With smooth guitar riffs and a huskily laidback drawl, the best Chris Rea songs put him on a road to glory as a bittersweet blues-rock hero.
A ‘meditation on the state of our oceans’, Gorillaz’s ‘Plastic Beach’ album pulled out all the pop stops while warning of environmental ruin.
Danny Kirwan’s final album with Fleetwood Mac, ‘Bare Trees’ hints at an unrealised future for the band, while standing tall in its own right.
From intimate portraits to outrageous statements of intent, the best Prince album covers created a world that was entirely his own.
Perfecting her raw, autobiographical songwriting style, Ironic defined an era and made Alanis Morissette a post-grunge icon.
Unfairly overlooked, ‘Pogue Mahone’ saw the Celtic folk-punk rebels kiss our arses goodbye with a life-affirming final album.
Written by Solomon Burke, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love was claimed by Wilson Pickett, and is an anthem whose message still rings true.
Formidable and lavishly-attired, the wide-ranging ‘Physical Graffiti’ album captured Led Zeppelin at the peak of their powers.
A stop-gap compilation between albums, ‘The World Won’t Listen’ screamed ‘genius’, thanks to The Smiths’ unbeatable run of singles.
As Daft Punk, French DJs Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo revolutionised dance music and created a legacy for the aged.
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