9. The Prodigy, 'Music for the Jilted Generation' (XL, 1994)
Essex B-boy-turned-raver Liam Howlett, along with pals Maxim Reality and Keith Flint, started out making breakbeat hardcore (the precursor to drum & bass) and evolved into a stadium act that didn't need guitars to rock you. That sound conquered the charts with 1997's "Smack My Bitch Up," but the Prodigy's real leap took place three years earlier on their second album – all snarling acid ("Claustrophobic Song") and electro blips that resonate like Gibson Les Pauls ("Voodoo People"). Most decisively, they added sonic heft by slowing down the breaks on tracks like "Poison," upping their weight class. Bonus feature: Keith Flint's multi-colored, reverse mohawk, easily EDM's greatest hairstyle ever (sorry, Skrillex).
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