Album: Make Yourself
Incubus added to the early 2000s fad known as rap-rock by combining different genres and tempos to help define the sound of the moment. If Linkin Park was a little too mainstream and aggressive for you, Incubus offered an alternative, with lead singer Brandon Boyd's smooth, Cali-colored vocals.
But "Pardon Me" has Incubus taking an edgier approach. Before releasing their melodic smash "Drive," the band broke onto the scene with "Pardon Me," their first single to gain public attention. And what better way to blow up than with a song about spontaneous combustion? With the mellow intro, frantic lyrics, DJ scratches, and hard rocking chorus, we don't feel the need to excuse ourselves for liking this one. Haters can burst into flames. -Ted Simmons