Label: Motown
Key Track: "It Was Written"

Sure, "Welcome to Jamrock" was the ubiquitous anthem of '05, but Halfway Tree was Marley's finest album (and the most underrated reggae LP of the past 15 years). With production from Swizz Beatz and cameos from Treach and Drag-On, HT's Jamaican-American mash-up seemed a lot like what we imagine Damian's pops would sound like in the 21st Century—which is high praise indeed.

Halfway Tree is a landmark in central Kingston, Jamaica where a cotton tree once stood.