Now that we’ve looked at our favorite music from 2015, and we’ve recovered from our epic New Year’s Day hangovers, we’re eagerly awaiting new music in 2016. But until the big releases start rolling out, here’s a look at ten albums (well, eleven, actually) that turn ten years old in 2016.
Sam’s Town–The Killers
Lead singer, Brandon Flowers, might have shot his band in the foot by declaring that their second album, Sam’s Town, would be “one of the best albums of the last twenty years” before its release; having to lift up to such lofty expectations immediately doomed the album to disappointment. But thankfully the songs were lush and atmospheric, with knowing nods that were more indebted to Springsteen than synth-bands. One of the best albums of the last twenty years? Maybe not. But Sam’s Town proved that the Killers were not a one-trick pony.
I’m Not Dead–Pink
After radio’s lukewarm reception to Pink’s 2003 effort, Try This, she returned with a feisty album that took pot shots at everyone from President Bush (“Dear, Mr. President“) to Paris Hilton (“Stupid Girls“). It was refreshingly irreverent in an era of polished American Idol balladry. The album was still initially slow to sell, before brilliant third single, “U + Ur Hand” got the party started and turned Pink back into a star.
Timberlake affirmed why he’s our preeminent male solo star of the new millennium when he dropped his second album, in 2006. Riding Timbaland’s funky beats, Timberlake scored three US number ones off the album, including instant-classic, “SexyBack” and the brave-falsetto of “My Love.” The album sold over four million copies, and won Timberlake four Grammys, but it would be another seven years before he’d release another full LP, 2013’s The 20/20 Experience.
Girl Like Me–Rihanna
In between career-opening “Pon de Replay” and career-defining “Umbrella,” Rihanna released her second LP. The album’s fusion of pop, dance, R/B, and island rhythms was a refreshing antidote to formulaic top 40 radio. Furthermore, Rihanna hadn’t quite hit her swagger just yet, so there was a hunger, a drive, on this album that oozed out of every song. The “Tainted Love”-sampling lead-single, “SOS,” became her first (of thirteen) US number ones.
Taylor Swift–Taylor Swift
Back to Black–Amy Winehouse
Hannah Montana (Soundtrack)/High School Musical (Soundtrack)
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