500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Strokes, 'Is This It'

199. The Strokes, 'Is This It'

RCA, 2001

The debut from these mod ragamuffins was a blast of guitar-combo racket that made New York's shadows sound vicious and exciting again. Is This It mixed Velvet Underground grime and skinny-tie New Wave jangle with Julian Casablancas' Lower East Side dispatches – sometimes acidic, always full of great melody.

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