Top Ten Best Concept Albums of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 American Idiot - Green Day

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

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.


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

Perfect title. You'd have to be deaf to fully appreciate this lukewarm mess.

Are you familiar with the meaning of sarcasm? The idea is, you'd have to be deaf to appreciate it, be-cause...
THEN YOU COULDN'T HEAR IT, which folks who like actual GOOD music would appreciate. Capice?

3 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
4 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

5 Blackstar - David Bowie

Had a hard time debating this, American Idiot and Black Parade, but my love for Bowie was just too strong and this heartfelt parting gift is art in it's purest form.

Not a concept album.

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

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

10 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

I don't know why this is so low down the list. How is American Idiot on the top? This album is a masterpiece. Hits you hard on the face.

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 Epica - Kamelot
15 The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
16 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
17 The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists
18 The Astonishing - Dream Theater
19 The Metal Opera - Avantasia
20 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
21 Southern Rock Opera - Drive-by Truckers
22 Century Child - Nightwish
23 Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta
24 1989 - Taylor Swift

Not a concept album.

25 Drones - Muse

Ew no - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

26 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.
27 Imaginaerum - Nightwish
28 De-Loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta
29 Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren
30 The Desaturating Seven - Primus
31 Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble - Primus

Funny concept album.
Edit : Sorry, I now realise this album is considered a cover album, not a concept album. Though it's quite an original cover album (covers the soundtrack of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) - JoLeKosovo

32 Pink Friday: Romance Reloaded, The Re-Up - Nicki Minaj

Definitely not a concept album at all.

33 Speak Now - Taylor Swift

Not a concept album.

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

Not their best... - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

37 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
38 The Incident - Porcupine Tree
39 The Life and Times of Scrooge - Tuomas Holopainen
40 Selmasongs - Bjork
41 Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Nightwish
42 Wretched and Divine (The Story of the Wild Ones) - Black Veil Brides
43 Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
44 Be - Pain of Salvation
45 The Perfect Element, Part I - Pain of Salvation
46 The Theory of Everything - Ayreon
47 01011001 - Ayreon
48 The Human Equation - Ayreon
49 Abigail II: The Revenge - King Diamond
50 Give Me Your Soul... Please - King Diamond
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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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