Monday, December 28, 2020

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

First posted 12/13/2020; updated 12/28/2020.

2000-2019:

The Top 100 Albums

The book Top 100 Albums of All Time was published by Dave’s Music Database in 2014. It aggregated more than 150 best-of lists from all manner of music publications and entities and crunching those figures into a database along with sales figures, chart results, critical ratings, and various awards. (Click links to see detailed sources).

The book only featured one album from the 21st century (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP) and, frankly, if I were to revise the book I’d re-focus it just on the 20th century. Either way, this book serves as a sequel, keying in on the top 100 albums of the 21st century. Here are the results:

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
4. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
9. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
10. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)

11. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
12. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
13. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
14. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
15. Adele 25 (2015)
16. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
17. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
18. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
19. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
20. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)

21. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
22. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
23. Usher Confessions (2004)
24. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
27. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
28. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
29. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
30. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)

31. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
32. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
33. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
34. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
35. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
36. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
37. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
38. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
39. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
40. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

41. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
42. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
43. Eminem Recovery (2010)
44. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)
45. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
46. Drake Views (2016)
47. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
48. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
49. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
50. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)

51. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
52. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
53. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
54. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
55. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
56. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
57. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
58. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)
59. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
60. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)

61. Beck Sea Change (2002)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
64. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
65. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
66. Drake Take Care (2011)
67. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
68. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
69. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
70. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)

71. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
72. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
73. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
74. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
75. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
76. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
77. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
78. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
79. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
80. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)

81. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
82. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)
83. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
84. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
85. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
86. Rihanna Anti (2016)
87. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
88. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002)
89. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
90. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)

91. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
92. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
93. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
94. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
95. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
96. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
97. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
98. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
99. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
100. Janelle Monáe The Arch Android (2010)


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