Ace of Spades - Motörhead: The best of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Motörhead was always an attitude, part punk, part metal. No other album epitomizes this more than "Ace of Spades". It's not deep. It's not musical. It's merely awesome.
David Gilmour - David Gilmour: His least well known solo album and also his best. It's a bit like Gilmour's Pink Floyd songs, only mellower. Perfect music to ingest a certain drug to.
Rust in Peace - Megadeath: When you are done being stoned, this is the best speed metal album ever made. The only flaw is that the original mix is too quiet. This is the point of time between win the drugs kept Mustaine from reaching his full potential and the ego kept Mustaine from reaching his full potential.
Life's Rich Pageant - REM: REM seems to bounce between dull albums and incredible albums. This is the first, and best, of the incredible albums.
Joshua Tree - U2: It is a bit embarrassing to pick this as it was so overplayed and so massively influential. Still, it was pretty fucking awesome. Its success also drove U2 into self parody.
Lateralus - Tool: Essentially the opposite of Ace of Spades. Musically rich, lyrically complex progressive metal.
Killers - Iron Maiden: Another NWOBHM entry. Iron Maiden was decent enough when they got their own high-pitched metal front man. Before that, though, they had more of a trash attitude. This, the second of those two earlier albums is also the best.
Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog: This is a tribute album to the dead singer of "Mother Love Bone", a great glam band that you should check out. It was a sort of pro-super group, featuring Most of Pearl Jam (before they were Pearl Jam) and half of Soundgarden. The result is better than either.
There is no tenth, because I can either come up with fifteen possibilities or none. I'm sure I'll remember something right after I post.
Update [2008-5-21 19:27:18 by ucblockhead]: Spacejack's comment reminded me what number ten was:
By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers: I know I should like the older albums better, but this one strikes me as just perfect.
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