Over the last few weeks of 05 we posted our writers' picks for the best of 2005.

Now that we have finished posting the Top 5 lists our writers. We are now pleased to present the master list comprised of the top picks from all of our writer submissions.

Top 8 of 05 Lists

antiMUSIC Top 8 of 2004.
(in case of ties, they are listed alphabetically)

1. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus (3 nominations)
I have to thank Dr Fever for turning me on to these guys. This album just further proves that they can do no wrong. Straight ahead kick you in the ass rock n roll! -antiGUY

Another outstanding effort from the kings of intellectual hard rock. Clutch continues to grow as a band and develop a unique sound. - Gary

After their number one finish with me last year, the mighty Clutch has been unseated. Not their most immediately accessible effort, but maybe the strongest of their storied career. RN/E just gets better and better with each listen. The video for "Burning Beard" almost put them over the top. Nothing like crazy robots in church and flaming facial hair. - Travis
(samples / buy cd | review)

2. Sufjan Stevens - Come on, Feel the Illinoise (3)
Album of the Year. Another 'happy' album, but Suf blends enough low-key introspection to have you laughing one minute, and weeping the next. Brilliance on a shiny disc. - Brodie

Sufjan was a runaway with album of the year. The disc is great on the whole, but the highest points of this album are just amazing. In my opinion, "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." is the single best track of 2005. - Jacob

It's been months since I first heard this disc, and despite many challengers it remains the best album of the year, on a different level than anything else released in 2005. The emotional impact that is sustained throughout the whole album is only approached by other bands in single songs, and even then very rarely. - Jordan
(samples / buy cd)

3. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs (2)
Andrew Bird is quickly establishing himself as a great innovator in pop and folk music (not to mention lyricism), and this might be his best album. A strong album from beginning to end, and "Fake Palindromes" is a masterpiece. - Jordan
(samples / buy cd)

4. Hermano - Dare I Say (2)
Kyuss frontman John Garcia is still the king of stoner rock and just when you though he couldn't top the first Hermano album he delivers Dare I Say. If you are even remotely interested in heavy rock you have to check this CD out. It will make you want to beat up emo-nerds it's so good! - antiGUY
(samples / buy cd | review)

5. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute (2)
The antidote to stale music everywhere. Early in 2005, TMV dropped an insane concept album slapping music fans with an indefinable mix of musical styles. Blowing tons of neurons, this one's a no-brainer for one of the top albums of 2005. Catchy, dark, intense, and simply powerful, this is the very definition of rock music....for people who like their rock to be kicking, screaming, and scaring the ignorant masses as opposed to being dead and decaying in the barren ground. Viva la Volta! - Mark
(samples / buy cd | review)

6. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (2)
Simply amazing. One of those cds that you can't help but smile ear-to-ear while listening to. - Jacob
(samples / buy cd)

7. Street Dogs - Back to the World(2)
It's full circle for Travis this year. Feels like just yesterday I was extolling the virtues of this album, when in fact, it was like eleven months ago. And it's not often a record can come out that early in the year and hang at the top for the distance. Street Dogs just made an almost unimaginable listenable album and backed it right up with their live show. Sometimes an album just speaks to you, I guess. Lightning in a bottle. - Travis
(samples / buy cd | review)

8. Tremolo - Love is the Greatest Revenge (2)
My musical tastes run the gambit but lean towards the heavier side. Tremolo broke through that the first time I heard this CD and made me an instant fan. Smart, melodic, with plenty of hooks to grab your attention, this album is what I feel U2's last few offerings should have been. My friends got sick of hearing me rave about this CD but the few that gave it a chance were converted! For me this was the best CD released in 05 hands down. - Keavin
(samples / buy cd | review)

Top 5 of 05 our individual writers

(click on the CD lists to read that writer's comments on each CD and for related links for release)

Dan Upton's Top 5 of 05.

5. Ra - Duality
4. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
3. 3 - Wake Pig
2. Sevendust - Next
1. Mattias IA Eklundh - The Road Less Traveled

Honorable Mentions:
Roadrunner United - The All-Star Sessions
Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor

Keavin Wiggins' Top 5 of 05.

5. Thinking Aloud Remote Mind Control
4. Hermano - Dare I Say
3. Street Dogs - Back to the World
2. The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Origin Vol. 1
1. Tremolo - Love is the Greatest Revenge

Honorable Mention:
Enuff Z'nuff One More for the Road

Gary Schwind's Top 5 (err 10) of 05.

