2003 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 2003.

List of years in music (table)

Specific locations

Specific genres








Bands formed

See Musical groups established in 2003

Bands reformed

Bands disbanded

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Albums released


Date Album Artist Notes
3 No Turning BackImelda May-
6 Taman LangitPeterpan-
7 Hate Crew DeathrollChildren of Bodom-
InertiaThe Exies-
Living Out LoudAaron Lines-
13 Le CheminKyo-
Up All NightThe Waifs-
14 CabinetSpawn of PossessionDebut
Pain to KillTerri Clark-
What You Want Is NowHouse of Heroes-
19 Summer 2003AnthraxEP
20 MasterplanMasterplan-
21 Live in Japan 2002Simple PlanLive
Music in High PlacesUnwritten LawLive
One BedroomThe Sea and Cake-
Simple Things RemixesZero 7Remix
Such Great HeightsThe Postal ServiceEP
Ultimate YanniYanniCompilation
22 Elements, Pt. 1Stratovarius-
24 Open ArmsBrooke Barrettsmith-
25 The Heartless Control EverythingChiodosEP
27 Waste 'Em AllMunicipal WasteDebut
Other People's SongsErasureCovers album
28 Alive AgainNightingale-
...And Don't Forget to BreatheA Static Lullaby-
Great Lake SwimmersGreat Lake Swimmers-
The Heat Death of the UniverseOff Minor-
Loose FurLoose Fur-
Mary Star of the SeaZwan-
Master and EveryoneBonnie 'Prince' Billy-
New ArrivalA*Teens-
Playin' AroundPlay-
The RavenLou Reed-
This Is It: The Best of Faith No MoreFaith No MoreCompilation
29 ValentiBoAJapan
31 EpicaKamelot-
3 Disco 3Pet Shop BoysCompilation
Enemy of the EnemyAsian Dub Foundation-
NocturamaNick Cave and the Bad Seeds-
4 BoomslangJohnny Marr and the Healers-
Canterbury Fayre 2001HawkwindLive
Chasing DaylightSister Hazel-
The DreamerBlake Shelton-
HalloweenFrank ZappaLive 1978
IcarusThe Forms-
Keith Sweat LiveKeith SweatLive
LoveThe Juliana Theory-
We Sing the Body ElectricSincebyman-
6 Get Rich or Die Tryin'50 Cent-
8 Calendar DaysThe Rocket Summer-
9 Fingers CrossedArchitecture in Helsinki-
10 Another Late Night: Kid LocoKid LocoCompilation
The BeyondCult of Luna-
100th WindowMassive Attack-
11 Any Given ThursdayJohn MayerLive
Do It For LoveHall & Oates-
FreeBrad JohnerDebut
The Essential Ozzy OsbourneOzzy OsbourneCompilation
Hearts of OakTed Leo and the Pharmacists-
How to Start a FireFurther Seems Forever-
Michael BubléMichael Bublé-
Next Big ThingVince Gill-
Strapping Young LadStrapping Young Lad-
We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to RamonesVarious ArtistsRamones tribute
17 AnimositisominaMinistry-
Chocolate FactoryR. Kelly-
Office of Strategic InfluenceOSI-
One Kill WonderThe Haunted-
18 CycloramaStyx-
Deep Water Slang V2.0Zion I-
Famous Among the BarnsBen Taylor-
Feast of WireCalexico-
Under the TrayReggie and the Full Effect-
You Are FreeCat Power-
19 All Else FailedZaoRe-issue
The Black MagesThe Black Mages-
Give UpThe Postal Service-
23 BeginningsMemento-
The Austin SessionsEdwin McCain-
24 Blood DusterBlood Duster-
Everything's EventualAppleton-
SouvenirsThe Gathering-
25 The Art of LosingAmerican Hi-FiUS
Baby I'm BoredEvan Dando-
