19. Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'
It took the Chili Peppers seven years, four albums and a few rough turns of the personnel merry-go-round to perfect the savory schizophrenia captured on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Los Angeles band's 1991 quadruple-platinum home run. Produced by Rick Rubin with the white-headbanger, hip-hop snap of James Brown on the Led Zeppelin II tip, Blood Sugar pingpongs between the precision swagger of "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss" and the luminous hurt of singer Anthony Kiedis' Top Ten junkie blues, "Under the Bridge." The alternating slap of extremes perfectly nails not only the giddy highs and drawn-out lows of life in a city built on illusions but also the Chili Peppers' fight to beat their own worst excesses. An album of honest drama — and you can mosh to it.