3. Boston, 'Boston'
When guitarist Tom Scholz began recording the first Boston album in his Massachusetts basement in 1975, he couldn't possibly have imagined what was about to happen to his life. The rock critical establishment dismissed his homemade creation as an "American synthesis of Led Zeppelin and Yes," but rock fans absolutely loved it. The album has gone platinum 17 times over, and singles "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind" have been playing steadily on rock radio for the past 35 years. Follow-up albums failed to connect in quite the same way and the critics never came around, but Boston retains a huge following and can still draw crowds, even after the tragic suicide of Brad Delp in 2007.