We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994.
Now it's 2004's turn!
It was a year that saw tragedy—and a sea change in mainstream rock and guitar-centric music.
In 2004, the landscape of mainstream rock was jarred once again by Green Day's American Idiot. An incredibly ambitious rock opera that touched on politics, depression and suburban ennui, it shifted millions of copies and re-established the trio as the American pop-punk band.
Having had the way paved by Green Day's unbelievable success, pop-punk, melodic