19. The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells'
The third album by Jack and Meg White was the right dynamite for a mainstream breakthrough. Jack's Delta-roadhouse fantasies, Detroit-garage-rock razzle and busted-love lyricism all peaked at once in tracks like the low-budget-Zeppelin opener, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," and the rattling-pop delirium of "Hotel Yorba." White Blood Cells was also the first time, on record, that the Stripes' strict power of three — Jack's serrated guitar and brittle yelp with Meg's maternal-John Bonham boom — actually felt like an integrated band, bonded by roots and subversive delight.
• Rolling Stone's Original 2001 Review