The Roots’ ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ brought an ambitious sense of experimentation to hip-hop, revealing what a live band could do with the genre.
The Gentle Giant debut album established the group as one of the most distinctive and forward-thinking of the new wave of prog rock bands to emerge in 1970.
Unashamedly sleazy, ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ harnessed the new rules of the dancefloor to create “a soundtrack to a striptease clip joint”.
Fourteen years after Don Henley's famous quote, the group reunited and returned to the charts.
Split across ‘Originals’, ‘Covers’ and ‘Oddities’, ‘Echo Of Miles’ proved that even Soundgarden’s rarities and B-sides were essential listens.
Interested in “f__king with some other stuff”, ‘Garage Inc’ found Metallica exploring their influences and offering an insight into their state of mind.
A bizarre ride through funk, rock and jazz history, The Pharcyde’s debut album remains unique in the history of hip-hop – a rare example of rap without ego.
With stark production and sung vocals, ‘808s & Heartbreak’ found Kanye West bearing his soul and paving the way for The Weeknd and Drake.
With ‘Enrique’, Enrique Iglesias made his long-awaited crossover into the English-language market, proving he could dominate two worlds at once.
With ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ Guns N’ Roses recorded a covers album that paid tribute to – and sometimes even surpassed – their punk heroes.
Rather than turning away from her trauma, Rihanna remerged with her most revelatory and defiant work to date with her ‘Rated R’ album.
For ‘Songbook’, Chris Cornell swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic, found himself connecting with his fans in a way he never expected.
On her Grammy-winning album, ‘How Glad I Am,’ Nancy Wilson established herself as a singular storyteller able to switch effortlessly between pop, jazz and R&B
When 'Midnite Vultures' made its debut in late 1999, Beck described the album as the real follow-up to his 1996 landmark ‘Odelay’.
On his bestselling album ‘Against The Wind’, Bob Seger balanced thoughtful ballads with hellraising rock tunes to create a classic.
With her ‘Talk That Talk’ album, Rihanna continued her reign over pop music, throwing genre and romantic conventions to the wind.