The Beautiful LetdownSwitchfoot-
DeuceThe D.O.C.-
Divided HighwayThe Doobie BrothersCompilation
Livin' LegendB.G.-
The MusicThe MusicUS
Nate DoggNate Dogg-
Philadelphia FreewayFreeway-
Rock the BlockKrokus-
Thalía's Hits RemixedThalíaRemix
Valley of the DamnedDragonForce-
3 FlySick PuppiesEP
Human ZooGotthard-
4 AvalancheMatthew Good-
The Best of Run DMCRun-D.M.C.Compilation
Every Given MomentStereomud-
Everything Is Good Here/Please Come HomeThe Angels of Light-
Hootie & the BlowfishHootie & the Blowfish-
La Bella MafiaLil' Kim-
Magnolia Electric Co.Songs: Ohia-
More Parts per MillionThe ThermalsDebut
The Power to BelieveKing Crimson-
So Long, AstoriaThe Ataris-
Street DreamsFabolous-
The Ugly OrganCursive-
The Well's on FireProcol Harum-
Turn It AroundComeback Kid-
Where Shall You Take Me?Damien Jurado-
6 TooFantastic Plastic Machine-
7 Just ListenSeven-
10 ReasonMelanie C-
11 Becoming iÜnloco-
Diamonds on the InsideBen Harper-
DustDJ Muggs-
The Essential ClashThe ClashUS; Compilation
Everything Will Never Be OKFiction Plane-
EvolveAni DiFranco-
HellaliveMachine HeadLive
I Love ItCraig Morgan-
Just One MoreMad Caddies-
Level IIBlackstreet-
Log 22Bettie Serveert-
MonsterKiller Mike-
Recreation DayEvergrey-
Sing the SorrowAFI-
26 SongsThe Melvins-
Slow Motion DaydreamEverclear-
Sounds of St. Lucia: LiveAcoustic AlchemyLive
Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...but Three DoRelient K-
Volume 4Joe Jackson-
17 Atticus: ...dragging the lake, Vol. 2Various ArtistsCompilation
Back in the WorldPaul McCartneyLive
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic YearsMotörheadCompilation
Neon NightsDannii MinogueInternational
18 Apple O'Deerhoof-
BlackoutHed PE-
Catch the Rainbow: The AnthologyRainbowCompilation
Hittin' the NoteThe Allman Brothers Band-
I'm Just a GirlDeana Carter-
Kill or Be KilledBiohazard-
Live in BrazilConcrete BlondeLive
Pig LibStephen Malkmus and the Jicks-
Stash Box EPKottonmouth KingsEP
Transfiguration of VincentM. Ward-
Da Undaground Heat, Vol. 1MC Lyte-
19 Dix InfernalMoi dix Mois-
21 Innocent EyesDelta Goodrem-
24 The Pop HitsRoxetteCompilation
Ringo RamaRingo Starr-
26 Mixes for CashAphex TwinRemix
U-TurnBrian McKnight-
Viva EmptinessKatatonia-
25 Balls & My WordScarface-
Double Live AnnihilationAnnihilatorLive
Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your GirlfriendFall Out BoyEP
House of 1000 Corpses: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackRob Zombie/Various ArtistsSoundtrack
Let 'Em BurnHot Boys-
Mes courants électriquesAlizée-
MeteoraLinkin Park-
Now That's What I Call Music! 12 (U.S. series)Various ArtistsCompilation
One HeartCeline Dion-
Regaining UnconsciousnessNOFXEP
Rules of TravelRosanne Cash-
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial WrathEmperorCompilation
Stacie OrricoStacie Orrico-
Top of the World Tour: LiveDixie ChicksLive
27 LikferdWindir-
31 Up in FlamesManitoba-
The Very Best of the Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet UndergroundCompilation


