These Artists Released Their Debut Albums 20 Years Ago

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Music can be a fickle business, with many artists disappearing as quickly as they shot to stardom — we’ve all heard the term "one-hit wonder," right? Some make their marks and last a few years, eventually fading into obscurity and popping up on decade-themed "best of" lists to give us a fun dose of nostalgia. Every now and then, though, an artist or band arrives on the scene with music that becomes universally beloved enough to ensure they stick around for years to come.

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since 2001, but it was a year when we experienced a surprising number of artists who’ve proven their music had serious staying power — or at least an ability to define the cultural beginning of the new millennium. Here we'll take a look at some of the most memorable artists and groups who released their debut albums 20 years ago. From those who are still major industry stars to groups who became undeniable influences on their genres, their paths led them all in interesting directions over time.