80. The Gloomcatcher – Starla Over The Fences (2011)

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The first of a few Jessy Ribordy fronted projects you’ll find on this list as it proceeds (Falling Up, The River Empires, Gloomcatcher). I think he’s an absolute musical genius. Start with some releases that appear closer to the top of the list, but this one is great and you’ll definitely want to get to it at some point.

Genre: Folk-Rock

RIYL: Falling Up, The River Empires, The Dear Hunter

Stream: Starla Over The Fences – The Gloomcatcher

79. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (2017)

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It’s like hearing 70s rock hits that never were, but with a nostalgic atmosphere.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4TkmrrpjlPoCPpGyDN3rkF?si=jiLhWUYDQLq7Kr4169tWtQ

78. Jars of Clay – Inland (2013)

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I cannot stress enough that people need to understand that Jars of Clay are a legitimately great band and not just a punch line for articles about 90s Christian youth group culture. They never were a dumbed down, mainstream-copying CCM band, and they still aren’t with their most recent full-length.

Genre: Pop/Rock

RIYL: Counting Crows, Sixpence None the Richer, Crowded House

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/26xODR4QAfy3zgeLAvxhpG?si=TlVekK6iQCSYFGv21XWqKQ

77. Jimmy Eat World – Invented (2010)

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Yet another album of bangers by one of the best pop/rock bands to ever do it.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: I mean, you most likely know what Jimmy Eat World sounds like.

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1TxRb6Hl940xyXG4eL8Tlo?si=vgt3WxZ1Ro-RTub-EYTcpg

76. Canopy Climbers – Blindfold (2014)

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This band was one of the best kept secrets of the decade. You’ll be seeing more of them on this list. You’ll definitely want to check them out if you like the bands in the RIYL.

Genre: Pop/Rock

RIYL: Paper Route, Mute Math, All the Day Holiday

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1edBqhcYVNTGW2yRsxCwpK?si=o0eAuj24Ss-pUFGXnFFiww

75. The National – Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

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This is my favorite album by The National.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: Being in your 30s or 40s.

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2JhR4tjuc3MIKa8v2JaKze?si=nbS-e0HmRGCM3inEJPu_vw

74. Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)

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This is just a gorgeous collection of atmospheric, falsetto-dominated folk songs by Bonny Bear.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: Pretty things

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1JlvIsP2f6ckoa62aN7kLn?si=FExbfA0eSHSanwRTtcV7wQ

73. My Epic – Ultraviolet (2018)

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My Epic show off their softer, dreamier side here with the companion to the heavier/darker, Violence. I still think they’re at their best when they incorporate it all together, but I love that they gave us a proper look at each extreme of their musical personalities.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Thrice, Medical Morning, No Devotion

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/6eIyBydQxrNK0J14hGm74W?si=fGJYJTcSRPSds7yVgidjZg

72. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues (2016)

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I see a lot of people saying that ‘Surviving’ is the best Jimmy Eat World album of the decade, but I’ll continue to stand with Integrity Blues.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Jimmy Eat World

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/03hVtUfmQW3fhMbYoliIod?si=JMA7dmx5QoqF3iYiqGtLNQ

71. Paper Route – The Peace of Wild Things (2012)

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This is the closest thing I heard this decade to the Tears For Fears classic, Songs From The Big Chair. If you love that album, this one deserves your attention.

Genre: Pop/Rock

RIYL: Tears For Fears, Canopy Climbers

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4gCXFcJXBeseiCQ0GCakO0?si=6aEhWfN_RH2IuAb-vnOtsA

70. Beach House – 7 (2018)

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I’ve been a casual Beach House fan for awhile, but this is the first release from the band that I found myself wanting to keep listening to over and over.

Genre: Dream Pop

RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Real Estate, Deerhunter

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4qftBBO7pnYlek3mRENIvM?si=d60gOZF2TZ6598McuTRbew

69. Over the Ocean – Paper House (2010)

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This is one of the best post-rock influenced worship albums I’ve heard. The guitar work is beautiful and the vocals are pretty unique for the genre.

Genre: Post-rock/Worship

RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Young Oceans, The Glorious Unseen

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1ZRSDwOlk80SAt8T9WidVC?si=RAljHQarSFap1muo6GXQ6A

68. New Canyons – Everyone Is Dark (2013)

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This album is very much dark and light. Both are strongly at play and working together. It’s like Depeche Mode and U2 making music together.

Genre: Pop/Rock

RIYL: Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, U2, Paper Route

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1BiWLsvr6CacIJBy4T4adZ?si=72qOCdq9QHWhv36jjNsNBA

67. Terrible Things – Terrible Things (2010)

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This is the only album released by this super-group consisting of members of Taking Back Sunday, Coheed & Cambria, and Hot Rod Circuit. These songs have Jimmy Eat World-quality hooks, vocals, and compositions. It’s a bit overproduced, but like several albums on this list, the songs overcome it with repeated listens.

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/1TyMDExhiw77m4yoUC9ZOY?si=vAfO8O2pTsSM4tS0m6ipXw

66. Ships In The Night – Myriologues (2017)

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Alethea Leventhal attempts to process the death of a loved one with these heartfelt tracks.  The atmosphere around these songs is thick and heavy, as expected, but a beam of light often shines through.

Genre: Darkwave

RIYL: Dark and atmospheric synth-pop

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4kdlQdWX4jaVI5HSXqWm4F?si=Z_TcyH-xQbq_fxCeZ6oijw

65. Hundredth – When Will We Surrender (2010)

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Before they were making quality shoegaze-infused indie rock, they were a beast of a hardcore band.

Genre: Melodic Hardcore

RIYL: Shai Hulud, Strongarm

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/0goba3bGJ2BHbK8hTpeEMz?si=RrJkpmkuShugtkoAlkeVNg

64. Athletics – Who You Are Is Not Enough (2014)

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Post-rock + Emo + Post-hardcore = YES. I really miss this style of music that Athletics and Moving Mountains did so well.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: Moving Mountains, Gates

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/3XkhvmeGUwG2IZbxkQnsDH?si=yg1wCfe-S427hOrSa7d1Yg

63. My Epic – Yet (2010)

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This is the first My Epic release to have Matt Goldman on board as producer, and he takes this band to a whole new level by making their already great songs sound as huge and powerful as the deserve.

Genre: Post-Hardcore

RIYL: Thrice, Brand New, Attalus

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4msQh5pDwjBIwh7fEOYhZ5?si=4c2ORChETSGleSWg5E9hPw

62. Tusks – Dissolve (2017)

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This album has shoegaze, dream pop, some Sarah McLachlan-type adult contemporary, some R&B. Having so many different things going on can come across as incohesive to me oftentimes, but the steady atmospheric feel makes it all work fabulously here.

Genre: Dream Pop

RIYL: Anything atmospheric

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/343TgZDe4XHXNBNO1RWiT6?si=TEyWkHZqS6SNOYXYK8bN0Q

61. Owel – Paris (2019)

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Owel takes elements of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and American Football (that’s what I hear, anyways) and makes them work well with every release. This one may be their most consistent release yet.

Genre: Indie Rock

RIYL: That little cute cartoon mouse with the big sneeze

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4aobB2zVFraL709l2rekaY?si=4-3mbUPRRPSGz0zrLRDYsA