Producer: Ben H. Allen, Animal Collective
Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion

The Baltimore-birthed band's pattern of constant change continued with the album Merriweather Post Pavilion and its standout single, "My Girls." This time the sound wasn't just different—it was better. It hurt many a hipster's heart when this track exploded into the mainstream, but the masses picked up on it for a reason. We love AC's older stuff, but this record took their weirdo sensibilities and channeled them into something just short of a pop smash—no small feat for most experimental indie rockers.