10) Red Hot Chili Peppers- By The Way Critics applaud the Chili Peppers for leaving behind their previous musical styles and embracing their melodic and subdued emotions. This album was one of the band’s most internationally recognized albums debuting at number one in the UK, Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria, and Sweden and number two in France.
9) Santana- Shaman Shaman was not only Santana’s eighteenth studio album; it was also the highly anticipated follow up album to Supernatural. For this album Santana decided to bring in top artists from all over the music spectrum such as hip-hop, pop and rock.
8) Counting Crows- Hard Candy County Crows have a sound that has gradually evolved over three previous studio albums. Hard Candy introduces both a radical departure from the band's previous method of recording and their obvious commitment to songwriting as craft. Midway through the Hard Candy tour, drummer Ben Mize decided to leave the band to pursue personal interests.
7) Dave Matthews Band- Busted Stuff This was the first album recorded by Dave Matthews Band with no special guests. The band chose the nine best songs from formal partially released album, Lillywhite Sessions for Busted Stuff.
6) Sheryl Crow-C'mon C'mon C’mon, C’mon is Sheryl Crow at her finest, incorporating her deep rooted sounds with her new and modern music. This album earned Crow not only rock album of the year but also, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
5) Coldplay-A Rush of Blood to the Head This album features a greater use of piano and electric guitar than its predecessor. This album won the 2003 Grammy for Best Alternative Album for the second time in a row. Songs on this album were inspired through the band’s attitudes towards 9/11.
1) Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot After the refusal to release this album by Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group label, Wilco demanded the rights to the album. They decided to stream the entire album for free online instead. The cover is a picture of Marina City in the band's hometown Chicago.
2) Bruce Springsteen-The Rising In 2002, The Rising was one of only two albums to receive five stars, from Rolling Stone's. This album is centered around Bruce’s reflections on the 9/11 attacks on America.
3) Peter Gabriel-Up. The album cover features five water drops in a line, over a faded background of Gabriel's face. A refracted image of Gabriel’s face can be found in each drop. Months prior the album's release, video clips and short demos were released at the coming of every full moon on Gabriel's official website.
4) Norah Jones-Come Away With Me Norah Jones’s debut album, Come Away With Me, blew fans away with its acoustic pop style and incorporation of jazz, folk, soul, and country music elements. Jones swept the 2003 Grammy Awards with "Album of the Year", as well as "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for "Don't Know Why".