2001 Year in Review

To paraphrase esteemed cultural critic Greil Marcus, criticism is not the end of discussion, but the beginning. In that spirit, we present our year in review. Here you will find some albums that you've heard too much about and many that may have passed you by. The common link that cements them is the passion our writers have for this music. Of course, not everyone agrees. Vent your own critical impulses on our Message Board, and submit your own year's best lists in our Readers Poll.

Best Pop/Punk/Rock Albums

Best Hip-Hop Albums

Best Metal Albums

Best Electronic/Dance Albums

Best World Albums

Best Country/Folk/Blues Albums

Best Experimental Albums

Best Soul/R&B Albums

Best Films

Best Concerts

Best Song/Single

Biggest Surprise

Biggest Disappointment

Biggest Hype

Most Important Label

Most Important Trend

Most Influential City

Sleeper of the Year