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Billboard unleashes Decade-End Charts for the 2000s: How did Rock fare?

Well it's the end of another decade and therefore we get flooded with tons of best of the decade lists. Billboard Magazine recently posted the Decade-End charts for the 2000s. Its hard to say if rock music as a genre has rapidly declined according to these sales numbers. When looking at the Top 200 Albums, there are 38 rock albums on that lists which is based on total sales. It is interesting to note that in the many of the albums in the top half of the list were released early on in the decade when albums sales were higher. Regardless, it is impressive because rock albums tend to sell more units of the album than the singles over other genres.

It is even more eye-opening to take a look at how rock fared on the list of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade. Only 11 rocks songs appear in the Top 100 and many of these are within the past few years. In fact, the entire list of Top 100 Songs leans very heavily on singles within the last few years well into the digital music age. Many older songs sold fewer units because CD singles used to be more expensive and in the early part of the decade, there was the whole Napster debacle.

Nonetheless, it is interesting to take a look back over the decade at the music that dominated the radio waves. I felt a bit better about the rock genre when I took a look at the Top Rock Songs  of the decade. It is still mind-blowing to think that today's top albums would have been considered "tanks" in 2000. The music industry is no longer the huge industry it once was. More artists today have to come up with more creative way to get their music heard and to sell albums

Here are the Rock Albums that made the Top 200 Albums of the Decade

5. Creed - Human Clay
8. Beatles - 1s
9. Santana - Supernatural
11. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
13. Nickelback - All the Right Reasons
19. Evanescence - Fallen
22. Creed - Weathered
30. Green Day - American Idiot
36. Linkin Park - Meteora
41. Staind - Break the Cycle
46. 3 Doors Down - The Better Life
47, Nickelback - Silver Side Up
48. Daughtry - Daughtry
68. All that You Can't Leave Behind
82. Lenny Kravitz - Greatest Hits
85. Matchbox Twenty - Mad Season
88. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
91. Puddle of Mudd - Come Clean
95. Dave Matthews Band - Everyday
105. GNR - Greatest Hits
106. Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden
110. 3 Doors Down - Away from the Sun
122. Papa Roach - Infest
123. Toxicity - System of a Down
126. Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless
130. Coldplay - X&Y
131. The Killers - Hot Fuss
138. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
147. Korn - Issues
154. Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight
157. Nickelback - The Long Road
168. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
171. Audioslave - Audioslave
164. Hinder - Extreme Behavior
187. Fallout Boy - From Under the Cork Tree
191. Nickelback - Dark Horse
195. Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown
197. Disturbed - The Sickness