The revelatory ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ took Imagine Dragons up another level, revealing them as a “tightly focussed rock juggernaut” hitting greatness.
With his third mixtape, ‘So Far Gone’, Drake edged ever closer to world domination, teaming up with Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment.
Charlie Byrd was sent on a diplomatic tour of South America, but what he imported back to America was more important: ‘Jazz Samba’.
From the opening bars of ‘Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More’, The Allman Brothers Band set out to ensure that ‘Eat A Peach’ would be remembered as a classic.
A creative and commercial peak, MC Hammer’s ‘Please Hammer Don't Hurt ’Em’ included ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and introduced the world to “Hammer time”.
Proving that the prog/new wave divide wasn’t so vast as everyone thought, ‘Moving Pictures’ found Rush mastering both and reaping the rewards.
Within nine months of Steppenwolf's debut album came 'The Second,' and this time it was gold in just four months.
‘Baduizm’ introduced the world to Erykah Badu’s idiosyncratic style in 1997, topping the R&B chart and crowning her the High Priestess Of Neo Soul.
Mostly recorded in one day at Abbey Road Studios, The Beatles' debut album, 'Please Please Me' went on to top the charts, staying there for 30 weeks.
‘Force Majeure’ saw Tangerine Dream close the 70s with one of their most enduring Virgin masterpieces, paving the way for yet another decade of innovation.
Surprisingly, the LP with that distinction is not 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' or any of Elton's later classics.
With ‘The College Dropout’, Kanye West singlehandedly set hip-hop on a new path, introducing himself as one of the 21st Century’s most innovative artists.
Considered too rough for airplay, ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’ found Public Enemy starting their countdown to Armageddon, paving the way for genius.
‘Come Fly With Me’ was Frank’s first album with Billy May as arranger and conductor; it still exudes style and sophistication.
By the time of 2002's 'Come With Us,' Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons had long since established themselves as one of the world’s most innovative dance acts.
With thrilling live work-outs, playful interludes and doo-wop covers, ‘Burnt Weeny Sandwich’ found Zappa indulging his greatest loves.