25. Jimmy Eat World, 'Bleed American' (2001)
After the vaguely experimental cult classic Clarity, Jimmy Eat World challenged themselves to go simpler, and the result was Bleed American, an album that helped introduce the band – and a new wave of pop-punk – to the mainstream. Reissued as Jimmy Eat World after 9/11, the album is a collection of catchy anthems that rely on the genre's trustiest themes: alienation, death, growing up, love found and lost, and the simple comfort of singing along with your favorite bands. And in late 2001, there was no song more inescapable than the album's second single, "The Middle," which was crucial to landing the band everywhere from TRL episodes to Taylor Swift's headphones. "I wish every kid who goes through those same feelings of loneliness could hear how Jim Adkins sings," said Swift, who eventually covered it with Adkins himself. P.V.