4. Van Halen, 'Van Halen'
Van Halen have spent the past four decades trying to live up to the incredible promise of their first album. They occasionally came close, but it's a mighty high hill to climb. Simply put, every song on their debut is nearly perfect. The first four songs are "Runnin' With the Devil," "Eruption," "You Really Got Me" and "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love." That would be more than enough to make for a classic album, but flip it over and you have "Jamie's Cryin'," "Atomic Punk" and "Ice Cream Man." Eddie is playing at the absolute top of his game, and David Lee Roth has never been quite this charming and funny. In fact, the album is so strong that the outtakes were enough to form the foundation of their most recent album, A Different Kind of Truth.