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Pazz & Jop 2000: Dean's List


  1. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath Ent./Interscope) 16
  2. PJ Harvey: Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (Island/Def Jam) 16
  3. OutKast: Stankonia (LaFace/Arista) 13
  4. Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four (Revenant) 11
  5. Fela Kuti: The Best Best of Fela Kuti (MCA) 8
  6. Sonic Youth: NYC Ghosts & Flowers (Interscope) 8
  7. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai: The Album (Epic/Razor Sharp/Sony Music Soundtrax) 8
  8. Lou Reed: Ecstasy (Reprise) 8
  9. Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun (Motown) 7
  10. James Carter: Chasin' the Gypsy (Atlantic) 5
  11. Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars (Astralwerks)
  12. De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (Tommy Boy)
  13. D'Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin)
  14. The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth (Jetset)
  15. James Carter: Layin' in the Cut (Atlantic)
  16. Steely Dan: Two Against Nature (Giant)
  17. Roni Size/Reprazent: In the Mode (Talkin' Loud/Island)
  18. Madonna: Music (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
  19. Everclear: Songs From an American Movie: Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile (Capitol)
  20. Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Reprise)
  21. Wu-Tang Clan: The W (Loud)
  22. The Waco Brothers: Electric Waco Chair (Bloodshot)
  23. Lyricist Lounge Vol. 2 (Rawkus)
  24. Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (XL)
  25. Elastica: The Menace (Atlantic)
  26. Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (Anti-)
  27. Tropicália Essentials (Hip-O '99)
  28. Kwaito: South African Hip Hop (Stern's/Earthworks)
  29. Los Van Van: The Best of Los Van Van (Hemisphere)
  30. Del the Funky Homosapien: Both Sides of the Brain (Hiero Imperium)
  31. Built to Spill: Live (Warner Bros.)
  32. Wyclef Jean: The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book (Columbia)
  33. Youssou N'Dour: Joko (The Link) (Nonesuch)
  34. Big Youth: Natty Universal Dread 1973-1979 (Blood and Fire import)
  35. The Handsome Family: In the Air (Carrot Top)
  36. Amy Rigby: The Sugar Tree (Koch)
  37. Common: Like Water for Chocolate (MCA)
  38. At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command (Grand Royal)
  39. M.O.P.: Warriorz (Loud)
  40. Ass Ponys: Some Stupid With a Flare Gun (Checkered Past)
  41. Dancehall 101 Vol. 1 (VP)
  42. Blackalicious: Nia (Quannum Projects)
  43. Cheikh Lô: Bambay Gueej (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  44. Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump (V2)
  45. Puerto Rico (Putumayo World Music)
  46. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2 (Elektra)
  47. Hip Hop 101 (Tommy Boy Black Label)
  48. Augustus Pablo: The Great Pablo (Music Club)
  49. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Live at Yoshi's (Verve '99)
  50. Chicks on Speed: Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All! (Chicks on Speed import)
  51. MC Paul Barman: It's Very Stimulating (Wordsound)
  52. Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne (Island)
  53. Bettie Serveert: Private Suit (Palomine)
  54. Sarge: Distant (Mud)
  55. Amadou et Mariam: Tje ni Mousso (Polydor/Universal import)
  56. Radiohead: Kid A (Capitol)
  57. The Real Hip-Hop: Best of D&D Studios Vol.1 (Cold Front '99)
  58. The Apples in Stereo: The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone (SpinArt)
  59. Loud Rocks (Loud)
  60. Rokia Traoré: Wanita (Indigo import)
  61. Modest Mouse: The Moon and Antarctica (Epic)
  62. Select Cuts From Blood & Fire (Select Cuts import)
  63. Fatboy Slim: On the Floor at the Boutique (Astralwerks)
  64. Romeo Must Die (Virgin)
  65. M2M: Shades of Purple (Atlantic)
  66. Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos: ¡Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining! (Atlantic)
  67. Modest Mouse: Building Nothing Out of Something (Up)
  68. Sleater-Kinney: All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars)
  69. Idlewild: Hope Is Important (Odeon '99)
  70. Pink: Can't Take Me Home (LaFace)
  71. U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope)
  72. Third World Cop (Palm Pictures)
  73. Dan Bryk: Lovers Leap (Scratchie)
  74. Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
  75. Sway & King Tech: This or That (Interscope '99)
  76. Ghostface Killah: Supreme Clientele (Epic/Razor Sharp)
  77. Rubén González: Chanchullo (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  78. The Rough Guide to Cumbia (World Music Network import)
  79. Belle and Sebastian: Tigermilk (Matador '99)
  80. Fela Kuti: Confusion/Gentleman (MCA)
  81. Chumbawamba: WYSIWYG (Republic)
  82. Kasey Chambers: The Captain (Warner Bros.)
  83. High Fidelity (Hollywood)
  84. Veruca Salt: Resolver (Velveteen/Beyond)


  1. Eminem: "Kim" (Aftermath/Interscope)
  2. OutKast: "Ms. Jackson" (LaFace)
  3. Eminem: "Stan" (Aftermath/Interscope)
  4. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady" (Aftermath/Interscope)
  5. Bruce Springsteen: "American Skin" (MSG)
  6. Britney Spears: " . . . Oops, I Did It Again" (Jive)
  7. Baha Men: "Who Let the Dogs Out" (Artemis)
  8. Sisqó: "Thong Song" (Def Soul)
  9. Nelly: "(Hot S***) Country Grammar" (Universal)
  10. Pink: "There You Go" (LaFace)
  11. M2M: "Girl of Your Dreams" (Atlantic)
  12. Madd Anju: "Wah Dis Fada" (VP)
  13. Mystikal: "Shake Ya Ass" (Jive)
  14. Black Rob: "Whoa!" (Bad Boy)
  15. Lee Ann Womack: "I Hope You Dance" (MCA)
  16. 3 Doors Down: "Kryptonite" (Republic)
  17. Green Velvet: "Answering Machine" (F-111)

Village Voice, Feb. 2001

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