2. Blink-182, 'Enema of the State' (1999)
Blink-182 offered a new generation all the hooks of teen-geared pop without the schmaltz – even rocking white Backstreet Boys–style jumpsuits in the video for standout Enema of the State single "All the Small Things." Enema was the album that defined Blink-182's winning formula: palm-muted power chords, nasal vocals, earworm choruses, the airtight drumming of then-new recruit Travis Barker and plenty of adolescent lyricism mixed with adult skepticism. The album's unapologetic mixed messages – from R-rated tracks like "Dysentery Gary" and ode to immaturity "What's My Age Again?" to the somber, suicide-themed "Adam's Song" – clearly resonated, as the record would go on to sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. "Everyone who starts a band dreams of being successful," Tom DeLonge told Rolling Stone in Blink's 2000 cover story, "But never do you dream of this." M.S.