Top Albums of the Decade

The very definition of "album" changed in the last decade, as the measly CD cover art became a digital image that shows up on our iPod. More than ever, it's the songs that matter. As selected by the Songfacts community, these are the Top 10 albums of the '00s.

10. Kid A - Radiohead (2000)

Key Tracks:
Everything in its Right Place


The National Anthem

"Kid A" was the name of a setting on one of their sequencers when they were making the album, which explains the title. There was very little guitar on the album.
Nominated by Viaene

9. Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007)

Key Tracks:
Please Read the Letter

Killing The Blues

Rich Woman

Produced by T-Bone Burnett, this won a Grammy for Album of the Year, where Robert Plant said: "When we started this project together, the whole game was a mystery. We gave ourselves 3 days, and we said if it doesn't work, we'll just take lunch, and I'll go back to Wolverhampton."
Nominated by Lucky

8. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Key Tracks:
Take Me Out (in video)

Darts of Pleasure


This was the band's first album. Five years later, they released Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. The band got the idea for their name when they saw a racehorse called "The Archduke Ferdinand."
Nominated by Jenny

7. Is This It - The Strokes (2001)
Key Tracks:
Hard To Explain (in video)

NYC Cops

Last Nite
NME thought this was the best album of the decade, and Rolling Stone had it at #2. Explaining the album title, lead singer Julian Casablancas said: "I thought it sounded cool in more ways than one. It's deep without being pretentious."
Nominated by Bertrand

6. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys (2006)
Key Tracks:
When The Sun Goes Down

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (in video)

Riot Van

Arctic Monkeys' second album, it was huge in the UK, selling 120,000 copies the first day it was released.
Nominated by Farin

5. Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age (2002)
Key Tracks:
Go With The Flow

No One Knows (in video)

First It Giveth

Dave Grohl played drums on the album. In 2009, he and lead singer Josh Homme formed Them Crooked Vultures with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
Nominated by BlueAngel

4. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast (2003)
Key Tracks:
Hey Ya (in video)

The Way You Move


This is a double album, with each member of Outkast contributing half. The Hip-Hop album went mainstream fast, and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. "Hey Ya" was the most downloaded track on iTunes the first year Apple started the service.
Nominated by Tenacious Peaches

3. Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)

Key Tracks:
Dani California

Snow (Hey Oh)

Tell Me Baby

Their first album in four years, Flea said it was, "By far the best thing we've ever done." 20 years earlier, the band would wear nothing but (strategically placed) socks on stage; now they were basking in critical acclaim.
Nominated by MindCrime

2. Demon Days - Gorillaz (2005)
Key Tracks:
Feel Good Inc. (in video)

Dirty Harry


A cartoon band with something deliciously different. It was produced by Danger Mouse a year before he teamed up with Cee-Lo to form Gnarls Barkley.
Nominated by BlueAngel

1. Elephant - The White Stripes (2003)
Key Tracks:
Seven Nation Army (in video)

The Hardest Button To Button

Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine

Honest Rock and Roll makes the top of our list. On the album, it states: "No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing or mastering of this record."
Nominated by cs 1987
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Comments: 34

