Top Ten Best Concept Albums of the 21st Century

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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.

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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 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 V 1 Comment
6 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
7 American Gangster - Jay-Z
8 Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
9 The Scarecrow - Avantasia

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

10 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.

The Contenders

11 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
12 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
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 Southern 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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