#1 Record/Radio City
Label: Fantasy Records
The far-reaching impact these two records have exerted on rock 'n' roll is nothing short of profound. Led by Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, Big Star cut the sounds of British Invasion pop -- The Move in particular -- with West Coast harmony and hard rock (drummer Jody Stephens rumbles like John Bonham). The band created a distinctively American sound in the process. But what's truly amazing is how the music still feels fresh, as if it were created only yesterday. There's no real way of parsing this unique achievement, and that's why such a delicious mythology continues to surround Big Star.