Top 10 Rock Albums of 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Have to go with this one, this is the album that changed the way I though about music, and since then has opened doors for other bands in the same genre


The Album sparked music revolution for rock and reached out to fans in the sub-types of this genre. Everyone knew this band and album due to their defining hits. In the end, one step closer, papercut, By myself, Forgotten were all widely listened to. American Idiot was a great Album by a legendary band but it didn't spark a change as much as HT. Green Day was popular before AI and nothing new was really brought to the table. Both Great defining albums but HT takes this one

Hell yes! This album sparked a revolution in rock music, and this is the album that began Linkin Park's amazing career!

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2 American Idiot - Green Day

The best rock album of 21st century.

Are you seriously kidding me? American Idiot marked a whole generation, this is by far the best album of the century, so far. Can't believe it's just 10.

American idiot, boulevard of broken dreams, wake me up when september ends, jesus of suburbia, letter bomb, give me novacaine- all amazing songs jesus of sub is my favorite and there's a story and meaning to this album and each song

Greatest album of the century and, arguably, of Green Day! Its insane to compare AI to Linkin Park! That's an insult to Green Day! Green Day India loves Green Day!

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3 Meteora - Linkin Park

I love Linkin Park's most successful and so brilliant album 'Hybrid Theory' and Green Day's masterpiece 'American Idiot' but 'Meteora' is my personal top album.
First of all, I adore "Numb" but the whole album is phenomenal! - Irina2932

Meteora is amazing, I might even love it more than Hybrid Theory! I can honestly say that I adore every single track on this album. It's a masterpiece!

This has to be #2 man. Come on AI is great but this is LP at it's best and by far better than AI. AI is good at #3

Yes hybrid theory is good but not good than meteora.songs like somewhere I belong and lying from you are my favourites in this album.every song of album meteora is amazing

4 Absolution - Muse

This album is pure art!

Every album by Muse deserves to be near the top of this list, but absolution is definitely the pinnacle of their work. Between the twelve songs, Bellamy intensely expresses nearly every possible emotion. Some songs rock heavy and hard (Hysteria, Time is running out, The small print), while others are masterfully soft and beautiful (Blackout, Endlessly, Ruled by secrecy). Absolution is absolutely my favorite.

5 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Near flawless. A Night at the Opera, The Wall, an Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band had a punk rock baby with major issues and a spirit as powerful as the best rock and roll has to offer. That's the best way to describe this album. Every song is a masterpiece. Famous Last Words. Mama. Teenagers. Disenchanted. Cancer. I don't Love You. And of course...
(Hits g note)
Gerard screams, sobs, sneers, and belts his way right into your heart. Ray's soloing is the best of his generation. And Mikey, Bob and Frank's rhythms give the music a propulsive, purposeful, grungey undercurrent.
Life. Death. War. Pain. Dreams. Music. The Black Parade tackles all of these uniquely and beautifully. It's theatrical, emotional, catchy, and utterly unforgettable.

I like it, stay ahead to win the championship, drink MILO in Indonesia, you are the best band with the best album than the others, defeat Avenged Sevenfold, because they are the best band in their family at this very moment alone, so My Chemical Romance is the best and grandest world

I'm happy this album is in the top 10. It's my favorite album of all time.

I love this emo-rock-punk-ballad album

6 Elephant - The White Stripes

Seven Nation Army is a dead giveaway when deciding which album should be on top of the list. Besides other great creative tracks, Seven Nation Army really sets the bar.

7 Is This It - The Strokes

The Strokes pretty much define 21st century rock. Their minimalism expertise is pretty much unmatched by anyone except maybe the White Stripes.

This is when The Strokes heave a blow to everyone's attentions. They're not bona fide of lyrics or anything like that, but they're really ground-breaking and define indie rock personally. Most of the songs are quite laid-back and probably lazy, yet they can deliberately express just with a line of lyrics. Fascinating. - TheRegular1227

Lulz, why is this song only the 8th? It is so amazing, every song is catchy and the music is so relaxed and lazy, but still so amazing..
This is it!

Hey buddy, pardon me, but you're posting in a wrong subject: This is an album, not a song. - TheRegular1227

Real true music the strokes are second to none in their time.

8 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

Very enjoyable album by breaking benjamin. It's timeless for me, its hard to find work that's as detailed as this. The mastering is very good.

