pan Am
4 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
5 Backstroke by Matthew Dear
6 Rendezvous by Luna
7 Antics by Interpol
8 Invisible Architecture 08 by Taylor Deupree / Christopher Willits
9 Power by Q And Not U
10 Special Gunpowder by dj/rupture
Los Angeles Times (Robert Hilburn)
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
3 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
4 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
5 Want Two by Rufus Wainwright
6 Funeral by Arcade Fire
7 Uh Huh Her by PJ Harvey
8 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
9 Encore by Eminem
10 Confessions by Usher
Los Angeles Times (Consensus)
1 Uh Huh Her by PJ Harvey
2 American Idiot by Green Day
3 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
4 The College Dropout by Kanye West
5 Smile by Brian Wilson
6 Funeral by Arcade Fire
7 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
8 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
9 (tie) From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
10 (tie) Real Gone by Tom Waits
Lost At Sea
1 Funeral by Arcade Fire
2 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
3 Madvillainy by Madvillain
4 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV On The Radio
5 Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth
6 Blueberry Boat by The Fiery Furnaces
7 Fabulous Muscles by Xiu Xiu
8 Misery Is A Butterfly by Blonde Redhead
9 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
10 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
Magnet
1 Real Gone by Tom Waits
2 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
3 Conductor by Comas
4 The Slow Wonder by AC Newman
5 Blue Cathedral by Comets On Fire
6 Half Smiles Of The Decomposed by Guided By Voices
7 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
8 Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band
9 Rubber Factory by Black Keys
10 Ambulance Ltd by Ambulance Ltd
Metacritic.com Music Editor
1 The Futureheads by The Futureheads
2 Funeral by Arcade Fire
3 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
4 The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [2004 Version] by Talking Heads
5 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
6 The Power Out by Electrelane
7 ONoffON by Mission Of Burma
8 Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth
9 Lesser Matters by The Radio Dept.
10 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV On The Radio
Great 2003 Album Not Heard Until 2004:
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83
Mojo
1 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
2 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
3 Smile by Brian Wilson
4 Rejoicing In The Hands and Nino Rojo by Devendra Banhart
5 Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band
6 Medulla by Bjork
7 Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins
8 The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello & The Imposters
9 Now Here Is Nowhere by Secret Machines
10 Trampin' by Patti Smith
The New York Times
(Jon Pareles)
1 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
2 Egypt by Youssou N'Dour
3 Smile by Brian Wilson
4 Medulla by Bjork
5 American Idiot by Green Day
6 Tres Cosas by Juana Molina
7 The College Dropout by Kanye West
8 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV On The Radio
9 In Exile Deo by Juliana Hatfield
10 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
NME
1 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
2 The Libertines by The Libertines
3 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
4 Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters
5 The Futureheads by The Futureheads
6 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
7 The College Dropout by Kanye West
8 Up All Night by Razorlight
9 Lesser Matters by The Radio Dept.
10 No Cities Left by The Dears
No Ripcord
1 Funeral by Arcade Fire
2 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
3 Antics by Interpol
4 Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth
5 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
6 The Futureheads by The Futureheads
7 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
8 Talkie Walkie by Air
9 Madvillainy by Madvillain
10 Last Exit by Junior Boys
The Onion (Andy Battaglia)
