Acclaimed duo Outkast topped a year-end poll of polls today to land the definitive album of the year accolade.
The double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below – essentially two solo albums by members Big Boi and Andre 3000 – did consistently well in countless magazine “best of 2003” lists.
Its strong showing has puts it top of the charts in a round-up of the year’s greatest releases compiled by music firm HMV.
Outkast pushed Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal into second place in the authoritative annual countdown for his debut Boy In Da Corner.
Speakerboxx has won plaudits from a wide range of critics for crossing many genres. Although originally a hip-hop act, the band have gone on to take in soul and rock influences – as on current chart hit Hey Ya.
HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “Outkast’s album is a real melting pot of styles and rightly deserves the praise which has been heaped on it.”
The epic prog rock of The Mars Volta – made up of former members of rock act At The Drive In – was ranked third.
“Just to prove there’s life in the old dogs yet, veterans Radiohead, Jane’s Addiction and Blur all manage a respectable top 20 place each, and hold their own against some of this year’s trendier acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture and dance music’s finest Audio Bullys,” said Castaldo.
The retailer used a weighting system to tot up each album’s showing in magazine polls and collated the winners.
Mojo, NME, Q and Mixmag were among those included.
:: HMV’s poll of polls top 20:
1. Outkast – Speakerboxx/Love Below
2. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
3. Mars Volta – Deloused In The Comatorium
4. White Stripes – Elephant
5. The Darkness – Permission To Land
6. Radiohead – Hail To The Thief
7. Rapture – Echoes
8. Blur – Think Tank
9. Four Tet – Rounds
10. The Strokes – Room On Fire
11. Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
13. Muse – Absolution
14. My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves
15. Audio Bullys – Ego War
16. Jane’s Addiction – Strays
17. British Sea Power – Decline Of British Sea Power
18. The Thrills – So Much For The City
19. Kings Of Leon – Youth And Young Manhood
20. Distillers – Coral Fang