Minimalist, crystalline and intimate, The xx’s debut album contains the DNA of a subsequent decade of brilliant pop.
Presenting a fully formed 21st century pop icon to the world in the form of Florence Welch, ‘Lungs’ is one of the Noughties’ great debut albums.
Out of step with the great majority of what passed for alternative rock in the late Noughties, ‘Bitte Orca’ by Dirty Projectors has quietly shaped the subsequent decade.
Released in 2009 to a stunned reaction from fans and critics alike, ‘Primary Colours’ transformed The Horrors from a hipster punchline to a highly respected outfit.
The last instalment of a trio of brilliant Yeah Yeah Yeahs albums in the Noughties, ‘It’s Blitz!’ is 10 years old.
‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ completed Animal Collective’s narrative arc and made them the most important American indie band of the Noughties.
An album that revolutionised the stale and small pop music scene of 2008, Lady Gaga’s iconic debut album ‘The Fame’ turns 10 years old.
‘Fleet Foxes’, one of the most perfectly formed and influential debut albums of the Noughties, turns 10 years old.
A masterclass in minimalist texture, punk energy and memorable melodies, No Age’s debut album ‘Nouns’ helped propagate a resurgence in American indie.
Coming back after 11 years with an album so startlingly different it was effectively a second debut, Portishead’s ‘Third’ remains one of the most unique artistic statements of the last decade.