Top 40 Albums — 2004

1. Rilo Kiley — More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute)

2. Youssou N’Dour — Egypt (Nonesuch)

3. Kanye West — The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)

4. Mountain Goats — We Shall All Be Healed (4AD)

5. Courtney Love —America’s Sweetheart (Virgin)

6. Streets — A Grand Don’t Come For Free (Vice/Atlantic)

7. Sonic Youth — Sonic Nurse (DGC)

8. Hold Steady — Almost Killed Me (Frenchkiss)

9. M.I.A. vs. Diplo — Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 (no label)

10. Air — Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)

11. Madvillain — Madvillainy (Stones Throw)

12. The Libertines — The Libertines (Rough Trade)

13. Thelonious Monster — California Clam Chowder (Lakeshore)

14. The Fever — Red Bedroom (Kemado)

15. Jaojoby — Malagasy (World Village)

16. Franz Ferdinand — Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

17. Capital D — Insomnia (All Natural)

18. Jill Scott — Beautifully Human (Hidden Beach)

19. Björk — Medulla (Elektra)

20. Mory Kante — Sabou (Riverboat)

21. Devin the Dude — To tha X-treme (Rap-A-Lot)

22. Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends — The Pros and Cons of Collaboration (Mint)

23. African Underground Vol 1: Senegal Hip-Hop (Nomadic Wax)

24. Ratatat — Ratatat (XL/Beggars)

25. Nas — Street’s Disciple (Columbia)

26. The Ponys — Laced With Romance (In the Red)

27. Modest Mouse — Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

28. Tinariwen — Amassakoul (World Village)

29. Travis Morrison — Travistan (Barsuk)

30. Tegan and Sara — So Jealous (Sanctuary/Vapor)

31. Rokia Traoré — Bowmboï (Nonesuch)

32. The Roots — The Tipping Point (Geffen)

33. Junior Boys — Last Exit (Kin/Domino)

34. Todd Snider — East Nashville Skyline (Oh Boy)

35. Arto Lindsay — Salt (Righteous Babe)

36. Caetano Veloso — A Foreign Sound (Nonesuch)

37. Mos Def — The New Danger (Geffen)

38. The Drive-By Truckers — Dirty South (New West)

39. Prince — Musicology (NPG)

40. Mirah — C’mon Miracle (K)

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