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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2003

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50.  As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we’re adding a twist.  What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


OutKast
The Shins
Dizzee Rascal
The White Stripes


That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we’re adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff. Every day we’ll also publish another 3-5 of the individual lists from our writers in a special section on the front page of the site right above where columns normally are. So, with no further ado, onto the picks . . .


:. Start here to read about all 50 albums.


TOP 50 ALBUMS
50 - 46 > 45 - 41 >
40 - 36 > 35 - 31 >
30 - 26 > 25 - 11 >
20 - 16 > 15 - 11 >
10 - 6 > 5 - 1 >

 


CRITICS’ LISTS

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Adam Williams



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#1: Led Zeppelin




Simon Warner




#1: Blur


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Jason Thompson



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#1: Tom Heinl




Patrick Schabe




#1: Fountains of Wayne


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Terry Sawyer



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#1: Buck 65




Devon Powers




#1: The Decemberists


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Ryan Potts



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#1: The Blood Brothers




Mitch Pugh




#1: Fruit Bats


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Mark Anthony Neal



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Anthony Hamilton and more




David Medsker




#1: The White Stripes


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Jason MacNeil



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#1: The National




Seth Limmer




#1: Fountains of Wayne


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Jason Korenkiewicz



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#1: The New Pornographers




Christine Klunk




#1: Brand New


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Hank Kalet



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#1: The White Stripes




Kevin Jagernauth




#1: The Strokes


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Rob Horning



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#1: Deerhoof




Marc Hogan




#1: The Lucksmiths


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Marc L. Hill






#1: R. Kelly




Andy Hermann




#1: Tiga


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Dave Heaton



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#1: Yo La Tengo




Will Harris




#1: Fountains of Wayne


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Stephen Haag






#1: The White Stripes




Gary Glauber




#1: Bleu


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Andrew Gilstrap



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#1: My Morning Jacket




Jon Garrett




#1: The Strokes


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Cynthia Fuchs



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Missy Elliot and more.




Gypsy Flores




#1: I Muvrini


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Mark Desrosiers



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#1: The Midnight Evils




Justin Cober-Lake




#1: Elbow


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Sal Ciolfi






#1: Broken Social Scene




Matt Cibula




#1: El Gran Silencio


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Michael Christopher



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#1: The White Stripes




Anthony C. Bleach




Basement Jaxx and more.


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Adrien Begrand



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#1: Manitoba




Michael Beaumont




#1: Blur


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David Antrobus



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#1: The White Stripes

Friday, January 2 2004

Best Music of 2003 | Mitch Pugh


Wednesday, December 31 2003

Best Music of 2003 | David Medsker


Tuesday, December 30 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Christine Klunk


Monday, December 29 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Marc L. Hill


Monday, December 22 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Gypsy Flores


Thursday, December 18 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Matt Cibula


Wednesday, December 17 2003

Best Music of 2003 | #6-10

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #46-50

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #41-45

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #36-40

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #31-35

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #26-30

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #21-25

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #16-20

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #11-15

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #1-5

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


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