Top Ten Best Concept Albums of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 American 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.

Best. Album. Ever. Let. Alone. Concept.


Wildly overrated band. Fixated on being "edgy" by pontificating on "issues and stuff" about which they clearly are clueless.

2 Songs 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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3 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
4 Blackstar - David Bowie

Not a concept album.

5 Beyond 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

6 Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
7 American Gangster - Jay-Z
8 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
9 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
10 The Scarecrow - Avantasia

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

The Contenders

11 Hospice - 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.

12 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
13 Octavarium - Dream Theater
14 The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
15 Epica - Kamelot
16 The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists
17 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
18 The Astonishing - Dream Theater
19 The Metal Opera - Avantasia
20 Century Child - Nightwish
21 Southern Rock Opera - Drive-by Truckers
22 1989 - Taylor Swift

Not a concept album.

23 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
24 De-Loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta
25 Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren
26 Pink Friday: Romance Reloaded, The Re-Up - Nicki Minaj

Definitely not a concept album at all.

27 Speak Now - Taylor Swift

Not a concept album.

28 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) - Marilyn Manson
29 Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
30 Machina/the Machines of God - The Smashing Pumpkins

Not their best... - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

31 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
32 Drones - Muse

Ew no - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

33 The Incident - Porcupine Tree
34 Leviathan - Mastodon Leviathan - Mastodon Leviathan is an ambient black metal solo project of Jef Whitehead (A.K.A. Wrest), formed in 1998. Wrest records and plays all instruments including vocals entirely on his own. Despite having early problems with the release of Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, it was released March 24, 2008 in Europe more.
35 The Life and Times of Scrooge - Tuomas Holopainen
36 Selmasongs - Bjork
37 Imaginaerum - Nightwish
38 Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Nightwish
39 Wretched and Divine (The Story of the Wild Ones) - Black Veil Brides
40 Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
41 Be - Pain of Salvation
42 The Perfect Element, Part I - Pain of Salvation
43 The Theory of Everything - Ayreon
44 01011001 - Ayreon
45 The Human Equation - Ayreon
46 Abigail II: The Revenge - King Diamond
47 Give Me Your Soul... Please - King Diamond
48 Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta
49 Light of Day, Day of Darkness - Green Carnation
50 The Black Halo - Kamelot
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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
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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