100. All the Day Holiday – The Sloth Sessions (2010)

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I think there were only 50 of this tape made and it’s presence from the internet is pretty much dried up. It’s re-worked/re-mixed versions of songs from one of my favorite albums of the 2000’s, The Things We’ve Grown To Love.

Genre: Rock/Electronic

RIYL: Mute Math, Paper Route

Stream: N/A

99. Chvrches – Love Is Dead (2018)

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Chvrches solidify their status as some of the top-dogs in synth-pop with their third album of catchy, synth-y jams.

Genre: Synth-Pop

RIYL: Now Now, Postiljonen, Harriet Wheeler

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/7EchhykwUf4ACDDABEDa7o?si=UIzGdc4PSsqHushVn0JV7Q

98. Paramore – Paramore (2013)

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This is the album where Paramore decided to stop being a pop-punk scene band and deliver an album for their maturing audience. Ain’t it fun? Yes. Yes, it is.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Metric

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4sgYpkIASM1jVlNC8Wp9oF?si=-6e5Dxo8TJaJJbFUAYWXAw

97. Waterfront Dining – Melodies & Mermaids (2016)

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This is my favorite Vaporwave album by my favorite Vaporwave artist.

Genre: Vaporwave

RIYL: 80s & 90s R&B

Stream: Waterfront Dining – Melodies & Mermaids

96. Kye Kye – Fantasize (2014)

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Smooth, dreamy jams from a band that has been way too quiet since this released.

Genre: Dream Pop/Synth Pop

RIYL: Copeland, Lovelite, Cannons

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/41Ifm24Z3c8pAIFxMWUJp3?si=Xfpze-xNQ_upoqyVnZOsuQ

95. Dream Cannon – Illusions (2011)

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A project featuring Falling Up band member, Daniel Elder. This release is full of big, echoing guitars and synths with soaring, clean vocals.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Falling Up, Dredg, U2

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/3QxtlwU7BE7frlTfi2mEYV?si=1ESqpPWJSEGwoVH2hinJvA

94. Jackie Hill Perry – The Art of Joy (2014)

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It’s been a long time since I listened to a hip-hop album as much as I did this one. Jackie is a brilliant lyricist.

Genre: Rap

RIYL: Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Propaganda

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/5onYnoS1ziFOeS97mNukM9?si=v_uZ1tavTbSOojZ9kByXbQ

93. Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place (2010)

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The fact this is one of my least favorite Anberlin albums and it’s still good enough to make this list says a lot about this band. There’s several great songs on every Anberlin album, including tracks like “Pray Tell” and “Art of War” on this one.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: The Classic Crime, Mae, House of Heroes

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/0aJvU0peEjLVYTOhaPVLXv?si=gJlyR-ppRbyAF3n0umtY_g

92. Continuance – Carry Ourselves (2010)

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From the ashes of two of my favorite hardcore bands (Saints Never Surrender & Means) comes Continuance. I had the privilege of watching this band play in a garage in the literal middle of nowhere Kentucky when they were touring this albums and it was incredible. I’m really hoping for more music from this band or their previous bands at some point in the future.

Genre: Melodic Hardcore

RIYL: Saints Never Surrender, Means, Life In Your Way

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/7ojPYxkOxUlOiN80ooObKa?si=z9ubwNrwSQSOyupM2umYzA

91. Oceana – Cleanhead (2010)

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Gritty, but melodic post-hardcore. Only four songs, but more than enough to make an impact.

Genre: Post-hardcore

RIYL: Saosin, Sparta, Thrice

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/6sUKYFZet57qfn9IlOCk5Y?si=5UYWCc3sR3SYlxRbS2gtbA

90. My Epic – Viscera (2016)

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My Epic shift gears from the more worshipful Behold and Broken Voice towards seeming to try to address hard questions and topics in their songs. Not that this was something they shied away from before, but it seems to be more of a focus here and with the next couple EPs.

