Top 10 Important Albums In Pop Music History

The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982) V 2 Comments
2 Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (1956)

John Lennon said it best, "Before Elvis, there was nothing".

Fascinating topic; some clarification of what "important" means specificaly is required.

3 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys (1966)

A Quantum Leap in creativity, the distance of which has not been matched in 50 years [Hendrix was closest], even The Beatles were scrambling to catch up.

4 Revolver - The Beatles (1966)
5 Like a Virgin - Madonna (1984)
6 A Night at the Opera - Queen (1975)
7 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977)
8 Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack - The Bee Gees and Various Artists (1977)
9 Spice - Spice Girls (1996)
10 The Fame - Lady Gaga (2008)

The Newcomers

? We Belong - Pat Benatar

The Contenders

11 Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly is almost singularly responsible for forcing record labels to allow music artists to write, arrange, and produce their own songs. This change in operation was crucial to the rapid development and evolution of music. We miss him greatly.

12 Tapestry - Carole King (1971)

So cool to see Ms. King get her props, her superb writing skills were a given, but this album showed the world that she had total musicality.

13 Falling Into You - Celine Dion (1996)
14 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (1985)
15 Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey (1990)
16 Come On Over - Shania Twain (1997)
17 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
18 Introducing the Beatles - The Beatles

It could be argued that the US version of this album, titled "Meet The Beatles" was more important, as it is the actual record that accompanied them across America, and triggered the American version of "Beatlemania". Either way, no "new" acts arrival before or since, not MJ, not JB, not 1D, not even the King [Elvis], nothing in the world of music has ever hit as hard as they did.

19 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
20 Rubber Soul - The Beatles
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