The Cars, 'The Cars' (1978)
The Boston quintet mixed the guitars of classic rock with new wave and pop synths, finding hometown radio success in 1977 with a demo of "Just What I Needed" and eventually signing with Elektra. The following year, Ric Ocasek and co. released their self-titled debut album, a front-to-back hit parade. The LP spent 139 weeks on the charts, peaking at No. 18, and eventually selling millions of copies on the strength of singles "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Good Times Roll," as well as "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Bye Bye Love," "All Mixed Up," and "Moving in Stereo," which soundtracked the Fast Times at Ridgemont High pool scene. Though their debut is the band's clear standouts, the Cars are one of the most influential new wave acts in the genre, with Ocasek later producing albums for such acts as Weezer, Guided by Voices, Hole, Nada Surf, No Doubt, and Bad Brains.