Date Album Artist Note
1 Chris CagleChris Cagle-
Danse Macabre RemixesThe FaintRemix
ElephantThe White Stripes-
The Essential Electric Light OrchestraElectric Light OrchestraCompilation
The Essential Stabbing WestwardStabbing WestwardCompilation
Guitar RomanticThe Exploding Hearts-
Keep on Your Mean SideThe Kills-
The Secret of Elena's Tomb...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of DeadEP
Sleeping with GhostsPlacebo-
Tomorrow Come TodayBoysetsfire-
Weather SystemsAndrew Bird-
2 Transatlantic DemosNeal Morse-
7 Vehicles & AnimalsAthlete-
8 Adoration: The Worship AlbumNewsboys-
Ailleurs landFlorent Pagny-
The Blueprint 2.1Jay-Z-
HatefilesFear FactoryCompilation
MouthfulsFruit Bats-
Rainy Day MusicThe Jayhawks-
Revolutions per MinuteRise Against-
The SeniorGinuwine-
Soul Food TaqueriaTommy Guerrero-
Summer SunYo La Tengo-
Sunlight Makes Me ParanoidElefant-
ThickfreaknessThe Black Keys-
26 MilesSean Watkins-
West for WishingMatchbook RomanceEP
To Whom It May ConcernLisa Marie Presley-
World Without TearsLucinda Williams-
13 The Great FallNarnia-
14 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost GhostsM83-
Love MetalHIM-
Now That's What I Call Music! 54 (UK series)Various ArtistsCompilation
The PathShow of Hands-
15 BallWidespread Panic-
A Beautiful WorldThickere-release of Cherry Blue Skies
Day I ForgotPete Yorn-
DragonflyZiggy Marley-
Have You Forgotten?Darryl Worley-
MescaleroZZ Top-
NowJessica Andrews-
Say You WillFleetwood Mac-
ThankfulKelly Clarkson-
22 American LifeMadonna-
Atomic KittenAtomic Kitten-
The Blessed HellrideBlack Label Society-
ClassicEric B. & RakimCompilation
Darker Than BlackCage-
The Essential ByrdsThe ByrdsCompilation
Everybody Loves YouKaki King-
Into the Valley of DeathDeath by Stereo-
Kimi Ga SukiMatthew Sweet-
A Night at the Booty BarDisco D-
ShineDaniel Lanois-
Songs of LifeBret Michaels-
39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World)CaesarsCompilation
White1Sunn O)))-
23 More Like the MoonWilcoEP
24 ExclusiveU2EP; iTunes
Welcome to Dun VegasPeatbog Faeries-
28 Black CherryGoldfrapp-
The Trouble with Being MyselfMacy GrayUK
The World According to RZARZA-
29 Fever to TellYeah Yeah Yeahs-
He's Keith MurrayKeith Murray-
The Matrix Reloaded: The AlbumVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Meet the Girl Next DoorLil' Mo-
? FrengersMew-
5 High AnxietyTherapy?-
Mind RevolutionSkyfire-
RoundsFour TetUK
Think TankBlur-
Welcome to the Monkey HouseThe Dandy Warhols-
6 AlcazarizedAlcazar-
As the Palaces BurnLamb of God-
Being RiddenCex-
Beneath This Gruff ExteriorJohn Hiatt-
Blueprints for the Black MarketAnberlin-
Body KissThe Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, aka Mr. Biggs-
BR InstrumentalsCex-
Committed to a Bright FutureDog Fashion Disco-
Dirty SweetJetEP
DPGC: U Know What I'm Throwin' UpDaz Dillinger-
Electric VersionThe New Pornographers-
Figure Number FiveSoilwork-
Jalopy Go FarZolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer-
O' Cracker Where Art Thou?Cracker-
On and OnJack Johnson-
One Word ExtinguisherPrefuse 73-
Politics of the BusinessPrince Paul-
Scandinavian LeatherTurbonegroUS
Take This to Your GraveFall Out Boy-
The War on ErrorismNOFX-
We've Come for You AllAnthrax-
When I Pretend to FallThe Long Winters-
Mit Gas Tomahawk
10 Pandemonium!B2K-
12 A Flock of BleepsYounger Brother-
Late Night Tales: Nightmares on WaxNightmares on WaxCompilation
The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of LoveMichael FranksCompilation
Singles Box Set 1981-1985Duran DuranBox Set
13 Days of our LivesBro'Sis-
The Golden Age of GrotesqueMarilyn Manson-
Good MourningAlkaline Trio-
The Impossibility of ReasonChimaira-
Out of the VeinThird Eye BlindLP & DVD
Year of the SpiderCold-
19 Something DangerousNatacha Atlas-
20 Almas del SilencioRicky Martin-
AnthemLess Than Jake-
Birds of PrayLive-
Black Like SundayKing's X-
Born to Be FreeSonique-
Boz ScaggsBoz ScaggsCovers album
Cyborgs RevisitedSimply SaucerRe-issue
FireElectric Six-
For All the Drugs in the WorldSponge-
14 Shades of GreyStaind-
