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The 1999 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Moby: Play (V2) 1548 (134)
2. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge) 1320 (99)
3. Beck: Midnite Vultures (DGC) 1242 (118)
4. The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.) 1208 (102)
5. Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph) 1039 (96)
6. Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Los Angeles (Epic) 843 (77)
7. Fiona Apple: When the Pawn . . . (Clean Slate/Epic) 834 (77)
8. Wilco: Summer Teeth (Reprise) 812 (74)
9. Beth Orton: Central Reservation (Arista) 789 (70)
10. Mos Def: Black on Both Sides (Rawkus) 700 (62)
11. Randy Newman: Bad Love (DreamWorks) 679 (58)
12. The Roots: Things Fall Apart (MCA) 614 (56)
13. Macy Gray: On How Life Is (Epic) 582 (57)
14. Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile (Nothing) 569 (55)
15. Handsome Boy Modeling School: So . . . How's Your Girl? (Tommy Boy) 543 (57)
16. Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy) 491 (47)
17. Basement Jaxx: Remedy (Asralwerks) 480 (49)
18. Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (E Squared) 465 (43)
19. Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway (Atlantic) 456 (42)
20. Meshell Ndegéocello: Bitter (Maverick) 455 (39)
21. Mary J. Blige: Mary (MCA) 443 (48)
22. Built to Spill: Keep It Like a Secret (Warner Bros.) 443 (43)
23. Sleater-Kinney: The Hot Rock (Kill Rock Stars) 437 (42)
24. Ol' Dirty Bastard: N***a Please (Elektra) 349 (39)
25. Ibrahim Ferrer: Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer (Nonesuch/World Circuit) 349 (36)
26. Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (Aftermath/Interscope) 333 (39)
27. Kelly Willis: What I Deserve (Rykodisc) 335 (32)
28. Richard Thompson: Mock Tudor (Capitol) 304 (30)
29. Pavement: Terror Twilight (Matador) 294 (29)
30. Chemical Brothers: Surrender (Astralwerks) 244 (23)
31. TLC: Fanmail (LaFace) 239 (26)
32. Everything but the Girl: Temperamental (Atlantic) 228 (26)
33. XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1 (TVT) 226 (23)
34. Old 97's: Fight Songs (Elektra) 221 (23)
35. Underworld: Beaucoup Fish (V2) 220 (20)
36. John Prine: In Spite of Ourselves (Oh Boy) 216 (20)
37. Robbie Williams: The Ego Has Landed (Capitol) 214 (23)
38. Dr. Dre: Dr. Dre--2001 (Aftermath/Interscope) 214 (22)
39. Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (Atlantic) 200 (19) *
40. Santana: Supernatural (Arista) 199 (18)

Includes 1998 votes: 22 (2)

Singles

1. TLC: "No Scrubs" (LaFace) 109
2. Eminem: "My Name Is" (Aftermath/Interscope) 66
3. Len: "Steal My Sunshine" (Epic) 54
4. Madonna: "Beautiful Stranger" (Maverick) 52
5. Backstreet Boys: "I Want It That Way" (Jive) 49
6. Cher: "Believe" (Warner Bros.) 40 *
7. Smash Mouth: "All Star" (Interscope) 39
8. Ricky Martin: "Livin' La Vida Loca" (C2/Columbia) 37
The Roots: "You Got Me" (MCA) 37
10. Santana Featuring Rob Thomas: "Smooth" (Arista) 36
11. Kid Rock: "Bawitdaba" (Atlantic/Lava) 35
12. TLC: "Unpretty" (LaFace) 34
13. Fatboy Slim: "Praise You" (Astralwerks) 33 *
14. Beck: "Sexx Laws" (DGC) 32
15. Q-Tip: "Vivrant Thing" (Arista) 30
16. Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Got Your Money" (Astralwerks) 27
Rage Against the Machine: "Guerrilla Radio" (Epic) 27
18. Christina Aguilera: "Genie in a Bottle" (RCA) 25
19. Juvenile: "Back That Azz Up" (Cash Money/Universal) 22
Britney Spears: ". . . Baby One More Time" (Jive) 22 *
21. Basement Jaxx: "Rendez Vu" (Astralwerks) 21 *
Limp Bizkit: "Nookie" (Flip/Interscope) 21
Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Scar Tissue" (Warner Bros.) 21
24. Moby: "Honey" (V2) 20
25. B.G.: "Bling Bling" (Cash Money/Universal) 19
Robbie Williams: "Millennium" (Capitol) 19

Includes 1998 votes: Cher 8, Fatboy Slim 3, Spears 1, Basement Jaxx 1

Reissues

1. Loud, Fast and Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock (Rhino) 31
Os Mutantes: Everything Is Possible! (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) 31
3. Alexander Spence: Oar (Sundazed) 29
4. The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers (Epic/Legacy/T-Neck) 28
5. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) (Revenant) 24
6. Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band: The Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology) (Warner Archives/Rhino) 19
7. Stevie Wonder: At the Close of the Century (Motown) 19
8. Miles Davis: The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (Columbia/Legacy) 17
9. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis: Deluxe Edition (Rhino) 16
10. Belle and Sebastian: Tigermilk (Matador) 15

Village Voice, Feb. 22, 2000


1998 Essay | Dean's List 2000