Top 100 of the 21st century (2000-2006) (1)

Yes, I realize that technically 2000 is not part of the 21st century, but hey, I can make up the rules.

Scoring:

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?

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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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#90 The View; Hats Off to the Buskers
Bratty English teenagers make good music.
Influential Power 1
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 7

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#89 The Gossip; The Movement
Bluesy goodness.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 8

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#88 Enon: Hocus Pocus
A poor man’s Blonde Redhead
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 9

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#87 Denali: The Instinct
Unfortuantely, they have already broken up. Blonde Redhead meets Rilo Kiley.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 7

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#86 The Delays; You See Colours
Absoultely gorgeous.
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 9

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#85 Cobra Starship; When the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets
Bratty, radio friendly pop punk.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 3

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#84 Calexico; Feast of Wire
Southwest, mariachi indie rock
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 9

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#83 Black Eyes; Black Eyes
This is how the label Dischord earned its name. Two drummers, screaming vocals, not for the mainstream. Too bad they already broke up.
Influential Power 3
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 10

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#82 Good Charlotte, The Young and the Hopeless
It’s not punk, it’s not pop-punk, it’s pure pop. Some of the most singalong songs ever.
Influential Power 3
Staying Power 9
Cred Power -20

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#81 The Von Bondies; Lack of Communication
Blues-punk from the Detroit indie rock explosion
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 7

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#80 Soundtrack, Moulin Rouge
Revived the movie musical genre. And about mixing genres. Plus Ewan McGregor singing.
Influential Power 10
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 3

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#79 The Walkmen, Bows & Arrows
Trust fund brats make great indie rock.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 8

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#78 David Cross, Shut Up You Fucking Baby!
A comedy album that is political. And intelligent. And hilarious.
Influential Power 8
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 6

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#77 The Libertines, Up the Bracket
One of the most hyped bands of the century. Drugs and British lads is a great formula for good music.
Influential Power 8
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 9

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#76 Kasabian; Kasabian
Marxist dance rock.
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 6

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#75 The Wrens; The Meadowlands
There is more to New Jersey than the turnpike and malls.
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 5

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#74 Royksopp; The Understanding
Euro-electro.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 9
Cred Power 10

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#73 Scissor Sisters; Scissor Sisters
Elton John called, he wants his sound back.
Influential Power 8
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 5

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#72 Social Distortion; Sex, Love & Rock ‘N Roll
Is it just me, or do they get better with every album?
Influential Power 10
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 7

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#71 Weezer; The Green Album
The last good album Weezer ever made. I pretend everything after this didn’t happen.
Influential Power 10
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 4

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#70 Madonna; Music (2000)
American Life was crap, but this and Confessions are amazing pop. I love her xonstant image changes. “Don’t Tell Me” is amazing.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 9
Cred Power 2

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#69 The Hives, Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004)
The best of the Swedes
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 5

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#68 Fugazi, The Argument (2001)
The last album from one of the greats.
Influential Power 10
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 10

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#67 Fratellis, Costello Music (2006)
Not just the band from the ipod commercial
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 3
Cred Power 8

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#66 Evanescence, Fallen (2003)
Don’t judge! Before the drama, before the various band members leaving, before the hot topic sponsorship, this is good guilty pleasure stuff.
Influential Power 1
Staying Power 5
Cred Power -5

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#65 Death From Above 1979, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (2004)
This band stayed together for about 5 seconds.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 9

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#64 Ben Folds, Rockin’ the Suburbs (2001)
I actually like his solo stuff better than the Ben Folds Five
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 5

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#63 The Academy Is…. Almost Here (2005)
Gaaaahhh! William Beckett soooo dreamy!
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 0

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#62 Ash, Free All Angels (2002)
Their best stuff was in the 90s, but glad they are still around.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 6

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#61 Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf (2003)
Heavy metal is back!
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 5

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#60 The Killers, Hot Fuss (2004)
The return of glam rock. Yes! Look me in the eye and tell me “Mr. Brightside” isn’t amazing
Influential Power 9
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 4

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#59 No Doubt, Rock Steady (2001)
Influential Power 9
Staying Power 9
Cred Power 2

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#58 Caesars, Paper Tigers (2005)
Sweden strikes again!
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 6

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#57 The Thermals, Fuckin’ A (2004)
Grungy goodness.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 8

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#56 Spoon, Gimme Fiction (2005)
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 9
Cred Power 8

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#55 Soundtrack, Chicago (2003)
One of the only movie musicals that is better than the musical. Catherine Zeta Jones’ voice blows me away.
Influential Power 10
Staying Power 10
Cred Power 2

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#54 Sons and Daughters, The Repulsion Box (2005)
Blues meets punk.
Influential Power 3
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 7

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#53 The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 6

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#52 Placebo, Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)
I can’t believe the US has not caught on.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 9
Cred Power 6

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#51 Mxpx, Ten Years and Running (2002)
A great guilty pleasure. However, this greatest hits is the last good thing they did.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 7
Cred Power 1

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