Pitchfork has reached the end of its weeklong countdown of the top 200 albums that its contributors considered to be the best of this decade. There are few surprises in the top 10, except perhaps the lack of an Animal Collective album (although Panda Bear’s Person Pitch hits the number 9 slot). No one will be shocked to learn that Radiohead’s Kid A has topped the chart.
Jay-Z’s The Blueprint is the highest-ranking hip-hop album, coming in at number 5, while Daft Punk’s Discovery (which was originally reviewed by Pitchfork head honcho Ryan Schreiber) represents the world of dance music at number 3. Pitchfork favorites Outkast, who scored the site’s track of the decade with “B.O.B,” come in at number 13 with Stankonia.
Perhaps the most interesting fact is that UK bands performed so poorly—Radiohead’s album is the only record by a band from the UK in the whole top 20. In fact, there are only five non-North American acts (Radiohead, Daft Punk, Sigur Ros, the Avalanches, and the Knife) that make the cut, showing that Pitchfork has stuck very close to home in its choices.
The full top 20 looks like this:
01. Radiohead – Kid A
02. Arcade Fire – Funeral
03. Daft Punk – Discovery
04. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
05. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
06. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
07. The Strokes – Is This It
08. Sigur Ros – Ágætis Byrjun
09. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
10. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
11. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
12. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
13. Outkast – Stankonia
14. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
15. The Knife – Silent Shout
16. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
17. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
18. Kanye West – Late Registration
19. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
20. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights