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Posted on Wednesday, February 14 2007 @ 01:06:08 CST by Duncan Glenday
  • Guns N' Roses-Appetite for Destruction - A groundbreaking metal record that has yet to be matched in fury, attitude and songwriting.

  • Def Leppard-Hysteria - This album defines pop-metal in the Eighties, plain and simple. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" may be the quintessential song of the genre.

  • Queensryche-Empire - So what if this album boosted Queensryche into the mainstream? This is an album with nary a filler track on it (and one that makes you think with your head and not your dick).

  • U2-The Joshua Tree - Bono and the boys delicately bridged college rock, mainstream radio and hard-hitting subject matter to make a record that sounds even more cathartic in a post-Sept. 11 world.

  • King's X-Out of the Silent Planet - The 1988 debut from this Houston trio (featuring the crunchiest guitars I'd ever heard at the time and a singer whose vocals seemed to explode from his gut) remains one of rock's shining moments.

  • Yes-The Yes Album - This album isn't as revered as Close to the Edge and Fragile, but those records also don't include Yours Is No Disgrace.

  • Spock's Beard-V - The album that merged the Beard's knack for writing prog-inspired pop ditties with their less-admirable penchant for creating songs that linger a tad too long.

  • Giant-Last of the Runaways - Considered THE melodic hard rock album by many fans of the genre, this masterpiece featured brothers Dann and David Huff and distanced Giant from the era's glam bands with sophisticated tunes.

  • Kansas-Audio-Visions - Band members may have hated each other by the time this relative commercial disappointment came out, but after I get tired of listening to Leftoverture and Point of Know Return (which I inevitably do), I pop on this gem and air guitar to "Got To Rock On."

  • Winger-Pull - Hey, don't knock it 'til you've heard it. Pull, without a doubt, is the hair era's most underrated album. In fact, it doesn't even deserve to be lumped into the hair era. Seek this record...

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