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The 1998 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury) 2129 (167)
2. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 1985 (176)
3. Bob Dylan: Live 1966 (Columbia/Legacy) 1333 (111)
4. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue (Elektra) 1243 (113)
5. Elliott Smith: XO (DreamWorks) 940 (91)
6. OutKast: Aquemini (LaFace) 890 (71)
7. PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island) 788 (76)
8. Air: Moon Safari (Carolinie) 665 (66)
9. Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Grand Royal) 645 (64)
10. Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright (DreamWorks) 626 (61)
11. Beck: Mutations (DGC) 624 (66)
12. R.E.M.: Up (Warner Bros.) 580 (58)
13. Belle and Sebastian: The Boy with the Arab Strap (Matador) 547 (56)
14. Hole: Celebrity Skin (DGC) 531 (52)
15. Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) 520 (44)
16. Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin) 508 (52)
17. Liz Phair: Whitechocolatespaceegg (Matador/Capitol) 491 (49)
18. Elvis Costello with Burt Bachrach: Painted from Memory (Mercury) 462 (44)
19. Garbage: Version 2.0 (Almo Sounds) 439 (44)
20. Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs (V2) 418 (42)
21. Madonna: Ray of Light (Maverick/Warner Bros.) 408 (43)
22. Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island) 391 (44)
23. Cat Power: Moon Pix (Matador) 336 (31)
24. Black Star: Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus) 329 (31)
25. Quasi: Featuring "Birds" (Up) 319 (33)
26. Jay-Z: Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) 306 (26)
27. Vic Chesnutt: The Salesman and Bernadette (Capricorn) 299 (27)
28. Bruce Springsteen: Tracks (Columbia) 263 (24)
29. Gang Starr: Moment of Truth (Noo Trybe) 255 (26)
30. Eels: Electro-Shock Blues (DreamWorks) 246 (23)
31. Ozomatli: Ozomatli (Almo Sounds) 245 (26)
32. Robert Wyatt: Shleep (Thirsty Ear) 232 (23) *
33. Gillian Welch: Hell Among the Yearlings (Almo Sounds) 229 (22)
34. Monster Magnet: Powertrip (A&M) 224 (20)
35. Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions (A&M) 224 (20)
36. Rancid: Life Won't Wait (Epitaph) 201 (22)
37. Cornelius: Fantasma (Matador) 199 (20)
38. Pernice Brothers: Overcome by Happiness (Sub Pop) 196 (17)
39. Olu Dara: In the World: From Natchez to New York (Atlantic) 191 (18)
40. Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals (Nothing/Interscope) 190 (19)

This poll combines ballots from 496 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1998 albums. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used for tie breaking.

*Includes 1997 import votes: 57 (5).

Singles

1. Fatboy Slim: "The Rockafeller Skank" (Skint/Astralwerks) 110
2. Lauryn Hill: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 102
3. Beastie Boys: "Intergalactic" (Grand Royal) 84
4. Madonna: "Ray of Light" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) 76
5. Aaliyah: "Are You That Somebody" (Atlantic) 70
6. OutKast: "Rosa Parks" (LaFace) 50
7. Hole: "Celebrity Skin" (Geffen) 48
8. Fastball: "The Way" (Hollywood) 40
9. Jay-Z: "Hard Knock Life" (Rock-a-Fella/Def Jam) 39
10. Natalie Imbruglia: "Torn" (RCA) 35
11. Pras: "Ghetto Supastar" (Interscope) 34
12. Big Punisher Featuring Joe: "Still Not a Player" (Loud/RCA) 32
13. New Radicals: "You Get What You Give" (MCA) 40
14. Brandy and Monica: "The Boy Is Mine" (Arista) 29
Semisonic: "Closing Time" (MCA) 29
16. Stardust: "Music Sounds Better with You" (Roule/Virgin) 28
17. Sheryl Crow: "My Favorite Mistake" (A&M) 27
18. Marilyn Manson: "The Dope Show" (Nothing) 25
19. Alanis Morissette: "Thank U" (Maverick/Reprise) 24
20. Jay-Z: "Can I Get a . . ." (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) 22
21. Harvey Danger: "Flagpole Sitta" (Slash) 21
22. Shania Twain: "You're Still the One" (Mercury) 20
23. Propellerheads Featuring Shirley Bassey: "History Repeating" (Wall of Sound import) 19 *
24. Barenaked Ladies: "One Week" (Reprise) 18
Hole: "Malibu" (DGC) 18

*Includes one 1997 vote.

Reissues

1. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-68 (Rhino) 111
2. Hank Williams: The Complete Hank Williams (Polygram) 50
3. Charlie Feathers: Get With It: Essential Recordings 1954-69 (Revenant) 42
4. Randy Newman: Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman (Rhino/Warner-Reprise Archives) 40
Miles Davis: The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (Sony/Legacy) 37
6. The Perfect Beats: New York Electro Hip-Hop + Underground Classics, 1980-1985 (Timber!/Tommy Boy) 33
7. Burt Bacharach: The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection (Rhino) 30
8. Eric B. & Rakim: Paid in Full: The Platinum Edition (Island) 22
9. Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings (Rhino) 21
John Coltrane: The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse Studio Recordings (Impulse!) 21

Village Voice, Mar. 2, 1999


1997 Essay | Dean's List 1999