Editors’ Notes Few albums in modern pop history can match the instant, game-changing impact of Is This It. Almost overnight, rock ’n’ roll turned grittier, haircuts grew shaggier, and the secondhand-blazer section at your local thrift store got a lot more crowded. But most importantly, carefree kiss-offs like “Someday” and “Last Nite” refashioned the left-field sounds of previous generations—the streetwise swagger of The Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop, the wounded romanticism of The Smiths and early Cure—into immediate, dance-floor-ready pop music, portending indie rock’s insurgence into the mainstream.

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Is This It
1
2:31
 
The Modern Age
2
3:28
 
Soma
3
2:33
 
Barely Legal
4
3:54
 
Someday
5
3:03
 
Alone, Together
6
3:08
 
Last Nite
7
3:13
 
Hard to Explain
8
3:44
 
When It Started
9
2:55
 
Trying Your Luck
10
3:22
 
Take It or Leave It
11
3:16
 

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