15. Sum-41, 'All Killer No Filler' (2001)
Canadian pop-punkers Sum-41 emerged in a dense 2000s pop-punk marketplace, oversaturated but hungry for more. Their debut, All Killer No Filler, was an immediate success – due in large to their partnership with pop-punk producer extraordinaire Jerry Finn, but also to their respect for the genre and motivation to expand upon it. While the record drowns in its adolescent insecurity ("Motivation") and a clichéd pop-punk desire to break out of one's hometown ("Crazy Amanda Bunkface"), it also employed emo-pop hooks years before they became the norm ("Rhythms" and "Handle This.") And like few other pop-punk acts, Sum-41 experimented with rap, as on teen-angst anthem "Fat Lip," a rallying cry against conformity and societal pressure. "White rock bands got really lame – they have broken hearts and all that shit. But the hip-hop guys, like DMX, they're badass with strip clubs and booze," drummer Steve Jocz told Rolling Stone in 2001. "That's what we want to be doing." M.S.