14. My Bloody Valentine — m b v
Well hi there… OK, OK. But seriously, for all that the unexpected renaissances of the two artists that preceded them on this list may have forced this album out of the spotlight, it was the return of My Bloody Valentine that was arguably the most pleasant surprise of the year. This record proved they still have a talent for getting outlandish sounds out of guitars, and allying those sounds to what are, when you strip them down, pleasantly melodic pop songs.