Top Albums of 2004

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 31 Arcade Fire Funeral Chamber Pop, Indie Rock
2 197 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Post-Punk Revival
3 204 Kanye West The College Dropout Hip Hop
4 363 Madvillain Madvillainy Abstract Hip Hop
5 498 Green Day American Idiot Pop Punk
6 517 Brian Wilson SMiLE Baroque Pop, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
7 541 The Streets A Grand Don't Come for Free UK Hip Hop
8 622 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus Alternative Rock, Art Rock
9 809 Wilco A Ghost Is Born Alternative Rock
10 912 The Libertines The Libertines Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
11 930 Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
12 958 Animal Collective Sung Tongs Avant-Folk, Freak Folk, Neo-Psychedelia
13 983 The Killers Hot Fuss Pop Rock
14 1019 Danger Mouse The Grey Album Hip Hop, Mashup     
15 1026 Morrissey You Are the Quarry Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
16 1048 TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock
17 1112 Interpol Antics Post-Punk Revival
18 1200 Devendra Banhart Rejoicing in the Hands Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
19 1212 Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News Indie Rock
20 1244 Björk Medulla A cappella, Art Pop, Experimental
21 1297 Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose Alt-Country
22 1347 Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
23 1404 Tom Waits Real Gone Experimental Rock
24 1472 Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
25 1474 The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike Indie Rock, Indietronica
26 1591 Junior Boys Last Exit Glitch Pop, Synthpop
27 1624 Mastodon Leviathan Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal     
28 1640 The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat Art Pop, Progressive Pop
29 1641 Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
30 1710 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
31 1737 Drive-By Truckers The Dirty South Southern Rock
32 1817 Rufus Wainwright Want Two Art Pop, Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
33 1916 Air Talkie Walkie Ambient Pop, Electronic
34 1974 Mark Lanegan Band Bubblegum Alternative Rock, Singer/Songwriter
35 1982 The Walkmen Bows + Arrows Post-Punk Revival
36 1990 Amadou & Mariam Dimanche à Bamako African Music
37 2036 U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
38 2048 The Futureheads The Futureheads Post-Punk Revival
39 2052 Dungen Ta Det Lugnt Neo-Psychedelia
40 2069 The Black Keys Rubber Factory Blues Rock          
41 2114 !!! Louden Up Now Dance-Punk, Indie Rock
42 2249 Feist Let It Die Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
43 2353 Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans Chamber Folk, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
44 2571 CocoRosie La Maison De Mon Rêve Art Pop, Freak Folk, Lo-Fi Indie
45 2650 Ghostface Killah The Pretty Toney Album Hardcore Hip Hop
46 2732 Annie Anniemal Electropop
47 2779 PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her Indie Rock
48 2860 Mylo Destroy Rock & Roll Electro House
49 2862 Dizzee Rascal Showtime Grime, UK Hip Hop
50 2873 Blonde Redhead Misery Is a Butterfly Indie Pop, Indie Rock          
51 2881 Stars Set Yourself On Fire Indie Pop
52 2967 Rilo Kiley More Adventurous Indie Pop

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse Indie Rock, Noise Rock
Fennesz Venice Ambient, Glitch
Micah P. Hinson Micah P. Hinson & The Gospel of Progress Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter          
Kasabian Kasabian Alternative Dance, Indie Rock
Devendra Banhart Niño Rojo Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter     
The Magnetic Fields i Indie Pop
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks Modern Classical          
Electrelane The Power Out Indie Pop, Indie Rock     
Xiu Xiu Fabulous Muscles Art Pop, Experimental Rock
Secret Machines Now Here Is Nowhere Alternative Rock
The Hives Tyrannosaurus Hives Garage Rock Revival
Usher Confessions Contemporary R&B, Pop          
Cee-Lo Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine Hip Hop
Of Montreal Satanic Panic in the Attic Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop     
Kings of Convenience Riot on an Empty Street Folk Pop, Indie Folk, Indie Pop          
Keane Hopes and Fears Piano Rock
John Legend Get Lifted Neo-Soul
Nellie McKay Get Away from Me Jazz Pop
Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Delivery Man Blues Rock, Country Rock
Tinariwen Amassakoul Tishoumaren     
Lambchop Aw C'mon Americana, Chamber Pop, Indie Rock
Ray Lamontagne Trouble Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul
Lambchop No You C'mon Americana, Chamber Pop, Indie Rock
Comets On Fire Blue Cathedral Heavy Psych
Phoenix Alphabetical Indie Pop
A.C. Newman The Slow Wonder Indie Pop, Power Pop
Jolie Holland Escondida Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Adem Homesongs Singer/Songwriter
Lali Puna Faking the Books Dream Pop, Indietronica
Steve Earle The Revolution Starts Now Alt-Country, Americana, Country Rock
American Music Club Love Songs for Patriots Folk Rock, Indie Rock
Oneida Secret Wars Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Mission of Burma ONoffON Post-Punk
Ted Leo + Pharmacists Shake the Sheets Indie Rock, Power Pop
The Von Bondies Pawn Shoppe Heart Garage Rock
Prince Musicology Funk, Neo-Soul, Pop Rock
The Zutons Who Killed The Zutons? Indie Rock