+ – Ed Sheeran

Released September 9, 2011, + (plus) was Sheeran’s commercial breakthrough in the U.K. It eventually peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was the highest debut on the U.S. chart for a British artist since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream in 2009. It is the ninth best-selling album of the decade in…

Nevermind – Nirvana

Released September 24, 1991 this album wasn’t expected to have much commercial success but with the popularity of its lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and in part with the culture shifting away from slick adult-rock, it ended being certified Diamond in the U.S. (10 Million+ sold) and more than 30 Million worldwide. Nirvana is…

Elephant – The White Stripes

Released April 1, 2003 it peaked at #6 in the US Billboard chart and #1 in the UK. Often cited at the band’s best work it was nominated for several Grammy’s including Album of the Year (it lost to OutKast) but won Best Alternative Music Album. Jason: Let’s play a game. I am going to…

Funeral – Arcade Fire

Released September 14, 2004 it was critically lauded as one of the best debut albums ever. Having appeared on over a dozen “Greatest Albums of the year/decade/all time” lists. It is widely acknowledged as a modern classic. Jason: Hi there. This is the most entertaining funeral ever. Brad: Yes. Kind of like a New Orleans…

Screamadelica – Primal Scream

Released September 23, 1991 in the U.K. it peaked at #8 on the charts. It was a complete departure from their earlier works, drawing inspiration from the acid house scene. Critics continue to describe it as ‘genre-defying’. Jason: Aaaaauuuuuyeeeeaaauuurrrrghle! (That was my primal scream). Brad: My primal reaction when I saw this on the list…