100 Greatest Albums of 2005

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2005 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Late Registration
Kanye West
2. The Emancipation Of Mimi
Mariah Carey
3. X&Y
4. Demon Days
5. LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
6. Illinois
Sufjan Stevens
7. Mezmerize
System of a Down
8. Extraordinary Machine
Fiona Apple
9. Arular
10. Be
11. The Breakthrough
Mary J. Blige
12. Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes
13. From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy
14. In Your Honour
Foo Fighters
15. Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta
16. Hypnotize
System of a Down
17. Silent Alarm
Bloc Party
18. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
19. City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold
20. Guero
21. The Woods
22. I Am a Bird Now
Antony and the Johnsons
23. The Minstrel Show
Little Brother
24. With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails
25. Picaresque
The Decemberists
26. Aerial
Kate Bush
27. Gimme Fiction
28. The Cookbook
Missy Elliott
29. Apologies to the Queen Mary
Wolf Parade
30. A Piece of Strange
31. The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats
32. Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene
33. Separation Sunday
The Hold Steady
34. Robyn
35. Feels
Animal Collective
36. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Bright Eyes
37. Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age
38. Twin Cinema
The New Pornographers
39. Z
My Morning Jacket
40. Takk...
Sigur Ros
41. Mighty ReArranger
Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
42. Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Art Brut
43. Devil & Dust
Bruce Springsteen
44. The Great Destroyer
45. Plans
Death Cab for Cutie
46. How to Save a Life
The Fray
47. Bleed Like Me
48. Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Paul McCartney
49. The Beekeeper
Tori Amos
50. Black Sheep Boy
Okkervil River

51. Confessions on a Dance Floor
52. You Could Have It So Much Better
Franz Ferdinand
53. Employment
Kaiser Chiefs
54. Some Cities
55. A Time to Love
Stevie Wonder
56. Playing the Angel
Depeche Mode
57. Tender Buttons
58. Searching for a Former Clarity
Against Me!
59. Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Andrew Bird
60. Alligator
The National
61. And the Glass Handed Kites
62. Oh No
63. The Documentary
The Game
64. Dark Light
65. Touch
66. Live it Out
67. Transistor Radio
M. Ward
68. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Panic! at the Disco
69. Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed & Cambria
70. Out of Exile
71. In Between Dreams
Jack Johnson
72. Taller in More Ways
73. A Beautiful Lie
30 Seconds to Mars
74. Stars of CCTV
75. Move Along
The All-American Rejects
76. Make Believe
77. Black Dialogue
The Perceptionists
78. The Loneliest Punk
79. Fall Heads Roll
The Fall
80. The Rising Tied
Fort Minor
81. Welcome to Jamrock
Damien Marley
82. Everything in Transit
Jack's Mannequin
83. The Warrior's Code
Dropkick Murphys
84. Cansei de Ser Sexy
85. The Sunlandic Twins
of Montreal
86. Ruby Blue
Róisín Murphy
87. The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers
88. Don't Believe the Truth
89. Front Parlour Ballads
Richard Thompson
90. Songs for Silverman
Ben Folds
91. Oceans Apart
The Go-Betweens
92. The Back Room
93. A Certain Trigger
Maximo Park
94. Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Bright Eyes
95. The Alternative to Love
Brendan Benson
96. What the Game's Been Missing!
Juelz Santana
97. Chemistry
Girls Aloud
98. Mafia
Black Label Society
99. The Massacre
50 Cent
100. A Healthy Distrust
Sage Francis
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2005
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2005
* Elephant Eyelash

Lew's choice:
* ...Something to Be
Rob Thomas
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