Very very powerful and emotional album, all eleven songs on Dear Agony work together to make the most powerful and beautiful album there is in my opinion. This album is my favourite along with Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park, but Hybrid Theory is already in 1st place and Dear Agony deserves to be up there with it. Amazing album. - EvilAngel

Linkin Park definitely rules this list, anything else would be a crime. But Dear Agony really makes you think about what you're going through. Also, this is an album written entirely sober for breaking Benjamin, which is an achievement all in itself.

Very dep and a great album... Love it! - poisonforever

9 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

I love Meteora, but this... This is a piece of art that comes around not very often. A7X, you have made something amazing! - RandomGuy18

BEST BAND EVER! AND ALWAYS WILL BE! But why is it number 4 should be NUMBER 1!

Linkin Park are my favourite band so I see why they are so acclaimed in this list. But this album at least deserves 2nd place.

A7x is a great band but a7x album is not their best.. Check out nightmare or hail to the king and make the difference.

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10 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars

The Contenders

11 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

This album song all are heart touching so I agree with this position

This should be higher. Many people don't like this album because LP was in their transition stage, but I really like the album, from Given Up to The Little Things Give You Away.

12 Fallen - Evanescence

Hell yeah, Best band and Best album...
Fallen is that should be in top 5. Brilliant Album. Amy Lee's voice, Ben Moody's guitar, drums, lyrics, piano, electronic influences...
Evanescence is the best with Linkin Park.

13 In Rainbows - Radiohead

A piece of art.

Originality. Radiohead are a modern band that sound unlike the majority of 21st century bands and that is because they are original. This is crucial in the making of good music. I thnak you, members of Radiohead.

14 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

I said it before and I say it again... Is the second best album of them after hail to the king and a7x is third for me. nightmare is original and it deserves to be high on the list - poisonforever

Best album ever with the best song ever from the best band ever

15 Vol:3 The Subliminal Verses - Slipknot

They go softer on this LP but it is a good CD check it out

16 American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead
17 Adema - Adema
18 Move Along - The All-American Rejects
19 Comatose - Skillet

One of the best rock albums EVER, definitely best of the 21st century. The only competition is Avenged Sevenfold's self-titled album.

Overall amazing album. don't SLEEP ON SKILLET

20 Demons & Wizards - Demons and Wizards
21 Funeral - Arcade Fire
22 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
23 Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is the BEST band of the 21st Century! Every Album was consistent and each one unique in itself. Their Third album, Phobia, in my opinion was there best. But not by a lot.

24 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
25 Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol
26 Seven Seals - Primal Fear
27 Living Things - Linkin Park

best ever

Whats is this doing here below top 10?

28 The Poison - Bullet For My Valentine

All melodies in this album are original and deep and you can never get bored of them! - poisonforever

29 Don't Panic - All Time Low
30 Innocence & Instinct - Red
31 As the World Bleeds - Theocracy
32 Congratulations - MGMT
33 Touched By the Crimson King - Demons & Wizards
34 Fashionably Late - Falling In Reverse
35 Rise - Skillet
36 Death Magnetic - Metallica
37 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park


38 One X - Three Days Grace

How the heck is this not higher. This album's song are all extremely beast

I love Animal I have Become, and quite a few other 3 Days Grace songs

Greatest album ever.

39 Poets and Madmen - Savatage
40 Toxicity - System of a Down

this is the best album come on!
Deer Dance, X, Chop Suey, Aerials, Psycho, Forest, Shimmy, Toxicity, Bounce, ATWA and more!

Only you have to listen - poisonforever

This is an epic original album

41 All the Right Reasons - Nickelback

No doubt... This Album is a very inspirational, catchy, and high quality.
You obviously can't find a bad song in this album because has the biggest hits that lead Nickelback to where they are.


42 The Other Side - Tonight Alive
43 White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
44 Evanescence - Evanescence
45 Fever - Bullet for My Valentine
46 Metamorphosis - Papa Roach
47 Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age

This list is disgusting and the fact breaking benjamin and all american rejects is higher than this is mind boggling

Greatest rock album of all time, period.

This list is a travesty.

48 Awake - Skillet

This album is awesome... I love the guitar solos and vocals. The standout songs are Monster and Sometimes... They're so good...

How is this not above comatose?

49 Set the World On Fire - Black Veil Brides

Amazing!...All songs are awesome.

50 All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot
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Top Remixes (13)

1. Absolution - Muse
2. American Idiot - Green Day
3. Meteora - Linkin Park
1. Demons & Wizards - Demons and Wizards
2. Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
3. Seven Seals - Primal Fear
1. Absolution - Muse
2. In Rainbows - Radiohead
3. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay

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