1. "Sticky Fingers" - Rolling Stones, 1971
There's something about this cover that leaves me quite breathless, for obvious reasons. Besides that, it also has two of my favourite Rolling Stones songs, "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses". Although I didn't get it in 1971 (I was only 7 then), I did get it in my late teens. The photo was conceived by Andy Warhol. According to Wikipedia, "the TV network VH1 named Sticky Fingers the 'No. 1 Greatest Album Cover' of all time".
2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV, 1971
This has to be one of my all time favourite albums, ever. It has nearly all of the 'classic' Led Zepplin hits like "Stairway to Heaven", "Black Dog", "Rock and Roll" (my favourite), "Misty Mountain Hop" and "When the Levee Breaks". I can remember it was the first Led Zepplin album I bought, also in my late teens and remains my favourite. Wikipedia says it is "one of the best selling albums in history". I reckon this album is scratched to the 'shit house' but the CD still gets a good work out.
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III, 1970
Another one of my all time favourites, this cover has a cardboard disc inside which spins around exposing different pictures through holes in the cover. It also contains more of my all time favourite Zeppelin songs like "Immigrant Song", "Gallows Pole", "Tangerine" and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp". Another one bought in my late teens and has withstood the test of time and lasted many a party (well maybe). Thank goodness for CD's.
4. "Rumours" - Fleetwood Mac, 1976
There's no denying, I wanted to be Stevie Nicks in my high school years (and later). I wished my name was Rhiannon and thought I sang like "a white winged dove". NOT! But I love it just the same. I'm a huge Stevie Nicks fan but I think "Rumours" is one of those albums that just had so many hits which are all classics now and really put Fleetwood Mac on the map. Reminds me so much of my high school years.
5. "Bat Out of Hell" - Meatloaf, 1977
I don't know too many people who don't have this record in their collection. It's one of those timeless classics that got played loud in the car when we were heading to the beach, got 'pumped up' for parties and now, when I'm doing the housework. Who could forget "Bat Out of Hell", "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" or "All Revved Up With No Place to Go"? Even better is the making of the album on a show called "Classic Albums". It goes into the stories behind each song. Love it! (Not sure "Meatloaf" is eligible as a band? But he did have a studio band.)
It was so hard to keep it at 5. I must re-visit Kate's "Now That's What I Call Music" because I think I'd have a few 'not so classic' albums to add to that collection!