Top Albums of 2003

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 86 The White Stripes Elephant Alternative Rock, Blues Rock, Garage Rock Revival
2 282 OutKast Speakerboxxx / The Love Below Pop, Pop Rap
3 298 Dizzee Rascal Boy in da Corner Grime, UK Hip Hop
4 408 The Shins Chutes Too Narrow Indie Pop
5 457 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
6 512 Radiohead Hail to the Thief Alternative Rock, Art Rock
7 540 The Postal Service Give Up Indie Pop, Indietronica
8 608 Jay-Z The Black Album Hip Hop
9 794 Four Tet Rounds Folktronica
10 795 Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism Indie Pop, Indie Rock
11 865 The Rapture Echoes Dance-Punk
12 866 Cat Power You Are Free Indie Folk, Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
13 884 Blur Think Tank Alternative Rock
14 891 The Wrens The Meadowlands Indie Rock
15 1139 The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium Progressive Rock
16 1232 Sufjan Stevens Michigan Chamber Folk, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
17 1312 Calexico Feast of Wire Alt-Country, Americana
18 1345 The Strokes Room On Fire Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
19 1377 My Morning Jacket It Still Moves Indie Rock
20 1382 Rufus Wainwright Want One Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
21 1387 M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts Electronic
22 1395 Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood Garage Rock Revival, Southern Rock
23 1439 Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress Chamber Pop, Twee Pop
24 1442 Ricardo Villalobos Alcachofa Microhouse, Minimal Techno          
25 1696 Drive-By Truckers Decoration Day Country Rock, Southern Rock
26 1746 Muse Absolution Alternative Rock
27 1758 Manitoba/Caribou Up in Flames Folktronica, Indietronica, Psychedelic Pop
28 1777 Lucinda Williams World Without Tears Alt-Country
29 1804 Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers Indie Pop, Power Pop
30 1857 The New Pornographers Electric Version Indie Pop, Power Pop
31 2100 Basement Jaxx Kish Kash Dance-Pop, Funky House
32 2101 The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? Indie Pop
33 2123 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' Gangsta Rap
34 2126 Broadcast Haha Sound Dream Pop, Indietronica
35 2162 The Black Keys Thickfreakness Blues Rock          
36 2290 The Darkness Permission to Land Hard Rock
37 2403 Ted Leo, Rx/Pharmacists Hearts of Oak Indie Rock, Power Pop
38 2417 Warren Zevon The Wind Singer/Songwriter
39 2439 Prefuse 73 One Word Extinguisher Experimental Hip Hop, Glitch Hop
40 2517 M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter          
41 2630 Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter     
42 2681 Grandaddy Sumday Indie Pop
43 2682 British Sea Power The Decline of British Sea Power Post-Punk Revival
44 2684 Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won Blues Rock, Hard Rock
45 2702 Robert Wyatt Cuckooland Avant-Prog, Canterbury Scene
46 2754 The Microphones Mount Eerie Avant-Folk, Lo-Fi Indie, Psychedelic Folk          
47 2799 Lightning Bolt Wonderful Rainbow Noise Rock
48 2858 Ellen Allien Berlinette Glitch Pop          
49 2877 Ulrich Schnauss A Strangely Isolated Place Downtempo          
50 2904 Goldfrapp Black Cherry Electropop, Synthpop
51 2940 Plastikman Closer Minimal Techno          

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Cardigans Long Gone Before Daylight Indie Pop, Pop Rock          
José González Veneer Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Knife Deep Cuts Electropop, Synthpop          
Songs: Ohia Magnolia Electric Co. Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
Adam Green Friends of Mine Anti-Folk, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Nacho Vegas Cajas de Musica Dificiles de Parar Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter          
Super Furry Animals Phantom Power Neo-Psychedelia, Progressive Pop
The Hidden Cameras The Smell of Our Own Chamber Pop
Constantines Shine a Light Indie Rock
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain Abstract Hip Hop
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Master and Everyone Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Books The Lemon of Pink Experimental, Folktronica
The Jayhawks Rainy Day Music Alt-Country, Pop Rock
The Radio Dept. Lesser Matters Dream Pop, Indie Pop          
Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance Hip Hop
Beyoncé Dangerously in Love Contemporary R&B, Pop
The Kills Keep On Your Mean Side Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
Cursive The Ugly Organ Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian Experimental, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia          
The Decemberists Her Majesty Folk Rock, Indie Pop
The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
Josh Rouse 1972 Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People Post-Rock
Elbow Cast of Thousands Indie Rock
Missy Elliott This Is Not a Test! Pop Rap
Snow Patrol Final Straw Alternative Rock
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Streetcore Alternative Rock
Café Tacvba Cuatro Caminos Indie Rock     
The Coral Magic & Medicine Indie Rock
The Thrills So Much for the City Indie Pop, Pop Rock
Explosions in the Sky The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place Post-Rock     
T.I. Trap Muzik Dirty South, Gangsta Rap          
Rhythm & Sound W/ the Artists Dub          
Menomena I Am the Fun Blame Monster Art Rock, Indie Rock     
John Cale Hobosapiens Art Rock
Emmylou Harris Stumble into Grace Country
Califone Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Alt-Country
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Take Them On, On Your Own Indie Rock
The Sleepy Jackson Lovers Indie Pop
Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks Techno
Wire Send Post-Punk
The Fiery Furnaces Gallowsbird's Bark Art Pop, Indie Rock     
Rokia Traoré Bowmboi Mande Music     
Ryan Adams Rock n Roll Pop Rock
AFI Sing the Sorrow Alternative Rock, Punk Rock
The Fall The Real New Fall LP: Formerly Country on the Click Post-Punk     
The Go-Betweens Bright Yellow Bright Orange Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
Stephen Malkmus Pig Lib Indie Rock
Evan Dando Baby I'm Bored Acoustic Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop
Pernice Brothers Yours, Mine & Ours Indie Pop
Metallica St. Anger Alternative Metal
R. Kelly Chocolate Factory Contemporary R&B
Peaches Fatherfucker Electroclash
Damien Jurado Where Shall You Take Me? Americana, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Raveonettes Chain Gang of Love Noise Pop
Ed Harcourt From Every Sphere Singer/Songwriter     
Jane's Addiction Strays Alternative Rock
The Clientele The Violet Hour Dream Pop, Indie Pop
Zwan Mary Star of the Sea Alternative Rock
Dashboard Confessional A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar Emo-Pop, Pop Rock
Neil Young Greendale Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Thursday War All the Time Post-Hardcore