Top 100 of the 21st century: 100-91

So, in my everlasting goal of helping people discover great music, I’ve taken on the new task of counting down the top 100 albums of the 21st century. I know the year 2000 is not technically in the century, but let’s just pretend that it is.

Why? Because 2000 is when I really started taking music seriously. Because I can and I want to procrastinate thinking about my future. And I like lists, obvi. I’ll be doing ten at a time over the next few days. I welcome comments and your thoughts on the inclusion of these albums.

I have included only one album per artist, because otherwise the list would contain about two artists total.

Also rates are:

Influential Power: Did this album influence many others after it? Did it change the current genre or popularity?
Staying Power: Will I remember this album and see it as essential after a few years?
Cred Power: Does appreciating this album give you credit as a music lover? Will name dropping the album get you laid in a hipster bar in Brooklyn?

Onto the list:

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#100 The Shins, Oh Inverted World
Before Zach Braff co-opted the beauty of “New Slang” and made us think of Garden State everytime we hear it, this was something special and something a bit more beautiful that the usual stuff.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 8
Cred Power 5

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#99 The Streets, A Grand Don’t Come for Free
British garage rap. I learned some new ways to pronounce things and learned about being a British thug.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 3
Cred Power 7

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#98 RJD2; Since We Last Spoke
Who knew one guy could produce so many fantastic beats.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 8

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#97 Radio 4, Gotham!
It seems unfair to have them on here, since they are a direct rip off of Gang of Four. But they were one if the first disco-punk bands to emerge from NYC.
Influential Power 8
Staying Power 3
Cred Power 9

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#96 The Pernice Brothers; Discover a Lovelier You
With all the complicated stuff out there, it is nice to have a band that simply writes pretty songs.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 7

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#95 Kylie Minogue; Fever
One of the many times on this list that I am reminded that we constantly need to be told by the UK what good music is. Pop is a legitimate form of music, and it is rare someone does it as well. So many fantastic singles from this one album.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 3

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#94 We Are Scientists, In Love and Squalor
Proof that nerdy guys can be rock stars.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 8

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#93 Soundtrack, High School Musical
It’s a modern day Grease, and you can’t help but get addicted. Millions of other tweens would agree.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 7
Cred Power -2

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#92 Youth Group, Casino Twighlight Dogs
This is what the Shins are trying to be like. Their cover of “Forever Young” alone would put them on this list.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 7

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#91 The Living End, Roll On
Australian punkabilly. Nuff said.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 6

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