10. Little Barrie - We Are Little Barrie
9. A Band of Bees - Free the Bees
8. Oliver Mtukudzi - Nhava
7. Nashville Pussy - Get Some
6. Graceland Mafia - Family Business
5. Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
4. The Blue Van - The Art of Rolling
3. Athlete - Tourist
2. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus
1. Lucero - Nobody's Darlings

Gary also has some honorable mentions, so be sure to click on his list to see those too!.

Morley Seaver's Top 5 (or so) of 2005.

5. Cori Yarckin - Ringing in My Head
4. Crisis - Like Sheep Led to Slaughter
3. Scarling - So Long Scarecrow
2. My Ruin - The Brutal Language
1c. Janeen Leah - Time is Never Wasted
1b. Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself
1a. Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring

Trent McMartin's Top 5 of 05.

5. The Mohawk Lodge - Rare Birds
4. Brian Borcherdt - The Remains of Brian Borcherdt Vol. 2
3. System of a Down - Mezmerize
2. North Atlantic Explorers - Skylines
1. Thrice - Vheissu

Jordan Rodgers's Top 5 of 05.

5. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs
4. Bonnie "Prince" Billy/Matt Sweeney - Superwolf
3. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Hobo's Top 5 of 05.

5. Lord Gore Resickened:
4. Ramallah Kill a Celebrity
3. Strapping Young Lad Alien
2. Genghis Tron Cloak of Love (EP)
1. Rotten Sound Exit

Jacob McDaniel's Top 5 of 05.

5. Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs (tie)
5. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now (tie)
4. Chase Jedick - Break of Day
3. Caribou - The Milk of Human Kindness
2. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
1. Sufjan Stevens - Come On: Feel the Illinoise!

Mark Hensch's Top 5 of 05.

5. Witchcraft Firewood
4. Bear Vs. Shark - Terrorhawk
3. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
2. YOB - The Unreal Never Lived
1. Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked

Johnny Hardcore's Top 5 of 05.

5. Audioslave - Out of Exile
4. Korn - See You On The Other Side
3. Coldplay - X & Y
2. Throw Rag - 13 feet & Rising
1. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor

Joannie Foney 's Top 5 of 05.

5) Sinai Beach - Immersed
4) (Hmmm, eeenie, meenie, miney moe...In Arcadia, Jacknife or Razorwire?)
3) Anthrax - No Hit Wonders
2) Meshuggah - 33 1/3
1) Scars of Tomorrow - Horror Of Realization

Dolly's Top 5 of 05.

(due to the nature of Dolly's list we're just posting the No 1 here, you'll have to click the link to get the rest)

1. Jennifer Antony- Lopez: (or is it Lopez- Antony, how does that work?) 'My Life is Better than Yours', this release was the best of the year, with many personal songs that I still remember, months later! Especially the part about her "wealth & larger than life persona" she is so proud of that she rubs it in all her homeguuurls faces, whee!! Have you bought these yet? If not, hurry up!

Brodie's Top 5 of 05.

5. Blindside - The Great Depression
4. Sigur Ros - Takk
3. Minus the Bear - Menos El Oso
2. Sufjan Stevens - Come on, Feel the Illinoise
1. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

DeadSun's Top 5 of 05.

This was an extraordinarily difficult year to choose--- the competition was heavy--- though I'm sure some won't be all that surprised by my picks.

5. Hypocrisy Virus
4. Jesu (self-titled
3. Porcupine Tree Deadwing
2. Cephalic Carnage Anomalie
1. Napalm Death - The Code is Red... Long Live the Code

Travis Becker's Top 5 of 05.

5) Erik Larson - Faith Hope Love
4) Corrosion of Conformity - In the Arms of God
3) High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings
2) Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus
1) Street Dogs - Back to the World

antiGUY's Top 5 of 05.

I was out of the loop for most of 05 but these are the CDs that caught my attention and kept it! Because I don't follow rules, I'm including six (tie for 5th place).

5b) Tremolo - Love is the Greatest Revenge
5a) Hermano - Dare I Say
4) Beautiful Creatures Deuce
3) Iron Maiden - Death on the Road
2) The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
1) Clutch - Robot Hive / Exodus





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