Top 10 Albums of 2000

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Top 10 Albums of 2000

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These are the absolute best albums that helped to ring in the new millennium. Join http://Watchmojo.com as we count down our picks for the top ten albums of 2000. For this list, we're looking at those albums that created critical buzz and commercial success, and represent the most seminal albums of the year. So, for their 15th anniversaries, let's look at the best albums the year had to offer.

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Top 10 Albums of 2000


These are the absolute best albums that helped to ring in the new millennium. Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten albums of 2000.
For this list, we're looking at those albums that created critical buzz and commercial success, and represent the most seminal albums of the year. So, for their 15th anniversaries, let's look at the best albums the year had to offer.

#10: "De Stijl" (2000)
The White Stripes

Released before The White Stripes became internationally popular, De Stijl was one of the year's bestrock albums. While it didn’t receive the commercial success that the band’s later albums would, their second studio album still featured the signature White Stripes sound and all the bluesy greatness that comes with it. It has since become a cult favorite of the band's fans, especially for the way the band seamlessly fused punk and blues rock together into a terrific rock package. With playful drums from Meg White and hard hitting guitars coming from frontman Jack White, De Stijl gave rock fans what they really wanted back in 2000.

#9: "Parachutes" (2000)
Coldplay

The debut album from the now worldwide phenomenon Coldplay, Parachutes launched the alternative rock band into enormous mainstream success. Featuring hit singles, including "Yellow," Parachutes went platinum 8 times in the band’s home turf of the U.K as well as double platinum in both Canada and the U.S. The album’s critical success was just as impressive, with most of the praise coming from comparisons to fellow U.K alt rock group Radiohead. It's catchy hooks and heartbreaking lyrics are still resonating today, and the band is continuing on, more popular than ever.

#8: "White Pony" (2000)
Deftones

A band that is not to be criticized for a lack of experimentation, Deftones released a masterpiece with White Pony. Many fans and critics alike hail this album as a mature turning point for the band, citing experimentation in their music rather than adhering to their previous nu-metal sound. The experiment was a success, and the album became their highest-selling and was critically acclaimed, including a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for their single "Elite." Incorporating sounds from various genres such as new wave and shoegaze, the album’s diversity landed it on many year end lists from such publications as Alternative Press and Kerrang.

#7: "Rated R" (2000)
Queens of the Stone Age

The breakthrough album for this California rock band, Rated R may not have been straight up rock, but it was a fantastic album with some unique vocals and music. Featuring ethereal sounds and various experimental instruments, including horns, Queens created a timeless rock album, which was subsequently hailed as one of the best rock albums of the entire decade. While they may be more popular now than when they released Rated R fifteen years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan that doesn't include this album amongst their best work. With witty lyrics penned by frontman Josh Homme, and one hell of an opening track, Rated R is one wild ride from start to finish.

#6: "Hybrid Theory" (2000)
Linkin Park

While this kind of music may seem familiar today, in 2000 it was Linkin Park that perfected the sound and brought it to mainstream audiences. The band's debut, it was an immediate success, and has since been honored as the highest-selling debut album of the 21st century, selling nearly thirty million copies. With their signature booming hard rock and unique blending of rapping and singing, Linkin Park had a hit sound on their hands. Featuring timeless singles that are still played on rock stations today, it's safe to say that they came out of the gate running.

#5: "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (2000)
U2

After some questionable material throughout the 90s, U2 returned with a bang with this critically acclaimed album, selling over twelve million copies and winning seven Grammy Awards. It is the onlyalbum in history to have two tracks win the Record of the Year Grammy, and Rolling Stone magazine has ranked it as one of the greatest albums of all time. A return to their signature rock sound, Bono claimed that they were "reapplying for the job of best band in the world," and his statement certainly held true.

#4: "The Moon & Antarctica" (2000)
Modest Mouse

While Modest Mouse is finally enjoying some radio play in 2015, they were still critically adored fifteen years ago and releasing some of their best material. This indie rock classic was praised for its introspective lyrics and its in-depth discussions on various serious topics, particularly the afterlife, all while playing over some truly terrific music. Showcasing some serious experimentation from the Washington indie rock band, the band incorporated instruments such as violin on more ambitious tracks, while maintaining their original sound on others. And if that doesn’t keep you coming back for more, then frontman Isaac Brock’s vocals sure will.

#3: "Stankonia" (2000)
Outkast

While "Ms. Jackson" and “B.O.B” may be singles that people around the world love to sing along to, the album rest of Stankonia featured some dense and serious topics, helping the duo amass critical acclaim. Winner of the 2002 Best Rap Album Grammy and another Grammy for "Ms. Jackson," Outkast was on top of the world and creating some of the decade's best rap. Featuring a vast array of musical genres, the album was ambitious, serious, funny, and everything in between, creating a truly memorable album to kick off the decade in style.

#2: "Kid A" (2000)
Radiohead

After the success of OK Computer, everyone was expecting another rock album from alt rock group Radiohead, so imagine their surprise when this album turned up. While critics and fans were initially divided over its experimental sound, it's aged like fine wine, and is now unanimously considered a masterpiece. The album runs you through a gauntlet of emotions, from the sheer beauty of "How to Disappear Completely" to the chaos that is "The National Anthem." While the band certainly took a risk, it paid off in spades, and is a true example of music's ability to bring out your emotions.

Before we look at our top album of 2000, here are a few honorable mentions.

"Black & Blue" (2000)
Backstreet Boys

"Voodoo" (2000)
D'Angelo

"Relationship of Command" (2000)
At the Drive-In

"Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" (2000)
P.J. Harvey

"Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" (2000)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

"Since I Left You" (2000)
The Avalanches

#1: "The Marshall Mathers LP" (2000)
Eminem

Perhaps one of the most important and most influential albums in all of music, Eminem became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of this critically acclaimed masterpiece. The singles saw a lot of play on the radio, which is rare for a rap artist, and his rhymes and beats were lauded for their complexity and emotional resonance, ranging from goofy songs to sheer psychotic episodes. Eminem was everywhere in 2000, due to the powerful strength of the album and the controversy it created, making him and the album icons for a generation.
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