HaremSarah Brightman-
I Am the Fun Blame Monster!Menomena-
Laughing CityEisleyEP
Live: HallelujahSammy Hagar and The WaboritasLive
Mississippi: The AlbumDavid Banner-
Not in My NameSaul WilliamsEP
Places for BreathingRevis-
Poodle Hat"Weird Al" Yankovic-
Rabbit Don't Come EasyHelloween-
The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1DJ Kay Slay-
TransformPowerman 5000-
Über AllesHanzel Und Gretyl-
Vicious CycleLynyrd Skynyrd-
When Broken Is Easily FixedSilverstein-
22 C21C21-
24 Lucky BastardsPeter Pan Speedrock-
26 Friend or Foe?Blackmail-
Led Zeppelin DVDLed ZeppelinDVD
Where Have You Been Tonight? LiveShed SevenLive
27 Falling UphillLillix-
How the West Was WonLed ZeppelinLive 1972
In Between Now and ThenO.A.R.-
Leave a WhisperShinedown-
The No Fun EPLocal HEP
Olympia DeuxmilletroisMarc LavoineLive
So Much for the CityThe Thrills-
Smile Empty SoulSmile Empty Soul-
Tubular Bells 2003Mike Oldfield-
Winterheart's GuildSonata Arctica-
30 Atlantis PrincessBoA-
2 Best: The Greatest Hits of S Club 7S Club 7Compilation
Hidden Hands of a Sadist NationDarkest Hour-
Paper MonstersDave GahanEurope
You Gotta Go There to Come BackStereophonics-
3 0304Jewel-
2003 Warped Tour CompilationVarious ArtistsCompilation
Dream to Make BelieveArmor for Sleep-
Ego WarAudio Bullys-
ExplodeThe Unseen-
From There to Here: Greatest HitsLonestarCompilation
HomeSimply Red-
In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, CompleteMiles Davis-
In the Pursuit of LeisureSugar Ray-
Liberation: Songs to Benefit PETAVarious ArtistsCompilation
MightyThe Planet Smashers-
Moe LifeBig Moe-
My Private NationTrain-
Paper MonstersDave GahanNorth America
Something to Crow AboutRiverboat Gamblers-
Soul JourneyGillian Welch-
Trouble No MoreJohn Mellencamp-
We Were Born in a FlameSam Roberts-
5 The Phantom AgonyEpicaDebut Album
WindwardtidesandwaywardsailsDown by Law-
6 Greatest HitsLeAnn RimesCompilation
St. AngerMetallica-
9 Hail to the ThiefRadiohead-
10 BareAnnie Lennox-
BlackoutDropkick Murphys-
Dance with My FatherLuther Vandross-
Everything Must GoSteely Dan-
Joe BuddenJoe Budden-
Justin GuariniJustin Guarini-
The MovementInspectah Deck-
The MovementMo Thugs-
New Sacred CowKenna-
Playwutchyalike: The Best of Digital UndergroundDigital UndergroundCompilation
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach BoysThe Beach BoysCompilation
TriggerIn FlamesEP
Ultimate Kenny GKenny GCompilation
Welcome Interstate ManagersFountains of Wayne-
16 Taste the SecretUgly Duckling-
The Vertigo of BlissBiffy Clyro-
17 After the StormMonica-
Ambulance LTDAmbulance LTDDebut; EP
ArachnophobiacMichael Schenker Group-
Are We Really Happy with Who We Are Right Now?Moneen-
AttenCHUN!Bone Crusher-
A Blessing in DisguiseGreen Carnation-
Deja EntenduBrand New-
Decoration DayDrive-By Truckers-
Finger ElevenFinger Eleven-
Ghost of a RoseBlackmore's Night-
Happy Songs for Happy PeopleMogwai-
Here Comes the IndianAnimal Collective-
Life Is Killing MeType O Negative-
The Man on the Burning TightropeFirewater-
A Match and Some GasolineThe Suicide Machines-
RemembereseThe StillsEP
StupidityBad Manners-
Take Me to Your LeaderKing Geedorahpseudonym of MF Doom
Translating the NameSaosinEP
True ReflectionsBoyd Tinsley-
Waiting for the MoonTindersticks-
18 Venus and Other HitsBananaramaCompilation
20 Dangerously in LoveBeyoncé-
23 Kerrang! High VoltageVarious ArtistsCompilation
Live KreationKreatorLive
24 AestheticFrom First to LastEP
Almost FamousLumidee-
Between the Never and the NowVendetta Red-
BittersweetBlu Cantrell-
De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Mars Volta-
ElephunkThe Black Eyed Peas-
A Flame to the Ground BeneathLost Horizon-
Hotel PaperMichelle Branch-
I Am the MovieMotion City Soundtrack-
Keep It TogetherGuster-
Liz PhairLiz Phair-
The OwnerzGang Starr-
Population MeDwight Yoakam-
Radio ContactAcoustic Alchemy-
Re:Mix MomentumTobyMac-
Shades of BlueMadlib-
SouthwestDaz Dillinger-
Da UnbreakablesThree 6 Mafia-
30 LoversThe Sleepy Jackson-
Parts of the Process (The Very Best of Morcheeba)MorcheebaCompilation


