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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 23,000 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.
20002,035320,130 Kid A (6th)
by Radiohead
20012,088277,149
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Is This It (24th)
by The Strokes
20022,168290,572 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (47th)
by Wilco
20032,412251,770 Elephant (59th)
by The White Stripes
20042,308293,535 Funeral (8th)
by Arcade Fire
20052,487248,872 Illinois (62nd)
by Sufjan Stevens
20062,606243,522 Whatever People Say I Am, That's... (44th)
by Arctic Monkeys
20072,659349,017 In Rainbows (16th)
by Radiohead
20082,793207,777 Fleet Foxes (104th)
by Fleet Foxes
20092,841214,614 Merriweather Post Pavilion (94th)
by Animal Collective
Total24,3972,696,958

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

Kid AUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2000Appears in:2,001 charts
Rank in 2000:1Rank Score:94,523
Rank in 2000s1Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,513 votes)
Comments: 379 comments
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2.

FuneralCanada Arcade Fire
Year of Release:2004Appears in:1,838 charts
Rank in 2004:1Rank Score:87,285
Rank in 2000s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,189 votes)
Comments: 260 comments
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3.

In RainbowsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2007Appears in:1,642 charts
Rank in 2007:1Rank Score:73,624
Rank in 2000s3Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,139 votes)
Comments: 247 comments
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Is This ItUnited States The Strokes
Year of Release:2001Appears in:1,436 charts
Rank in 2001:1Rank Score:53,502
Rank in 2000s4Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,739 votes)
Comments: 194 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:966 charts
Rank in 2006:1Rank Score:33,860
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,361 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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6.

Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
Year of Release:2002Appears in:945 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:31,849
Rank in 2000s6Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,119 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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7.

ElephantUnited States The White Stripes
Year of Release:2003Appears in:995 charts
Rank in 2003:1Rank Score:27,756
Rank in 2000s7Overall Rank:59
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,378 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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8.

IllinoisUnited States Sufjan Stevens
Year of Release:2005Appears in:903 charts
Rank in 2005:1Rank Score:27,325
Rank in 2000s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (991 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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9.

A Rush Of Blood To The HeadUnited Kingdom Coldplay
Year of Release:2002Appears in:834 charts
Rank in 2002:2Rank Score:25,424
Rank in 2000s9Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,403 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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10.

Yoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2002Appears in:765 charts
Rank in 2002:3Rank Score:21,458
Rank in 2000s10Overall Rank:86
Average Rating:  84/100 (998 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 92 9%
2001 93 9%
2002 100 10%
2003 109 11%
2004 84 8%
2005 101 10%
2006 108 11%
2007 106 11%
2008 107 11%
2009 100 10%
Artist Albums %


Animal Collective 6 1%
Dream Theater 5 1%
Modest Mouse 5 1%
Muse 5 1%
Death Cab For Cutie 5 1%
Radiohead 5 1%
The White Stripes 5 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 580 58%
United Kingdom 221 22%
Canada 60 6%
Australia 26 3%
Sweden 23 2%
France 16 2%
Mixed Nationality 15 2%
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