Best Albums of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Kid a - Radiohead

Just a funny thing that TWO LP albums are above this experimental masterpiece. Probably people listen to singles first then the album, but Radiohead had taken a giant leap in their musical journey, from art rock to electronic. First listen might evoke some what comments, but it's not a rock album, it's an electronic masterpiece. Using electronics extensively without sounding like EDM. That's what we're missing now in the electronic music industry. All music is made for dancing, not to listen alone. The extensive use of effects has prevented to explore complexity in this genre. There's the repetitive thing (the National Anthem bassline and the piano groove in Everything In Its Right Place, the two memorable tracks for me of this album), but Radiohead had intricately spun a beautiful spiderweb over the "groove", both lyrically and musically. That there are no singles makes us to listen this album as a journey, and you can't take a sneakpeek of a journey in life.

How is Linkin Park ahead of this? I don't people really realize what this album did for music overall, an highly experimental masterpiece.

Everything in its right place- Takes you into the dark world that is kid a, with a nice soft sound preparing you for whats to come

Kid A- Although no my favorite song, it still has that trippy vibe in an scary lullaby form.

The National Anthem- Complete chaos in its structure, using weird eletronic instruments from the 1920s swirling you. The only thing keeping you grounded is the stable bassline of Colin Greenwood.

How to disappear Completely- Wow, that's all I can say, the lyrics of Thom Yorke "I'm not here, this isn't happening" really its you with his delivery. This is the most beautiful and human song on this album with the guitar the organ that sounds like it's taking you away from here.

Treefingers- just I lovely sounding ambient sounds surrounding you, calming you after the heartbreak you have ...more

I came to the right place at the right time Radiohead is the best band and Kid A is the best album of 21st century even In rainbows is equally good and there's no way the other albums in the list are even close to this masterpiece

2 Dream With Me - Jackie Evancho

Can't wait for her new album due latter this year. I am 64 years old, and have never had a singer effect me like Jackie does. She reaches right into your heart and touches it like an angel.

Most albums have 3 or 4 great songs.
On Dream With Me, every track is a masterpiece.
Jackie has an amazing voice!

This album grows on you with each successive listening session. A stellar achievement! - BobG

This album deservedly went gold, and it made Jackie the youngest person to have an album hit the #2 spot on Billboard. It still sells today, as more people are discovering Jackie for the first time, five years later. Because Jackie attends her local high school, she doesn't tour as much as adult, full-time singers - but the loyalty of her fans runs deep.

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3 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Amazing! All four of the Linkin Park albums on the Top 10! Anyway, Hybrid Theory Diserves it 10/10. Meteora was also awesome, I give it 10/10. A Thousand Suns was not their best album I give it 6/10. Minutes to Midnight was also good. For me it was a 8/10. Linkin Park is not only one of the best rock bands of all time but one of the best bands in the world.

Jackie Evancho and Dream With Me?

Come on Linkin Park fans,
Hybrid Theory is certified
Just Remember:
In The End
One Step Closer
By Myself
Points of Authority
A Place For My Head
Pushing Me Away...

If people die without getting taste of this album their life is incomplete. This is the birth of Linkin Park. Hybrid theory opened my eyes and arised my music style no album can break this record lp forever

Far superior to anything else on this list

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4 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Heavily underrated, a guaranteed classic

5 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
6 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Limp Bizkit
7 Awakening - Jackie Evancho

A tour de force album (with NO AutoTune)

Don't often get to watch an emerging star from age 10 developing and improving,
Jackie now 14 gets better every year.
Quite amazing to witness this happening in real time!
She could be the next Judy Garland.

The Rains Of Castamere shows how incredibly her voice is maturing.

Jackie shows incredible versatility on this album, from the ethereal "Vocalise" (Rachmaninoff) to the somber "Rains of Castamere" to the inspiring "Made to Dream" to a fine rendition of U2's "With or Without You" and more. Jackie has succeeded in creating an even bigger tent for Classical Crossover. - BobG

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8 Songs From the Silver Screen - Jackie Evancho

The studio album for Jackie's second PBS Great Performances concert "Music Of The Movies", with Chris Botti, 2 Cellos, Joshua Bell, The Tenors, and Jacob Evancho also accompanying.

A beautiful album, Jackie's version of What a Wonderful World is the best I have heard!

I love this album!
She even makes dumb songs sound sweet!

She's not that good of a singer.

9 American Idiot - Green Day

Are you joking American Idiot on 22. Its unbelievable. Its such a nice album it doesn't deserve this place.

Really? Is the best album, with 5 stars this album is Just...Perfect

Bitch please, it should be in top 10! Well, for me it should be first...

10 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West


The Contenders

11 Good Kid M.A.A. D City - Kendrick Lamar
12 Giles Corey - Giles Corey
13 Meteora - Linkin Park

The second best album after ht it has the best songs in it and the song numb is the best song in the world

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14 Is This It - The Strokes
15 Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
16 In Rainbows - Radiohead
17 Madvillainy - Madvillain
18 Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
19 Blackstar - David Bowie
20 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

Such a powerful and beautiful album, all the songs connect and are amazing, Dear Agony is a very special and brilliant album - EvilAngel

21 Boris at Last: Feedbacker - Boris
22 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
23 The Eminem Show - Eminem
24 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

This album is the purest, most uncensored version of Eminem we have ever seen, and probably ever will see. Before he became obsess with rapping quickly and thinking he's a rap god, he wrote songs with substance in them, some of the substance being illegal.

What? THIS AT #28?!?! You guys don't know how much better this album is than any other album

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25 Fallen - Evanescence
26 Escapology - Robbie Williams

This album should be in the top 10!

27 Diversity - Emily Bear
28 Death Magnetic - Metallica

Death Magnetic is such a good album. Metallica is doing what they are best at! Thrash Metal!

29 The Heat - Toni Braxton
30 Sea Change - Beck
31 White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
32 The Glow Pt. 2 - The Microphones
33 The Seer - Swans
34 Adema - Adema
35 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
36 21 - Adele

Just simply the best... Can't wait 4 her upcoming album...

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37 Stankonia - Outkast
38 Two Hearts - Jackie Evancho

This double-CD tour-de-force features Jackie's golden voice rendering songs in a variety of genres, including classical, sacred, pop and rock - and several songs written by Jackie herself! - BobG

39 Songs From the Heart - Celtic Woman
40 Velocity : Design : Comfort - Sweet Trip
41 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

Best linkin park album, so low in this chart

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42 Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
43 Elephant - The White Stripes

Basically the reason I love music. The song writing is mature, honest, and catchy as hell, the guitar is ridiculous and desperate in the way only Jack can make it, and underneath is Meg's minimalist drumming holding it all together.

A comment can't do this album justice. Read my post to know why I think this album's so awesome. - Zach808

44 Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

Some of the most soothing jazz ever, sung by such a unique voice.

45 1 - The Beatles
46 Evanescence - Evanescence
47 Living Things - Linkin Park
48 One Heart - Celine Dion
49 Discovery - Daft Punk
50 Since I Left You - The Avalanches
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1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
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1. Kid a - Radiohead
2. In Rainbows - Radiohead
3. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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