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Looking back, 2001 seems like one of the last years before pop music shattered into a million little niches. Despite the continuing fallout of Napster, there were still plenty of big, undeniable blockbusters: the Dave Matthews Band and Britney Spears sold 750,000 copies of their new albums within their first week of release, a situation that was the rule, not the exception. The teen-pop wave that Britney personified may have crested, but there were still plenty of great Top 40 singles that year, including two featuring Gwen Stefani in a supporting role remaking herself into a dance-pop diva. As it turned out, Gwen's makeover pointed the way toward much of the mainstream pop of the decade, where the lines between R&B, pop, rock, and hip-hop blurred indistinguishably, but even with all this pop, Jay-Z's Blueprint and a bumper crop of electronica -- the latter highlighted by Daft Punk and Björk, along with Radiohead's continuing forays into the form -- rock & roll was the rallying cry of 2001, thanks to incendiary albums by the Strokes and the White Stripes, the two bands that spearheaded the garage-rock revival of the early 2000s. Joining the Strokes and Stripes was a reunited Weezer, the ascendancy of System of a Down and Drive-By Truckers and, on the somewhat softer side of things, the Shins, who offered a flashback to the golden age of jangle with their debut Oh, Inverted World.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Strokes - Is This It
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Pulp - We Love Life
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Nick Lowe - The Convincer
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
P!nk - M!ssundaztood
Björk - Vespertine
Tenacious D - Tenacious D
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World
Weezer - Weezer
Merle Haggard - Roots, Vol. 1

Eve f/ Gwen Stefani - "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
The Strokes - "Last Nite"
The White Stripes - "Hotel Yorba"
No Doubt - "Hey Baby"
Weezer - "Hash Pipe"
P!nk - "Get the Party Started"
Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"
Blu Cantrell - "Hit Em Up Style"
Moby f/ Gwen Stefani - "Southside (Remix)"
Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U"
Daft Punk - "One More Time"
Jennifer Lopez f/ Ja Rule - "I'm Real"
The Shins - "New Slang"
The Strokes - "Hard to Explain"

John Bush
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
The Beta Band - Hot Shots II
The Dismemberment Plan - Change
Four Tet - Pause
As One - 21st Century Soul
4hero - Creating Patterns
7L & Esoteric - The Soul Purpose
System of a Down - Toxicity
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Dead Meadow - Dead Meadow
Destroyer - Streethawk: A Seduction
The Pernice Brothers - The World Won't End
Elbow - Asleep in the Back
Ian Brown - Music of the Spheres
Mouse on Mars - Idiology
Ty - Awkward
New Order - Get Ready

Roots Manuva - "Witness (1 Hope)"
Jay-Z - "The Ruler's Back"
Jay-Z - "Takeover"
Basement Jaxx - "Jus 1 Kiss"
Basement Jaxx - "Where's Your Head At"
Metro Area - "Caught Up"
Aphex Twin - "Jynweythek Ylow"
Super Furry Animals - "(Drawing) Rings Around the World"
Ty - "Hercules"
The Dismemberment Plan - "Sentimental Man"
Brad Paisley - "Two Feet of Top Soil"
Robbie Williams f/ Jon Lovitz - "Well, Did You Evah"
Bob Dylan - "Mississippi"
Ian Brown - "F.E.A.R."
Mouse on Mars - "Actionist Respoke"
Squarepusher - "My Red Hot Car"
System of a Down - "Prison Song"
The White Stripes - "Fell in Love with a Girl"
7L & Esoteric - "Verbal Assault"
4hero f/ Ursula Rucker - "Time"

Heather Phares
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Angelo Badalamenti - Mulholland Drive
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
Björk - Vespertine
Frank Black and the Catholics - Dog in the Sand
Daft Punk - Discovery
Erase Errata - Other Animals
KaitO - You've Seen Us... You Must Have Seen Us...
Ladytron - 604
Liars - They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top
Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
Matmos - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure
The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2
Mouse on Mars - Idiology
Jim O'Rourke - Insignificance
Solex - Low Kick and Hard Bop
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
The Strokes - Is This It (UK)
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

Aaliyah - "Rock the Boat"
Andrew W.K. - "Party Hard"
Basement Jaxx - "Romeo"
Crazy Town - "Butterfly"
Daft Punk - "Digital Love"
Rebekah Del Rio - "Llorando (Crying)" (YouTube)
Destiny's Child - "Bootylicious"
Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"
Stephen Malkmus - "Discretion Grove" (YouTube)
Mouse on Mars - "Actionist Respoke"
OutKast - "The Whole World"
Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U"
Spoon - "Everything Hits at Once" (YouTube)
The Strokes - "Last Nite"
The White Stripes - "Fell in Love with a Girl"

