5. Fall Out Boy, 'Take This to Your Grave' (2003)
The 2000s saw Green Day and Blink-182 growing up and pop-punk becoming omnipresent, soundtracking teen flicks and filling arenas. Fall Out Boy's debut ushered in a whole new, genre-blurring scene, in which heavy riffs and a screamo aesthetic mingled with old-fashioned teen heartbreak. The album is full of yearning, as Patrick Stump inquires where a girl's boy is tonight, hoping he's a gentleman ("Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy") and looks to the future while celebrating friendship and the freedom of the weekend ("Saturday"). The album, which began as a demo, helped secure Fall Out Boy's future even before their sophomore LP would take them to unimaginable heights of rock success. "Up to that point in the band's history, we were merely something to do before we were forced to give in to the pressures of real life," singer Patrick Stump wrote in a blog post celebrating the album's 10th anniversary. "We saw ourselves as a pretty cool excuse for a semester off of college." B.S.