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Sunday, 30 December, 2001, 14:23 GMT
Daft Punk top 2001 poll
Daft Punk
Daft Punk: French, electronic, cool and successful
Dance music band Daft Punk have beaten Radiohead and Basement Jaxx to the title of best album of 2001 in a year-end poll of polls.

The band's second album, Discovery, came first in a list compiled from album of the year round-ups in publications like NME, Ministry, Q and Uncut.

The French duo - who dress as robots to avoid having their photos taken - have been acclaimed for their retro dance sound.

Top 10
1. Daft Punk - Discovery
2. Avalanches - Since I Left You
3. Basement Jaxx - Rooty
4. Radiohead - Amnesiac
5. Royskopp - Melody Am
6. Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
7. Zero 7 - Simple Things
8. Air - 10,000hz Legend
9. The Strokes - Is This It
10. N*E*R*D - In Search Of
*source: HMV

Although Discovery failed to head any individual year-end review, it was highly rated often enough to top the overall chart.

Australian act Avalanches, who create dancefloor-friendly sound collages, were runners-up.

Completing a dance domination of the top three were Basement Jaxx who two years ago topped the poll of polls with their debut release, Remedy.

Radiohead, second in last year's poll for Kid A, came fourth this time with Amnesiac.

New bands Zero 7 and The Strokes, who have both made headlines this year, also made it into the Top 10.

But the best-selling album of the year, Dido's No Angel, did not make it onto the list.

See also:

22 Mar 01 | Reviews
Daft Punk go mainstream
18 Apr 01 | Reviews
The Avalanches: Press reviews
22 Jun 01 | Reviews
Back to basement
13 Sep 01 | Music
Radiohead romp home in Q poll
20 Dec 01 | Music
The return of French pop music
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