Date Album Artist Notes
1 Chapter IIAshanti-
Frail Words CollapseAs I Lay Dying-
The Green BookTwiztid-
History for SaleBlue October-
Hot Damn!Every Time I Die-
LiveOur Lady PeaceLive
MichiganSufjan Stevens-
Take a BreakMe First and the Gimme Gimmes-
Time Will TellRobert Cray-
You Come Before YouPoison the Well-
2 RadwimpsRadwimps-
4 Vulture StreetPowderfingerAustralia
6 Stop Stepping on My HeadThe Roy Clark MethodEP
7 North Atlantic DriftOcean Colour Scene-
Officially DeadVeruca SaltEP
8 Black AugustKillah Priest-
Broken Freedom Song: Live from San FranciscoKris KristoffersonLive
Diamond DaveDavid Lee Roth-
Far from NowhereSlick Shoes-
Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1Trace AdkinsCompilation
Maybe MemoriesThe UsedCompilation
Noise for Music's SakeNapalm DeathCompilation
Scooby Snacks: The CollectionFun Lovin' CriminalsCompilation
Yes RemixesYesRemix
Young LiarsTV on the RadioEP
10 WWE OriginalsWorld Wrestling Entertainment/Various Artists-
14 Late Night Tales: Sly & RobbieSly & RobbieCompilation
Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers)Manic Street PreachersCompilation
Season for Assault8 Foot SativaNew Zealand
Two ConversationsThe Appleseed Cast-
15 Greatest Hits Live 2003April WineLive
Limelite, Luv & NiteclubzDa Brat-
Making the GradeDiffuser-
A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a ScarDashboard Confessional-
Other Hours: Connick on Piano, Volume 1Harry Connick, Jr.-
P-Bone SteakPeelander-Z-
Red Dirt RoadBrooks & Dunn-
The Trouble with Being MyselfMacy GrayUS
Wave on WavePat Green-
Year of the RabbitYear of the Rabbit-
17 Promise of LoveThe American Analog Set-
20 TransformerBruce Kulick-
21 FeelerPete Murray-
Now That's What I Call Music! 55 (UK series)Various ArtistsCompilation
Phantom PowerSuper Furry Animals-
22 The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice-
ChariotGavin DeGraw-
Dude Descending a StaircaseApollo 440-
Freaky Friday: Original SoundtrackVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Friends of MineAdam GreenUS
It's All in Your HeadEve 6-
A Lethal Dose of American HatredSuperjoint Ritual-
Man in the AirKurt Elling-
Mud on the TiresBrad Paisley-
Now That's What I Call Music! 13 (U.S. series)Various ArtistsCompilation
Ocean AvenueYellowcard-
Rip the JackerCanibus-
Special OneCheap Trick-
Speed GraphicBen FoldsEP
StraysJane's Addiction-
Three Days GraceThree Days Grace-
28 Blue Street (Five Guitars)Chris Rea-
LycanthropyPatrick Wolf-
Magic and MedicineThe Coral-
The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary CollectionYesUK; Box Set
29 Canada SongsDaughters-
Carpenters Perform CarpenterCarpentersCompilation
Down upon the Suwannee RiverLittle FeatLive
Enemies of RealityNevermore-
Pass the FlaskThe Bled-
Sink or SwimOver My Dead Body-
War at the WarfieldSlayerDVD
1 The Vinyl CountdownRelient KEP
4 D-D-Don't Don't Stop the BeatJunior Senior-
Final StrawSnow PatrolUK
Tour de France SoundtracksKraftwerk-
5 BelindaBelinda Peregrín-
Best of Ballads & BluesPoisonCompilation
D. Boon and FriendsD. BoonCompilation
Emotional TechnologyBT-
Frozen EmbersThe CrüxshadowsEP
Get the Picture?Smash Mouth-
JeffJeff Beck-
ThickskinSkid Row-
Truth Be ToldBlues Traveler-
What the World Needs Now Is LoveWynonna Judd-
11 KokopelliKosheenUK
12 Celebrate MistakesNumber One Gun-
Classic Hits LiveKottonmouth KingsLive
Dungeons & DragonsMidnight SyndicateOfficial soundtrack to the role-playing game
5 Alive!Carbon LeafLive
GoPat Benatar-
Greatest Hits Volume IIAlan JacksonCompilation
Legacy: the Absolute BestThe DoorsCompilation
This Is Meant to Hurt YouThese Arms Are SnakesDebut EP
18 Cast of ThousandsElbowUK
GenesDave Couse-
No Push CollideSerafin-
Live BoxBjörkBox Set
19 Action PactSloan-
ClonesThe Neptunes-
Dierks BentleyDierks Bentley-
From Me to UJuelz Santana-
Giving the Devil His DueCoal ChamberCompilation
GreendaleNeil Young-
HypnoticaBenny Benassi-
In This SkinJessica Simpson-
RestlessSara Evans-
Rupi's DanceIan Anderson-
Simple ThingsAmy Grant-
Trap MuzikT.I.-
TruANTAlien Ant Farm-
UnleashedBow Wow-
Youth and Young ManhoodKings of Leon-
22 Back HomeBearfoot Bluegrass-
25 Chain Gang of LoveThe Raveonettes-
Take Them On, On Your OwnBlack Rebel Motorcycle ClubUK
The Wildhearts Must Be DestroyedThe Wildhearts-
26 Anchors AweighThe Bouncing Souls-
Anthems of RebellionArch EnemyUS
Burning Down the OperaEdguyLive
Crimson IIEdge of Sanity-
Drankin' PatnazYoungbloodZ-
Everything Goes NumbStreetlight Manifesto-
Hit & RunBig SugarCompilation
Live! The Farewell TourCherLive
Love & LifeMary J. Blige-
Love, Hell or RightMathematics-
MetamorphosisHilary Duff-
Reverie Sound RevueReverie Sound RevueEP
Visions of GandhiJedi Mind Tricks-
Waking the FallenAvenged Sevenfold-
The WindWarren Zevon-
Wooden LeatherNappy Roots-
31 What Do I Have to Do?Stabbing WestwardCompilation
1 I Get Along EPThe LibertinesEP
