With ‘Joanne,’ Lady Gaga consolidated everything that the past decade had brought her, ensuring we knew that plenty more was to come.
In 1968, Muddy Waters took the blues in a new direction with 'Electric Mud' and managed to influence the likes of Chuck D to Jimi Hendrix in the process.
Relishing the opportunity to take chances, Alex Harvey started as he meant to continue with ‘Alex Harvey And His Soul Band,’ an album wrapped in mystique.
Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ is a grand experiment in psychedelic pop, paired with eloquent, introspective lyricism.
For their ‘Retro Active’ album, Def Leppard dug out rare B-sides and re-recorded material from the vault, firing themselves up for a brand new start.
Sauntering towards genius, Mazzy Star’s ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ remains a 90s classic, hailed by some as the best psychedelic blues album since Cream.
Artistically, ‘Automatic For The People’ arguably remains R.E.M’s high-water mark. It continues to attract plaudits from far and wide.
Full of beguiling hooks and unashamedly radio-friendly melodies, the self-titled debut by Mike + The Mechanics revealed a diverse band heavy on hooks.
Released on 4 October 1974, John Lennon’s ‘Walls and Bridges’ was based on the walls around him and the bridges burned that were being rebuilt.
A collection of 50s singles, ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ brought all of Howlin’ Wolf’s best qualities together: “a tail dragon with a voice like an angel”.
The album topped the charts in the UK, France and Australia and became their first platinum disc in the US.
The album was released in October 1968, when the man from Bakersfield was enjoying an extraordinary run of success.
‘Reggatta De Blanc’ marked the moment where The Police synthesized their influences into something unique.
Topping the charts in the UK and reaching No.3 in the US, The Police’s ‘Ghost In The Machine‘ included several of the band’s most enduring hit singles.
Delivered with “exuberance, affection and panache,” ‘Get Up’ found Bryan Adams collaborating with Jeff Lynne on an urgent tribute to rock’n’roll.
Establishing Mumford & Sons as the breakout success of the nu-folk scene, ‘Sigh No More’ was a bold gamble that more than paid off.