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Top 500 Albums of the 2000's Countdown

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Thank you to everyone who voted, listened, and donated during the Top 500 Albums of the 2000s countdown this week! If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, what are you waiting for? $15 a month or any amount goes to help us continue the great programming that you've come to love and depend on here at WFPK. Donate now!

1 My Morning Jacket - Z
2 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3 Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
4 Radiohead - Kid A
5 White Stripes - Elephant
6 Strokes - Is This It
7 Outkast - Stankonia
8 Killers - Hot Fuss
9 Arcade Fire - Funeral
10 Green Day - American Idiot
11 My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
12 Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
13 Radiohead - In Rainbows
14 Beck - Sea Change
15 OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
16 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
17 Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
18 Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
19 Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
20 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
21 Postal Service - Give Up
22 U2 - All That You CAnt Leave Behind
23 My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
24 Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
25 Kanye West - The College Dropout
26 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
27 Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
28 Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
29 Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
30 Shins - Oh Inverted World
31 My Morning Jacket - At Dawn
32 Gorillaz - Demon Days
33 White Stripes - White Blood Cells
34 Coldplay - Parachutes
35 Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
36 Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
37 MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
38 Kanye West - Graduation
39 National - Boxer
40 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - fever to tell
41 Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
42 Black Keys - Attack and Release
43 System of a Down - Toxicity
44 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
45 Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
46 Chicks - Home
47 Beck - Guero
48 Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
49 Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
50 Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
51 Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
52 Johnny Cash - American IV
53 Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell - Begonias
54 Daft Punk - Discovery
55 Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
56 Incubus - Morning View
57 Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am Thats What Im Not
58 Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
59 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
60 Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
61 Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
62 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
63 Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
64 Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
65 Tim Krekel - Happy Town
66 Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
67 Ryan Adams - Gold
68 Beyonce - Dangerously in Love
69 Bright Eyes - Im Wide Awake Its Morning
70 M.I.A. - kala
71 Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day
72 Jay Z - The Blueprint
73 Eminem - The Eminem Show
74 Brandi Carlile - The Story
75 Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
76 My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
77 Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
78 Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
79 Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
80 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
81 Chicks - Taking the Long Way
82 Alicia Keys - Songs in a minor
83 Gorillaz - Gorillaz
84 Missy Elliot - Under Construction
85 Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
86 Audioslave - Audioslave
87 Fugazi - The Argument
88 Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
89 Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood
90 Band of Horses - Everything All The Time
91 Cat Power - The Greatest
92 Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
93 Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
94 DAngelo - Voodoo
95 Soundtrack - O Brother Where Art Thou
96 Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
97 Foo Fighters - One by One
98 Britney Spears - Oops I Did it Again
99 Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
100 Todd Snider - East Nashville skyline
101 Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind
102 New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
103 Florence and the Machine - Lungs
104 Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
105 Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
106 Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere
107 Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
