For parts 1-2, look right, or down. The final part, which will, remarkably, take us to Number 1, will be posted tomorrow.
50 New Order: Waiting For the Sirens’ Call 2005
More guitar-led but retaining that trademark New Order aura.
49 Elastica: The Menace 2000
Unfairly maligned, experimental album that signalled both the comeback and the end for a mixed-gender outfit perennially regarded as a vanguard of the Britpop evolution.
48 David Bowie: Reality 2003
Thin White Duke’s material from 1983 onwards often gets neglected. But as New Killer Star shows, that’s an ignorant mistake to make.
47 PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea 2000
Poly Jean’s masterpiece: a screaming match set to music.
Mick Jones and Tony James, heroes of the punk revolution, now among the leading lights in the download era, though this was also released on traditional compact disk.
45 Beck: The Information 2006
Had lost his way a bit, but The Information saved his career.
44 Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5:55 2006
Jarvis Cocker’s pawprints are all over this Anglo-French record, sung with panache by Serge’s exotic offspring.
43 Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentor 2006
Orchestral tunes rather than the guitar-laden songs on You Are The Quarry as the maestro hit the mark once again.
42 The Coral: The Coral 2002
Dreamy songs from a Liverpool (the Wirral to be precise) band carrying the torch for pure English pop.
41 House of Love: Days Run Away 2005
One of the key acts from the indie scene of the late 80s and early 90s, got back together when Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers ended their, erm, bickering, and sounded as good as ever.
40 The Free French: A Place of Our Own
Complete unknowns. I harassed them for a free CD after hearing their wistful, tongue-in-cheek harmonies at a pub in rural England.
39 Belle and Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2003
Gorgeous melodies all the way fae Glesga.
38 REM: Reveal 2001
REM have done everything over the past 30 years and have nothing to prove. But Stipe and co still have the hunger and this shows what talents they possess.
37 Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters: Marvellous Year 2009
A lamb chop from a former Mutton Bird.
36 Dogs Die In Hot Cars: Please Describe Yourself 2004
A bunch of Fifers who, probably intentionally, sound a wee bit like XTC, which is no bad thing.
Working class drudgery laid bare.
34 The Mint Chicks: Fuck the Golden Youth 2005
Yes, there are angry bands in New Zealand.
33 Pulp: We Love Life 2001
Weeds was one of the tracks of the year on an album that proved to be their final farewell. Much missed.
32 The Young Knives: Voices of Animals and Men 2006
Guitars, guitars, guitars!!!
31 Half Man Half Biscuit: Achtung Bono 2005
Don’t call them a comedy band: Call them a brilliant comedy band.
30 The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Origin Vol. 1 2004
They either make nice, wholesome pop in Sweden or kick-ass rock und roll. Guess which camp TSOL reside in.
29 1990s: Kicks 2009
Only had this for two weeks and played it to death. Hot summer days are meant for staying indoors and getting my Kicks.
28 Shack: The Corner of Miles and Gil 2006
Another of the sadly under-rated genuises: Michael Head should be knighted NOW.
27 Kirsty MaColl: Tropical Brainstorm 2000
Colombia meets Covent Garden: MacColl’s final album before her untimely death.
26 Elbow: Leaders of the Free World 2005
Been around for a long time, finally getting the attention they deserve.