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Best Albums of the 2000s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 2000s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 17,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
20001,538258,688 Kid A (7th)
by Radiohead
20011,613230,147
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Is This It (26th)
by The Strokes
20021,697240,830 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (51st)
by Wilco
20031,900211,809 Elephant (52nd)
by The White Stripes
20041,791242,964 Funeral (9th)
by Arcade Fire
20051,955207,360 Illinois (76th)
by Sufjan Stevens
20062,065206,745 Whatever People Say I Am, That's... (44th)
by Arctic Monkeys
20072,109293,702 In Rainbows (16th)
by Radiohead
20082,171177,064 Fleet Foxes (97th)
by Fleet Foxes
20092,246183,401 Merriweather Post Pavilion (92nd)
by Animal Collective
Total19,0852,252,709

The best artists of the 2000s were Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, The Strokes, Muse, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, Animal Collective and Modest Mouse.
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1.

Kid AUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2000Appears in:1,535 charts
Rank in 2000:1Rank Score:73,916
Rank in 2000s1Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,811 votes)
Comments: 286 comments
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2.

FuneralCanada Arcade Fire
Year of Release:2004Appears in:1,495 charts
Rank in 2004:1Rank Score:72,292
Rank in 2000s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,634 votes)
Comments: 198 comments
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3.

In RainbowsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2007Appears in:1,253 charts
Rank in 2007:1Rank Score:57,260
Rank in 2000s3Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,531 votes)
Comments: 179 comments
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Is This ItUnited States The Strokes
Year of Release:2001Appears in:1,116 charts
Rank in 2001:1Rank Score:41,865
Rank in 2000s4Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,291 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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5.

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotUnited Kingdom Arctic Monkeys
Year of Release:2006Appears in:751 charts
Rank in 2006:1Rank Score:27,464
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating:  82/100 (998 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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6.

Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
Year of Release:2002Appears in:725 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:24,677
Rank in 2000s6Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (831 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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7.

ElephantUnited States The White Stripes
Year of Release:2003Appears in:819 charts
Rank in 2003:1Rank Score:24,588
Rank in 2000s7Overall Rank:52
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,076 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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8.

A Rush Of Blood To The HeadUnited Kingdom Coldplay
Year of Release:2002Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 2002:2Rank Score:22,315
Rank in 2000s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,094 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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9.

IllinoisUnited States Sufjan Stevens
Year of Release:2005Appears in:654 charts
Rank in 2005:1Rank Score:19,201
Rank in 2000s9Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  84/100 (680 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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10.

Yoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2002Appears in:618 charts
Rank in 2002:3Rank Score:18,116
Rank in 2000s10Overall Rank:83
Average Rating:  83/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 91 9%
2001 96 10%
2002 98 10%
2003 99 10%
2004 92 9%
2005 108 11%
2006 108 11%
2007 106 11%
2008 109 11%
2009 93 9%
Artist Albums %


Animal Collective 6 1%
The White Stripes 5 1%
Bright Eyes 5 1%
Coldplay 5 1%
Dream Theater 5 1%
Modest Mouse 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 547 55%
United Kingdom 226 23%
Canada 56 6%
Mexico 31 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 20 2%
France 17 2%
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