7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Are You Experienced'
Nobody had ever heard anyone quite like Jimi Hendrix when Are You Experienced was unleashed in May of 1967. Produced by former Animals bassist Chas Chandler, the disc was 40 minutes of almost superhuman guitar virtuosity, blistering psychedelia and hooks that would soon burrow under the skin of rock fans all across the planet. The tracklisting almost reads like a greatest hits set: "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," "Fire," "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Are You Experienced?" And he was just getting started.