The list author says: "Of course, this is all my opinion, and is subject to debate. But these were albums that I listened to repeatedly through my junior high and high school years. Some are classics, and others are just albums that somehow stuck with me. Regardless, I own each of these albums, and enjoy listening to every one of them, still today."
"Although "Dirty Mind", "Controversy", and "1999" had put Prince on the map prior to this album, "Purple Rain" put him on top, with the title track, "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry" & "I Would Die 4 U"."
"Mutt Lange was fully in control of production at this point, and this album is considered by many to be his & Def Leppard's commercial masterpiece. It was also their comeback album following drummer Rick Allen's near-fatal auto accident. Includes "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Hysteria", & "Love Bites"."
"This original album cover was banned as being "too graphic", which fueled sales even more. Prior to this, "Look What the Cat Dragged In" had been their breakthrough album, but this one cemented them as one of the classic 80s "hair-metal" bands, with hits like "Nothin' But a Good Time", "Fallen Angel", & "Every Rose Has Its Thorn","
"You couldn't hide from this album in 1984, and the worst song on the album ("My Hometown") STILL went to #1. Every other song is a highlight, including "Cover Me", "I'm Goin' Down", "Glory Days", and "No Surrender"."
"This album came out in the early 80s, but as classic albums usually do, it got bigger and bigger as the years passed. It was more popular in 89 than it was in 82. Hits include, "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Back in Black", "Shoot To Thrill", & "Hell's Bells"."
"Wouldn't be another Journey album for 10+ years, and they would never again see Top 40 radio play, but they went out on a high note, with hits like "Be Good To Yourself", "Girl Can't Help It", "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever", and "Suzanne"."
"I was always a NE fan. This album, their first studio album after Bobby Brown left, was their most cohesive, and grown-up album up to that point. "If It Isn't Love" & "Can You Stand the Rain" became instant Pop/R&B classics."
"The production & songwriting of David Foster & Diane Warren, along with the lead vocals of Jason Scheff (his 2nd Chicago album) and Bill Champlin (his 4th Chicago album) reached their pinnacle here. 4 top 10 hits, including "Look Away", "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love", "Heart in Pieces", & "We Can Last Forever"."
"Most people didn't expect a follow-up to "Slippery When Wet" that would be even close to that level of success, but Bon Jovi delivered again here, with the hits "Born to Be My Baby", "Living in Sin", "I'll Be There for You", & "Bad Medicine"."
"What would prove to be Peter Cetera's last Chicago album, this album represented a full-blown commitment to radio-friendly pop rock & ballads, with hits like, "You're The Inspiration", "Hard Habit to Break", "Stay the Night", & "Along Comes a Woman"."
"Petty's first official solo album (although members of the Heartbreakers appear throughout the album) was produced by ELO front-man Jeff Lynne, and spawned the hits "Free Fallin", "I Won't Back Down", "Runnin Down a Dream", & "Yer So Bad"."
"This Canadian had a full grasp of American rock & roll on his 4th album, producing 6 top 40 singles, including "Run To You", "It's Only Love", "Summer of 69", "Heaven", "One Night Love Affair", & "Somebody"."
"This was the first Clapton album I really embraced, and it made me go back and learn about the greatness of Clapton prior to this album. Standout tracks include "Bad Love", "Pretending", "Before You Accuse Me", & "No Alibis"."
"For whatever reason, I always liked this album better than their previous album "Sports". "Sports" had more big hits, I just thought this album had better songs, including "Jacob's Ladder", "Stuck With You", "I Know What I Like", "Hip to be Square", & "Doing It All for My Baby"."
"Jason Scheff's first Chicago album following the departure of Peter Cetera. David Foster & Diane Warren were handling the production & songwriting respectively, and hits like "If She Would Have Been Faithful" and "Will You Still Love Me", and "Niagara Falls" kept Chicago at the top of the charts."