''"4'33"'': A piece so beautiful you won't even realize you're listening to it.
Metal Machine Music: Legendary experimental rocker from the late 60s releases an hour long album that started 2 whole new genres of music. It refused to follow the normal concepts of albums and proved to be a true rebellious work of art in the midst of many repetitive trends at the time.
Justin Bieber: A Canadian boy rises to stardom after Usher catches him showing off his vocals by covering Usher songs on YouTube. Has a very dedicated female fanbase.
Call Me Maybe: Said Canadian boy discovers a popular hit from his own country and shares it with the rest of the world.
brokeNCYDE: A combination of two of music's most popular genres. In fact, a popular music site has all of their albums near the top of a very prestigious list.
"Chocolate Rain": A heartfelt indictment of the way racism affects society, using innovative and well-discussed recording techniques. The distinctive, sensual voice of the singer propelled him to internet fame.
Creed: These guys love Jesus, and their songs are written about their faith. They have also crossed over to a mainstream audience, which is no mean feat for a band that talks about God. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, having a significant following of fans.
Cyberpunk: An old punk rocker finds a new voice in electronic music.
Fear of a Blank Planet:A wonderful satire told from the perspective of a modern day, bored, teenage boy.
Gangnam Style A surprise hit that brought an only mildly popular genre of music to worldwide fame. Has crushed many records on YouTube.
"Hanky Panky" (album) by The The: Synth pop master smashes musical boundaries as he takes on the songs of the legendary Hank Williams.
Imaginary Landscape No. 4: This piece, by the much loved composer who challenged the very definition of music with his revolutionary 4'33", is yet another work that pushes the boundaries of music. It is unpredictable, never the same twice, and always evocative of the state of the culture of the moment.
Insane Clown Posse: A Hip Hop act stands out for its members' distinctive use of theatrical alter egos, their vicious social satire about the ugliness of modern society, and an elaborately designed mythology filled with classic horror tropes that ties their entire discography together.
Invincible The most famous man in the world releases his long-awaited comeback and, sadly, his final album.
Limp Bizkit: Their guitarist has received extensive critical acclaim for his eclectic song structuring and playing technique, and the band has released several big songs, videos and albums, and winning several awards.
Miley Cyrus: The daughter of a platinum-selling country star uses her music to explore themes like dual identity and her own rise to fame.
"My Jeans" and "OMG" by Jenna Rose: A preteen singer freely expresses her feelings about desires and what she wants in herself.
"Never Gonna Give You Up": A love song which became a # 1 hit in the UK and US. Its video features acrobatic dancers and the director also made award-winning commercials and Hollywood blockbusters. Saw resurgence in popularity 20 years after released.
Nevermind: Three nobodies make some of the catchiest angsty songs ever made with just a guitar, bass, and drumset (and cello). The album was hugely important in causing a new genre to dominate top 40 radio.
Nickelback: During a time when rock and roll threatens to be subsumed by more popular genres like dance-pop and hip-hop, this band is keeping the flame of rock-and-roll alive in the '00s and, rather than being relegated to their genre, have had humongous crossover mainstream hits. Their most recent records (including their latest, a collaboration with legendary rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange) have spat out upwards of seven singles per album, a feat unheard of since the days of Thriller or Hysteria.
One Direction: Five boys form on a popular reality show and achieve international superstardom.
The Shaggs: A seminal musique concrete troupe who bend traditional musical structures into startling new shapes. They have been favorably compared to the most influential of pop musicians and many musicians have extolled their virtues, including Kurt Cobain and members of Sonic Youth.
Thank You by Duran Duran: A legendary pop music supergroup pays tribute to their influences.
Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins: A principal songwriter with one of popular music's leading groups joins his life partner for an avant-garde album which anticipates ambient and electronic music by several years. Features a controversial album cover that celebrates the human body in all its diversity.
Universal Music Group: A company owning even more numerous, well-received and popular bands.
Unplugged: One of the greatest guitarists of all time releases his most heartfelt work to date. A Tear Jerker version of one of his biggest hits won a Grammy for best rock song.
Warner Music Group: A company owning numerous well-received and popular bands.