Top 100 Music Albums of the 2000s by LedZep (2022)

I've included a few archival albums and compilations too, because why not.

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The ultimate sadboi metal. It's the most "winter" album I've ever heard. In fact, I don't associate any album with a particular season as much as this one. The temperature in the room drops a few degrees when that gorgeous intro starts. At the same time it's so otherworldly and yet very much human. Reminds me of a silent, untouched forests covered in snow, and then the next moment it transports me right in the center of the blizzard. But ya know, unlike a lot of harsh, wintery black metal, you could never freeze in this blizzard. You watch its might and glory from the eye of the storm. [First added to this chart: 01/23/2020]
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2002
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What the hell can I say about Lateralus that hasn't already been repeated to death? I mean, forget about Maynard's lyrics for a moment. The songwriting is what makes this a true masterpiece for ages. The moment when Parabol goes straight into Parabola's opening riff still hasn't been topped in popular music. It's easy to label them as pretentious and overrated, and I partially understand why some people are not too keen on them, but even if you ignore the lyrics, Fibonacci stuff and so on, you're left with some of the best written alternative songs of all time. [First added to this chart: 01/28/2017]
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2001
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I'll start this one by saying that I'm not at all sure what's her best album. I mean Homogenic has a terrible cover but the best highlights, this one has the vibe, and Post is all about great hits. And after all, I think it's the atmosphere of Vespertine that has won me over again and again. Soft, warm and incredibly personal, it lacks the huge choruses of its predecessors but stands on its own as one of the most unique pop albums of all time. [First added to this chart: 01/23/2020]
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2001
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One of the rare hip hop albums that I would call "epic". I'm not sure I can think of another hip hop record that sounds so huge and cinematic. Its dark and gritty but warm production, scenic verses and the sheer amount of great material all make for what is possibly my favourite hip hop record of all time. "Picturesque" might be the best word to describe The Cold Vein. El-P must be the one of best hip hop producer of all time, hands down. [First added to this chart: 05/02/2020]
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2001
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"The best emcee with no chain ya ever heard". And nobody with the chain could rival him either, to be honest. Early 2000s underground rap is some of my favourite music of all time. When the MCs were pushing the boundaries of the genre further and further, making classics on a yearly basis. The equivalent of 67'-73' rock. And Madvillainy is one of the brightest lights of that revolution, the very rare occasion where you have two of the all time greats making a supergroup that's even better than the sum of its parts. One thing that isn't mentioned enough is the flow of the album. With 22 songs, it could've easily been a scattered, disjointed collection of half-baked tunes. But instead we got some of Madlib's best instrumentals, Doom's cleanest and smoothest flows and rhymes, and incredible skits and interludes to boot. [First added to this chart: 01/23/2020]
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2004
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Christian Fennesz had an unbelievable streak from the acclaimed 2001's Endless Summer 'till the end of the decade. And the pinnacle of all the soundscapes, song structures and various other experiments he's been conducting during this period is 2008's Black Sea. With fuzzy, warm textures, Black Sea creates a world (or sea) of its own. It stands as one of the best ambient, drone and experimental electronic experiences ever in my eyes. His other works are well worth checking out too, 'cause they're not too far behind at all. [First added to this chart: 02/01/2020]
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2008
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111
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The first two songs sound like typical Dillinger chaotic madness. And that's not a negative, I absolutely love that sound. But when those weird, electronic interludes and background noises start, you know you're in for a unique album. Even in Dillingers' immaculate discography there isn't an album this experimental, yet wonderfully crafted and memorable. From modern melodic metal bangers (Black Bubblegum, Milk Lizard) to the incredible middle where you have 5 tracks inside 10 minutes, to the epic 1-2-3 punch of Dead As History, Horse Hunter and Mouth Of Ghosts to close this masterpiece, there's not a bad moment. Also those 3 tracks make for a best combo to close the album I've heard... well, ever. [First added to this chart: 01/23/2020]
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2007
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It's what a lot of folktronica and psychedelic folk at the time was trying to be. Lush, experimental, melodic, mystical and fun. But none of the bands in those genres have ever made as visceral, engaging and diverse a record as Matmos has with The Civil War. It's not a folktronica record per se, it's something much more. A bit glitch, a bit IDM, but always sounding so organic and wonderful. Look at Reconstruction for example, it starts with march drum beat, quickly becomes a complex web of electronic squeals which unfolds before our ears and turns into a melodic guitar riff over incredibly textured electronic ecstasy. And that's just in the first 3 and half minutes of 9 and a half minute song. Pelt And Holler is the only "true" electronic track here, without any guitars or live instruments (or samples that sound like live instruments). But, it's a real treat. From the crazy beat to the classic Matmos music concrete elements, it's a blast. I could write an essay about each and every song here. A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure deserves a mention too, another brilliant record by these two geniuses.

Note: pick up a copy (Japan pressing) which has Cabin in the Sky as a closer, that one is possibly the best song on the whole thing, and it works well as a closer too.
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2003
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2006
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They called Coney Island "the playground of the world." There was no place like it in the whole world, like Coney Island when I was a youngster. [First added to this chart: 05/08/2017]
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2000
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 13 13%
2001 16 16%
2002 13 13%
2003 8 8%
2004 7 7%
2005 13 13%
2006 12 12%
2007 9 9%
2008 5 5%
2009 4 4%
Artist Albums %


Tim Hecker 1 1%
Interpol 1 1%
The Bambi Molesters 1 1%
Murcof 1 1%
Matmos 1 1%
At The Drive-In 1 1%
Grouper 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 11 11%
Sweden 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 4 4%
Germany 4 4%
Japan 3 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 11/23/2020 15:13
I absolutely LOVE 2000s underground hip hop scene. There's a lot more that I feel you havent heard yet either but MF DOOM, Aesop Rock and Deltron 3030 are a great start.

Here's some suggestions of other artists that had some critically acclaimed records at that time:
Cunninlynguists, Masta Ace, Atmosphere, J Dilla, Murs & Living Legends, Brother Ali
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From 09/19/2020 18:42
I don't see anything wrong with having a metal-heavy chart if that's the music you loved from the decade. Nice to see some excellent selections from other genres here too, and nice to see some undeniably great entries such as Arcade Fire's Funeral honored here. Great job!
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From 09/04/2020 09:20
Thanks man! I should probably cut some metal picks. I have 23 of them which is really too much, but I’m not sure which ones to drop...
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From 05/02/2017 18:27
Lots of good stuff here. I especially like Tool and Mastodon
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