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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 18,000 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.
20001,671270,905 Kid A (6th)
by Radiohead
20011,747238,762
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Is This It (26th)
by The Strokes
20021,847250,901 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (51st)
by Wilco
20032,033220,198 Elephant (53rd)
by The White Stripes
20041,928252,354 Funeral (9th)
by Arcade Fire
20052,062215,011 Illinois (76th)
by Sufjan Stevens
20062,172214,389 Whatever People Say I Am, That's... (44th)
by Arctic Monkeys
20072,230302,137 In Rainbows (16th)
by Radiohead
20082,317183,157 Fleet Foxes (101st)
by Fleet Foxes
20092,368189,275 Merriweather Post Pavilion (92nd)
by Animal Collective
Total20,3752,337,087

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kid AUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2000Appears in:1,622 charts
Rank in 2000:1Rank Score:77,133
Rank in 2000s1Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,884 votes)
Comments: 304 comments
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2.

FuneralCanada Arcade Fire
Year of Release:2004Appears in:1,548 charts
Rank in 2004:1Rank Score:74,245
Rank in 2000s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,697 votes)
Comments: 206 comments
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3.

In RainbowsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Year of Release:2007Appears in:1,313 charts
Rank in 2007:1Rank Score:59,259
Rank in 2000s3Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,593 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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Is This ItUnited States The Strokes
Year of Release:2001Appears in:1,159 charts
Rank in 2001:1Rank Score:43,239
Rank in 2000s4Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,340 votes)
Comments: 155 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:790 charts
Rank in 2006:1Rank Score:28,461
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,042 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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6.

Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
Year of Release:2002Appears in:755 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:25,341
Rank in 2000s6Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (860 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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7.

ElephantUnited States The White Stripes
Year of Release:2003Appears in:854 charts
Rank in 2003:1Rank Score:25,147
Rank in 2000s7Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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8.

A Rush Of Blood To The HeadUnited Kingdom Coldplay
Year of Release:2002Appears in:697 charts
Rank in 2002:2Rank Score:22,955
Rank in 2000s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,128 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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9.

IllinoisUnited States Sufjan Stevens
Year of Release:2005Appears in:686 charts
Rank in 2005:1Rank Score:19,972
Rank in 2000s9Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  84/100 (709 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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10.

Yoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsUnited States The Flaming Lips
Year of Release:2002Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 2002:3Rank Score:18,550
Rank in 2000s10Overall Rank:83
Average Rating:  83/100 (777 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 94 9%
2001 97 10%
2002 101 10%
2003 98 10%
2004 89 9%
2005 109 11%
2006 106 11%
2007 107 11%
2008 106 11%
2009 93 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 550 55%
United Kingdom 225 23%
Canada 57 6%
Mexico 30 3%
Australia 28 3%
Sweden 21 2%
France 16 2%
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