By The Way (studio album) by Red Hot Chili Peppers

By The Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year: 2002
Overall rank: 416th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 974 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 2002 (9th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (72nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (416th)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bestography

By The Way is ranked 3rd best out of 20 albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Red Hot Chili Peppers is Blood Sugar Sex Magik which is ranked number 170 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,660.

Red Hot Chili Peppers album bestography « Higher ranked (216th) This album (416th) Lower ranked (521st) »
CalifornicationBy The WayStadium Arcadium

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By The Way track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 974 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 8% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.1/100, a mean average of 75.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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60/100
From 09/19/2020 01:53
Some good songs. They could of cut about 6 songs off this album to make it much better. Way to long. Way to much filler
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75/100
From 07/07/2020 03:51
Probably the most consistent album Red Hot Chili Peppers has released. Some great tracks (By the Way, Can't Stop) and some that seem to barely have the will to exist (Dosed, Warm Tape). Still, By the Way is enjoyable enough for multiple listens.
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70/100
From 01/09/2020 09:48
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From 12/10/2019 07:11
A pleasant and well made album, but too many songs are mellow and similar for it to ever be considered a great album. The big singles are still the best songs unfortunately. It's totally fine for an artist to experiment, but in the case of TRHCP, the experiments don't quite work like it did on their other 90's and 2000's albums. I don't understand why this band always felt the need to stuff a bunch of extra mediocre songs in their albums to appear long and epic.....because of the time between recording albums so they wanted to satisfy their fans? Well a better way to satisfy your fans is to have 10 incredible songs instead of 3 classics and 13 filler songs.
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100/100
From 08/06/2019 15:18
100/100

Whys is this album so underrated? almost all songs are very good
from start to finish
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85/100
From 07/05/2019 15:34
Awesome album, just below Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication.

Favorites: By The Way, Can't Stop
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90/100
From 05/04/2019 19:03
This is my favorite RHCP album. Consistently good, some great guitar work, some of the best vocals Anthony Kiedis has had, and has something for everyone. This album is much better than Californication. A very solid 9/10
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80/100
From 12/14/2018 20:30
I wish there was an instrumental version of this album because John Frusciante's work on this is outstanding.

With the final product, I can take or leave Kiedis... probably at his least irritating here, some decent lyrics. Great album.
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95/100
From 07/25/2018 12:38
I think this is the most cohesive RHCP record. It doesn't feature the best individual tracks, but to me, it is still their best record because it sounds like a record, not a best-of. There's a mood that you can feel throughout the entire album in the sound of it, the lyrics and even the booklet. That's why By The Way is my favorite RHCP album.
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From 06/10/2018 17:50
Incredible album, I would say as good as Californication. 9/10.
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