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The Decade-End Readers' Poll

Your picks for the best albums, songs and artists of the 2000s

December 8, 2009 5:35 PM ET

Top Singles of the Decade

14. "Beautiful"
CHRISTINA AGUILERA

13. "American Idiot"
GREEN DAY

12. "Viva La Vida"
COLDPLAY

11. "I Gotta Feeling"
BLACK EYED PEAS

10. "Seven Nation Army"
THE WHITE STRIPES

9. "Since U Been Gone"
KELLY CLARKSON

8. "Complicated
AVRIL LAVIGNE

7. "Welcome to the Black Parade"
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

6. "Stronger"
KANYE WEST

5. "We Belong"
MARIAH CAREY

4. "Toxic"
BRITNEY SPEARS

3. "Beautiful Day"
U2

2. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
BEYONCÉ

1. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
GREEN DAY

Top Albums of the Decade

19. Bruce Springsteen
THE RISING

18. Coldplay
VIVA LA VIDA

17. Justin Timberlake
FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS

16. Mariah Carey
THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI

15. U2
NO LINE ON THE HORIZON

14. My Chemical Romance
THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE

13. Christina Aguilera
STRIPPED

12. Beyoncé
I AM... SASHA FIERCE

11. Kelly Clarkson
BREAKAWAY

10. Lady Gaga
THE FAME

9. Jay-Z
THE BLUEPRINT

8. Kelly Clarkson
ALL I EVER WANTED

7. Britney Spears
BLACKOUT

6. U2
ALL THAT YOU CAN'TLEAVE BEHIND

5. Radiohead
N RAINBOWS

4. Avril Lavigne
LET GO

3. Radiohead
KID A

2. Kanye West
GRADUATION

1. Green Day
AMERICAN IDIOT

Top Artists of the Decade

23. Kanye West

22. My Chemical Romance

21. Kelly Clarkson

20. Beyoncé

19. My Morning Jacket

18. Lil Wayne

17. Bob Dylan

16. Conor Oberst

15. Wilco

14. M.I.A.

13. Arcade Fire

12. Fall Out Boy

11. Kings of Leon

10. Jay-Z

9. Jack White

8. Eminem

7. Bruce Springsteen

6. Justin Timberlake

5. Black Eyed Peas

4. Coldplay

3. U2

2. Radiohead

1Green Day

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