Also getting love in the top 15 were Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance, Kelly Clarkson, the White Stripes and Coldplay.
A number of acts notched two albums on the list of the decade’s top releases. While Green Day took the number-one spot with American Idiot, Radiohead landed at No. 3 (Kid A) and No. 5 (In Rainbows). U2 scored a twofer at No. 6 (All That You Can’t Leave Behind) and No. 15 (No Line on the Horizon), and Kelly Clarkson hit No. 8 (All I Ever Wanted) and No. 11 (Breakaway).
Green Day topped the Artist of the Decade list, followed by Radiohead, U2, Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen. Slim Shady finally worked his way in on that list, dropping into the No. 8 slot, just ahead of the White Stripes’ Jack White, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon and Fall Out Boy.
Despite having last year’s biggest album and becoming hip-hop’s reigning superstar, Lil Wayne checked in at a modest No. 18, coming in behind the Arcade Fire (No. 13), M.I.A. (No. 14), Wilco (No. 15), Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst (No. 16) and Bob Dylan (No. 17).