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The 2004 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella) 2826 (245)
2. Brian Wilson: SMiLE (Nonesuch) 2034 (164)
3. Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose (Interscope) 1785 (165)
4. Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Epic) 1569 (147)
5. Green Day: American Idiot (Reprise) 1251 (107)
6. Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge) 1169 (105)
7. Streets: A Grand Don't Come For Free (Vice/Atlantic) 1161 (110)
8. U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope) 996 (93)
9. Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic) 940 (91)
10. Danger Mouse: The Grey Album (www.djdangermouse.com) 904 (82)
11. Madvillain: Madvillainy (Stones Throw) 875 (86)
12. TV on the Radio: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch and Go) 870 (80)
13. Wilco: A Ghost Is Born (Nonesuch) 778 (78)
14. Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute) 709 (66)
Nellie McKay: Get Away From Me (Columbia) 709 (65)
16. Drive-by Truckers: The Dirty South (New West) 627 (57)
17. Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade) 617 (53)
18. Björk: Medulla (Elektra) 578 (57)
19. Interpol: Antics (Matador) 559 (54)
20. Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City) 550 (50)
21. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs (Fat Cat) 545 (51)
22. Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill (Anti-) 531 (57)
23. M.I.A./Diplo: Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1 (no label) 519 (50)
24. Dizzee Rascal: Showtime (XL) 489 (50)
25. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (Anti-) 474 (43)
26. Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters (Universal) 465 (44)
27. Killers: Hot Fuss (Island) 463 (46)
28. Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands (Young God) 454 (42)
29. Tom Waits: Real Gone (Anti-) 442 (44)
30. The Libertines: The Libertines (Rough Trade) 436 (42)
31. Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me (Frenchkiss) 431 (36)
32. Ghostface: The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam) 429 (46)
33. PJ Harvey: Uh Huh Her (Island) 408 (43)
34. Youssou N'Dour: Egypt (Nonesuch) 388 (37)
35. Usher: Confessions (Arista) 359 (32)
36. Morrissey: You Are the Quarry (Attack) 356 (35)
37. Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse (DGC) 349 (40)
38. Black Keys: Rubber Factory (Fat Possum) 336 (30)
39. Big & Rich: Horse of a Different Color (Warner Bros.) 334 (31)
40. A.C. Newman: The Slow Wonder (Matador) 329 (35)

The poll combines ballots from 793 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2004 albums. (Every individual ballot is available online.) Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (included in parentheses) used for tiebreaking.

Singles

1. Franz Ferdinand: "Take Me Out" (Domino) 145
2. Jay-Z: "99 Problems" (Roc-A-Fella) 135
3. Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris: "Yeah!" (Arista) 121
4. Modest Mouse: "Float On" (Epic) 109
5. Britney Spears: "Toxic" (Jive) 102
6. Kanye West: "Jesus Walks" (Roc-A-Fella) 92
7. Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharell: "Drop It Like It's Hot" (Doggystyle/Geffen/Star Trak) 90
8. M.I.A.: "Galang" (XL) 82
9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Maps" (Interscope) 69
10. U2: "Vertigo" (Interscope) 68
11. Green Day: "American Idiot" (Reprise) 67
12. Eminem: "Mosh" (Interscope) 52
Loretta Lynn featuring Jack White: "Portland Oregon" (Interscope) 52
14. Killers: "Somebody Told Me" (Island) 50
15. LCD Soundsystem: "Yeah" (DFA) 45
16. Gretchen Wilson: "Redneck Woman" (Epic Nashville) 44
17. Walkmen: "The Rat" (Record Collection) 41
18. Scissor Sisters: "Take Your Mama" (Universal) 40
19. Terror Squad: "Lean Back" (SRC/Universal) 38
20. Gwen Stefani: "What You Waiting For?" (Interscope) 36
21. Big & Rich: "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" (Warner Bros.) 35
Jadakiss Featuring Anthony Hamilton: "Why?" (Ruff Ryders) 35
23. Alicia Keys: "You Don't Know My Name" (J) 34
24. Fabolous: "Breathe" (Desert Storm/Atlantic) 32
25. Von Bondies: "C'mon C'mon" (Sire) 30
26. Kanye West Featuring Syleena Johnson: "All Falls Down" (Roc-A-Fella) 29
27. Nina Sky featuring Jabba: "Move Ya Body" (Universal) 27
28. Morrissey: "First of the Gang to Die" (Attack) 26
Streets: "Fit But You Know It" (Vice) 26
30. Twista Featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx: "Slow Jamz" (Atlantic) 25
31. Annie: "Chewing Gum" (679 import) 24
32. Annie: "Heartbeat" (679 import) 23
Ciara Featuring Petey Pablo: "Goodies" (Sho'Nuff-Musicline/LaFace/Zomba) 23
Kanye West: "Through the Wire" (Roc-A-Fella) 23
35. Alicia Keys: "If I Ain't Got You" (J) 22
36. J-Kwon: "Tipsy" (So So Def) 20
37. Interpol: "Slow Hands" (Matador) 19
38. Libertines: "Can't Stand Me Now" (Rough Trade) 18
39. Destiny's Child: "Lose My Breath" (Columbia) 17
Nas: "Bridging the Gap" (Columbia) 17

Village Voice, Feb. 15, 2005


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