Stankonia The Noise Made by People Since I Left You De Stijl
Kid A Voodoo Sound of the Pirates XTRMNTR

With nine years covered in our AllMusic Loves series, hitting the current decade was only a matter of time. We start here with the first year, naturally, and we'll knock out the rest and reach the end before the next decade begins. Prince rang in the year 2000 with "1999," vowing he would never play it again (cough); Smashing Pumpkins closed it out by bidding farewell (cough, hack, wheeze). In between, pivotal albums were released by established artists like Radiohead and OutKast. Britney Spears and Eminem proved not to be flashes in the pan by producing commercially and creatively successful second albums. The underground provided some exceptional one-shots from Life Without Buildings and the Avalanches. At the year's end, you were no doubt celebrating the triumph of having Your Hard Drive named Spin magazine's Album of the Year, even if you did not own one filled with a thousand awesome and incorrectly-tagged MP3s encoded at 128 kbps.

John Bush
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Quasimoto - The Unseen
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
Ian Brown - Golden Greats
Gonzales - The Entertainist
Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Chappaquiddick Skyline - Chappaquiddick Skyline
Luomo - Vocal City
I-f - Mixed Up in the Hague, Vol. 1
Zed Bias - Sound of the Pirates
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Saint Etienne - Sound of Water
Doctor Rockit - Indoor Fireworks
Broadcast - The Noise Made by People
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Photek - Solaris
Wu-Tang Clan - The W

Jurassic 5 - "Quality Control"
Jurassic 5 - "Twelve"
Goldfrapp - "Pilots"
Quasimoto - "Microphone Mathematics"
OutKast - "So Fresh, So Clean"
Destiny's Child - "Independent Women, Pt. 1"
Britney Spears - "Oops!...I Did It Again"
Brad Paisley - "Me Neither"
Badly Drawn Boy - "Fall in a River"
Ian Brown - "Set My Baby Free"
Chappaquiddick Skyline - "Everyone Else Is Evolving"
Life Without Buildings - "Young Offenders"
Wu-Tang Clan - "Careful (Click, Click)"
The New Pornographers - "Mass Romantic"
Saint Etienne - "Downey, CA"
Boards of Canada - "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
White Stripes - De Stijl
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Green Day - Warning
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature
Super Furry Animals - Mwng
Ween - White Pepper
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2
Peaches - Teaches of Peaches
Elastica - The Menace
Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne
OutKast - Stankonia
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
Paul Simon - You're the One
Supergrass - Supergrass
Radiohead - Kid A
PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Merle Haggard - If I Could Only Fly
Paul Weller - Heliocentric

Supergrass - "Pumping on Your Stereo"
Madonna - "Don't Tell Me"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Sour Girl"
Oasis - "Go Let It Out"
Bob Dylan - "Things Have Changed"
Britney Spears - "Oops! I Did It Again"
White Stripes - "Hello Operator"
Green Day - "Minority"
OutKast - "B.O.B."
Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady"
Destiny's Child - "Say My Name"
Queens of the Stone Age - "Feel Good Hit of the Summer"
Bloodhound Gang - "The Bad Touch"
No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
P!nk - "There You Go"

Heather Phares
Add N To (X) - Add Insult to Injury
Björk - Selmasongs
Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
Broadcast - The Noise Made by People
Chicks on Speed - Will Save Us All!
Clinic - Internal Wrangler
Elastica - The Menace
The For Carnation - The For Carnation
Friends of Dean Martinez - A Place in the Sun
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
The Microphones - It Was Hot We Stayed in the Water
Mirah - You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This
Optiganally Yours - Optiganally Yours Presents: Exclusively Talentmaker
Peaches - The Teaches of Peaches
Pram - The Museum of Imaginary Animals
Queens of the Stone Age - R
Smog - Dongs of Sevotion
The White Stripes - De Stijl
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

Aaliyah - "Try Again"
Air - "Playground Love"
Daft Punk - "One More Time"
Eminem - "Stan"
Green Velvet - "Answering Machine"
Jurassic 5 - "Improvise"
Madonna - "Music"
Moby - "South Side"
OutKast - "Ms. Jackson"
Radiohead - "Everything in Its Right Place"

Matt Collar
Teenage Fanclub - Howdy!
Nick Curran - Fixin' Your Head
Phoenix - United
Marc Teamaker - Ping!
OutKast - Stankonia
Broadcast - The Noise Made by People
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Movietone - Blossom Filled Streets
Radiohead - Kid A
Madonna - Music
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Shelby Lynne - I Am
Elastica - The Menace
PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Mojave 3 - Excuses for Travelers
The Sea and Cake - Oui
Jim Roll - Lunette
Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2
The White Stripes - De Stijl
Oasis - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

David Jeffries
Horace Andy - Living in the Flood
Beenie Man - Art and Life
Zed Bias - Sound of the Pirates
Big Moe - City of Syrup
Common - Like Water for Chocolate
Culture - Payday
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
D.I.T.C. - D.I.T.C.
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
Green Velvet - Green Velvet
Moodymann - Forevernevermore
OutKast - Stankonia
Prodigy - H.N.I.C.
Radiohead - Kid A
Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2
Armand Van Helden - Killing Puritans
Nicole Willis - Soul Makeover
Various Artists - Feel Like Jumping: The Best of Studio One Women

