Best Albums of the 2000s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2000s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 49,000 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.
20003,617246,703
20013,633227,005
20023,727221,140
20034,088193,749
20043,976219,933
20054,242199,418
20064,394182,620
20074,472260,528
20084,587151,692
20094,676151,005
Total41,4122,053,792

The best artists of the 2000s were Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Sufjan Stevens, Muse, Wilco, Animal Collective and The White Stripes.
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2005
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2,473
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2004
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2,451
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2005
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2,429
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2008
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2,421
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2003
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2,374
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2003
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2,374
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2000
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2,338
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2004
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2,324
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2006
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2,288
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2002
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2,278
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 13 of 100

Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 103 10%
2001 104 10%
2002 101 10%
2003 112 11%
2004 86 9%
2005 106 11%
2006 98 10%
2007 100 10%
2008 93 9%
2009 97 10%
Country Albums %


United States 559 56%
United Kingdom 219 22%
Canada 56 6%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Australia 22 2%
France 22 2%
Sweden 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Live? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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