108 Usher - Confessions
109 Jay Z - The Black Album
110 Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
111 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin
112 Coldplay - Viva La Vida
113 Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
114 Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant
115 Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
116 Old 97s - Satellite Rides
117 New Pornographers - Electric Version
118 TV on the Radio - Dear Science
119 Dave Matthews Band - Everyday
120 Wilco - A Ghost is Born
121 J Dilla - Donuts
122 Buddy and Julie Miller - Buddy and Julie Miller
123 Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
124 Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls
125 Ben Folds - Rockin The Suburbs
126 Weezer - Green Album
127 Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
128 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Its Blitz
129 Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter
130 Feist - The Reminder
131 John Mayer - Continuum
132 Mary Gauthier - Mercy Now
133 Cake - Comfort Eagle
134 Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
135 Kanye West - Late Registration
136 Taylor Swift - Fearless
137 Madvillain - Madvillainy
138 Bjork - vespertine
139 Killers - Sams Town
140 Beyonce - BDay
141 Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
142 Dave Matthews Band - Busted Stuff
143 Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
144 Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
145 Solomon Burke - Dont Give Up On Me
146 PJ Harvey - Stories from the City Stories from the Sea
147 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
148 Bjork - Volta
149 Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
150 Drive By Truckers - The Dirty South
151 Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
152 Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music
153 Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
154 Panic at the Disco - A Fever You Cant Sweat Out
155 Shins - Wincing the Night Away
156 Tool - Lateralus
157 Beyonce - I Am Sasha Fierce
158 Pearl Jam - Binaural
159 Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
160 Black Keys - Rubber Factory
161 Coldplay - XandY
162 TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
163 Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
164 Linkin Park - hybrid theory
165 Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die
166 U2 - How to dismantle an Atomic Bomb
167 Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon
168 White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
169 John Mayer - Room For Squares
170 Tim Krekel - Soul Season
171 Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
172 Patty Griffin - 1000 Kisses
173 Buddy and Julie Miller - Written In Chalk
174 Grizzly Bear - Veckatimist
175 My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
176 Evanescence - Fallen
177 Avril Lavigne - Let Go
178 Rufus Wainwright - Want One
179 Erykah Badu - Mamas Gun
180 Dave Matthews Band - Stand Up
181 Dr Dre - 2001
182 Sam Phillips - A Boot and a Shoe
183 Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
184 XX - XX
185 Brian Wilson - Smile
186 A perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
187 Christina Aguilera - Stripped
188 Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
189 Sleater Kinney - The Woods
190 Counting Crows - Hard Candy
191 Tift Merritt - Tambourine
192 Jason isbell - Sirens of the Ditch
193 REM - Reveal
194 Sade - Lovers Rock
195 Aimee Mann - Lost in Space
196 Simple Plan - No Pads No Helmets Just Balls
197 Neil Young - Prairie Wind
198 Garbage - Beautiful Garbage
199 VHS or Beta - Night on Fire
200 Prince - Musicology
201 Soundtrack - Garden State
202 Radiohead - Amnesiac
203 Frightened rabbit - the midnight organ fight
204 Pearl Jam - Backspacer
205 Gwen Stefani - Love Angel Music Baby
206 Old crow medicine show - OCMS
207 Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
208 Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America
209 Destinys Child - Survivor
210 Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
211 Depeche Mode - Exciter
212 Decemberists - Picaresque
213 Decemberists - The Crane Wife
214 Missy Elliott - Miss E: So Addictive
215 Guster - Ganging Up on the Sun
216 White Stripes - De Stijl
217 M Ward - Post War
218 Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
219 Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
220 Lee Ann Womack - Theres More Where That Came From
221 Lykke Li - Youth Novels
222 Miranda Lambert - Crazy ExGirlfriend
223 Madonna - Music
224 All American Rejects - The All American Rejects
225 David Bowie - Reality
226 Tim Krekel - World Keeps Turnin
227 Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
228 Strokes - Room on Fire
229 Fratellis - Costello Music
230 Black Keys - Thickfreakness
231 Britney Spears - In The Zone
232 Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
233 Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
234 Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
235 Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales
236 Aimee Mann - Bachelor #2
237 A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
238 Iron and Wine - Creek Drank the Cradle
