Ten great albums recorded at Sound City Studios, the focus of Sound City
Fleetwood Mac was already successful before this album, but Rumours made the band a legend. Not only is it a beautifully composed and produced record, but any generation can relate to the raw emotions hidden in the melodies. The band was going through a lot of turmoil, with John McVie and Christine McVie in the midst of a divorce and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks splitting up as the latter became involved with Mick Fleetwood. The lyrics reflect the tension within the band at the time, and give the album its energy.
2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
The third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes usually makes an appearance in lists of great albums. Although Petty was going through a rough time, going into bankruptcy as he tried to leave MCA Records shortly after the release of You're Gonna Get It, the band's next album didn't suffer. With the help of Petty's songwriting and Jimmy Iovine's production, the content and quality of this album elevated it to a masterpiece. It includes the classic singles "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Refugee."