AnthologyOcean Colour SceneCompilation
2 Breathing Is IrrelevantIon Dissonance-
Dance of DeathIron Maiden-
Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?Metric-
Take Them On, On Your OwnBlack Rebel Motorcycle ClubUS
UnderworldVarious artistsSoundtrack
VintageMichael Bolton-
3 Halcali BaconHalcali-
Warts and All: Volume 3MoeLive
5 GlittercardTorun Eriksen-
8 Amazing GraceSpiritualized-
Death Cult ArmageddonDimmu Borgir-
EchoesThe Rapture-
Empty the Bones of YouChris Clark-
Hand Over Your Loved OnesWheatus-
9 BananasDeep Purple-
Close My EyesThe Slackers-
The Decline of British Sea PowerBritish Sea Power-
Doll RevolutionThe Bangles-
A Few QuestionsClay Walker-
The Fiction We LiveFrom Autumn to Ashes-
From the AshesPennywise-
HallucinationsDavid Usher-
Heavier ThingsJohn Mayer-
Her Majesty the DecemberistsThe Decemberists-
It Still MovesMy Morning Jacket-
Love Is the Only SoldierJann Arden-
The MeadowlandsThe Wrens-
The New RomancePretty Girls Make Graves-
SealSealaka Seal IV
Self-Destructive PatternSpineshank-
Feel ItSome Girls-
She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the AlmightySinéad O'Connor2x CD; 1 disc rarities, 1 disc live
Show Me Your TearsFrank Black and the Catholics-
Welcome to Poppy'sFun Lovin' Criminals-
Wellwater ConspiracyWellwater Conspiracy-
Wildwood FlowerJune Carter Cash-
The WolfAndrew W.K.-
10 VulgarDir en grey-
11 Smash The OctopusFlattbush-
12 Keepin' It CountryBrett Kissel-
Reason and TruthConcept-
15 AbsolutionMuse-
HigherHarem Scarem-
I Am KlootI Am Kloot-
RealityDavid Bowie-
Rock Rock Kiss Kiss ComboThe Fashion-
Silence Is EasyStarsailor-
TravelerColin James-
Underachievers Please Try HarderCamera Obscura-
16 The August EngineHammers of Misfortune-
Before Everything & AfterMxPx-
Billy TalentBilly TalentCRIA: 3x Platinum
Call It ConspiracyDozer-
DeliveranceBubba Sparxxx-
Go Tell It on the MountainThe Blind Boys of Alabama-
Grand ChampDMX-
The House Carpenter's DaughterNatalie Merchant-
Identity CrisisShelby Lynne-
Ima RobotIma Robot-
In ReverieSaves the Day-
Me & My BrotherYing Yang Twins-
Page AvenueStory of the Year-
Permission to LandThe Darkness-
The Soul SessionsJoss StoneUS
Thirteenth StepA Perfect Circle-
Vaudeville VillainViktor Vaughnpseudonym of MF Doom
Walk witt MeSheek Louch-
War All the TimeThursday-
Worldwide UndergroundErykah BaduEP
17 Soul FreeBrown Eyed Soul-
19 AlcachofaRicardo Villalobos-
21 AbsolutionMuseUK
22 Give You My WorldPhil Wickham-
Greatest Hits & Unheard BitsSpaceCompilation
23 The Best of DeicideDeicideCompilation
Best of MadballMadballCompilation
The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!PanteraCompilation
Bringer of BloodSix Feet Under-
Caught by the WindowPilot SpeedCanada
CheersObie Trice-
Comin' from Where I'm FromAnthony HamiltonUS
Couldn't Have Said It BetterMeat Loaf-
Dark Chords on a Big GuitarJoan Baez-
The Eyes of Alice CooperAlice Cooper-
Gallowsbird's BarkThe Fiery Furnaces-
GoVertical Horizon-
The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Lawrence Arms-
The Long RoadNickelback-
The MavericksThe Mavericks-
Mechanical Spin PhenomenaMnemic-
Murphy's LawMurphy Lee-
Natural SelectionFuel-
NorthElvis Costello-
Past, Present & FutureRob ZombieCompilation
The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1R. KellyCompilation
Results May VaryLimp Bizkit-
Savin HillStreet Dogs-
Seven's TravelsAtmosphere-
Some DevilDave Matthews-
Speakerboxxx/The Love BelowOutkast-
Stories and AlibisMatchbook Romance-
Stumble into GraceEmmylou Harris-
TestimonyNeal Morse-
Untying the NotString Cheese Incident-
UnwrappedGloria Estefan-
Want OneRufus Wainwright-
Want That LifeThe Fixx-
24 Another DayLene Marlin-
SpadeMonkey Majik-
26 The Dresden DollsThe Dresden Dolls-
t.A.T.u. Remixest.A.T.u.Remix
29 The AntidoteMoonspell-
Clubfiles – the AlbumDJ Quicksilver-
Don't Look Back into the Sun/Death on the StairsThe LibertinesEP
HTP 2Hughes Turner Project-
Sacred LoveSting-
2nd VerseSo Solid Crew-
Volume 1The Besnard Lakes-
30 Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney SongbookBette Midler-
Billy CurringtonBilly Currington-
ChangesKelly Osbourne-
ConfessionIll Niño-
The Jethro Tull Christmas AlbumJethro TullChristmas
The Journey: The Very Best of Donna SummerDonna SummerComplication +2 new tracks and remix on US limited edition bonus disc
Lead Us Not into TemptationDavid Byrne-
Life For RentDido-
Live at Monsters of RockGary MooreLive
MartinaMartina McBride-
My Baby Don't TolerateLyle Lovett-
Now That's What I Call Christmas!: The Signature Collection (U.S. series)Various ArtistsCompilation
Perfecto Presents Great WallPaul OakenfoldRemix
School of Rock: Music From and Inspired by the Motion PictureVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
See If I CareGary Allan-
Singles 93–03The Chemical BrothersCompilation
Sunny 16Ben FoldsEP
33Luis Miguel-


