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The 2000 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. OutKast: Stankonia (LaFace/Arista) 2660 (220)
2. PJ Harvey: Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (Island/Def Jam) 1764 (155)
3. Radiohead: Kid A (Capitol) 1730 (155)
4. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope) 1513 (127)
5. Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne (Island) 1123 (102) *
6. D'Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin) 1105 (100)
7. U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope) 941 (84)
8. Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (Matador) 759 (70)
9. Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (Hidden Beach) 648 (66)
10. Sleater-Kinney: All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars) 605 (58)
11. Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2 (SuperEgo) 513 (42)
12. Travis: The Man Who (Epic) 497 (47) *
13. Steve Earle: Transcendental Blues (E-Squared/Artemis) 491 (49)
14. Ghostface Killah: Supreme Clientele (Epic/Razor Sharp) 486 (41)
15. Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun (Motown) 467 (46)
16. Madonna: Music (Maverick/Warner Bros.) 425 (45)
17. The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth (Jetset) 409 (37)
18. Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (XL) 393 (42)
19. Steely Dan: Two Against Nature (Giant) 384 (38)
20. Jurassic 5: Quality Control (Interscope) 383 (36)
21. Marah: Kids in Philly (Artemis) 382 (31)
22. Common: Like Water for Chocolate (MCA) 380 (43)
23. At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command (Grand Royal) 378 (44)
24. Queens of the Stone Age: R (Interscope) 377 (42)
25. Sade: Lovers Rock (Epic) 360 (39)
26. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (Bloodshot) 344 (34)
27. Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump (V2) 339 (35)
28. Le Tigre: Le Tigre (Mr.Lady) 329 (29) *
29. Dr. Dre: Dr. Dre--2001 (Aftermath/Interscope) 326 (34) *
30. Coldplay: Parachutes (Nettwerk America) 321 (32)
31. Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (Anti-) 313 (30)
32. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2 (Elektra) 307 (33)
33. Sigur Ros: Agaetis Bryjun (Fatcat/Bubblecore) 301 (29)
34. Elliott Smith: Figure 8 (DreamWorks) 298 (27)
35. Dead Prez: Lets Get Free (Loud) 280 (29)
36. Neko Case & Her Boyfriends: Furnace Room Lullaby (Bloodshot) 268 (25)
37. Magnolia (Reprise) 254 (30) *
38. Primal Scream: XTRMNTR (Astralwerks) 252 (25)
39. The Jayhawks: Smile (Columbia) 251 (24)
40. Talib Kweli & Hi Tek: Reflection Eternal (Rawkus) 236 (27)

*Includes 1999 votes: Lynne 27 (3), Travis 31 (3), Le Tigre 133 (14), Dr. Dre 201 (21), Magnolia 122 (14)

This poll compiles ballots from 586 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1995 albums. Points determined placement, with total mentions indicated in parentheses. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5.

Singles

1. OutKast: "Ms. Jackson" (LaFace/Arista) 124
2. Eminem Featuring Dido: "Stan" (Aftermath/Interscope) 113
3. OutKast: "B.O.B." (LaFace/Arista) 108
4. U2: "Beautiful Day" (Interscope) 99
5. Madonna: "Music" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) 82
6. Nelly: "(Hot S**t) Country Grammar" (Universal) 71
7. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady" (Aftermath/Interscope) 68
8. Mystikal: "Shake Ya Ass" (Jive) 57
9. Destiny's Child: "Say My Name" (Columbia) 53
10. Aaliyah: "Try Again" (Blackground/Atlantic) 45
11. Macy Gray: "I Try" (Epic) 42 *
12. D'Angelo: "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (Virgin) 40 *
13. Britney Spears: "Oops, I Did It Again" (Jive) 35 *
14. Coldplay: "Yellow" (Nettwerk America) 34
15. Jay-Z: "Big Pimpin'" (Roc-A-Fella) 32
16. Sisqo: "Thong Song" (Def Soul) 30
17. Common: "The Light" (MCA) 29
18. Erykah Badu: "Bag Lady" (MCA) 24
19. Destiny's Child: "Independent Women Part 1" (Columbia) 22
20. Jay-Z: "I Just Wanna Love U" (Roc-A-Fella) 21
M.O.P.: "Ante Up" (Loud) 21
22. Bob Dylan: "Things Have Changed" (Columbia) 20
David Gray: "Babylon" (ATO/RCA) 20
'N Sync: "Bye Bye Bye" (Jive) 20
23. Baha Men: "Who Let the Dogs Out" (Artemis) 19
De La Soul: "Oooh" (Tommy Boy) 19
Radiohead: "Optimistic" (Capitol) 19
26. Dr. Dre Featuring Eminem: "Forgot About Dre" (Aftermath/Interscope) 18 *
Queens of the Stone Age: "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" (Interscope) 18
28. Destiny's Child: "Jumpin' Jumpin'" (Columbia) 17
No Doubt: "Simple Kind of Life" (Interscope) 17
30. DMX: "Party Up (Up in Here)" (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam) 16
31. Blink 182: "All the Small Things" (Interscope) 15 *
Dead Prez: "Hip-Hop" (Loud) 15
Bruce Springsteen: "American Skin" (Hard Drive) 15
34. Travis: "Why Does It Always Rain on Me" (Columbia) 14
35. Bloodhound Gang: "The Bad Touch" (Republic) 13
Dixie Chicks: "Goobye Earl" (Monument) 13
R. Kelly: "I Wish" (Jive) 13
Lucy Pearl: "Dance Tonight" (Pookie) 13
Sleater-Kinney: "You're No Rock n' Roll Fun" (Kill Rock Stars) 13
3 Doors Down: "Kryptonite" (Republic) 13

*Includes 1999 votes: Gray 13, D'Angelo 1, Dr. Dre 1, Blink 182 TK, Dixie Chicks 1

Village Voice, Feb. 20, 2001


1999 Essay | Dean's List 2001