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)
11. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
21. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
31. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
41. Eminem Recovery (2010)
51. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
61. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
71. Drake Take Care (2011)
81. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
91. Rihanna Anti (2016)
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First posted 12/13/2020; last updated 4/30/2022.