Andy Kellman
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Luomo - Vocal City
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
OutKast - Stankonia
Daniel Bell - The Button Down Mind of Daniel Bell
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
Radiohead - Kid A
Theo Parrish - Parallel Dimensions
Broadcast - The Noise Made by People
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
Jill Scott - Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1
Losoul - Belong
Isolée - Rest
Matthew Herbert - Letsallmakemistakes
Moodymann - Forevernevermore
Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2
Susumu Yokota - Sakura
Arovane - Tides

OutKast - "B.O.B."
Aaliyah - "Try Again"
D'Angelo - "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
Annie - "The Greatest Hit"
Closer Musik - "One Two Three (No Gravity)"
M.O.P. - "Ante Up (Robbing-Hoodz Theory)"
Recloose - "Can't Take It"
Spacek - "Eve"
Luomo - "Market"
Newworldaquarium - "Trespassers"
Metro Area - "The Art of Hot"
Cannibal Ox - "Iron Galaxy"
Life Without Buildings - "Young Offenders"
Doves - "Catch the Sun"
Photek - "Mine to Give"
M.R.I. - "To Be Honest"
Ghostface Killah - "Apollo Kids"
Mos Def - "Umi Says"
Prodigy - "Keep It Thoro"
Erykah Badu - "Didn't Cha Know"

Andrew Leahey
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers - Honky Tonk Union
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Air - The Virgin Suicides
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
The Masticators - Masticate!
Neal Casal - Anytime Tomorrow
The Juliana Theory - Emotion Is Dead

Jason Lymangrover
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
Broadcast - The Noise Made by People
Clinic - Internal Wrangler
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
ESG - A South Bronx Story
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
OutKast - Stankonia
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
Quasimoto - The Unseen
Radiohead - Kid A
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2
Thingy - To the Innocent
Ween - White Pepper
The White Stripes - De Stijl

Beck - "Mixed Bizness"
Boards of Canada - "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"
Björk - "New World"
Blackalicious - "A to G"
D'Angelo - "How Does It Feel?"
Detroit Grand Pubahs - "Sandwiches" (YouTube)
Doves - "Rise"
Elliott Smith - "Everything Means Nothing to Me"
Eminem - "I Am"
Enon - "Rubber Car"
The Hives - "I Hate to Say I Told You So"
Jurassic 5 - "Quality Control"
Ladytron - "Playgirl"
The Sea and Cake - "Afternoon Speaker"
Roni Size/Reprazent - "Ghetto Celebrity"
Sean Paul - "Infiltrate"
Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"
Sisqo - "Thong Song"
Takako Minekawa - "Sleeping Bag"
Yo La Tengo - "Cherry Chapstick"

James Christopher Monger
Stew - Guest Host
XTC - Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Pt. 2)
Virginia Rodrigues - Nos
The Gourds - Bolsa de Agua
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Jim Roll - Lunette
Brian Lillie & the Squirrel Mountain Orchestra - Good Luck Fire Chief
Air - The Virgin Suicides
Pinetop Seven - Bringing Home the Last Great Strike
Black Box Recorder - The Facts of Life
Radiohead - Kid A
Michael Penn - MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Bad Livers - Blood & Mood
Clocker Redbury & Dusty Slosinger - Slosinger/Redbury
Ween - White Pepper
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - The Blue Trees
Bill Frisell - Ghost Town
The Gathering - If_Then_Else
Augie March - Sunset Studies

Björk - "Cvalda"
Thomas Newman - "Dead Already"
Belle & Sebastian - "Legal Man"
Warren Zevon - "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down"
Marah - "Faraway You"
a-ha - "Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count"
The Aislers Set - "The Way to Market Station"
16 Horsepower - "Clogger"
Eliott Smith - "Color Bars"
The Handsome Family - "Don't Be Scared"
Sunny Day Real Estate - "The Rising Tide"
Rachid Taha - "Qalantiqa"
The Hives - "Main Offender"
Robyn Hitchcock - "Viva! Sea-Tac"
Jayhawks - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - "Furnace Room Lullaby"
Enya - "Lazy Days"
The White Stripes - "You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)"
Iron Maiden - "The Wicker Man"
The Ghettobillies - "Line Dance Champion" (MP3)

Tim Sendra
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Beachwood Sparks - Beachwood Sparks
The Fletcher Pratt - Nine by Nine
The Go-Betweens - The Friends of Rachel Worth
Heavy Blinkers - Heavy Blinkers
Kittycraft - Catskills
The Lassie Foundation - Pacifico
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Noonday Underground - Self-Assembly
Phoenix - United
Saturday Looks Good to Me - Saturday Looks Good to Me
Shimmer Kids Underpop Association - Bury My Heart at Makeout Point
The Softies - Holiday in Rhode Island

This is my favorite song of 2000 (and possibly of all-time after "Steal My Sunshine"):
The Softies - "Me and the Bees"

Greg Heaney
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Ween - White Pepper
The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
OutKast - Stankonia
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Clinic - Internal Wrangler
They Might Be Giants - Working Undercover for the Man
Har Mar Superstar - Har Mar Superstar
J Mascis + the Fog - More Light
Man or Astro-Man? - A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
De La Soul - Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
The Apples in Stereo - The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone
The White Stripes - De Stijl
Enon - Believo!
Elf Power - The Winter Is Coming
The Twilight Singers - Twilight as Played by the Twilight Singers
Thingy - To the Innocent
Mike Doughty - Skittish
Queens of the Stone Age - R

Previously
AllMusic Loves 1968
AllMusic Loves 1974
AllMusic Loves 1977
AllMusic Loves 1980
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AllMusic Loves 1987
AllMusic Loves 1988
AllMusic Loves 1993
AllMusic Loves 1999