+ – Ed Sheeran

Released September 9, 2011, + (plus) was Sheeran’s commercial breakthrough in the U.K. It eventually peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was the highest debut on the U.S. chart for a British artist since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream in 2009. It is the ninth best-selling album of the decade in…

Nevermind – Nirvana

Released September 24, 1991 this album wasn’t expected to have much commercial success but with the popularity of its lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and in part with the culture shifting away from slick adult-rock, it ended being certified Diamond in the U.S. (10 Million+ sold) and more than 30 Million worldwide. Nirvana is…

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Released May 21, 1971 this concept album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam Vet returning home after witnessing the atrocities of war. It was his second album to reach #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts (he would have 3 more #1s) as did the three singles from it. He has been…

Original Pirate Material – The Streets

Released March 25, 2002 the debut album by English rapper Mike Skinner (AKA The Streets) has a unique take on ’90s UKG*. Skinner is considered one of the greatest UK rappers of all-time as his style is pontificating rather than traditional rapping. The album was hailed by critics lauding it with accolades. Jason: Oi! Are…

Disintegration – The Cure

Released on May 2, 1989 this eighth studio album marked their return a more introspective and gloomy Gothic rock style. Founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired mid-way through production when the other members refused to work with him and continue to endure his increasingly abusive alcoholic states. The album peaked at #3 in the UK…

Elephant – The White Stripes

Released April 1, 2003 it peaked at #6 in the US Billboard chart and #1 in the UK. Often cited at the band’s best work it was nominated for several Grammy’s including Album of the Year (it lost to OutKast) but won Best Alternative Music Album. Jason: Let’s play a game. I am going to…