1 Thé Au Harem d'Archimède by Ricardo Villalobos
2 Get Away From Me by Nellie McKay
3 Louden Up Now by !!!
4 Showtime by Dizzee Rascal
5 The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
6 Here Comes Love by Superpitcher
7 Margerine Eclipse by Stereolab
8 The Meaning by Melchior Productions
9 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
10 Talkie Walkie by Air
The Onion (Josh Modell)
1 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
2 Antics by Interpol
3 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
4 The College Dropout by Kanye West
5 Funeral by Arcade Fire
6 Weightlifting by Trash Can Sinatras
7 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
8 Goodnight Nobody by Julie Doiron
9 Final Straw by Snow Patrol
10 Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens
The Onion (Noel Murray)
1 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
2 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
3 Elysium by The Velvet Teen
4 Too Much Guitar by Reigning Sound
5 The Tigers Have Spoken by Neko Case
6 Since We Last Spoke by RJD2
7 Cast Of Thousands by Elbow
8 Almost Killed Me by The Hold Steady
9 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
10 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
The Onion (Keith Phipps)
1 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
2 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
3 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
4 The College Dropout by Kanye West
5 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
6 Smile by Brian Wilson
7 Get Away From Me by Nellie McKay
8 Tyrannosaurus Hives by The Hives
9 Nino Rojo by Devendra Banhart
10 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
The Onion (Nathan Rabin)
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 Madvillainy by Madvillain
3 The Pretty Toney Album by Ghostface
4 Connected by The Foreign Exchange
5 Mm.. Food by MF Doom
6 Murs 3:16-The 9th Edition by Murs
7 The Grind Date by De La Soul
8 The Tipping Point by The Roots
9 Since We Last Spoke by RJD2
10 A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work by J-Zone
The Onion (Stephen Thompson)
1 Indiana by David Mead
2 Shake The Sheets by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3 Get Off The Ground If You're Scared by Some By Sea
4 Violence In The Snowy Fields by Dolorean
5 Nino Rojo by Devendra Banhart
6 Kiss & Tell by Sahara Hotnights
7 The Slow Wonder by A.C. Newman
8 Just Like Blood by Tom McRae
9 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
10 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
Pitchfork
1 Funeral by Arcade Fire
2 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
3 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
4 Blueberry Boat by The Fiery Furnaces
5 Smile by Brian Wilson
6 Madvillainy by Madvillain
7 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
8 Thunder, Lightning, Strike by The Go! Team
9 The Pretty Toney Album by Ghostface
10 The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
Playlouder
1 You Are The Quarry by Morrissey
2 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
3 The Royal Society by The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
4 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
5 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
6 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
7 Real Gone by Tom Waits
8 Antics by Interpol
9 Grey Will Fade by Charlotte Hatherley
10 Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters
Pop Matters
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 Funeral by Arcade Fire
3 Smile by Brian Wilson
4 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
5 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
6 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV On The Radio
7 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
8 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
9 Madvillainy by Madvillain
10 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
Q
1 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
2 Hopes And Fears by Keane
3 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
4 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
5 Up All Night by Razorlight
6 The Libertines by The Libertines
7 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Hot Fuss by The Killers
9 Destroy Rock & Roll by Mylo
10 Antics by Interpol
ShakingThrough
(Kevin Forest Moreau)
1 American Idiot by Green Day
2 Final Straw by Snow Patrol
3 Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band
4 The Dirty South by Drive-By Truckers
5 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
6 Real Gone by Tom Waits
7 She Loves You by The Twilight Singers
8 The Red Light District by Ludacris
9 Killers And Stars by Patterson Hood
10 Fall Back Open by Now It's Overhead
ShakingThrough
(Laurence Station)
1 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
2 Smile by Brian Wilson
3 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
4 Madvillainy by Madvillain
5 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
6 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
7 Inches by Les Savy Fav
8 The Real New Fall LP by The Fall
9 Showtime by Dizzee Rascal
10 Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine
Spin
1 The College Dropout by Kanye West
2 American Idiot by Green Day
3 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
4 Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse
5 The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
6 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
7 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
8 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
9 Antics by Interpol
10 Smile by Brian Wilson
Stylus
1 Blueberry Boat by The Fiery Furnaces
2 Madvillainy by Madvillain
3 Get Away From Me by Nellie McKay
4 Last Exit by Junior Boys
5 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
6 The Pretty Toney Album by Ghostface
7 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 ///Codename:Dustsucker by Bark Psychosis
9 Fabulous Muscles by Xiu Xiu
10 Funeral by Arcade Fire
Tiny Mix Tapes
1 Funeral by Arcade Fire
2 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
3 Smile by Brian Wilson
4 Fabulous Muscles by Xiu Xiu
5 Madvillainy by Madvillain
6 The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
7 Blueberry Boat by The Fiery Furnaces
8 Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth
9 Bows & Arrows by The Walkmen
10 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
Uncut
1 Smile by Brian Wilson
2 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
3 Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
4 Post To Wire by Richmond Fontaine
5 The Bootleg Series Volume 6 by Bob Dylan
6 Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band
7 A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
8 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
9 Love Songs For Patriots by American Music Club
10 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
Under The Radar
1 From A Basement On The Hill by Elliott Smith
2 Antics by Interpol
3 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
4 Medulla by Bjork
5 Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
6 Talkie Walkie by Air
7 Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine
8 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
9 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
10 Ambulance Ltd by Ambulance Ltd
Village Voice
(Robert Christgau)
1 Smile by Brian Wilson
2 1977-1997 by Papa Wemba
3 The College Dropout by Kanye West
4 Egypt by Youssou N'Dour
5 More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
6 Encore by Eminem
7 All the Fame of Lofty Deeds by Jon Langford
8 East Nashville Skyline by Todd Snider
9 America's Sweetheart by Courtney Love
10 We Shall All Be Healed by Mountain Goats
The Wire
1 Holy Ghost: Rare & Unreleased Recordings (1962-70) by Albert Ayler
2 Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth
3 Venice by Fennesz
4 Deathprod Box by Deathprod
5 Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
6 Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart
7 Burned Mind by Wolf Eyes
8 A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
9 The Well Of Memory by PG Six
10 Perpetuum Mobile by Einstürzende Neubate


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