In reverse chronological order! These first seven albums are exclusively things from the past decade. All the albums I'd like to recommend from before I was born are going to be in a later posting because I think I've written enough for one night.
First, though, a note on my tastes: they're really not great by any critical standard. This is because most of the artists I really like are artists that blend pop music as an art (intelligent!) and pop music as entertainment (lots of hooks). Also, wit and camp are always appreciated. Oh, and a lot of the music I think is worth listening to (particularly on the modern side) is material a lot of people will dismiss with the label "hipster garbage." I honestly don't care because all of these are very accessible and not at all pretentious. On with the show.The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Genre: indie pop
Samples: "Belong," "Heart In Your Heartbreak," "My Terrible Friend"