15. Insomniac - Green Day
Green Day had gone through the ringer quite a few times after the success of their landmark masterwork Dookie. Though the band garnered a whole new fanbase based on the album's sales, they returned to their old stomping grounds in California only to be ostracized by the punk faithful.
Rather than just rest on their laurels and make Dookie Pt. 2, the band took their new material and gave it a healthy dose of anger and aggression. While Green Day have been known to be more of an alternative act, Insomniac is probably the closest they have ever gotten to full blown punk rock. Whereas Dookie benefited from a certain sonic polish, the guitar tones on this album are a lot more throaty as they bang out power chords with an enhanced fury.
Even the hits from this album like "Geek Stink Breath" almost feel like they're trying to rip the entire place apart through the power of sound. Each track on here is angsty, loud, and full of anger, which is exactly what you'd want from any good punk rock outing. This is still the Green Day that you know and love, but the tunes on display will leave you bloodied and bruised if you're not careful.