Tim Sendra
AM/FM - Getting into Sinking
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Beachwood Sparks - Once We Were Trees
Birdie - Triple Echo
Call and Response - Call and Response (Kindercore)
The Chamber Strings - Month of Sundays
Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow - Product Placement
Daft Punk - Discovery
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart
Hefner - Dead Media
Hood - Cold House
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance
Pernice Brothers - The World Won't End
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
The Strokes - Is This It (UK)
The Telepathic Butterflies - Nine Songs
Tipsy - Uh-Oh!
Walker Kong - There Goes the Sun

Aaliyah - "More Than a Woman"
The American Analog Set - "Punk as Fuck"
Belle & Sebastian - "I'm Waking Up to Us"
The Bigger Lovers - "Forever Is Not So Long"
Champale - "Hard to Be Easy"
Daft Punk - "Digital Love"
Daft Punk - "One More Time"
Dungen - "Stadsvandringar"
Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
The Lilac Time - "Jeans + Summer"
The Lucksmiths - "The Great Dividing Range"
No Doubt - "Underneath It All"
Puffy AmiYumi - "Love So Pure"
Radio 4 - "Dance to the Underground"
The Sunshine Fix - "Age of the Sun"

Sean Westergaard
Tim Berne's Hard Cell - The Shell Game
Frank Black and the Catholics - Dog in the Sand
Burnt Sugar - That Depends on What You Know: The Sirens Return/K
Chitlin' Fooks - Chitlin' Fooks
Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow - Product Placement
Gonervill - Gonervill
Granfaloon Bus - Exploded View
ICP Orchestra - Oh, My Dog
Ori Kaplan Percussion Ensemble - Gongol
Mike Keneally - Wooden Smoke/Wooden Smoke Asleep
Gary Lucas - The Edge of Heaven
Miriodor - Mekano
Mushroom - Foxy Music
Negativland - These Guys Are from England and Who Gives a Shit
Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Björkenheim - Revelator
Tortoise - Standards
Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band - Kiki
Steve Wynn - Here Come the Miracles
John Zorn - The Gift
Masada - Masada: Live at Tonic, 2001

Andrew Leahey
Ryan Adams - Gold
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers - Real to Reel
Rufus Wainwright - Poses
Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
Old 97's - Satellite Rides
The Langley Schools Music Project - Innocence & Despair
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Air - 10,000 Hz Legend
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Tenacious D - Tenacious D

Matt Collar
Astrobrite - Crush
Beachwood Sparks - Once We Were Trees
Björk - Vespertine
Nick Curran and the Nitelifes - Nitelife Boogie
Daft Punk - Discovery
Dungen - Dungen
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Ed Harcourt - Here Be Monsters
Richard Hawley - Late Night Final
Carly Hennessy - Ultimate High
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance
Kylie Minogue - Fever
New Order - Get Ready
Pernice Brothers - The World Won't End
Pulp - We Love Life
Ron Sexsmith - Blue Boy
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

Greg Heaney
Isis - Celestial
Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die
The Von Bondies - Lack of Communication
Fugazi - The Argument
Beulah - The Coast Is Never Clear
Neurosis - A Sun That Never Sets
Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
The Strokes - Is This It
Tenacious D - Tenacious D
Godflesh - Hymns
They Might Be Giants - Mink Car
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Firewater - Psychopharmacology
Mogwai - Rock Action
Slayer - God Hates Us All
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Muse - Origin of Symmetry
The Dirtbombs - Ultraglide in Black
Lovage - Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
Coverge - Jane Doe

Andrew W.K. - "It's Time to Party"
Burning Airlines - "The Deluxe War Baby"
Sigh - "Dreamsphere (Return to the Chaos)"
Harkonen - "Grizz"
The Dirtbombs - "Ode to a Black Man"
Pig Destroyer - "Preacher Crawling"
Firewater - "Car Crash Collaborator"
Tool - "The Grudge"
Frodus - "Year of the Hex"
Sloan - "If It Feels Good Do It"
Stephen Malkmus - "Jo Jo's Jacket"
Emperor - "The Tongue of Fire"
Clutch - "Careful with That Mic"
Of Montreal - "Peacock Parasols"
Silver Jews - "I Remember Me"
Godflesh - "Anthem" (YouTube audio)
Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Nevertheless"
Apes - "Mountain of Steel"
Isis - "Glisten" (YouTube audio)
Muse - "New Born"

