I'm not a fan of just about any "country" music (well, there *is* Hank, of course, like everything he ever did, it was the most honest music I ever heard) , and I especially hate (yes, actually hate) almost everything that has been made in the last 30+ years...
But Guitars and Cadillacs was *great*.
The best thing to happen to country music in decades - because we finally got some real twang back into the guitars, and it *sounded* like good country music should, not the modern rock-based derivatives that make me want to puke. And at the time, they said Dwight was "too country" for country, critics bashed him left & right.
So I was smitten with Dwight for a while, and his guitar player turned out to be a really hot producer for a period of years after that album, darn near everyone wanted him in the studio doing their work.
Graceland - Paul Simon is far too pretentious over the past 25-30 years, IMHO. A shame, as there are great musicians on that album, and I'll never forget the press made such a huge deal at the time out of Paul Simon actually paying those guys a decent wage when touring - imagine that, getting praise heaped on you because you *don't* rape someone as hard as you can, what a concept. He damned well should have paid them well to play live, they made him *millions* off that album alone.
While I listened to much of what is in the list, these are the albums that stand out as having been in heavy rotation in my tape deck
David Lee Roth Eat Em and Smile
VH - 5150
Cinderella Night Songs
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
Huey Lewis Fore!
Megadeth Peace Sells . . . But Whos Buying?
Gosh, I was born in 88, my dad was 16 in 86 so his music became my music. I literally know nothing about most 90's stuff, I'd have to pick Master of Puppets. It got me playing guitar..... Then I discovered queensryche.... It was all over from there. Hats off to king diamond and 5150