81. Estelle - Shine (2008). With the help of John Legend, Estelle successfully delivered a great sophomore album, a mix of old-school and new soul even nabbing her one of the biggest hits of '08 with... Essential track: "American Boy"
82. Blake Lewis - Audio Day Dream (2007). Easily the best album from an American Idol runner-up. An enticing blend of pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and electronica. Essential track: "How Many Words"
83. Christina Aguilera - Stripped (2002). Like P!nk, after Christina's first album she needed a new edgier sound to further her career and with the help of songwriter Linda Perry, Stripped was born an unforgiving buffet of adult-pop, rock and R&B that didn't fail to portray the diversity of her voice. Essential track: "Beautiful"
84. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). After two decent albums, Rihanna ascended to the forefront of pop with her third album, a more commanding blend of dance, pop and R&B scoring her one of the biggest hits of 2007 "Umbrella." Essential track: "Hate that I Love You"
85. The Fray - How to Save a Life (2005). Alternative band The Fray had a fantastic debut, which landed them two major hits as well as being chock-full of brilliant pop/rock songs. Essential track: "How to Safe a Life"
86. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III (2008). Lil' Wayne's sixth album was perfect. It was first-week million-seller, rang well with critics, scored the rapper his first #1 and furthered his step into dethroning Jay-Z as the best rapper alive. Also you can't go wrong with solid beats and lyrics too. Essential track: "A Milli"
87. Amy Whinehouse - Frank (2003). Before there was Back to Black (which comes up much later) there was Frank, the album that introduced Amy's soulful voice to the world as well as her effortless blend of soul, jazz and R&B. Essential track: "Stronger Than Me"
88. Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree (2005). Fall Out Boy delivered two very decent albums prior however their magnum opus came in the form of their third album that introduced the band to a more mainstream audience scoring their first major hit "Sugar We're Goin Down." Essential track: "Dance Dance"
89. Britney Spears - In the Zone (2003). Britney's fourth album further pushed her sound away from the clean-cut bubblegum pop that launched her career and dabbled in an exciting mix of dance-pop, R&B, club and Jamaican-inspired sounds, thus delivering the best album of her career--also scoring three back to back worldwide hits. Essential track: Toxic
90. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). After two back-to-back commercial missteps, Mariah Carey returned to prominence in '05 with her tenth album, a modern blend of old-school R&B and pop and was rightfully her best album since her '90s masterpiece's Butterfly and Daydream as well as scoring the biggest hit of her career with "We Belong Together." Essential track: "Shake it Off"