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10 iconic albums that changed the history of music artistry

Rahima Khan, in Community news
Aug 25, 2023 | 5 min read

As we sail through the annals of music history, we are about to explore 10 iconic albums that shook the world of music artistry. These masterpieces aren’t just albums; they are means that redefined categories challenged norms, and inspired generations to come.

1. The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover

Source: Classic Album Sundays

The Beatles’ work of genius reshaped the concept of an album as an artist’s canvas, mixing rock and pop. Each song flowed like a river into the next, changing music into an audio mosaic.

2. Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973)

Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon

Source: SoundCloud

Pink Floyd’s frail journey redefined what a concept album could be. This album surpassed mere music, creating an engaging experience through its beautiful audio performances.

3. Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (1982)

Michael Jackson - "Thriller" music album

Source: IMDb

Prepare to moonwalk through time. MJ’s “Thriller” not only became the best-selling album of all time but also revolutionized music videos. Its title track’s iconic video turned music into a visual performance.

4. Nirvana – “Nevermind” (1991)

Nirvana - "Nevermind" music album cover

Source: Rock Music Raider

Alternative rock stormed into the mainstream with Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” The raw emotion of Kurt Cobain’s lyrics and the irresistible hooks changed the face of rock music.

5. Radiohead – “OK Computer” (1997)

Radiohead - "OK Computer" music album

Source: Vinyl Heaven

Radiohead’s interest in technology and alienation birthed “OK Computer.” The album’s experimental sound and depth in its theme pushed the limits of alternative rock. 

6. Eminem – “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000)

Eminem - "The Marshall Mathers LP" music album

Source: Spotify

Eminem’s brutally honest lyrics and intricate rhyme schemes made this album a pivotal moment in hip-hop. It peeled back layers of the artist’s psyche, blurring the lines between reality and performance.  

7. Kanye West – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010)

Kanye West - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" music album

Source: Genius

Kanye’s brainchild challenged not only the boundaries of hip-hop but also the limits of self-expression. MBDTF is an amazing exploration of fame, love, and personal demons.

8. Beyoncé – “Lemonade” (2016)

Beyoncé Lemonade music album

Source: Wikipedia

Beyoncé’s visual album was a revelation, and a mix of music, film, and activism. “Lemonade” tackled themes of race, feminism, and infidelity, showing Beyoncé’s evolution as an artist.

9. Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015)

Kendrick Lamar - "To Pimp a Butterfly" music album

Source: Cultured Vultures

Lamar’s study of African-American identity and the struggles of modern society is a lyrical and sonic masterpiece. The album’s fusion of jazz, funk, and hip-hop proved Lamar as a poetic force.

10. Taylor Swift – “1989”(2014)

Taylor Swift - "1989"

Source: Taylor Swift UK Store

Swift’s pivot from country to pop was a risk that paid off. “1989” was not just an album; it was a cultural phenomenon, redefining pop music for a new generation.

Bottom line

These iconic albums aren’t just a collection of songs. They pushed the boundaries of music artistry, reshaped genres, and inspired countless artists to follow their own creative paths in capturing the essence of their eras. These iconic albums have left a deep-rooted mark on the world of music. They are living testaments to the boundless possibilities of human creativity.

Through these iconic albums, take a moment to appreciate the artists who dared to challenge conventions and create something extraordinary. These albums remind us that music is a powerful medium, capable of evoking emotions, creating revolutions, and changing the world.

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