An out-and-out masterpiece of alternative metal, System of a Down's sophomore album was a breath of fresh air amid an ocean of cringeworthy rap rock verses and down-tuned two-note riffs.
A defining moment for electronic music across the board, Burial's sophomore album evokes a state of continuous bliss under grey skies.
The Cold Vein pulled the sounds of East Coast rap music into the future and opened the floodgates for a new strain of leftfield hip hop.
Sleater-Kinney's almost-swansong, The Woods, proved to be one of the 2000s' most badass and essential rock albums.
The Postal Service's only album stands as an indietronic masterpiece and one of the best albums of the aughts.
Richard D. James' first full-length under the Aphex Twin name still stands as a landmark moment in contemporary electronic music.
Ween's first professionally recorded studio album is an oddball rock classic.
Lauryn Hill's sole solo album is a masterful fusion of R&B, hip hop, and soul music.