Best Albums of the 2000s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2000s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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2000s decade summary
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.
20003,317266,649
20013,336240,432
20023,429237,224
20033,771204,802
20043,693237,897
20053,913214,467
20064,072197,515
20074,108286,445
20084,259162,210
20094,356165,296
Total38,2542,212,938

The best artists of the 2000s were Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, Muse, Wilco and The White Stripes.
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2000
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68,638
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2007
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64,541
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2004
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57,076
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2001
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41,403
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2005
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27,552
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2002
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26,311
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2006
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24,156
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2002
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18,774
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2000
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18,704
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2004
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18,114
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 99 10%
2001 100 10%
2002 102 10%
2003 111 11%
2004 90 9%
2005 104 10%
2006 103 10%
2007 100 10%
2008 92 9%
2009 99 10%
Country Albums %


United States 563 56%
United Kingdom 212 21%
Canada 57 6%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Australia 21 2%
Sweden 20 2%
France 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Live? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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