David Jeffries
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
The Anubian Lights - Naz Bar
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Detroit Grand Pubahs - Funk All Y'all
Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team
Beres Hammond - Music Is Life
Hood - Cold House
Jay Dee - Welcome 2 Detroit
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Khanate - Khanate
Killah Priest - Priesthood
Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley - Halfway Tree
Nortec Collective - The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 1
Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny
Reynols/No Reynols - Reynols/No Reynols
Ulrich Schnauss - Far Away Trains Passing By
U-Roy - Now
Andrew Weatherall - Hypercity

Jason Lymangrover
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
Air - 10,000 Hz Legend
Daft Punk - Discovery
Detroit Grand Pubahs - Funk All Y'all
The Dismemberment Plan - Change
Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die
Fugazi - The Argument
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Ladytron - 604
Lovage - Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
Pinback - Blue Screen Life
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
System of a Down - Toxicity
Tenacious D - Tenacious D
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
The Strokes - Is this It
Tomahawk - Tomahawk
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
Weezer - Weezer

Basement Jaxx - "Where's Your Head At?" (YouTube)
Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U"
Elbow - "Any Day Now"
Guided by Voices - "Glad Girls"
Mogwai - "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong"
Prefuse 73 - "Life/Death"
R. Kelly - "Feelin' on Yo Booty"
Spiritualized - "Don't Just Do Something"
Stereolab - "Captain Easychord"
Tricky - "Diss Never (Dig Up We History)"

James Christopher Monger
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Global a Go-Go
Kaizers Orchestra - Ompa Til du Dør
Luke Haines - The Oliver Twist Manifesto
Original Soundtrack - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Guided by Voices - Isolation Drills
Baby Dee - Little Window
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire - The Swimming Hour
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
Brian Dewan - The Operating Theater
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
Original Soundtrack - Amélie
Therion - Secret of the Runes
Röyksopp - Melody A.M.
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
The Danielson Famile - Fetch the Compass Kids
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
The Langley Schools Music Project - Innocence & Despair

Isan - "Cathart"
Adam West - "C'mon and Bludgeon Me"
Nicolai Dunger - "Dr. Zhivago's Train"
Tenacious D - "Explosivo"
Björk - "Hidden Place"
Hollenthon - "Y Draig Goch"
Hem - "Half Acre"
Air - "Radio #1"
Mercury Rev - "The Dark Is Rising"
Faun Fables - "Sleepwalker"
Rufus Wainwright - "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk"
Ken Stringfellow - "Down Like Me"
Maggi, Pierce and E.J. - "Space"
Ron Sexsmith - "This Song"
Rodney Crowell - "Telephone Road"
The White Stripes - "We're Going to Be Friends"
Radiohead - "I Might Be Wrong"
Destroyer - "Streethawk I"
Muse - "Bliss"
Super Furry Animals - "(Drawing) Rings Around the World"

Andy Kellman
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
Andrew Weatherall - Hypercity
Zip - Superlongevity 2
Herbert - Bodily Functions
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
N.E.R.D. - In Search Of...
Dabrye - One/Three
Spacek - Curvatia
Bows - Cassidy
Aaliyah - Aaliyah
The Detroit Escalator Co. - Black Buildings
As One - 21st Century Soul
4hero - Creating Patterns
Bilal - 1st Born Second
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Rhythm & Sound - Rhythm & Sound
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Res - How I Do
Pete Rock - PeteStrumentals
Transllusion - The Opening of the Cerebral Gate

Afronaught - "Transcend Me"
Aaliyah - "Rock the Boat"
Basement Jaxx - "Romeo"
Metro Area - "Miura"
Jadakiss - "We Gonna Make It"
Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"
Blaze - "How Deep Is Your Love"
Jazzanova - "That Night"
Michael Jackson - "Butterflies"
4hero - "Les Fleur"
Herbert - "Leave Me Now"
As One - "Problems"
Playgroup - "Number One [Black Strobe Remix]"
Green Velvet - "La La Land"
Moodymann - "J.A.N."
Stephane A. - "Distant Planet"
Phantom Ghost - "Perfect Lovers [Unperfect Love Mix]"
Sticky - "Booo!"
Goldfrapp - "Pilots (On a Star)"
Usher - "U Don't Have to Call"

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