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. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
21. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
31. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
41. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
51. Drake Views (2016)
61. Beck Sea Change (2002)
71. Drake Take Care (2011)
81. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
91. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (musical, 2015)
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First posted 12/13/2020; last updated 9/14/2022.