The 10 best-selling rock albums of the 2000s (of original material)

Chester Bennington tragically left us yesterday. So as a gift to all of his fans, we’re putting up a list where his band places first, second and third – showing how they pretty much ruled a generation. We’re not counting compilations. And we’re missing a lot of other good band here. But hey, the numbers don’t lie.


1) Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)

Linkin Park’s debut, released in the middle of the “nu metal” wave, an instant phenomenon.


2) Linkin Park – Meteora (2003)

In “Meteora”, Linkin Park followed more or less on the steps of the first album, with equally positive results.


3) Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight (2007)

In their third album, Linkin Park was already showing how they would develop away from their primary sound. A path they would explore on almost all of their career.


4) Evanescence – Fallen (2003)

“Fallen” presented Evanescence’s dark sound and Amy Lee’s beautiful voice to the world.


5) Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

With “American Idiot”, Green Day reinvented themselves and regained their top spot in the rock world.


6) Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

Coldplay cements their status with a second album as powerful as the first.


7) Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

“Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” was Blink’s last shot as a straight pop punk band. A very nice shot.


8) Coldplay – X&Y (2005)

Coldplay sticks to their melodic pop rock and hits it again.


9) U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

Finally a band from another era! U2 got used to grandness, so it had to be them really.


10) Nickelback – All the Right Reasons (2005)

And now the rock radio landscape of the 2000s is complete.