Why You Didn't Hear It: You weren't from Northern Ireland.
Why You Should've: The contrast between Shaun's soft vocals and Rocky's vocoder is just one of the many reasons to check this out.
32. Owsley - Owsley
Why You Didn't Hear It: You didn't actively seek out great power pop.
Why You Should've: It's a debut power pop album that was nominated for the Best Engineered Album Grammy. That's fucking nuts.
33. Caesars - Paper Tigers
Why You Didn't Hear It: You've heard "Jerk It Out" in a movie before, but you didn't know who it was.
Why You Should've: It's a flat-out great rock album.
34. Kelly Bell Band - Phat Blues Music
Why You Didn't Hear It: You'd written off the blues as an old man's genre resistant to change.
Why You Should've: Kelly's powerful voice and "phat blues" style update the blues for all audiences.
35. The Realistics - The Realistics
Why You Didn't Hear It: Really, no one heard of them. It's not your fault.
Why You Should've: At only 7 songs, it's more of an EP, but it's amazingly catchy, and their full-length was surprisingly disappointing.
36. The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Red-Eyed Soul
Why You Didn't Hear It: You were wholly unfamiliar that carnivalesque ska-punk was a genre.
Why You Should've: Um, it's carnivalesque ska-punk.
37. The Thrills - So Much for the City
Why You Didn't Hear It: You didn't think Irish boys could write songs about California.
Why You Should've: They can, making this an exceptional windows-down beach disc.
38. Steve Burns - Songs for Dustmites
Why You Didn't Hear It: You thought the host of Blue Clues died of a heroin overdose.
Why Should've: He didn't. He teamed up with Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, and David Fridmann to make an avant rock record that holds up with the best of the Flaming Lips.
39. 2 Skinnee J's - Supermercado
Why You Didn't Hear It: You assumed rap mixed with rock all sounded like Limp Bizkit.
Why You Should've: These guys had the smartest lyrics in the game... and a keytar.
40. Goldspot - Tally of the Yes Men
Why You Didn't Hear It: They didn't really promote this album in the U.S.
Why You Should've: I don't really hear the Bollywood influence on this one, but I do hear a bunch of great songs.