Radiohead Hail To The Thief
The opening song, 2+2=5, is still an incredibly great song, and I still have no idea what the lyrics are so singing along is like, "MEDITATTTION, NYEEEAHH IN ATTENTION, BAD ATTENTION." Good ol' Thom Yorke, you wiley little singer, you.
The Kills Keep On Your Mean Side
The Kills debut album showed how badass they are as a band, and shows how bands in 2003 were bringing back the early '90s garage sound. Check out "Superstition".
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
Man, remember how awesome this album was? And how "Kissing The Lipless" was so hard to sing along to when he went into those high falsetto-y screams?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Oh shiiiiiiiiit, "Maps", y'all.
Beyonce Dangerously In Love
Remember when she was a fresh new solo artist? Remember the video for "Crazy in Love"? (I still want the satin jacket she's wearing.) 10 years later and I'm pretty sure Beyonce is the actual ruler of the United States at this point, so way to go, girl.
Brand New Deja Entendu
This album still has such a crazy cult following, it's hard to believe that it'll have been out 10 years this year. Screaming along to "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" is still as cathartic as it was when I was 15.
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Streetlight Manifesto put out this amazing ska album (which kind of seems like a contradictory statement in my brain these days) and then they never did anything as great, but "A Better Place, A Better Time" will forever be the teenage anthem of sad ska lovers out there.
Jay-Z The Black Album
A flawless album, a flawless tool for pop culture references ("99 Problems" is an actual phrase now, basically), and Jay-Z just keeps getting better. And a bitch still ain't one of his problems.
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
"Passenger Seat" is still a magical, tear-filled journey. LYLAS, Ben Gibbard.