Numerous outstanding rock albums were released in the decade of the 2000s and some of these made a lasting impression on the rock music scene. Radiohead’s “Kid A,” a ground-breaking experimental masterpiece that stretched the limits of alternative rock, was one outstanding album. The Strokes’ “Is This It” also captured audiences’ attention with their unpolished yet contagious garage rock sound, paving the way for a comeback of the subgenre. Furthermore, Green Day’s “American Idiot” became a classic rock opera because of the socially conscious issues it tackled. Arcade Fire’s “Funeral” astounded listeners with its orchestral grandeur and evocative storytelling, while The White Stripes’ “Elephant” revealed the duo’s raw and bluesy style.
Best Rock Albums are selected on the basis of lyrics, innovative compositions, a unique approach to the genre, production quality, and public opinion.