  • Rob from CanadaNot a bad collection for people to explore if they haven't. We all have different lists. Mine would include Rush's Clockwork Angels even though it is very new.
  • CuriousWhat about the Hunger Games soundtrack? big hit, you know. Ke$ha? Lady Gaga?
  • Alex from MassachusettsWhite Stripes' on. But I would have to agree that "American Idiot" is missing.
  • Connor from Carlsbad, CaWhile some of these albums surely belong on this list, and many of them are great tracks, this list seems a little biased towards rock artists. I mean I love Rock more than any other genre, but truthfully, Hip Hop, and Pop, were huge part of musical influence in the past decade.
  • Jack from MagictownNo This is Happening?
  • Chiara from MilanElephant by The White Stripes or even better white blood cells definitely makes my own "desert island" list! But i do agree with some of the critiques, i feel Muse are missing in this chart. Origin of Simmetry for example. This talking about rock music, then there's so much more!
  • Joe from OhioThe White Stripes are amazing I agree with that choice. Not sure about Stadium Aradium. I would have easily replaced it with American Idiot.
  • Ryan from TennesseeHow was the Black Parade, one of the best of 2006, completely ignored?
    What about Muse? TV on the Radio? Lil Wayne? Fleet Foxes? Taylor Swift? Green Day? Jay-Z? Kanye West? Coldplay?
  • DuffHAHA! Artic Monkeys before the Strokes? Really? What a joke! That's like putting Lenny Kravitz before Hendrix...
    No Arcade Fire? Modest Mouse? Kid A #10? Also, Stankonia > SPBox/Lovebelow.
  • Funkspiel from SeychellesI've lived through five so far and that was the lamest yet.
  • Ben from Nowheretoo much of a genre bias, not all music has to be rock you know, I'm not critisicing the genre, i love it, but can't people just open their minds a little?
  • Harry Satchel from Nowheresville Usawell I must echo scott from florida (and others)...if this is the best of the decade, then we are screwed. Think of any of the above "albums" versus Sgt. Pepper's, Dark Side, The Wall, Zep I, II, IV, Cry of Love, Synchronicity, Purple Rain, Nevermind...hell you get the drift... and NONE of this list holds a candle. A few really good tracks, but that's it.
    BTW, The Bends is the best Radiohead album. Not just MHO. It's a fact.
    It's a *good* list, with bands I like (Queens, Monkeys, Gorillaz), but there's nothing here that would make anyone's "desert island" list (or so I'm hoping...).
  • Rw from SingaporeWhat about American idiot by Green day?
  • Scatapult from HadesIf this was the best of '00 then I guess the '80s werent so bad after all
  • Eric from Los AngelesI'm surprised that "Room Full of Buffalo" by L. Ron Bubbashats and the Stonkweenies didn't make this list.
  • Brian from PhoenixI am suprised the American Idiot did not get any mention.
  • S Vaccaro from Colorado SpringsI was interested to see Queens of the stone age, that was a great choice. But stadium arcadium stinks and gorillaz?
  • AnonymousMan that's not right at all, what about absolution by muse or one of interpols albums. There are many other albums that were far better than these, I mean how was gorillaz even included on this? Most of these albums had one or two good songs and that's it.
  • Dan from Cleveland"Hybrid Theroy" anyone?
  • K from Calgary, CanadaI'm a huge chili peppers fan, and I thought Stadium Arcadium was awful, especially the lyrics. About the article, clearly the author loves retro-alt rock: franz ferdinand, arctic monkeys, the strokes? Those 3 could easily be the same band
  • Scott from Florida (for Now)the dumbing down of america is complete! dumb music for dumb people. only a few worthwhile TRACKS (no truly great ones, though) can be found here.
  • Bella Dalton from Floridathese albums SO werent the best of the decade!'Gorillaz'???come on!
    theyre alright but not THAT amazing!
  • Mck from AzThis is #11 - #25 of the voting process...

    11. Missundaztood – Pink
    12. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
    13. Funeral - Arcade Fire
    14. Into the Wild - Eddie Vedder
    15. Hot Fuss - The Killers
    16. Get Born – Jet
    17. All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2
    18. Good News for People Who Love Bad News - Modest Mouse
    19. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea - PJ Harvey
    20. Rising, The - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    21. Blueprint, The - Jay Z
    22. Green Album, The – Weezer
    23. Attack & Release - The Black Keys
    24. Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
    25. Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia - The Dandy Warhols
  • K.c. from Nh"Raising Sand" is the only one on this list I even find worth listening to. Genre-bias, much?
  • Giancarlo from ItalyI agree with almost every point of the list but...not even a Muse album??
  • Tim from CaliforniaI'm a bit shocked that A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay missed this list
  • Nate from FloridaThe Sufferer & The Witness by Rise Against should be on this list.
  • Ben from New ZealandGood list, a bit dissapointed not to see The Marshall Mathers LP. But there's only 10 positions so I'm not omplaining.
  • Eric from OregonSomehow, the only album on this list that I've heard any music from is Gorillaz' "Demon Days" - and I can't say I really warmed up to it very well.

    I'm surprised Blue Man Group's "The Complex" (2003) and Dirty Vegas' album "Dirty Vegas" (2002) aren't on this list.
  • Skish from PennsylvaniaI find the lack of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" a little disheartening.

    Flaming Lips all the way.
  • K Mc from AzPink's "Missundaztood" tied for 10th place but just lost out. This is a solid rock list, but there's quite a few other albums that are equally just as good as the selected choices.
  • Adam from UmeÃ¥I think Joe Bonamassa should be on this list.
  • Anthony from KentuckyI really like this list. But I have to disagree with kid A being the Radiohead album to go on this list, I liked In Rainbows more, but hey awesome list The White Stripes deserve number one spot.
  • Jim from WisconsinFigure 8 by Elliott Smith should have made it onto this list.
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