21. Usher - Confessions (2004). '04 was a good year of Usher, he definitely was the King of R&B for awhile. His fourth album became his biggest selling album to date and one of the most solid R&B offerings of the decade. I was more interested in the re-release that featured the chart-topping duet with Alicia Keys on "My Boo." Essential track: "Burn"
22. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006). The Arctic Monkeys had an awesome start to their career, their debut album became one of the UK biggest sellers and was amongst 2006's most acclaimed. I wasn't too fussed about Arctic Monkeys initially, however I did soon embrace their interesting sense of alternative rock. Essential track: "The View from the Afternoon"
23. Kylie Minogue - Fever (2001). After returning to pop with her Light Years Kylie then delivered one of the best dance albums of the decade, unlike its predecessor drawing more from modern influences also landing her one of the biggest hits of the decade with "Can't Get You Out of My Head." Essential track: "Come into My World"
24. Coldplay - X&Y (2005). After the classic A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay churned out another knockout with their third album. A charming and passionate set of songs, covering a wider range of sounds recalling alternative and pop influences. Essential track: "Fix You"
25. P!nk - M!ssundaztood (2001). Following her R&B sounding debut, P!nk decided to swapped her urban influenced beginnings for a more pop/rock edge for her second album and it worked a treat, really coming into own and showcasing her personality through fun tracks such as "Get the Party Started" and the more sensitive "Family Portrait" and "Just Like a Pill." Essential track: "Get the Party Started"
26. Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007). Off the back of their cheeky and fun debut Employment the Kaiser Chiefs tried to come across more serious for their follow up, however still drawing the quirky influences from their first and whilst their first was critically acclaimed I still prefer this. Essential track: "Ruby"
27. Rascal Flatts - Me and My Gang (2006). Easily my favorite country album of the decade. Rascal Flatts have remained one of the most consistent acts of the decade, however their most accomplished came in the form of their fourth album. A more than solid country album without forgetting the pop influences to broaden the appeal. A perfect combination of ballads, mid-tempo's and upbeat tracks. Essential track: "Stand"
28. Sugababes - Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). Following their under-appreciated debut, the Sugababes soon escalated to the forefront of British pop with their second album, which delivered the 'Babes a string of solid hits, including my favorite... Essential track: "Stronger"
29. Maxwell - Now (2001). Dodgy lyrics aside, Maxwell's third album was a perfect and sultry mix of '70s influenced soul, R&B and funk--one of the better albums of the decade to blend all three genres together so wonderfully. Essential track: "Changed"
30. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations (2006). Muse's fourth album was an alternative masterpiece, delivering an accomplished blend of rock, pop and electronic sounds, illustrating a dramatic musical journey high on erratic lyrics, grand sound-scapes however remaining thoroughly enjoyable the whole way through. Essential track: "Supermassive Black Hole"