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20 Most Important Hard Rock Albums Of All Time

20. Whatever People Say That I Am - Arctic Monkeys

With bands like the Strokes and the White Stripes rising to prominence, rock and roll was going in a bit of a different direction during the 2000's. Instead of making songs that made you sound like royal overlords, young bands were taking all their pent up energy back to the garage. Plenty of these acts could have made this list, but the debut record from the Arctic Monkeys showed us how rock could adapt with the times.

Long before they took over the rock landscape, Alex Turner and co. were a few humble rockers making the rounds about England, but everything changed once their songs started getting shared online. Within a relatively short time frame, these guys went from a decent bar band to one of the biggest names in rock, with songs like "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor" sending them up the charts.

Having quality songs didn't hurt either, with every single track on the record depicting what life was like clubbing in modern England. As opposed to the other revivalist acts of the time, Arctic Monkeys had one foot planted in the past and another in the future. Just when it seemed like the well of rock music had run dry, this record came out of nowhere and brought the genre screaming back to life.

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