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Pazz & Jop 1999: Dean's List


  1. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge) 16
  2. Moby: Play (V2) 16
  3. Le Tigre: Le Tigre (Mr. Lady) 13
  4. John Prine: In Spite of Ourselves (Oh Boy) 12
  5. Holy Modal Rounders: Too Much Fun (Rounder) 9
  6. Latin Playboys: Dose (Atlantic) 9
  7. Sleater-Kinney: The Hot Rock (Kill Rock Stars) 8
  8. Handsome Boy Modeling School: So . . . How's Your Girl? (Tommy Boy) 7
  9. Willie Nelson: Night and Day (Pedernales/Freefalls) 5
  10. Prince Paul: Prince Paul Presents A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy) 5

  11. The Coup: Steal This Album (Dogday '98)
  12. Q-Tip: Amplified (Arista)
  13. Jay-Z: Vol 3 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter (Roc-A-Fella)
  14. Old 97's: Fight Songs (Elektra)
  15. Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (E Squared)
  16. Goodie Mob: World Party (LaFace)
  17. Los Van Van: La Colección Cubana (Music Club '98)
  18. Papa Wemba: M'zée Fula-Ngenge (Sonodisc import)
  19. Randy Newman: Bad Love (Dreamworks)
  20. Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (Aftermath/Interscope)
  21. Mandy Barnett: I've Got a Right to Cry (Sire)
  22. Imperial Teen: What Is Not to Love (London)
  23. Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate: Kulanjan (Hannibal)
  24. Mary J. Blige: Mary (MCA)
  25. Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)
  26. Trailer Bride: Whine de Lune (Bloodshot)
  27. Pretenders: Viva El Amor (Warner Bros.)
  28. Blink 182: Enema of the State (MCA)
  29. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Atlantic)
  30. Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (Atlantic/Lava '98)
  31. Spring Heel Jack: Treader (Tugboat import)
  32. Totally Hits (Arista)
  33. Pet Shop Boys: Nightlife (Parlophone/Sire)
  34. Drive-by Truckers: Pizza Deliverance (Soul Dump)
  35. Salif Keita: Papa (Metro Blue)
  36. Pavement: Terror Twilight (Matador)
  37. Cesaria Evora: Café Atlantico (Lusafrica/RCA Victor/BMG Classics)
  38. Dr. Dooom: First Come, First Served (Funky Ass)
  39. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Shanachie)
  40. Ali Farka Toure: Niafunké (Hannibal)
  41. Baby Gramps: Same Ol' Timeously (Grampophone)
  42. Sebadoh: The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire)
  43. Slick Rick: The Art of Storytelling (Def Jam)
  44. Blondie: No Exit (Beyond)
  45. Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (Stax)
  46. Ani DiFranco: Up Up Up Up Up Up (Righteous Babe)
  47. Chris Smither: Drive You Home Again (Hightone)
  48. Waco Brothers: WacoWorld (Bloodshot)
  49. Mark Isham: Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project (Columbia)
  50. Estrellas de Arieto: Los Heroes (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  51. Genaside II: Ad Finite (Durban Poison)
  52. Baaba Maal: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Palm Pictures)
  53. Cape Verde (Putumayo World Music)
  54. Liquid Todd: Action (Ultra)
  55. The Andy Statman Quartet: The Hidden Light (Sony Classical '98)
  56. Mos Def: Black on Both Sides (Rawkus)
  57. Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II (Rawkus)
  58. South African Rhythm Riot: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Volume 6 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  59. Black Box Recorder: England Made Me (Jetset)
  60. They Might Be Giants: Long Tall Weekend (
  61. Arto Lindsay: Prize (Righteous Babe)
  62. Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run (Capitol)
  63. Streets of Dakar: Generation Boul Falé (Stern's Africa)
  64. Natacha Atlas: Gedida (Beggars Banquet)
  65. Baobab: N'Wolof (Dakar Sound import)
  66. Casa de la Trova (Detour)
  67. The Donnas: Get Skintight (Lookout!)
  68. Continental Drifters: Vermilion (Razor & Tie)
  69. Frank Sinatra: Sinatra '57--In Concert (DCC)
  70. Kelis: Kaleidoscope (Virgin)
  71. Pere Ubu: Apocalypse Now (Thirsty Ear)
  72. Roots Rock Guitar Party: Zimbabwe Frontline 3 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  73. Fiona Apple: When the Pawn . . . (Clean Slate/Epic)
  74. Mekons: I Have Been to Heaven and Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1 (Quarterstick)
  75. Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons (Almo Sounds)
  76. Tricky with DJ Muggs and Grease: Juxtapose (Island)
  77. Lightning Over the River (Music Club)
  78. Marshall Crenshaw: Number 447 (Razor & Tie)
  79. Source Direct: Exorcise the Demons (Astralwerks)
  80. Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park (A&M)
  81. The Comedian Harmonists: The Comedian Harmonists (Hannibal)
  82. Don White: Brown Eyes Shine (Lumperboy)


  1. Backstreet Boys: "I Want It That Way" (Jive)
  2. John Prine: "In Spite of Ourselves" (Oh Boy)
  3. Eminem: "My Name Is" (Aftermath/Interscope)
  4. Cher: "Believe" (Warner Bros.)
  5. Backstreet Boys: "Larger Than Life" (Jive)
  6. Faith Hill: "The Secret of Life" (Warner Bros.)
  7. LFO: "Summer Girls" (Arista)
  8. Britney Spears: "You Drive Me Crazy" (Jive)
  9. Blink 182: "What's My Age Again" (MCA)
  10. Eminem: "Any Man" (Rawkus)
  11. TLC: "Unpretty" (LaFace)
  12. Kid Rock: "Bawitdaba" (Atlantic/Lava)
  13. Pharoahe Monch: "Mayor" (Rawkus)
  14. Madonna: "Beautiful Stranger" (Maverick)
  15. Foxy Brown: "Hot Spot" (Violator/Def Jam)
  16. Jennifer Lopez: "Let's Get Loud" (Work)
  17. Blink 182: "All the Small Things" (MCA)
  18. Sugar Ray: "Every Morning" (Lava/Atlantic)
  19. The Breakestra: "Getcho Soul Together" (Loosegroove/No Mayo)
  20. Blur: "Tender" (EMI)


  1. Louis Armstrong: An American Icon (Hip-o '98)
  2. Bing Crosby: The Best of Bing Crosby: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (MCA)
  3. A Tribe Called Quest: Anthology (Jive)
  4. Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers: Deluxe Edition (Alligator)
  5. The Holy Modal Rounders: 1 & 2 (Fantasy)
  6. MTV: The First Thousand Years: R&B(Rhino)
  7. Miles Davis: Love Songs (Columbia)
  8. African Ambience (Shanachie)
  9. Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band: Acoustic Swing & Jug (Vanguard '98)
  10. Shalamar: Greatest Hits (The Right Stuff/Solar)

Village Voice, Feb. 22, 2000

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