Top Ten Albums of the Year (1996 - 2020)


  1. The Strokes, The New Abnormal
  2. Jarv Is, Beyond the Pale
  3. The Avalanches, We Will Always Love You
  4. Protomartyr, Ultimate Success Today
  5. Idles, Ultra Mono
  6. Danzig, Sings Elvis
  7. Jessie Ware, What's Your Pleasure?
  8. Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud
  9. Disclosure, Energy
  10. Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters


  1. Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell
  2. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  3. The National, I Am Easy to Find
  4. Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
  5. Thom Yorke, Anima
  6. Danny Brown, U Know What I'm Sayin?
  7. Wilco, Ode to Joy
  8. Have a Nice Life, Sea of Worry
  9. Slowthai, Nothing Great About Britain
  10. Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka


  1. Iceage, Beyondless
  2. Young Fathers, Cocoa Sugar
  3. Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending
  4. Jenn Champion, Single Rider
  5. Lucy Dacus, Historian
  6. Makthaverskan, III
  7. Father John Misty, God's Favorite Customer
  8. Jon Hopkins, Singularity
  9. Beach House, 7
  10. Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance


  1. The xx, I See You
  2. Idles, Brutalism
  3. St. Vincent, Masseduction
  4. Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors
  5. (Sandy) Alex G, Rocket
  6. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy
  7. British Sea Power, Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  8. Tyler, the Creator, Scum Fuck Flower Boy
  9. Lorde, Melodrama
  10. Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins


  1. The Avalanches, Wildflower
  2. Death Grips, Bottomless Pit
  3. Local Natives, Sunlit Youth
  4. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, In Summer
  5. Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker
  6. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
  8. David Bowie, Blackstar
  9. Explosions in the Sky, The Wilderness
  10. Lucius, Good Grief


  1. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
  2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Strange Names, Use Your Time Wisely
  4. Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon
  5. Beach House, Depression Cherry
  6. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too
  7. Grimes, Art Angels
  8. Vince Staples, Summertime '06
  9. Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars
  10. Viet Cong, Viet Cong


  1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent
  2. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
  3. Tune-Yards, Nikki Nack
  4. La Roux, Trouble in Paradise
  5. Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
  6. SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land
  7. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems
  8. The Antlers, Familiars
  9. Sisyphus, Sisyphus
  10. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days


  1. Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
  2. And So I Watch You From Afar, All Hail Bright Futures
  3. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  4. Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  5. This Routine Is Hell, Howl
  6. Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time
  7. Dirty Beaches, Drifters/Love Is the Devil
  8. Jon Hopkins, Immunity
  9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito
  10. Julia Holter, Loud City Song


  1. Porcelain Raft, Strange Weekend
  2. Mac DeMarco, 2
  3. The Antlers, Undersea
  4. Bob Dylan, Tempest
  5. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  6. The Walkmen, Heaven
  7. Beach House, Bloom
  8. The Caretaker, Patience (After Sebald)
  9. Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes
  10. The xx, Coexist


  1. Radiohead, The King of Limbs
  2. Clams Casino, Rainforest
  3. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
  4. Tom Waits, Bad as Me
  5. Dirty Beaches, Badlands
  6. Cold Cave, Cherish the Light Years
  7. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  8. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
  10. Atlas Sound, Parallax


  1. Beach House, Teen Dream
  2. The Walkmen, Lisbon
  3. Little Boots, Hands
  4. The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt
  5. Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles II
  6. Wild Nothing, Gemini
  7. No Age, Everything in Between
  8. Sun Airway, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier
  9. Das Racist, Shut Up, Dude
  10. Titus Andronicus, The Monitor


  1. St. Vincent, Actor
  2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion and Fall Be Kind
  3. The Antlers, Hospice
  4. P.O.S., Never Better
  5. The Field, Yesterday and Today
  6. Mos Def, The Ecstatic
  7. Passion Pit, Manners
  8. Pomegranates, Everybody, Come Outside!
  9. Morrissey, Years of Refusal
  10. The Harlem Shakes, Technicolor Health


  1. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
  2. British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?
  3. No Age, Nouns
  4. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
  5. The Walkmen, You & Me
  6. The Teenagers, Reality Check
  7. Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
  8. Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
  9. Babe, Terror, Babe, Terror
  10. Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker, Fantasma-Parastasie


