Continuing our start-of-year special, CinePOP has separated a list of ten albums that complete two decades in 2021.
Among the main picks we have Jennifer Lopez’s second album after the massive hit of 1999, as well as one of Destiny’s Child’s most famous productions. Legendaries Kylie Minogue, Björk and Alicia Keys are also on our list.
Check it out below and tell us which one is your favorite:
Jennifer Lopez’s second album pays homage to the affectionate nickname received by fans. Incorporating more personal music and dealing with subjects such as relationships, empowerment and sex, the work mixes dance-pop and R&B, in addition to reintroducing Latin inflections in traditional music. Debuting at the top of the Billboard charts, “J.Lo” features the singles “I’m Real” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”.
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Before pursuing a solo career, Beyoncé appeared in one of the most successful bands of all time, Destiny’s Child. Alongside Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, one of the trio’s best-known albums is “Survivor,” which features the eponymous single and tracks like “Bootylicious” and “Nasty Girl”. In addition to making its Billboard 200 debut, the work won two Grammy nominations the following year, including Best R&B Album.
Twenty years ago, the legendary Alicia Keys made her musical debut with “Songs in A Minor”. Producing a good chunk of the songs to have a classical musical background, Keys brought elements of jazz, hip-hop and R&B on a spectacular journey that guaranteed him critical acclaim and commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide and winning five Grammy Award statuettes.
The iconic Aaliyah’s third and final album blended dance-pop, neo soul and many other musical genres for a spectacular adventure that would be marked by history. The critically acclaimed work of the same name debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was picked up by contemporary experts as the artist’s final transition to artistic maturity, before his tragic death months later. .
Boy band NSYNC’s third album is both their last and their best. In an attempt to reinvent themselves in the face of criticism over credibility, the band joined forces for “Celebrity,” which features singles like “Gone” and “Girlfriend”. Massive commercial success guaranteed them nearly 2 million copies in just one week, making the album the second-biggest musical debut in the United States.
Seeking to build an album with a very domestic and intimate sound, moving away from previous forays, Björk brought to life “Vespertine”, one of the most acclaimed productions of his discography. Amalgamating genres such as pop art and folktronica, the CD earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, in addition to making its Billboard 200 Top 20 debut.
Moving away from her previous job, “Glitter” was a game-changer in Mariah Carey’s career. Influenced by the post-disco movement of the 1980s, the album served as an accompaniment to the eponymous feature film starring the singer herself and, although it was bombarded by critics upon its release, has acquired a legion of fans and cult status with over the years.
Easily one of the best albums of the century and Kylie Minogue’s magnum opus, “Fever” is one of the most legacy productions of the 2000s and has come to influence names like Britney Spears and Madonna. The album’s four official singles were a huge commercial success, mostly “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, in addition to securing the Australian singer a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for “Come Into My World” .
Bringing collaborations with Carlos Santana and The Notorious BIG, Michael Jackson’s tenth and final album incorporated elements of R&B, pop and soul. Despite mixed reviews upon release, “Invincible” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has sold over six million copies, in addition to earning a Grammy nomination.
Britney Spears’ self-titled album is a milestone in pop culture and has broken several sales records and for the singer’s own career. Debuting with nearly 750,000 copies on the Billboard 200, the production represented the beginning of the pop princess’s maturity and sexual empowerment, being nominated for a Grammy for Best Vocal Pop Album and featuring songs. like “Boys”, “I ‘ma Slave 4 U” and a cover of “I Love Rock’ n ‘Roll”.
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