The 2000s was a big turning point in music, most notably for the online revolution and ﬁle sharing.
For some it was a tedious era of auto-tuned vocals and indie-driven pop, but thanks to the rock n' roll spirit and traditional recording techniques, great rock and metal was alive and well.
The other major point is that we've all lived through it. It's one thing knowing and respecting the catalogues of the 60s and 70s, but we can't quite connect to those decades in the same way. But the 2000s? That was OUR decade.
Who released the best album of the 2000s? Read on to ﬁnd out.
10. Gorillaz "Gorillaz" (2001)
Odd that music with a strong hip-hop inﬂuence would sneak into a UG top 10, but it earned the votes and therefore its place. Gorillaz and their iconic cartoon branding pushed the concept of what a band could be to the very limits, and producers will learn plenty from this album's ﬂawless engineering and far-reaching inﬂuences.
9. Them Crooked Vultures "Them Crooked Vultures" (2009)
It seemed too good to be true: two of modern rock's biggest names and a member of Led Zeppelin recording an album with some of the best hooks in rock history. It certainly didn't sound like a side project - Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones ended up with a record to rival any from their careers.
8. Muse "Origin Of Symmetry" (2001)
Before this album, Muse just seemed like another group of Radiohead wannabes. Perfectly good, a little too emotional, but with no serious future ahead of them. Then this album landed, as if from outer space. From the bombastic driven bass in "New Born" to the Morricone-inspired operatic ﬁnale "Megalomania", Muse earned a place in the leagues of great British rock bands.
7. Audioslave "Audioslave" (2002)
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame united with the Rage Against The Machine backing band. It sounded as you might expect, with wan-shaped riffs, funky grooves and Cornell's crooning vocal signature. Critics derided the band name for being among the most boring of all time, but in the end their music ﬁlled a RATM-shaped hole in many rocker's hearts.
6. Mastodon "Crack the Skye" (2009)
In a world where most metal is often recorded with cold, sterile precision, Mastodon's live but pin-sharp recordings stood above the crowd as a template for decent modern metal. But better than that, this album's ambitious concept and awesome songwriting made it one of the best metal releases in recent memory.
5. The White Stripes "Elephant" (2003)
Jack White had proven his blues-writing credentials to the indie crowd, but it was "Elephant" and its run of hit singles that brought his brilliance to mainstream acclaim. Oh, and drummer Meg. Well done Meg.
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Stadium Arcadium" (2006)
This album became guitarist John Frusciante's swansong; he quit the band soon after, ending the most successful era of the RHCP's career. Curiously, it was supposed to be released as three separate albums, each six months apart, but was instead released as one double album.
3. Queens Of The Stone Age "Songs For The Deaf" (2002)
Prior album "Rated R" could have easily appeared in this top 10, but this darker, heavier release is the one that sticks in mind years later. This clip is of the recent BBC Radio 1 Masterpieces series which plays the album in full and includes plenty of exclusive backstory on the making of the record from the people involved - definitely check it out.
2. System Of A Down "Toxicity"
Media originally called it nu-metal, but the truth is System Of A Down weren't the kind of band you could just fit into a slot like that. In reality, their brand of metal balanced on a knife edge between anger and sheer insanity, with the politics and teenage angst to match.
1. Tool "Lateralus"
What can be said about an album that transcends everything we know about musical ability, mathematics, beauty and our place in the universe? Inspired by the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio, "Lateralus" hides a secret track listing where every song realigns perfectly. Whatever track order you hear it in, this album will challenge everything you thought about music - and teach you a whole lot more.
Let it be known: UG readers know their sh-t. That's one of the best lists you've ever voted on.
Meanwhile, tell us about your favorite music from the 2000s, and your life stories as a musician in this era. Will it be a decade to remember in the years to come? Let us know why in the comments.