#1 – #50

  1. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

Genre: country pop

Released 09/29/2017

This is Miley’s lowest ranked album on the U.S. charts, which I’m not surprised by at all. The songwriting definitely could have been a lot better and better singles could have been chosen. Despite this however, there are a few really great standout tracks and moments on here that get overlooked, including “Bad Mood”, “Thinkin’”, “She’s Not Him” and “Love Someone”.

 

  1. Thirty Second To Mars – A Beautiful Lie

Genre: alternative rock

Released 08/30/2005

This album is versatile enough without being too much to handle and the music videos are insanely creative. This is ranked numerous times as one of the best albums of 2005 and also as one of the best albums of the 2000’s decade.

 

  1. DVSN – Morning After

Genre: alternative R&B

Released 10/13/2017

The way they incorporated guitar and piano into their music makes for such a cool sound, there were a few songs that I re-listened to the first time around because they were so interesting.

 

  1. NF – Perception

Genre: hip hop

Released 10/06/2017

The majority of the beats and actual music on this album are pretty bland and most songs end up sounding the same. But the lyrics are honest and very well written, and the vocals are undeniably fantastic, helping set apart NF from others in the hip hop genre.

 

  1. Modern Baseball – Sports

Genre: folk punk, pop punk

Released 11/27/2012

Toned down vocals and instrumental coincide with well thought out storytelling lyrics to create a ridiculously fun album to listen to.

 

  1. Logic – Bobby Tarantino

Genre: hip hop

Released 07/01/2016

“Cause people don’t buy music in this day and age / They buy the brand”

 

  1. 311 – Evolver

Genre: alternative rock, reggae rock, alternative metal

Released 07/22/2003

There was something about this record that I didn’t like and I couldn’t explain exactly why. In my initial review, I wrote that it “kind of sounds like Linkin Park mixed with Green Day”.

 

  1. Atlas Genius – Inanimate Objects

Genre: alternative rock, indie-electronica

Released 08/28/2015

The mixture of instruments, melodies and synthesizers is so simple but works very well. This is definitely quite underrated.

 

  1. Say Anything – …Is A Real Boy (Re-issue)

Genre: emo, indie rock, pop punk

Released 08/03/2004

One of the best albums of all time.

 

  1. The Neighbourhood – Hard EP

Genre: indie rock

Released 09/22/2017

This EP led up to their self titled full length album and was a perfect evolution of their previous material. It’s a little more rock heavy with some great pop and electronica influences scattered about.

 

  1. Bjork – Biophilia

Genre: electronic experimental

Released 10/05/2011

I found this to be way out of my comfort zone but it was actually very easy to listen to. I haven’t returned to it since, but I did enjoy it upon first listen.

 

  1. The Used – In Love And Death

Genre: emo, alternative rock

Released 09/18/2004

This sounds like most other alt rock from 2004 but it’s a pretty solid record. Make sure to watch the video for “All That I’ve Got”

 

  1. Kid A – Radiohead

Genre: experimental rock, post rock

Released 10/02/2000

Interestingly enough, there were no singles or music videos used to promote the record. And enough though it’s extremely praised and commercially successful, I didn’t enjoy this one at all.

 

  1. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2

Genre: alternative hip hop, pop rap

Released 08/25/2017

Spotify claims that this is my most listened album of 2018 and honestly, I think they’re right. A weird fusion of pop hooks and varying beats proves that there’s more to Lil Uzi than the hit single “XO Tour Llif3”.

 

  1. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal

Genre: metalcore, electronicore, alternative metal

Released 04/01/2013

Sempiternal is such a difficult record to explain. I think it’s best to just listen to it (make to watch the music videos as well)

 

  1. Walk The Moon – Walk The Moon

Genre: new wave, dance rock, indie pop

Released 06/19/2012

Very good for an indie rock debut.

 

  1. We Came As Romans – Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be

Genre: metalcore, post hardcore

Released 09/13/2011

I couldn’t get into this unfortunately.

 

  1. The White Stripes – Elephant

Genre: garage rick revival, blues rock, punk blues

Released 04/01/2003

When someone tells you this is one of the best records of the 2000’s, they’re not wrong. I was skeptical at first too but there truly is something special about this.

 

  1. The Cinema – My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes

Genre: indie pop

Released 09/13/2011

Truly the most perfect blend of indie pop you’ll ever hear. It’s a shame most people won’t ever discover this record.

 

  1. A$AP Rocky – Long. Live. A$AP.

Genre: hip hop

Released: 01/15/2013

I found the lyrical content of this one to be a little generic but the music is creative enough to keep me wanting to listen to it. A$AP Rocky is a versatile artist (as shown by his latter projects) and this is a fantastic starting point.

 

  1. Linkin Park – Meteora

Genre: nu metal, rap metal, rap rock

Released 03/25/2003

Remains one of the most successful albums on the Billboard alternative songs chart.

 

  1. Soundgarden – Superunknown

Genre: grunge, heavy metal, hard rock

Released 02/18/1994

Grunge-y yet perfectly polished, easy to understand and listen to. That’s not a common thing to find in this genre.

