The 21 Best Albums from the 21st Century

Design by Joseph Lapin
Design by Joseph Lapin


Last week, GQ released an article called, “The 21 Best Albums from the 21st Century Every Man Should Hear,” and I thought it was such an excellent list with some great choices. I started listening to some albums that I hadn’t actually heard yet that they suggested, which I think is the point of these articles. I’ve written a few of these lists in my life for the Heard Mentality (10 Classical Albums to Listen to While Studying and 10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before you Die), and I understand people can become enraged by some of these picks, and the discussions around these lists can grow out of control. When it comes down to it, these articles are just people’s opinions. In this case, it looks like the GQ editorial team and some fantastic musicians decided on their favorites. It’s fun to write these pieces, so I figured I would create a list outlining my picks for the best albums of the 21st century.

 1. Wilco, Sky Blue Sky (2007)


2. Hans Zimmer, Interstellar Soundtrack (2014) 


3. Alabama Shakes, Boys and Girls

4. Kanye West, The College Dropout (2004)

5. Black Keys, Rubber Factory (2004)


6. Philip Glass, The Hours Soundtrack (2002)


7. Radiohead, Amnesiac (2001) 


8. Daft Punk, Random Access (2013)


9. Chimes of Freedom, Various Artists Playing Bob Dylan Songs (2012)


10. Play the Piano, Ryuichi Sakamoto (2004)


11. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Up from Below (2009)


12. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (2008)


13. The Killers, Hot Fuss (2004)

14. O Brother, Where art thou (2000)

15. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002)

16. Jack Johnson, On and On (2003)

17. The New Basement Tapes, Lost on the River (2014)

18. Ray LaMontagne, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise (2010)

19. Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More (2009)

20. The Lumineers, The Lumineers (2012)

21. Old Crow Medicine Show, O.C.M.S. (2004) 

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