11. The Strokes - Is This It (2001). Normally compared to Nirvana's Nevermind, in '01 The Strokes released the debuts of all debuts, fabricating a sound that shaped the indie/alternative rock scene towards the beginning of the decade--a sound responsible for furthering the genre into the mainstream. There's not many pop influences here, however I still love this album to pieces and have grown quite attached it as of late. Essential track: "Someday"
12. Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). It's tough, when you have already churned out two masterpieces already, to churn out a fourth offering still remaining interesting whilst not varying too far the sound that made the masterpiece, however Coldplay beat the odds their fourth album--Viva La Vida was experimental, covering more obscure areas of rock however still delivering the lustful melodies, soaring harmonies and haunting compositions varying from upbeat to mid-tempo, we have come to expect from them. Essential track: "Strawberry Swing"
13. Radiohead - Kid A (2000). Ok Computer set the bar for Radiohead--it was the critic's holy grail, it was always going to be tough to follow, however tough or not Radiohead still managed to deliver something just as good, still as experimental and supporting electronic rock sounds however more laid back. Essential track: "How to Disappear Completely"
14. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open (2006). Gushing rock backdrops upon shimmering pop influences, a breathtaking combo that made Snow Patrol's fourth album one of the best alternative rock/pop albums of the decade. It became their biggest selling also landing them four top 40 hits, including the classic "Chasing Cars" which essentially the "Run" of this album. Essential track: "Chasing Cars"
15. D'Angelo - Voodoo (2000). 1995's Brown Sugar made D'Angelo a star, however its follow-up made him a class-act. Illustrating a seductive blend of soul, R&B, hip-hop sounds and jazz, his second album was triumphant piece of work that brought Angelo to the forefront of mainstream R&B for awhile. Essential track: "Untitled (How Does it Feel)"
16. Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough (2005). After her weak showings on Love & Life, Mary J. Blige made a successful comeback in '05 delivering one of the finest R&B albums of the decade, showcasing cutting-edge beats, solid vocal throughout and solid and interesting lyrics. Essential track: "Be Without You"
17. Moby - 18 (2002). Following his successful break into an mainstream audience with 1999's Play, Moby waited three years before delivering its follow-up which was almost as good, blending so effortlessly the elements of rock, dance and electronica whilst still harvesting that key pop appeal that made its predecessor so brilliant. Essential track: "We Are Made of Stars"
18. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). Eminem's off-beat sense of humor, well-crafted beats and lyrical mastermind made him one of the most acclaimed rappers of this decade. His best album was his third album, leaving little to differ between reality and fiction--covering his his more buoyant persona on the albums most popular track "Real Slim Shady" and the more dark and disheartening on its best track "Stan." Essential track: "Stan"
19. Beck - Sea Change (2002). Instrumentally subtle, lyrically compelling would be a perfect way to describe Beck's seventh album. Full of charming melodies, haunting harmonies built-up around the aphotic blend of acoustic-pop and rock and eerie sound-scapes. Essential track: "The Modern Age"
20. Keane - Hopes And Fears (2004). This was more of an late-decade discovery as I wasn't a fan of Keane when they formed five years ago, however I'm absolutely in love with their debut, such a commanding mix of alternative and classic pop, enduring from start to end. Essential track: "Somewhere Only We Know"