Best Albums of the 2000s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2000s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
20004,225230,118
20014,154215,451
20024,215209,953
20034,551184,684
20044,526206,384
20054,741191,417
20064,891172,103
20075,074244,213
20085,140145,205
20095,309143,649
Total46,8261,943,176

The best artists of the 2000s were Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Coldplay, Sufjan Stevens, Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, Animal Collective, Muse and The White Stripes.
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2002
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232
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2003
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2005
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2008
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229
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2007
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229
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 101 10%
2001 102 10%
2002 106 11%
2003 113 11%
2004 84 8%
2005 109 11%
2006 97 10%
2007 96 10%
2008 90 9%
2009 102 10%
Country Albums %


United States 550 55%
United Kingdom 219 22%
Canada 56 6%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
Sweden 23 2%
France 22 2%
Australia 19 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Live? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Popular  Charts
1. 100 Best Albums - 2024 Edition by Apple Music (2024)
2. The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time by New Music Express (2013)
3. 200 Greatest Albums of All Time by Uncut (2016)
4. The Top 100 Albums by VH1 (2001)
5. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)
6. The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)
7. Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums by Virgin (2000)
8. Top 100 Albums by ABC (2006)
9. Die 100 besten Platten des Jahrhunderts by Wiener (1999)
10. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Melody Maker (2000)
11. Mojo Readers: The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made by Mojo (1996)
12. Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with NME (2006)
13. The 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time by Absolute Radio (2012)
14. Die 100 besten Alben der Musikgeschichte by radioeins (2019)
15. Die 20 besten Alben der Geschichte by Musikexpress.de (2011)
16. The Greatest Rock Albums by uDiscoverMusic (2015)
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19. The 300 Greatest Albums of All Time (1-100) by Paste (2024)
20. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Consequence of Sound (2022)
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