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Top 50 Best Albums of the Past Decade (2000-2009)

At Brainz we're suckers for good music. And below is the list of Paste Magazine's Top 50 albums of the past decade (2000-2009). We're big fans of many of these albums and can't recommend most of them highly enough.

50. Björk: Vespertine [Elektra] 2001
49. Libertines: Up The Bracket [Rough Trade] (2002)
48. Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose [Interscope] (2004)
47. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not [Domino] (2006)
46. Once: Music From The Motion Picture [Columbia] (2007)
45. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-released] (2007)
44. The Jayhawks: Rainy Day Music [Lost Highway] (2003)
43. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian] (2007)
42. Jay-Z: The Blueprint [Roc-A-Fella] (2001)
41. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [Capitol] (2007)
40. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain [Interscope] (2006)
39. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge] (2007)
38. Gentleman Jesse: Introducing Gentleman Jesse [Douchemaster] (2008)
37. Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
36. Pedro The Lion: Control [Jade Tree] (2002)
35. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino] (2009)
34. Various artists: O Brother Where Art Thou? [Mercury] (2001)
33. Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head [Capitol] (2002)
32. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [Warner Bros.] (2002)
31. Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism [Barsuk] (2003)
30. Damien Rice: O [Vector] (2003)
29. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago [Jagjaguwar] (2008)
28. Paul Westerberg: Folker [Vagrant] (2004)
27. Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day [New West] (2003)
26. Over the Rhine: Ohio (2004)
25. Sigur Rós: Med ud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust [XL] (2008)
24. The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow [Sub Pop] (2003)
23. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker [Bloodshot] (2000)
22. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife [Capitol] (2006)
21. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend [XL] (2008)
20. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet] (2007)
19. Beck: Sea Change [Interscope] (2002)
18. Amy Winehouse: Back To Black [Universal Republic] (2007)
17. Kanye West: The College Dropout [Roc-A-Fella] (2004)
16. Rufus Wainwright: Want One [Dreamworks] (2003)
15. Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses [ATO] (2002)
14. The Strokes: Is This It [RCA] (2001)
13. Josh Ritter: The Animal Years [V2] (2006)
12. Spoon: Kill the Moonlight [Merge] (2002)
11. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America [Vagrant] (2006)
10. M.I.A.: Arular [Interscope] (2005)
9. The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You [Columbia/American] (2009)
8. OutKast: Stankonia [Arista/LaFace] (2000)
7. Gillian Welch: Time (the Revelator) [Acony] (2001)
6. The White Stripes: Elephant [V2] (2003)
5. Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning [Saddle Creek] (2005)
4. Radiohead: Kid A [Capitol] (2000)
3. Arcade Fire: Funeral [Merge] (2004)
2. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Nonesuch] (2002)
1. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois [Asthmatic Kitty] (2005)

For commentary on each of these albums, please visit the original article at Paste Magazine.

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