9. Rush - Moving Pictures (1981)
This power trio from Canada had already been hugely successful in the '70s with their prog rock epics like 2112 and Hemispheres. But the band felt that they should try something a little less complex for their next few outings.
Instead, Moving Pictures has some of their greatest singles like "Limelight," "Red Barchetta," and the greatest air-drum song of all time "Tom Sawyer." This record is definitely for music nerds, but remains incredibly accessible for casual music fans to grab onto as well.
The production of the record also has a sonic sheen to it, as if every string being picked or piano note struck is being filtered through a purely concentrated musical stream.
The theme behind all of the songs is travelling and seeking out new lands. With this record, Rush helped lay the blueprint for what we would soon see further down the line.