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Reddit Fixes GQ’s List of Best Albums, Delivers a Better List

by Rob Slater on July 31, 2014

Yesterday, we told you about GQ's new list of "21 Albums From the 21st Century Every Man Should Listen To" and as you'd expect, it was met with the amount of criticism that nearly every list receives. Yes, there were some flaws in the original list. For one, Radiohead was noticeably absent. The list of gripes could go on and on however, users over at Reddit's r/music took their turn at compiling a list of the best album's from the 2000s.

The list was broken down in terms of popularity, with the four "most popular" albums coming in the form of Radiohead's Kid A and the debut efforts from The Stokes (Is This It), Arcade Fire (Funeral) and Kanye West (College Dropout). The next two categories feature a wide variety of submissions including a pair of records from The White Stripes as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Wilco's iconic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a pair from Modest Mouse and Arctic Monkeys' stellar debut record.

All in all, much better job, Reddit. You're always delivering the goods, despite that whole r/NoSleep thing. Check out the full list below.

Most popular:
Radiohead - Kid A
The Strokes - Is This It?
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Kanye West - The College Dropout

Very popular:
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The White Stripes - Elephant
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Green Day - American Idiot

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Madvillain - Madvillainy
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Daft Punk - Discovery
Outkast - Stankonia
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Interpol - Turn on The Bright Lights


So bro-y. The only female artist is popular cause she set herself up for death and died. (good album though)

By Marc - 08/01/14

How could the original list be any worse than this? All of this music is just hipster indie rock from 10 years ago. These guys don’t represent me or anyone I know

By Ben - 08/01/14

Most of this isn’t indie rock but bands on major labels that sound like bands on independent labels.

It’s a decent list but is really lacking in the hip hop department which is arguably still the most culturally relevant music genre.

So much better rap than kanye. Where is odd future on this list?

Surprised there’s no mention of The Avalanches but otherwise I think it’s a list of great music.

If you dislike most of these bands you probs have shitty taste.

By Matt - 08/01/14

more hipster crap—2000’s just a continuation of the 80’s and 90’s as the music industry sinks into the swamp

By jp - 08/02/14

This list isn’t perfect but if you don’t recognize Radiohead as one of, if not the, greatest band of the modern era then you have terrible taste in music.

By samd - 08/02/14

Pa-lease, Radiohead is a fine, technical band, but they have no heart.  Way overrated in my opinion.

By Guy - 08/03/14

Radiohead, like Aerosmith, vampire weekend, and arcade fire, are so overrated it’s not even funny. No one try to tell me I don’t know what I’m saying Bc I am a musician and student of music. They are bands hyped up by the mainstream media here so we can still have that hint of musicianship in a world of auto-tuning and synthesized music. These bands are bands (the only thing I give them credit for), but they give and get from their record companies just like Katie perry. A lot of it is just musical garbage. I don’t understand if it is pure ignorance that drives people to listen to these bands or just the implementation of shitty music that has been forced into the mainstream viewers ears for the past 20 years…if you really dig music, ignore all of these artists’ albums except maybe a few (moon&antarctica;, Illinoise) and go see live music. If you really want to be turned on to music go see a band that improvises…that’s where the real magic still exists…

By rod - 08/03/14


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