Date Album Artist Notes
1 Evil Never DiesToxic Holocaust-
Howl Howl Gaff GaffShout Out Louds-
2 ReflectionsApocalyptica-
6 Dear Catastrophe WaitressBelle & Sebastian-
7 2nd to NoneElvis PresleyCompilation
21st Century LiveStyxLive/DVD
All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good TanKenny Chesney-
Animals Should Not Try to Act Like PeoplePrimusLP/DVD
Birth of a PrinceRZA-
CollideøscopeLiving Colour-
Comfort to the SoulAna Popović-
Total EclipseBlack Moon-
Decade of the Nail Spiked BatJag PanzerCompilation
Farm Fresh OnionsRobert Earl Keen-
Get BornJet-
Greatest HitsWyclef JeanCompilation
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Coheed and Cambria-
KatonahApollo Sunshine-
A Kiss in TimePatty Griffin-
Later That DayLyrics Born-
The Lemon of PinkThe Books-
Live at the House of BluesGuttermouthLive/DVD
Make the Clocks MoveKevin Devine-
Mr. SnowmanJohn Michael Montgomery-
Nu-Mixx Klazzics2PacRemix
ReflectionsPaul van Dyk-
The Room's Too ColdThe Early November-
SantamentalSteve Lukather-
Shadow ZoneStatic-X-
Softcore JukeboxLadytronCompilation
Stone Deaf Forever!MotörheadBox Set
The StruggleCappadonna-
TransatlanticismDeath Cab for Cutie-
West Koasta NostraBoo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.-
8 And the Story GoesAgnes Monica-
13 The Curse of BlondieBlondie-
It All Starts HereJemEP
Morning Sci-FiHybrid
1 Fille & 4 TypesCeline Dion-
12 MemoriesTravis-
14 As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2Rod StewartCovers album
Blackberry BelleThe Twilight Singers-
Boy in Da CornerDizzee Rascal-
Bucketheadland 2Buckethead-
Careful What You Wish ForTexas-
Christmas Is Almost Here AgainCarly SimonChristmas
Chrome, Smoke & BBQZZ TopBox Set
Comfort WomanMe'shell Ndegeocello-
Coral FangThe Distillers-
The Essential Simon and GarfunkelSimon & GarfunkelCompilation
Ember to InfernoTrivium-
For Never and EverKill Hannah-
HardJagged Edge-
HonestyRodney Atkins-
Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly PartonVarious ArtistsDolly Parton tribute
Long Black TrainJosh Turner-
Measure of a ManClay Aiken-
The Movie AlbumBarbra Streisand-
The RemixesMariah CareyRemix
17 One Crimson NightHammerFallLive
18 Being SomebodyLiberty XUK
19 InfameBabasónicos-
20 Country LifeShow of Hands-
FrankAmy Winehouse-
Hái!The Creatures-
Kish KashBasement Jaxx-
21 AstronomyBleach-
Choirs of the EyeKayo Dot-
Chutes Too NarrowThe Shins-
Come Feel Me TremblePaul Westerberg-
CoverageMandy MooreCovers album
EthernautThe Crüxshadows-
Everything to EveryoneBarenaked Ladies-
Group TherapyDope-
Interventions + LullabiesThe Format-
Kickin' It at the BarnLittle Feat-
Lambhouse: The Collection 1991-1998UnsaneCompilation
Logic Will Break Your HeartThe Stills-
MHMarques Houston-
NorthSomething Corporate-
Puss 'n' BootsCrash Test Dummies-
Rush in RioRushLive/DVD
StreetcoreJoe Strummer & The Mescaleros-
The Terror StateAnti-Flag-
TwentysomethingJamie Cullum-
The Very Best OfEaglesCompilation
A Very Special Acoustic ChristmasVarious ArtistsChristmas
We Sweat BloodDanko Jones-
What's Wrong With This Picture?Van Morrison-
Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?The Unicorns-
22 The Flag of PunishmentGalneryus-
24 The Cat EmpireThe Cat Empire-
27 BodysongJonny GreenwoodSoundtrack; UK
Forget YourselfThe Church-
In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003R.E.M.Compilation; UK
The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)The FallUK
Through the Ashes of EmpiresMachine HeadUK
28 DevilDriverDevilDriver-
Harry for the HolidaysHarry Connick, Jr.Christmas
Hits! – The Very Best of ErasureErasure-
Modern ARTilleryThe Living End-
Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy BraggBilly BraggCompilation
Notes & PhotographsJamisonParkerEP
The Rise of BrutalityHatebreed-
Room on FireThe Strokes-
Ultimate Run-D.M.C.Run-D.M.C.Compilation
31 Another WayTeenage Bottlerocket-
1 The Journey ContinuesBradley Joseph-
3 Against Me! as the Eternal CowboyAgainst Me!-
HitPeter GabrielCompilation
In Your Own TimeMark Owen-
Love Is Hell pt. 1Ryan AdamsEP
A Natural DisasterAnathemaUK
Underworld 1992–2002UnderworldCompilation
4 15 Year Killing SpreeCannibal CorpseCompilation
AfterglowSarah McLachlan-
Blood in My EyeJa Rule-
The Fall of TroyThe Fall of Troy-
Coldplay Live 2003ColdplayUS; Live
Come Poop with MeTriumph, the Insult Comic Dog-
Deck the Halls, Bruise Your HandRelient KChristmas
Dinosaur SoundsCatch 22-
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky-
Ghosts of the Great HighwaySun Kil Moon-
Here Comes That Weird ChillMark LaneganEP
Lost & Found: Hip Hop Underground Soul ClassicsPete RockCompilation
Married to the GameToo Short-
The Matrix Revolutions: Music from the Motion PictureDon DavisSoundtrack
Most Requested HitsAaron CarterCompilation
Avril Lavigne: My WorldAvril LavigneLive
Now That's What I Call Music! 14 (U.S. series)Various ArtistsCompilation
