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When it comes to alternative music, the years 2000–2009 undeniably mark a golden age. That decade saw the rise of major acts including Radiohead, Wilco, and Coldplay, and more widespread celebration of music that fell outside the realm of pop radio. All of those bands, and many more alternative groups, were nominees or winners of the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Plenty of these best 2000s album nominees are still played today.

Which LP should top this list of the best alternative albums of the 2000s? The White Stripes dominated the Grammys in the '00s, taking home the Best Alternative Album Award on three occasions: in 2004 for Elephant, 2006 for Get Behind Me Satan, and in 2008 for Icky Thump. Arcade Fire was on the radar of Grammy voters ever since their debut album, Funeral, received a nomination in 2006 – although they wouldn't win a Grammy until 2011. Other beloved releases featured on this list of Grammy nominated 2000s albums include Plans by Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips' Fight Test.

It's up to you to determine which album deserves the number one spot on the list. Vote your favorites up to the top.

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The Fragile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Fragile Nine Inch Nails - Nominated in 2000.

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Elephant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Elephant The White Stripes - Won in 2004.

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Kid A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Kid A Radiohead - Won in 2001.

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Sea Change is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Sea Change Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2003.

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When the Pawn… is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
When the Pawn… Fiona Apple - Nominated in 2001.

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Get Behind Me Satan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Get Behind Me Satan The White Stripes - Won in 2006.

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Neon Bible is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Neon Bible Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2008.

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Amnesiac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Amnesiac Radiohead - Nominated in 2002.

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Icky Thump is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Icky Thump The White Stripes - Won in 2008.

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Hail to the Thief is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Hail to the Thief Radiohead - Nominated in 2004.

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A Rush of Blood to the Head is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay - Won in 2003.

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Funeral is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Funeral Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2006.

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Show Your Bones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Show Your Bones Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Nominated in 2007.

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Bloodflowers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Bloodflowers The Cure - Nominated in 2001.

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
You've Come a Long Way, Baby Fatboy Slim - Nominated in 2000.

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Vespertine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Vespertine Björk - Nominated in 2002.

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Uh Huh Her is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Uh Huh Her PJ Harvey - Nominated in 2005.

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley - Won in 2007.

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( ) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
( ) Sigur Rós - Nominated in 2004.

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In Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
In Rainbows Radiohead - Won in 2009.

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Fever to Tell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fever to Tell Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Nominated in 2004.

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At War With the Mystics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
At War With the Mystics The Flaming Lips - Nominated in 2007.

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Cruel Smile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Cruel Smile Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Nominated in 2003.

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Guero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Guero Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2006.

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A Ghost Is Born is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
A Ghost Is Born Wilco - Won in 2005.

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Play is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Play Moby - Nominated in 2000.

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Midnite Vultures is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Midnite Vultures Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2001.

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To Venus and Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
To Venus and Back Tori Amos - Nominated in 2000.

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Mutations is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Mutations Beck Hansen - Won in 2000.

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Modern Guilt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Modern Guilt Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2009.

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Halfway Between the Gutter and... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars Fatboy Slim - Nominated in 2002.

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Medúlla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Medúlla Björk - Nominated in 2005.

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Parachutes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Parachutes Coldplay - Won in 2002.

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Good News for People Who Love ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Good News for People Who Love Bad News Modest Mouse - Nominated in 2005.

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Liverpool Sound Collage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Liverpool Sound Collage Paul McCartney - Nominated in 2001.

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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand - Nominated in 2005.

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Wincing the Night Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Wincing the Night Away The Shins - Nominated in 2008.

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Behind the Music is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Behind the Music The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Nominated in 2003.

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Fight Test is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fight Test The Flaming Lips - Nominated in 2004.

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Evil Urges is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Evil Urges My Morning Jacket - Nominated in 2009.

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Odd Couple Gnarls Barkley - Nominated in 2009.

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Narrow Stairs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Narrow Stairs Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2009.

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Plans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Plans Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2006.

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Walking With Thee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Walking With Thee Clinic - Nominated in 2003.

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Volta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Volta Björk - Nominated in 2008.

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Strange Little Girls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Strange Little Girls Tori Amos - Nominated in 2002.

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Alright, Still is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Alright, Still Lily Allen - Nominated in 2008.

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You Could Have It So Much Bett... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
You Could Have It So Much Better Franz Ferdinand - Nominated in 2006.

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The Eraser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Eraser Thom Yorke - Nominated in 2007.

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Whatever People Say I Am, That... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys - Nominated in 2007.