When the Ramones’ eponymous first album was released in April 1976, it was so fresh and immediate that it was almost hard to believe that they had already been kicking around New York for about two years.
With their fifth studio album, 1979's Evolution, Journey finally cracked the Top 20 of Billboard's album chart — and they soared even higher when they returned the next year with the follow-up, Departure.
"The '80s are coming and we're going to be the soundtrack. We're here to blow the bugles and jump on the horns and whistle it all in and usher it down the road and round the stretch and across the finish line."
After acknowledging and re-incorporating his Led Zeppelin past into his solo career for the first time with 1988's Now and Zen, Robert Plant really turned the "Hammer of the Gods" loose on his fifth studio album, 1990's perfectly titled Manic Nirvana.
On March 17, 1998, Van Halen's recording career hit its first (and so far only) road bump with the release of III, an album that debuted their third singer, former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. After decades of amazing success with two very different frontman -- flamboyant original belter David Lee …