Saturday, April 30, 2022

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

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. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
9. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
10. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)

11. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
12. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
13. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
14. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
15. Adele 25 (2015)
16. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
17. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
18. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
19. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
20. Usher Confessions (2004)

21. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
22. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
23. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
24. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
27. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
28. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
29. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
30. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)

31. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
32. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
33. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
34. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
35. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
36. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)
37. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
38. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
39. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
40. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

41. Eminem Recovery (2010)
42. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
43. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
44. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
45. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
46. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
47. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
48. Drake Views (2016)
49. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)
50. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)

51. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
52. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
53. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
54. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
55. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
56. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
57. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
58. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)
59. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
60. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)

61. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Beck Sea Change (2002)
64. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
65. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
66. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
67. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
68. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
69. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
70. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)

71. Drake Take Care (2011)
72. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
73. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
74. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
75. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
76. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
77. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
78. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
79. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
80. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)

81. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
82. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
83. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
84. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
85. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)
86. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
87. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (musical, 2015)
88. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
89. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
90. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)

91. Rihanna Anti (2016)
92. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
93. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
94. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
95. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
96. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
97. Taylor Swift Folklore (2020)
98. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
99. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)
100. Shania Twain Up! (2002)


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First posted 12/13/2020; last updated 4/30/2022.

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