Alternative Music The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s  

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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.

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10 6
Elephant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The White Stripes
Won in 2004.

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10 6
When the Pawn… is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fiona Apple
Nominated in 2001.

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12 9
Icky Thump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The White Stripes
Won in 2008.

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10 7
The Fragile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Nine Inch Nails
Nominated in 2000.

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10 7
Get Behind Me Satan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The White Stripes
Won in 2006.

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8 5
Amnesiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead
Nominated in 2002.

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9 7
Bloodflowers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Cure
Nominated in 2001.

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7 6
Vespertine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Björk
Nominated in 2002.

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6 5
In Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead
Won in 2009.

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11 11
Kid A is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead
Won in 2001.

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8 8
Sea Change is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen
Nominated in 2003.

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6 6
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Gnarls Barkley
Won in 2007.

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6 6
Neon Bible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Arcade Fire
Nominated in 2008.

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7 8
Parachutes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Coldplay
Won in 2002.

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6 7
You've Come a Long Way, Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fatboy Slim
Nominated in 2000.

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4 5
Uh Huh Her is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
PJ Harvey
Nominated in 2005.

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4 5
Cruel Smile is listed (or ranked) 17 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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4 5
Medúlla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Björk
Nominated in 2005.

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4 5
Fever to Tell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nominated in 2004.

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7 9
Funeral is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Arcade Fire
Nominated in 2006.

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7 9
Show Your Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nominated in 2007.

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7 9
Hail to the Thief is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead
Nominated in 2004.

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6 8
Play is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Moby
Nominated in 2000.

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5 7
Good News for People Who Love ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Modest Mouse
Nominated in 2005.

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5 7
Guero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen
Nominated in 2006.