The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 2000s

CULT ’10s: Bon Iver – ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’

Justin Vernon’s reinvention of Bon Iver as a full-band endeavour for its second album, replete with electronic washes, has been quietly but massively influential.

CULT ’00s: The Shins – ‘Oh, Inverted World’

The Shins’ 2001 debut ‘Oh, Inverted World’ still stands as an influential archetype for 21st century American indie.

CULT ’00s: Radiohead – ‘Amnesiac’

Recorded at the same time as its more illustrious sister album ‘Kid A’, 2001’s ‘Amnesiac’ showed Radiohead matching the scope of rock with the sonic possibilities offered by electronic music.

CLASSIC ’00s: Gorillaz – ‘Gorillaz’

A low-key album of pop, dub and rap experimentation, ‘Gorillaz’ is a compelling but imperfect origin story of one of music’s most enduring bands.

CLASSIC ’00s: Daft Punk – ‘Discovery’

One of the most perfectly realised and presented albums of all time, Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ is the cornerstone of their massive popularity and enduring legacy.

CLASSIC ’10s: Adele – ’21’

A commercial juggernaut, Adele’s heartbreak epic ’21’ was seismic enough to instigate a sea change in the music industry.

CLASSIC ’00s: The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’

The album that fulfilled the promise of the original vision for the art of sampling, The Avalanches’ 2000 debut ‘Since I Left You’ is an expression of wonderment and infinite possibilities.

CLASSIC ’10s: Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

Kanye West’s endlessly eclectic and inventive magnum opus, 2010’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ continues to influence new artists and silence his critics a decade later.

CLASSIC ’00s: Outkast – ‘Stankonia’

A smorgasbord of hip-hop, psychedelia, soul and funk, Outkast’s fourth album ‘Stankonia’ presaged the genre-blind approach to music today.

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