Spotify playlist: Top 100 albums of the 2000s

I”ve compiled a Spotify playlist of my Top 100 albums list, with one sample track per album, starting at 100 and going through to 1. It’s an imperfect exercise, but one that is more viable now than it might have been at the end of last year, as Spotify’s choice seems to be  better than it was. I had expected to get maybe two thirds of the albums represented, but in the end found tracks for 81 out of 100.

I was still surprised by how many albums were absent, however – not necessarily the ones you’d think of as especially obscure. I got a few tracks off best-of and other compilations, and cheated on one track with a live album version (musically identical to the original, which was recorded live in the studio). That said, I was particularly gutted there was no Regardez, Ecoutez et Repetez from MJ Hibbett and the Validators, or tracks from the excellent Immaculate Machine.

My top 10 was particularly badly-hit, with only half the albums on Spotify. There are several M Ward albums on there, but not Transistor Radio, and amazingly no Arcade Fire at all as far as I can tell. I had to rely on an L-Word soundtrack compilation to get a selection from Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods, while Camera Obscura’s Lets Get Out Of This Country is absent, but the singles from it are present. Bizarre.

And while I’m having a whinge about Spotify, it managed to lose my connection with Facebook, which I just had to restore. It’s a great service in principle, but its hit-and-miss choice and shonky interface make it a bit of a trial to use.

Still, enjoy the tracks – I’ve not tried to be overly clever or trip people up, they’re mostly obvious selections from the albums. For the full run-down on the records, check the Top 100 Albums category. The layout of the list below isn’t great – sorry about that…

100    Mark Knopfler – The Ragpicker’s Dream    Daddy’s Gone to Knoxville
99    Bis – Return to Central
98    Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way
97    Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight    Dreamworld
96    Shy Child – Noise Won’t Stop    Pressure to Come
95    Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
94    Charlotte Hatherley – Charlotte Hatherley
93    Cerys Matthews – Don’t Look Down

92    Blur  – Think Tank    Battery in Your Leg
91    Dave Tyack – Rip Van Winkle
90    Emma Pollock – Watch the Fireworks    Adrenaline
89    Yo La Tengo – And then nothing turned itself inside out    The Crying of Lot G
88    System of a Down – Toxicity    Toxicity
87    The Libertines – Up the Bracket    Up the Bracket
86    Stephin Merrit – Showtunes    At Madam Plum’s
85    Stephen Malkmus  – Stephen Malkmus    Deado
84    Destroyer – Trouble In Dreams    Introducing Angles (sic)
83    Sergeant Buzfuz – Fire Horse
82    Emmy the Great – First Love    We Almost Had A Baby
81    The Bluetones – Science and Nature    Keep the Home Fires Burning
80    The Futureheads – The Futureheads    Decent Days and Nights
79    Ryan Adams – Demolition    Starting to Hurt
78    Chris T-T – The 253
77    Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World    James River Blues
76    Magnet – On Your Side    The Day We Left Town
75    Beirut – Gulag Orkestar    Carousels
74    The Knife – Silent Shout    Silent Shout
73    Radiohead – Kid A    In Limbo
72    Hot Chip – The Warning     And I Was A Boy From School
71    Feist  – The Reminder    The Water
70    Super Furry Animals  – Mwng    Ysbeidiau Heulog
69    Gossip    Standing in the Way of Control Standing in the Way of Control
68    Calexico – Carried to Dust    The News About William
67    Laura Veirs – Saltbreakers    Wandering Kind
66    The Raveonettes – Pretty In Black    Here Comes Mary
65    The Frightened Prisoners of the Kraken – Man Car Plane
64    Blue Roses – Blue Roses    Coast
63    Elvis Costello and the Imposters – The Delivery Man    Country Darkness
62    Black Box Recorder – The Facts of Life    Goodnight Kiss
61    Steve Earle – Jerusalem    John Walker’s Blues
60    Gorillaz – Demon Days    DARE
59    Santogold – Santogold    L.E.S. Artistes
58    The Handsome Family – Last Days of Wonder    All the Time In Airports
57    My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves    One Big Holiday
56    British Sea Power – The Decline of British Sea Power    Something Wicked
55    Misty’s Big Adventure – Misty’s Big Adventure and their place in the Solar Hi-Fi System    I Am Cool With A Capital C
54    Flipron – Biscuits for Cerberus    Youth Shall Never Beat Old Age In A Race
53    Pet Shop Boys – Yes    Beautiful People
52    Hefner  – Dead Media
51    The White Stripes – Elephant     Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
50    The Coral – The Coral    Dreaming of You
49    Piney Gir – Peakahokahoo and Hold Yer Horses
48    The Long Blondes – Someone to Drive You Home    Weekend Without Makeup
47    Gillian Welch – Time the Revelator    Everything Is Free
46    Lambchop – Is A Woman and Nixon    Nashville Parent
45    Thomas Tantrum – Thomas Tantrum    Trust Rhymes With Crust
44    Le Tigre – This Island    TKO
43    Paul Burch – Fool for Love
42    Badly-Drawn Boy – The Hour of the Bewilderbeast    Everybody’s Stalking
41    At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command    Pattern Against User
40    The Maccabees – Wall of Arms    Kiss and Resolve
39    Shivaree  – Rough Dreams    Reseda Casino
38    Ron Sexsmith – Retriever
37    Yeah Yeah Yeahs  – Show Your Bones    Way Out
36    J Xaverre – These Acid Stars    Fires
35    McLusky – McLusky Do Dallas    The World Loves Us And Is Our Bitch
34    Life Without Buildings – Any Other City    PS Exclusive
33    Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump    The Crystal Lake
32    Elbow – Asleep in the Back    Red
31    The Hidden Cameras – Awoo    She’s Gone
30    Calexico / Iron and Wine – In The Reins    He Lay In The Reins
29    Laura Cantrell  – Not the Tremblin’ Kind    The Way It Is
28    Alfie – Crying at Teatime    Look At You Now
27    Tender Trap – Film Molecules (2002)    Oh Katrina
26    Hefner  – We Love The City    The Greedy Ugly People
25    Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!    Run Away
24    I Am Kloot  – Gods and Monsters
23    Neko Case – The Tigers have Spoken    The Tigers Have Spoken
22    Sylvie Lewis  – Tangos and Tantrums    Promises of Paris
21    Morrissey – Morrissey, You Are The Quarry    Let Me Kiss You
20    Murry the Hump – Songs of Ignorance    Cracking Up
19    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes    He Doesn’t Know Why
18    The New Pornographers – Electric Version    Miss Teen Wordpower
17    Doves – Last Broadcast    Satellites
16    The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes    Because It’s Not Love… But It’s Still A Feeling
15    The Broken Family Band – Balls     It’s All Over
14    MJ Hibbett and the Validators – Regardez, Ecoutez et Repetez
13    Immaculate Machine – Ones and Zeros

12    Amy Winehouse – Back to Black    Me & Mr Jones
11    Half Man Half Biscuit – Trouble Over Bridgwater    Used To Be In Evil Gazebo
10    The Crimea – Tragedy Rocks    White Russian Galaxy
9    M Ward – Transistor Radio
8    Arcade Fire – Funeral

7    Elvis Costello and the Metropole Orkest – My Flame Burns Blue    Almost Ideal Eyes
6    Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country    Tears for Affairs
5    Sleater-Kinney – The Woods    Jumpers
4    Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye    Count Souvenirs
3    Frankie Machine – Francis Albert Machine and Friends
2    Erin McKeown – Grand    Cinematic
1    Songs:Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co    Just Be Simple


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