239 Tom Waits - Alice
240 Santigold - Santigold
241 Pete Yorn - Day I Forgot
242 Jayhawks - Smile
243 Nelly - Country Grammar
244 Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
245 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
246 Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
247 Rufus Wainwright - Poses
248 Van Morrison - Magic Time
249 Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
250 Paul Westerberg - Folker
251 At the Drive In - Relationship of Command
252 Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
253 Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
254 Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
255 Sheryl Crow - C'Mon C'mon
256 Tom Petty - Last DJ
257 KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
258 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
259 Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
260 Phoenix - United
261 Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
262 Bonnie Prince Billy - Master and Everyone
263 Goo Goo Dolls - Gutterflower
264 Yes - Magnification
265 Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam (Avacado)
266 Deftones - White Pony
267 Elliott Smith - Figure 8
268 Beck - Modern Guilt
269 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One
270 Tom Waits - Blood Money
271 No Doubt - Return of Saturn
272 Interpol - Antics
273 Jamey Johnson - That Lonesome Song
274 Dawes - North Hills
275 TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes
276 Phish - farmhouse
277 St Vincent - Actor
278 kd lang - Hymns of The 49th Parallel
279 Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless
280 Lucero - Tennessee
281 Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
282 Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
283 Damien Rice - O
284 Spoon - Girls Can Tell
285 Adele - 19
286 Tori Amos - Scarlets Walk
287 Paramore - Riot
288 Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
289 Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
290 Kathleen Edwards - Failer
291 Air - Talkie Walkie
292 Blink 182 - Blink 182
293 Weezer - Make Believe
294 Digby - Falling Up
295 Portishead - Third
296 Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Grave
297 Prince - 3121
298 Pink - Mssundaztood
299 Garbage - Bleed Like Me
300 Pearl Jam - Riot Act
301 White Stripes - Icky Thump
302 Aaliyah - Aaliyah
303 No Doubt - Rock Steady
304 Bob Dylan - Modern Times
305 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
306 Brandi Carlile - Give up the ghost
307 Beck - The Information
308 Ben Sollee - Learning to Bend
309 Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
310 Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
311 Dr Dog - Fate
312 Feist - Let It Die
313 Damien Rice - 9
314 Madonna - Confessions On A Dance Floor
315 Steve Earle - Jerusalem
316 Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
317 Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
318 Cat Power - You Are Free
319 New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
320 Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
321 Hank III - Straight To Hell
322 Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne
323 Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
324 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig
325 David Bowie - Heathen
326 Tom Waits - Orphans
327 Silversun Pickups - Swoon
328 Panda Bear - Person Pitch
329 Neko Case - Blacklisted
330 Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill
331 John Prine - Fair and Square
332 beach house - beach house
333 Sonic Youth - Murray Street
334 Brett Dennen - Hope for the Hopeless
335 Gomez - In Our Gun
336 Lucero - Nobodys Darlins
337 Jill Scott - Who is Jill Scott
338 Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
339 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
340 Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree
341 Built To Spill - You In Reverse
342 Muckrakers - Front of the Parade
343 Muse - Absolution
344 Camera Obscura - Lets Get Out of this Country
345 Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK
346 Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
347 Lucinda Williams - Essence
348 Johnny Cash - American III
349 Alicia Keys - As I Am
350 Mos def - the ecstatic
351 Gomez - How We Operate
352 Bruce Springsteen - Magic
353 John Mayer - Heavier Things
354 Nelly - Nellyville
355 Black Keys - Magic Potion
356 Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
357 Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
358 Stone Temple Pilots - Shangri- La De Da
359 Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons
360 Angie Stone - Mahogany Soul
361 Paolo Nutini - These Streets
362 Talib Kweli - Quality
363 The Life Aquatic - Soundtrack
364 Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
365 Todd Rundgren - Liars
366 Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
367 Juno - Soundtrack
368 M83 - Saturdays=Youth
369 Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
370 Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions
371 Soundtrack - 8 Mile
372 Souljacker - Eels
373 Beth Orton - Daybreaker
374 Snow Patrol - Final Straw
375 Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
