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.

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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Amnesiac is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead - Nominated in 2002.

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10 5
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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9 5
Elephant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The White Stripes - Won in 2004.

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11 8
Icky Thump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The White Stripes - Won in 2008.

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9 6
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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6 3
In Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead - Won in 2009.

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Kid A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead - Won in 2001.

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9 7
The Fragile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Nine Inch Nails - Nominated in 2000.

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7 5
Vespertine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Björk - Nominated in 2002.

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8 7
Sea Change is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2003.

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7 6
Parachutes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Coldplay - Won in 2002.

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6 5
Neon Bible is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2008.

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4 3
Cruel Smile is listed (or ranked) 13 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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7 7
Hail to the Thief is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Radiohead - Nominated in 2004.

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7 7
Bloodflowers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Cure - Nominated in 2001.

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5 5
A Rush of Blood to the Head is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Coldplay - Won in 2003.

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5 5
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Gnarls Barkley - Won in 2007.

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4 4
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 4
Uh Huh Her is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
PJ Harvey - Nominated in 2005.

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4 4
Fever to Tell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Nominated in 2004.

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7 8
Funeral is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2006.

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7 8
Show Your Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Nominated in 2007.

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5 6
Guero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2006.

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5 6
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 6
You've Come a Long Way, Baby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fatboy Slim - Nominated in 2000.

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4 5
To Venus and Back is listed (or ranked) 26 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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3 4
Mutations is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen - Won in 2000.

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3 4
Modern Guilt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2009.

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2 3
Volta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Björk - Nominated in 2008.

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5 7
Play is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Moby - Nominated in 2000.

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3 5
( ) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Sigur Rós - Nominated in 2004.

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3 5
At War With the Mystics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Flaming Lips - Nominated in 2007.

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3 5
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Franz Ferdinand - Nominated in 2005.

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2 4
Fight Test is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fight Test The Flaming Lips - Nominated in 2004.

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1 3
Strange Little Girls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Tori Amos - Nominated in 2002.

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4 7
A Ghost Is Born is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Wilco - Won in 2005.

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3 6
Midnite Vultures is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Beck Hansen - Nominated in 2001.

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2 5
Wincing the Night Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Shins - Nominated in 2008.

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2 5
The Eraser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Thom Yorke - Nominated in 2007.

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2 5
Halfway Between the Gutter and... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Fatboy Slim - Nominated in 2002.

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1 4
Evil Urges is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
My Morning Jacket - Nominated in 2009.

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1 4
Whatever People Say I Am, That... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Arctic Monkeys - Nominated in 2007.

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1 4
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Gnarls Barkley - Nominated in 2009.

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2 6
Narrow Stairs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2009.

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2 6
Liverpool Sound Collage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Paul McCartney - Nominated in 2001.

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Plans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Plans Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2006.

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Behind the Music is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Nominated in 2003.

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Walking With Thee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Clinic - Nominated in 2003.

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0 4
You Could Have It So Much Bett... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Franz Ferdinand - Nominated in 2006.

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0 4
Alright, Still is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2000s
Lily Allen - Nominated in 2008.