  1. Radiohead, In Rainbows
  2. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
  3. The Field, From Here We Go Sublime
  4. Animal Collective, Strawberry Jam
  5. Deerhunter, Cryptograms
  6. The Virgins, The Virgins
  7. New Young Pony Club, Fantastic Playroom
  8. The Subjects, With the Ease, Grace, Precision, and Cleverness of Human Beings
  9. Burial, Untrue
  10. Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cendre


  1. Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors
  2. Cold War Kids, Up in Rags
  3. Be Your Own Pet, Be Your Own Pet
  4. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
  5. Scott Walker, The Drift
  6. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  7. Junior Boys, So This Is Goodbye
  8. Matmos, The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
  9. Jarvis Cocker, Jarvis
  10. Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar


  1. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
  2. Bloc Party, Escape Alarm
  3. The Subjects, The Subjects
  4. LCD Soundsystem, LCD Soundsystem
  5. Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary
  6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  7. British Sea Power, Open Season
  8. Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Insen
  9. One Be Lo, S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.
  10. Giant Drag, Hearts and Unicorns


  1. Nellie McKay, Get Away From Me
  2. Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
  3. Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Like Bad News
  4. The Killers, Hot Fuss
  5. The Twilight Singers, She Loves You
  6. Arcade Fire, Funeral
  7. The Mountain Goats, We Shall All Be Healed
  8. Black Dice, Creature Comforts
  9. Destroyer, Your Blues
  10. Morrissey, You Are the Quarry


  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell
  2. TV on the Radio, Young Liars
  3. The Strokes, Room on Fire
  4. British Sea Power, The Decline of British Sea Power
  5. Radiohead, Hail to the Thief
  6. Arab Strap, The Shy Retirer
  7. The Postal Service, Give Up
  8. The Constantines, Shine a Light and Mogwai, Happy Songs for Happy People
  9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, And This Is Our Music
  10. The Wrens, The Meadowlands


  1. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights
  2. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
  3. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People
  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Hives, Veni Vidi Vicious
  5. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  6. DJ Shadow, The Private Press
  7. Andrew W.K., I Get Wet
  8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  9. Arto Lindsay, Invoke
  10. Cody Chesnutt, The Headphone Masterpiece


  1. The Strokes, Is This It
  2. Radiohead, I Might Be Wrong: The Live Recordings and Amnesiac
  3. Pulp, We Love Life
  4. Spoon, Girls Can Tell
  5. Air, 10,000 Hz Legend
  6. Mira Calix, Prickle
  7. Matmos, A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure
  8. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
  9. Aphex Twin, Drukqs and Slayer, God Hates Us All
  10. Arab Strap, The Red Thread


  1. Coldplay, Parachutes
  2. Radiohead, Kid A
  3. Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun
  4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
  5. Cornelius, CM and FM
  6. Boards of Canada, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
  7. The Avalanches, Since I Left You
  8. Air, The Soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides
  9. Black Box Recorder, The Facts of Life
  10. Doves, Lost Souls


  1. Momus, The Little Red Songbook
  2. Beck, Midnite Vultures
  3. Moby, Play
  4. Cornelius, Fantasma
  5. Fiona Apple, When the Pawn Hits...
  6. Jim O'Rourke, Eureka
  7. Arto Lindsay, Noon Chill
  8. Air, Premiers Symptomes
  9. Underworld, Beaucoup Fish
  10. Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs


  1. Massive Attack, Mezzanine
  2. The Afghan Whigs, 1965
  3. Pulp, This Is Hardcore
  4. UNKLE, Psyence Fiction
  5. Air, Moon Safari
  6. Duster, Stratosphere
  7. Beck, Mutations
  8. PJ Harvey, Is This Desire?
  9. Garbage, Version 2.0
  10. Boredoms, Super ae


  1. Radiohead, OK Computer
  2. Mogwai, Young Team
  3. Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
  4. Momus, Ping Pong
  5. Jim O'Rourke, Bad Timing
  6. Stereolab, Dots and Loops
  7. Kid Loco, A Grand Love Story
  8. U2, Pop
  9. The Crystal Method, Vegas
  10. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One


  1. Weezer, Pinkerton
  2. Aphex Twin, Richard D. James Album
  3. Arto Lindsay, Mundo Civilizado
  4. Fiona Apple, Tidal
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1996
  6. Ghostface Killah, Ironman
  7. Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
  8. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Take It From the Man!
  9. Stereolab, Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  10. Tortoise, Millions Now Living Will Never Die