Top Ten Best Concept Albums of the 21st Century

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1American Idiot - Green Day

Blends punk with prog and alt rock. It's Green Day at the peak of their abilities and Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics and vocals fit so well into the over-all concept.

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2Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age

You can't APPRECIATE music if you can't even HEAR IT. It's like having a blind guy appreciating the Mona Lisa, he can't even see it so he couldn't appreciate it in the first place! - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

To the mildly sarcastic visitor below: how could the deaf fully appreciate something they can't hear? Your jokes have to make sense to be funny or even relevant. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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3Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
4Blackstar - David Bowie V1 Comment
5Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian

This concept album (2015) is a sequel to another concept album. Excellent musicianship - songwriting, arrangement, performance, aural environment, production. Great vocals and crystal clear sound.
Song to start with: The Throne. - Metal_Treasure

6American Gangster - Jay-Z
7Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
8The Scarecrow - Avantasia

All of Avantasia's albums would be on here because they all count as concept albums.

9Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
10Hospice - The Antlers

This was a tough decision. I love Songs for the Deaf and Illinois as collective albums, but Hospice brings a sobering chill to concept albums that I can't shake. It took an innovative approach to writing and producing. When I listen to it, I feel as though I'm walking through the five stages of grief. Also, In terms of personal impact, I'm glad this made the top 10.

The Contenders

11The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
12Octavarium - Dream Theater
13Epica - Kamelot
14The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
15In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
16The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists
17The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
18The Astonishing - Dream Theater
19The Metal Opera - Avantasia
20Southern Rock Opera - Drive-by Truckers
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Top Remixes

1. Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
3. The Scarecrow - Avantasia
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1. American Idiot - Green Day
2. Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age
3. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
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