10 Best Albums Of The 2000s

Your votes have been counted. Now we can reveal the top 10 albums from the 2000s - but who made it to the top spot?

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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.

On Wednesday we asked you to nominate and vote for your favorite albums of the 2000s. Thousands of you took part, and now the results are in.

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.

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    SaneMan, the fact that you're even commenting about your dislikes shows you do care. And you're trying to brag about your money and awards because you feel insecure about having all the dislike, so it makes you feel superior to everyone else here. Well, if it really didn't bother you, you would have just never said anything about it in the first place. I'm not even a psychology major and I know this.
    I agree, everyone who doesn't share your tastes in music is obviously lacking in intelligence. Please tell me more of your all-knowing ways, that I might be a superior being too.
    The fact that Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory or Meteora didn't make the list is criminal
    I'm sorry that you have a sad enough existence to feel it necessary to pretend you're a famous athlete on a guitar tab site. Get a job and a new hobby. Also, your personal info in your profile just says "I have a lot of money." That's creative. And overcompensating for something....
    Dude, it's alright to give your opinions here, just don't hate on people just because they like some artist that you don't. If people like bands that I dislike, I don't call them idiots, I just give my opinion of the band.
    Somehow, participation "trophies" you "win" in grade school don't mean much in the real world...
    Also i'm not mad, but i am shocked that no foo fighters albums made the cut. UG loves the goddamn foos.
    How can you say you have a life and yet be on this page watching as your posts get down voted?
    because you said they make you laugh i know for an almost fact you are crying at home refreshing the page hoping that number goes down
    kill it
    Some good albums. I would have included: Deftones - White Pony At the drive-in - Relationship of command
    totally didn't of Relationship of Command until you mentioned it. That album is amazing, i can listen to all the way through a million and never get tired of it.
    Stadium Arcadium!!!!
    Cali was waaaaay better. wrong decade though. Stadium was a few A sides and a bunch of C sides.
    I definitely agree with you, however I think the first half of By The Way is absolutely phenomenal.
    SO happy to see Stadium Arcadium on the list! Hoped for it as I read the article headline. And also the most liked comment haha Respectable list, putting Tool on 1st.
    I think you're the first person I've seen to have three comments get 100 dislikes in one article. So if you have this awesome life with all this money and awards, why are you spending time on a site about guitar tabs and music news anyway? I thought you had better things to do?
    Audioslave? Seriously? If you take songs from their three albums you could piece together one good album.
    I love every song on that album. It was great IMO. and yeah, this is definitely one of the best lists I've seen on here.
    ZOSO <(")
    Well then you're welcome because i down-voted all 3 of your comments hope it brightens your day.
    I agree most people on here are morons..i mean obviously you can tell by looking at the bands these people chose.
    I'm surprised rihanna or 'one direction' wasn't on there.
    Me too. It was a very bad list. There was no Oasis or Converge or Foo Fighters.
    Wait... You're whining about RHCP and complaining about the lack of OASIS??? You sir, are a very good troll. Had me convinced for a while there.
    I used to hate you and your comments, but the lack of Foo Fighters is disturbing, and I will give you your one (AND ONLY ) like on this entire page.