Top Ten Best Concept Albums of the 21st Century

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The Top Ten

1 American Idiot - Green Day 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 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 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
4 Blackstar - David Bowie Blackstar - David Bowie V 1 Comment
5 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian 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 American Gangster - Jay-Z American Gangster - Jay-Z
7 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
8 The Scarecrow - Avantasia The Scarecrow - Avantasia

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

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