Genre: Post-hardcore

RIYL: Thrice, As Cities Burn, Oceans

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/76q9WrF4Lftzb6VX4I9M5V?si=8jLY_0kLS1-00fywQunzBA

89. Still Remains – Ceasing To Breathe (2013)

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My favorite melodic metalcore band reunited after a lengthy hiatus to bring this album into the world. It has all the elements that made them my favorites in the genre: strong melodies, gorgeous harmonies, prominent keys/synths, great vocals/drums/guitars.

Genre: Metalcore

RIYL: Bleeding Through, Haste the Day, Bullet For My Valentine

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/534aS9XVVHRQpmdPrhMr4T?si=ozfECTf2RKOZWBbS4cF33A

88. Life In Your Way – Kingdoms (2011)

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The masters of melodic hardcore up the metal for the Kingdom of Man and Kingdom of Darkness sections of this trilogy. The Kingdom of God is where they show the style that they mastered with their previous releases, and while it was nice to hear them go for a darker/heavier sound, they excel when they opt for more melody in the guitars.

Genre: Melodic Hardcore/Metalcore

RIYL: Misery Signals, August Burns Red, Shai Hulud

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4tfylKybFBlNAjPctZgo8s?si=7m51H3c_RVinhlc7HH0ltA

87. Jimmy Eat World – Damage (2013)

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More great emotional, rockin’ jams.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: singing along, wearing your heart on your sleeve

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/3cTKLglWH2XfDfbwqXvaGo?si=2Um4R0LgTnyWczp5JSxGXg

86. Now Now – Saved (2018)

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Now Now released a nice emo-influenced indie rock album called Threads in 2012, but decided to head in more of a pop direction for their sophomore full-length, and I think it worked out. I’m not a fan of the title track, but pretty much everything else here is stellar. Not to mention “Yours”, which is absolute pop perfection.

Genre: Synth-Pop

RIYL: Chvrches, Cannons, Priest

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2omSHllc8JtVw7CqyMvVOr?si=aIEEvjveT0-mpp4WqUbITA

85. Barrie – Happy To Be Here (2019)

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This album is hard to pin down. There are some synth-y elements here, but I can’t quite call it synth-pop. The rhythm section has a 70s feel to it, which goes really nice with the smooth, soft vocals or Barrie Lindsay.

Genre: Pop

RIYL: Mute Math, Hatchie, Geowulf

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/74hkehs2cahKJ7jFLOrxYh?si=5I13XcyXTIqan38oD1dz5A

84. The Sleep Design – Kings (2012)

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Gorgeous instrumental post-rock in the vein of Explosions In The Sky. I think one of these guys plays in Katy Perry’s band now, if that should make you want to listen for any reason.

Genre: Post-Rock

RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Moonlit Sailor

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/6AsgIIcquQ1iGpFt3IxLlV?si=Mq3dFcFiQaKkfJuegDn09g

83. Polychrome – Polychrome (2018)

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My pals in Polychrome deliver the goods here. It’s got a bit of everything you could want in a synth or electro-pop album. One of the more diverse bands I’ve heard in the modern synth-pop scene. Plus, Vicky Harrison is one of the most personable and kind people I’ve come across in my many internet interactions. Following their Facebook page is a must if you like to talk music online.

Genre: Electro-Pop

RIYL: Chvrches, M83

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/3n1pAJ0hDKtOaDpPpQRrHZ?si=8StJml4TQPG33gmZmcg0sg

82. Ellis – The Fuzz (2018)

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The Fuzz is a great name for this EP as it’s got a fuzzy grunge/shoegaze feel that only adds to the sincere lyrics and sweet melodies of Linnea Siggelkow.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: Longbeard, Great Grandpa

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1f3Zh1IS7yMNLFU2G0lPOG?si=SOQvv_Y2SauP7X2-Je6qog

81. English Gardens – Rest (2017)

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I came upon this album after reading that Jessy Ribordy of Falling Up produced it, and I really took to it. It’s got the feel of later Falling Up albums, but not quite as prog-y or conceptual. The basslines are another interesting component of this album as they become the most prominent aspect of a lot of the songs.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Falling Up, Dream Cannon

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Rc2O8jVdUp9aNnPLn9nEa?si=MOhDS91URxmhgIajbiQs3w