1. (tie) Pearl Jam, 'Ten'; Guns N Roses, 'Appetite for Destruction'
This poll had a huge response, and it ended in a perfect tie. That makes a lot of sense. It's impossible to pick between Ten and Appetite for Destruction. The two discs arrived only four years apart, but it seems like two radically different eras. Guns N' Roses made every hair metal group of the time seem like a bunch of pathetic whiners, while Pearl Jam's Ten stood out in a huge field of amazing alternative rock albums. Both groups boast amazingly unique singers and killer guitar duos. Both albums are flawless from start to finish, lacking even a single sub-par track. Both albums put a huge spotlight on people that weren't quite ready for that degree of fame and adulation.
The pressure quickly tore Guns N' Roses apart and drove some to drugs and madness, while Pearl Jam managed to survive by moving far away from the spotlight. They didn't try to top it by booking stadium tours, releasing two albums on the same day and filming crazily ambitious videos. Pearl Jam basically did the exact opposite of everything Guns N' Roses did, and that's why they're still around and Guns N' Roses are a pathetic shell of their former glorious selves. It's impossible to top a record as huge as Appetite for Destruction or Ten. Pearl Jam were smart enough not to try.