''"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.
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.
Milli Vanilli: A pair of European dancers mix Europop with hip-hop to create a ton of Grammy-worthy hits.
Minutes to Midnight: Six musicians known for their angsty lyrics mature as they shed their "abrasive" hip-hop and electronic roots for pure Arena Rock sound that is sure to please rock fans.
"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 Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and members of Sonic Youth.
Anal Cunt: A truly revolutionary group that was not afraid to go against all social norms and taboos and criticize several aspects of modern culture. The lead singer was so dedicated to his art that the first thing he did after recovering from a coma was to play a live show, while still under anesthesia.