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.
20004,183230,926
20014,123215,396
20024,193210,378
20034,522184,719
20044,492206,423
20054,708191,851
20064,870172,138
20075,044244,469
20085,100144,930
20095,279143,813
Total46,5141,945,043

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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Year of Release:
2007
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50,571
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2000
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50,436
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2004
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40,964
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2001
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32,669
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2005
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22,970
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2002
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20,331
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2006
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18,084
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2004
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16,061
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2002
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14,832
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2000
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14,744
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Best Albums of the 2000s composition

Year Albums %


2000 101 10%
2001 101 10%
2002 106 11%
2003 113 11%
2004 85 9%
2005 108 11%
2006 97 10%
2007 97 10%
2008 91 9%
2009 102 10%
Country Albums %


United States 554 55%
United Kingdom 218 22%
Canada 56 6%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Sweden 23 2%
France 22 2%
Australia 19 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 14 1%
Live? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 12 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 10 1%
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6. The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)
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