Payable on DeathP.O.D.-
The Preacher's SonWyclef Jean-
Purple on TimeU.S. Maple-
The Sceptre of DeceptionFalconer-
Shock'n Y'allToby Keith-
Sixty Six to TimbuktuRobert PlantCompilation
Skull RingIggy Pop-
This Left Feels RightBon JoviCompilation
Ultimate Toni BraxtonToni BraxtonCompilation
The Very Best of Sheryl CrowSheryl CrowCompilation
5 Smoking MonkeyJonathan Coulton-
6 LoveMika Nakashima-
7 Salvation Lies WithinFaith-
10 Ladies NightAtomic Kitten-
Late Night Tales: JamiroquaiJamiroquaiCompilation
Live from Faraway StablesSilverchairLive
State of MindHolly Valance-
11 Another 700 Miles3 Doors DownEP
The Essential Bruce SpringsteenBruce SpringsteenCompilation
Kid RockKid Rock-
Live from the RoadChevelleLive
Lost DogsPearl JamCompilation
SoulONick Lachey-
Soundtrack to the ApocalypseSlayerBox Set
Thank YouStone Temple PilotsCompilation
Train of ThoughtDream Theater-
Try ThisPink-
Tupac: ResurrectionTupac ShakurSoundtrack
14 Beg for MercyG-Unit-
The Black AlbumJay-Z-
17 Ether SongTurin Brakes-
Let It Be... NakedThe BeatlesRemix
Now That's What I Call Music! 56 (UK series)Various ArtistsCompilation
A Present for EveryoneBusted-
Tales of a LibrarianTori AmosCompilation
Turn It OnRonan Keating-
18 Ashanti's ChristmasAshantiChristmas
At LastCyndi Lauper-
The Biggest and the BestSlick ShoesCompilation
Body LanguageKylie Minogue-
The Central Park ConcertDave Matthews BandLive/DVD
18 B Sides + DVDMobyCompilation & DVD
The Electric Joe Satriani: An AnthologyJoe SatrianiCompilation
Greatest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers-
HeavySwollen Members-
I Can't StopAl Green-
I'm One of YouHank Williams, Jr.-
In the ZoneBritney SpearsUS
The Infinite Steve Vai: An AnthologySteve VaiCompilation
Live at LargoGlen PhillipsLive
Live in TexasLinkin ParkLive DVD
Maryland MansionsCex-
Number OnesMichael JacksonCompilation
One Wish: The Holiday AlbumWhitney HoustonChristmas
Revolutionary Vol. 2Immortal Technique-
Room To BreatheReba McEntire-
Under Construction, Part IITimbaland & Magoo-
Weekend WarriorBiz Markie-
19 Kimi Tsunagi Five MAsian Kung-Fu Generation-
21 Take a Look in the MirrorKorn-
22 All Request LiveWeenLive
23 Call Off the SearchKatie MeluaUK
24 DedicatedLemar-
IntroductionAlex Parks-
Pop Art: Pet Shop Boys - The HitsPet Shop Boys-
Remixed & RevisitedMadonnaRemix + 1 new track
The Soul SessionsJoss StoneUK
25 Blitzen TrapperBlitzen Trapper-
Da Derrty Versions: The ReinventionNelly-
Films about GhostsCounting CrowsCompilation
FolkloreNelly Furtado-
Life on DisplayPuddle of Mudd-
Live at the Grand Olympic AuditoriumRage Against the MachineLive
The Make Yourself at Home EPThe Starting LineEP
Now and Forever: The HitsTLCUK; Compilation
Part IILil Jon & the East Side Boyz-
7Enrique Iglesias-
The Singles 1992-2003No DoubtCompilation +1 new track
This Is Not a Test!Missy Elliott-
UnearthedJohnny CashBox Set
29 HappinessThe Weepies-
1 Daft ClubDaft PunkRemix
The Firebird Suite - ArchivesThe Firebird Band-
When Goodbye Means Forever...I Killed the Prom Queen-
2 And Then ...Joe-
Comin' on StrongTrace Adkins-
My First TimeLook What I Did-
My Own ThingManafest-
The Diary of Alicia KeysAlicia KeysUS
8 Just as I AmGuy Sebastian-
Strachy na LachyStrachy na Lachy-
9 Big Money HeavyweightBig Tymers-
Tha Dogg: Best of the WorksSnoop DoggCompilation
Fefe DobsonFefe Dobson-
HomeRyan Malcolm-
Hot & Wet112-
Live at Brixton AcademyMotörheadLive
Love Is Hell pt. 2Ryan AdamsEP
Nick CannonNick Cannon-
The ReasonHoobastank-
SoulfulRuben Studdard-
SplinterThe Offspring-
Terrorist ThreatsWestside Connection-
12 Atarashiki Nihongo Rock no Michi to HikariSambomaster-
16 Extended PlayDenver HarborEP
The Lex Diamond StoryRaekwon-
M.A.D.E.Memphis Bleek-
17 LegendaryZaoCompilation
23 Juve the GreatJuvenile-
MTA2: Baptized in Dirty WaterDavid Banner-
RiffsStatus Quo-
25 Ultimate CircusNightmare-
27 I Look I SeeYusuf Islam-
31 Porch LifeBig D and the Kids Table-

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Top 5 albums of Billboard year

  1. 50 CentGet Rich or Die Tryin'
  2. Norah JonesCome Away With Me
  3. BeyoncéDangerously in Love
  4. Michael JacksonNumber Ones
  5. Dixie ChicksHome

Top 10 Selling Albums of the Year

  1. Get Rich or Die Tryin'50 Cent
  2. Come Away with MeNorah Jones
  3. StrippedChristina Aguilera
  4. Number OnesMichael Jackson
  5. MeteoraLinkin Park
  6. Dangerously in LoveBeyoncé
  7. A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay
  8. FallenEvanescence
  9. In the ZoneBritney Spears
  10. Let GoAvril Lavigne

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The following artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Police, The Righteous Brothers


ARIA Music Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Grammy Awards

Mercury Music Prize


Triple J Hottest 100


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