376 Sara Bareilles - Little Voice
377 High Fidelity - Soundtrack
378 Tom Waits - Real Gone
379 Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted To Sin
380 Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
381 Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob
382 Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself
383 Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos
384 Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
385 Zac Brown Band - The Foundation
386 Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
387 Marie Antoinette - Soundtrack
388 Roots - Phrenology
389 Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
390 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
391 Sea Wolf - Leaves in the River
392 Jack Johnson - On and On
393 Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift
394 Tom Petty - Highway Companion
395 Over the Rhine - Films for Radio
396 Foo Fighters - Echos Silence Patience and Grace
397 The Corrs - In Blue
398 Joe Henry - Scar
399 Jet - Get Born
400 johnny cash - Unearthed
401 Poe - Haunted
402 Janet Jackson - All For You
403 Sigur Ros - Takk
404 Justice - Justice
405 Rage Against the Machine - Renegades
406 Southern Culture on the Skids - Liquored Up and Lacquer Down
407 Vanilla Sky - Soundtrack
408 Alanis Morissette - Under Rug Swept
409 Corinne Bailey Ray - Corinne Bailey Rae
410 Michael Franti - Yell Fire
411 Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys
412 Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
413 Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
414 Ryan Adams - Jacksonville City Nights
415 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 100 days 100 Nights
416 Kylie Minogue - Fever
417 Bob Dylan - Love And Theft
418 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
419 Wilco and Billy Bragg - Mermaid Avenue II
420 José González - In Our Nature
421 National - Alligator
422 Spoon - Gimme Fiction
423 Used - In Love and Death
424 Saint Etienne - Tales From Turnpike House
425 Fall Out Boy - Infinity on High
426 Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion
427 Tegan and Sara - The Con
428 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Up From Below
429 The Darkness - Permission to Land
430 Killers - Day & Age
431 Lost in Translation - Soundtrack
432 Travis - The Invisible Band
433 John Legend - Once Again
434 Zero 7 - Simple Things
435 Sleater Kinney - One Beat
436 Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
437 Joss Stone - Mind Body & Soul
438 Nelly Furtado - Whoa, Nelly
439 I'm Not There - Soundtrack
440 Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
441 Tenacious D - self titled
442 Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World
443 Enya - A Day Without Rain
444 Over the Rhine - Ohio
445 Soundtrack - Cold Mountain
446 Robyn - Robyn
447 Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
448 The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
449 Tool - 10000 days
450 Sparklehorse - dreamt for lightyears in the belly of a mountain
451 Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
452 Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
453 Sheryl Crow - Wildflowers
454 Dashboard Confessional - The Places you have come to fear the most
455 Jay-Z - The Blueprint III
456 Slaid Cleaves - Broke Down
457 Steely Dan - Two Against Nature
458 Stereophonics - LanguageSexViolence Other
459 Widespread Panic - Ball
460 Mary J Blige - No More Drama
461 Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown
462 Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There To Come Back
463 Remy Zero - The Golden Hum
464 Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
465 Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs
466 Sigur Ros - ()
467 Doves - Lost Souls
468 Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
469 Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
470 Passion Pit - Manners
471 Wolfmother - Wolfmother
472 Ween - White Pepper
473 Moby - 18
474 Rosanne Cash - Rules of Travel
475 John Legend - Get Lifted
476 Soundtrack - Once
477 Smashing Pumpkins - Machina II
478 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Soundtrack
479 Lily Allen - Alright, Still
480 Smog - A River Aint Too Much to Love
481 Stereolab - Margerine Eclipse
482 Toots and the Maytals - True Love
483 Ray LaMontagne - Till the Sun Turns Black
484 Snow Patrol - A Hundred Millions Suns
485 She and Him - Volume One
486 Jack Johnson - Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies
487 Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
488 Liz Phair - Liz Phair
489 Duffy - Rockferry
490 Rilo Kiley - Under the Black Light
491 Tahiti 80 - Fosbury
492 Ryan Adams - Love is Hell
493 Sheryl Crow - Detours
494 Roots - The Tipping Point
495 Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
496 LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
497 Royksopp - Melody AM
498 Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
499 Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport
500 U2 - No Line on the Horizon

And check out our previous Top 500 Album countdowns of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the Greatest of All Time

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org