18. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope (2006)
Begin to Hope, the third album from Regina Spektor, showed an artist unafraid to embrace the mainstream while retaining her idiosyncrasies. Deceptively lightweight songs like “Fidelity” and “On the Radio”, as well as the mournful "Lady" and thunderous “Après Moi” (on which Spektor sang in French and Russian) gave Begin to Hope diversity and a much-appreciated cohesion. Funny, often poignant lyrics and confident musicality led to one of the most intelligent, and catchiest, pop albums of the decade.