13. The Courtneys, 'II'
The most emotionally undemanding album on this list – three Vancouver women bashing out scruffy surf-guitar tunes, an album you can spin all day, with an almost automatic "press play, feel lifted" effect. Every song makes me think "right, I love this one" when it comes on. The inexplicably poignant "Mars Attacks," despite the joke title, might be the first song ever to build on the elegiac nuance of the mid-period B-52s circa Whammy, while "Lost Boys" is a mash note to the ultimate "vampire teenage boyfriend."