5. The Doors, 'The Doors'
Few bands in history exploded right out of the gate quite like the Doors. Their first two singles were "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" and "Light My Fire." The latter song hit Number One in America and even got them a spot on the Ed Sullivan show. Less than a year earlier they were playing in a garage. Jim Morrison's refusal to censor his lyrics for the broadcast made him a hero to young rock fans, even though it earned the band a bad reputation they were never able to shake. They cut their first album in a mere six days, and it hit stores just four days into 1967. The album wraps up with the 12-minute psychedelic freakout "The End." Success and excess would soon crush the Doors, and they were never quite as perfect as they were at the very beginning.