Top Albums of 2005

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 90 Sufjan Stevens Illinois Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
2 249 Antony and The Johnsons I Am a Bird Now Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
3 281 M.I.A. Arular Electropop, UK Hip Hop
4 356 Kanye West Late Registration Hip Hop
5 357 LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem Dance-Punk, Indietronica
6 486 Bloc Party Silent Alarm Post-Punk Revival
7 491 Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Indie Folk
8 569 The National Alligator Post-Punk Revival
9 612 My Morning Jacket Z Indie Rock
10 673 Gorillaz Demon Days Trip Hop
11 674 Sleater-Kinney The Woods Indie Rock
12 834 Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary Indie Rock
13 874 Animal Collective Feels Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
14 885 Sigur Rós Takk... Post-Rock
15 941 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy Indie Folk, Indie Rock
16 1037 The New Pornographers Twin Cinema Indie Pop, Power Pop
17 1195 Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine Baroque Pop, Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
18 1198 The Decemberists Picaresque Chamber Pop, Indie Folk
19 1289 The Hold Steady Separation Sunday Indie Rock, Pub Rock
20 1322 Spoon Gimme Fiction Indie Rock
21 1350 The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan Alternative Rock, Garage Rock Revival
22 1448 Robyn Robyn Electropop     
23 1679 Kate Bush Aerial Art Pop
24 1692 Eels Blinking Lights and Other Revelations Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
25 1701 Richard Hawley Coles Corner Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
26 1756 Ry Cooder Chavez Ravine Americana, Latin American Music
27 1765 Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better Post-Punk Revival
28 1784 Jamie Lidell Multiply Blue Eyed Soul
29 1799 Konono No. 1 Congotronics Tradi-Modern     
30 1834 Common Be Conscious Hip Hop
31 1880 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Indie Rock
32 1964 Beck Guero Alternative Rock
33 1968 Isolée We Are Monster Microhouse
34 2077 The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
35 2178 Low The Great Destroyer Indie Rock
36 2192 Editors The Back Room Post-Punk Revival
37 2204 Art Brut Bang Bang Rock and Roll Indie Rock
38 2274 Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene Indie Rock
39 2312 Paul McCartney Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Pop, Singer/Songwriter
40 2313 System of a Down Mezmerize Alternative Metal
41 2450 Madonna Confessions on a Dance Floor Dance-Pop, Nu-Disco
42 2541 Edan Beauty and the Beat Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
43 2604 Andrew Bird Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
44 2615 The Mars Volta Frances the Mute Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Progressive Rock
45 2686 Kaiser Chiefs Employment Britpop, Indie Rock
46 2789 Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock
47 2909 Vitalic OK Cowboy Electroclash
48 2978 Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow Contemporary Folk
49 2983 Coldplay X&Y Britpop
50 2994 Boris Pink Noise Rock, Stoner Metal

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Bruce Springsteen Devils & Dust Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Death Cab for Cutie Plans Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Broadcast Tender Buttons Indietronica
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II Gangsta Rap          
Sr. Chinarro El fuego amigo Indie Pop          
The Go-Betweens Oceans Apart Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Jangle Pop
Patrick Wolf Wind in the Wires Art Pop, Chamber Pop, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Maxïmo Park A Certain Trigger Post-Punk Revival
Wolfmother Wolfmother Hard Rock
Deerhoof The Runners Four Experimental Rock
Babyshambles Down in Albion Indie Rock
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain Noise Rock
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase IDM
Caribou The Milk of Human Kindness Indietronica, Psychedelic Pop
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers Indie Pop
CSS Cansei de Ser Sexy Dance-Pop, Dance-Punk
Vashti Bunyan Lookaftering Chamber Folk
DangerDoom The Mouse and the Mask Abstract Hip Hop
Neil Young Prairie Wind Country Rock, Folk Rock
Depeche Mode Playing the Angel Synthpop
Goldfrapp Supernature Electropop, Synthpop
CocoRosie Noah's Ark Folktronica, Freak Folk, Lo-Fi Indie
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Worlds Apart Indie Rock
The Kills No Wow Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
The Game The Documentary Gangsta Rap
Opeth Ghost Reveries Progressive Metal
Of Montreal The Sunlandic Twins Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Architecture in Helsinki In Case We Die Twee Pop
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Rock
Six Organs of Admittance School of the Flower American Primitivism, Psychedelic Folk
Elbow Leaders of the Free World Art Rock, Indie Rock          
Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney Superwolf Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
Wilco Kicking Television: Live in Chicago Alternative Rock     
Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi Contemporary R&B, Pop
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn Indietronica
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl Blues Rock, Indie Rock
Josh Rouse Nashville Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Books Lost and Safe Experimental, Folktronica
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth Alternative Rock, Industrial Rock
Doves Some Cities Britpop, Dream Pop, Indie Rock
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall Hard Bop
M. Ward Transistor Radio Americana, Contemporary Folk
Hard-Fi Stars of CCTV Indie Rock
The Chemical Brothers Push the Button Big Beat
Martha Wainwright Martha Wainwright Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cold Roses Alt-Country, Americana
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth Pop Rock
Tom Zé Estudando o pagode (na opereta segregamulher e amor) Art Pop, MPB
Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum Electropop, Synthpop     
Out Hud Let Us Never Speak of It Again Dance-Punk
Black Mountain Black Mountain Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock
Tocotronic Pure vernunft darf niemals siegen Indie Rock
Four Tet Everything Ecstatic Electronic
M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us Dream Pop, Electronic
Tapes 'n Tapes The Loon Indie Rock
Stephen Malkmus Face the Truth Indie Rock
Roots Manuva Awfully Deep UK Hip Hop
Buck 65 This Right Here Is Buck 65 Hip Hop
Brendan Benson The Alternative to Love Indie Pop, Power Pop
British Sea Power Open Season Post-Punk Revival
Teenage Fanclub Man-Made Jangle Pop, Power Pop
The Rakes Capture/Release Post-Punk Revival
Archer Prewitt Wilderness Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas Abstract Hip Hop, Jazz Rap
Iron & Wine Woman King EP Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Darkness One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back Hard Rock
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust Conscious Hip Hop
Mercury Rev The Secret Migration Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Vol. 7 - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack Contemporary Folk, Film Soundtrack, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Maria Taylor 11:11 Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter