17. Sleater-Kinney, 'The Hot Rock'
Kill Rock Stars, 1999
Carrie Brownstein (later of Portlandia fame) and Corin Tucker blend their off-kilter voices and guitar noise, surfing through pain and politics with undeniable energy.
Essential moment: "Get Up," a propulsive postpunk meditation on sex, death, and the dizzy sensation of getting ripped apart by your desires.