The number of genre-defining records released in 2005 is almost unbelievable. As we examine that year with the benefit of the perspective of history, it clearly emerges as a golden era.

We already broke down albums turning 10, but these now 15-year-old records are a large part of what made the scene as we know it so fierce, so lovable and so game-changing. In essence, this is a field guide to some of the best musical achievements of the mid-2000s.

25 Albums Turning 15 in 2020