You’ve seen our tally of the best-selling albums of the decade, now see what the Billboard staff members chose as the best albums of the last 10 years. Alternative artists got a lot of love from our editors and writers, but hip-hop heavyweights and rock ‘n’ roll stalwarts also get their due. Don’t agree with our assessment? Tell us you favorite album of the 2000s in the comments below.
How was the list formulated? Billboard’s editors, reviewers and reporters each turned in a ranked list of their personal top 20 albums released between 2000 and the end of 2009. Points were awarded inversely to the position each record was ranked. So, if a writer listed an album as a No. 1 choice, it earned 20 points toward the total; at No. 2 it earned nine points, and so on. See the list of writers who voted.
These Billboard editors and writers voted: Mike Ayers, Lars Brandle, Diane Coetzer, Jonathan Cohen, M. Tye Comer, Mariel Concepcion, Ann Donahue, Thom Duffy, Gary Graff, Cortney Harding, Ron Hart, Louis Hau, Monica Herrera, Laura Leebove, Jessica Letkemann, Jason Lipshutz, Michael Menachem, Jill Menze, Gail Mitchell, Evie Nagy, Andre Paine, Mitchell Peters, Paul Sexton, Richard Smirke, Wolfgang Spahr, Mark Sutherland, Christa Titus, Gary Trust, Kristina Tunzi, Alex Vitoulis, Jeff Vrabel, Ray Waddell, Chris M. Walsh, Chris Williams, Jennifer Wilson, Lavinia Wright.