 

  1. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Genre: alternative pop, indie pop

Released 01/27/2017

This record dragged on a bit in some places but I can’t deny the sheer talent of Lana Del Rey.

 

  1. Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien

Genre: alternative rock

Released 09/29/2014

This is a collection of literally every genre and could not be any further from Way’s punk rock roots with My Chemical Romance. It’s a splendid record, never feeling too out of place among all the varying themes and sounds.

 

  1. Pearl Jam – Ten

Genre: grunge, alternative rock

Released 08/27/2991

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish.

 

  1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Genre: alternative R&B, neo soul

Released 07/10/2012

!!!!!!!!!!!

 

  1. Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

Genre: pop, synth pop, R&B

Released 06/02/2017

I listened to this album once and even though I liked a few songs, I can’t say I’ve come back to it.

 

  1. Halsey – Badlands

Genre: dark pop, alternative pop

Released 08/28/2015

This record is stunning, from the instrumentals to the vocals and especially the lyrical content.  It never falters from start to finish, remaining exceptionally consistent yet very interesting.

 

  1. Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club

Genre: indie rock, indie electronic

Released 07/21/2017

I enjoyed the liveliness of this, however I did expect it to be a little better.

 

  1. Sir Sly – You Haunt Me

Genre: indie pop, dark pop, trance

Released 09/16/2014

Indie pop is commonly associated with bright and fast instrumentals but this band took that concept and completely reversed it. The entire project flows together perfectly and showcases the groups unique take on the genre.

 

  1. A Rocket To The Moon – On Your Side

Genre: pop rock

Released: 10/13/2009

This is bad. Don’t listen to this.

 

  1. Blackbear – Deadroses

Genre: hip hop, R&B

Released 02/14/2015

Every song is so different and unique, it’s truly difficult to come across something as creative as this.

 

  1. Green Day – Dookie

Genre: punk rock, pop punk

Released 02/01/1994

I’m not much a Green Day fan and this was honestly not my favorite, however, I do understand the significance of this record.

 

  1. Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak

Genre: experimental pop, R&B

Released 11/24/2008

Okay, honestly, “RoboCop” is one of my favorite songs ever.

 

  1. Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now

Genre: alternative rock, emo pop, pop punk

Released 04/25/2006

Kind of a basic pop punk album from the mid 2000’s yet there’s something more to it that I can’t explain.

 

  1. Paramore – After Laughter

Genre: pop rock, synth pop

Released 05/12/2017

Sad lyrics, happy music.

 

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Genre: experimental hip hop, jazz rap

Released 03/15/2015

Absolutely fantastic.

 

  1. Kodak Black – Painting Pictures

Genre: hip hop, mumble rap

Released 03/31/2017

These lyrics are kind of horrible. Overall, I guess this could be worse but “Tunnel Vision” is definitely the best song on here.

 

  1. Genesis – Genesis

Genre: pop rock, art rock

Released 10/03/1983

This is perfect. I have no other clue how to describe this one.

 

  1. Blink 182 – Enema Of The State

Genre: pop punk, skate punk

Released 06/01/1999

Funny, honest and entertaining.

 

  1. John Mayer – Heavier Things

Genre: soft rock

Released 09/09/2003

Definitely sounds like 2003.

 

  1. Blue October – Foiled

Genre: alternative rock

Released 04/04/2006

Perfect album.

 

  1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus

Genre: indie pop, new wave, synth pop

Released 05/25/2009

Although I don’t remember this one very much, I do recall it being a very pleasant record to listen to. Some of the tracks that stood out to me were “Fences”, “Rome” and “Countdown”.

 

  1. Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind

Genre: alternative rock

Released 04/08/1997

Somehow, Third Eye Blind has mastered the concept of bright, upbeat instrumentals mixed with dark lyricism and this is where it all started. Some of my favorites include “God of Wine”, “Motorcycle Drive By” and “Burning Man”.

 

  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

Genre: garage rock revival, art punk, dance punk

Released 04/29/2003

The second half of the album is much better than the first.

 

  1. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Genre: indie rock, punk rock

Released 01/23/2006

There’s a reason why this became the fastest selling record in British history.

 

  1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Genre: indie pop, psychedelic pop

Released 10/02/2007

Most people probably recognize the hit singles “Electric Feel” and “Kids” before they recognize the band, but the fact that these songs, and this entire record, are still well received over ten years after it’s initial release proves how timeless and immaculate this album is.

 

  1. The Killers – Hot Fuss

Genre: alterntative rock, pop rock, synth pop

Released 06/15/2004

I may never listen to “Mr. Brightside” again but the entire rest of the record is a smash, containing some of the best glitzy pop rock to come from the early 2000’s.

 

  1. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Genre: indie folk

Released 07/08/2007

Simple in the absolute best way.

 

1. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

Genre: indie pop, chamber pop

Released 01/29/2008

I wish I could say the first album on my list is a favorite of mine but unfortunately, I lost interest in this one four songs in.