When these hip, eclectic New Yorkers released their debut album, Is This It, at the turn of the century, it helped turn rock 'n' roll back on its fast, edgy feet. Sure, they're moneyed, handsome and talented, but The Strokes still managed to keep things cool, roughing up pop's sheen with catchy, garage-gritty songs like "Last Nite" and "Someday."
Is This It landed on numerous critic lists, sold millions of copies and has since influenced throngs of young indie rockers. The quintet may never be able to top that initial success, but they're still going strong, 15 years after forming and five albums in, including 2003's Room on Fire, 2006's First Impressions of Earth, 2011's Angles and now Comedown Machine, a set that straddles the line between their earlier art punk and their later electro-pop experiments. Catch up on the band's lengthy career with this best-of playlist, which also includes tracks from the band members' side projects and solo efforts.