How Good Was The Year (in music) - 2001?

HGWTY returns to the 21st Century after 1977 scored deservedly well.

I was 18/19 during 2001 so this was quite a formative time for me, and I imagine I’m not alone here given the demographics of the site. So I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what you rated then and what you make of it now!

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1997 8.6 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
3 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
4 1977 8.41 Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express Donna Summer - I Feel Love
5 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
5 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
7 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
8 1975 8.13 Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer
8 2007 8.13 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver / Radiohead - In Rainbows LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends / M.I.A. - Paper Planes
10 2004 8.1 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
11 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
12 1982 7.76 The Cure - Pornography / Kate Bush - The Dreaming Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding / The Associates - Party Fears Two
13 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
14 2010 7.66 Kanye West - MBDTF / Joanna Newsom - Have One One Me / Beach House - Teen Dream Robyn - Dancing On My Own
15 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
16 1990 7.47 Sonic Youth - Goo The Cure - Pictures of You
16 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
18 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
19 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
20 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
21 1999 7.3 Mogwai - Come On Die Young Björk - All Is Full Of Love
22 2009 7.1 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
23 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
24 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
25 1960 6 Howlin’ Wolf - Howlin’ Wolf Dick Dale - Misirlou
26 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

2001 was the year two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York. It was also the year of the launch of iTunes, the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in the UK, Goran Ivanesivic became the first wild card to win a Major in tennis when he won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon and the Harry Potter movie series launched in cinemas.

We said goodbye to Aaliyah, George Harrison, Perry Como, Joey Ramone, Jack Lemmon, Douglas Adams and John Lee Hooker, and hello to Billie Eilish, Bukayo Saka and lots of social media stars apparently.

How good was the music?

You have ten days until 22nd November to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close a few days later.

Some lists for inspiration:

Best Albums of 2001 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 2001 - Rate Your Music
Top 20 Albums of 2001 | Pitchfork
100 Greatest Albums of 2001
The 50 best albums from 2001 | Kerrang!
NME's best albums and tracks of 2001
100 Greatest Songs From 2001

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations

Some of my favourite albums ever are from this year. Off the top of my head:

Björk - Vespertine
Sparklehorse - It’s A Wonderful Life
Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads


Big year, lotta love for all of this


I turned sweet 16 in '01 so a lot of albums from around that time massively shaped, and still continue to inform, my taste in music

Standouts off the top of my head:

The Icarus Line - Mono
Fugazi - The Argument
Converge - Jane Doe
SOAD - Toxicity
Rival Schools - United By Fate


Wrote about my favourite album from 2001 for DiS yonks ago;


pretty big rap year. jay-z at his absolute peak and loads of great underground / alternative stuff as well


Nominate Album: Daft Punk - Discovery


This album goes up in my estimation with each passing year. When the opening riff starts I’m immediately transported to another place.

Nominate Album: The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2

Nominate Song: Spoon - Everything Hits At Once
“Don’t say a word, the last one’s still stinging”. Girls Can Tell would be close to an album nomination.


Still rate these to varying degrees…

Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Weezer - Green Album
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C.
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Mogwai - Rock Action
The Strokes - Is This It
Tool - Lateralus
Burning Brides - Fall of the Plastic Empire
Incubus - Morning View
Clutch - Pure Rock Fury


Good year iirc. Easy song and album nomination for me :

Nominate Song
Mogwai - Sine Wave

Nominate Album
Mogwai - Rock Action

I mean, my favourite song on my favourite album by my favourite band came out in 2001, I would be remiss not to nominate these two for the running.

Beautiful album from start to finish, Mogwai at their finest imo.


Nominate Album : Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World

Nominate Song: The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl


So good. :heart_eyes:


Good shouts. Of their 2001 releases this would be my pick:


Nominate Album: The Icarus Line - Mono

Nominate Song: Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American


A great year that’s somehow not as great as the two years it’s sandwiched between.

2001 albums I loved / liked at the time and still love / like (in alphabetical order):

311 - From Chaos
Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Burning Brides - Fall of the Plastic Empire
Fenix TX - Lechuza
Incubus - Morning View
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Our Lady Peace - Spiritual Machines
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Stone Temple Pilots - Shangri-la Dee da
Tool - Lateralus

Weezer’s Green album too I guess but I went off that fast. Forgot about The Strokes, they’re ok I guess.

Great / good ones I discovered later (in alphabetical order):

Ben Folds - Rockin’ the Suburbs
Built to Spill - Ancient Melodies of the Future
Death Cab - The Photo Album
Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth
Fugazi - The Argument
Modest Mouse - Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
Mogwai - Rock Action
Mono - Under the Pipal Tree
Neurosis - A Sun that Never Sets
Sparklehorse - It’s a Wonderful Life
System of a Down - Toxicity
The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


Some choons on Morning View tbf




Very glad the UK version came out before September 11th so New York City Cops was still on it, one of their best songs!


Big year for me this
Some of my big albums already mentioned:

Rock Action
The Argument
Is This It
United By Fate

Other include:
Slipknot - Iowa
Rammstein - Mutter
Aphez Twin - Drukqs

But im going to nominate this album, Nick Cave’s finest and most beautiful album in my opinion

I was at uni, didn’t really know many people, got dumped by my GF of 3 years, was devastated. Couple lads from the pub I worked at had a spare ticket for J Mascis and the Fog in London the following night, I tagged along, we listened to NMSWP all the way and all the way back. It blew me away. Oh My Lord especially hit me hard that night. Absolutely stunning album and remains in my top 5 of all time