20. Nelly Furtado, Folklore (2003)
Three years after her introduction to the world with Whoa, Nelly! (which spawned the Grammy-winning single “I’m Like a Bird”), Folklore showed a mature but no less adventurous side of Nelly Furtado, whether she blended hip-hop and Portuguese folk music on “Fresh Off The Boat” or challenged the melting pot of American culture on lead single “Powerless”. While it was hardly as commercially successful as her debut, Folklore was a thrilling blend of contemporary music and centuries-old tradition, challenging North America’s fixation on the present and ignorance of the past.