43. Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
Label: Def Jam, Columbia
Public Enemy had white America up in arms with their stellar third album. And the LP's title shows the group wasn't afraid to say they knew why: Good old-fashioned racism. Years later, the 2008, 2010, and 2012 elections-which saw corporate powers, right-wing media, and a shrinking white electorate freak out over one Barack Hussein Obama (see Bill O'Reilly's mourning of so-called "traditional America" and VP candidate Paul Ryan blaming "urban turnout" for his ticket's loss)-showed the album and its name are still just as poignant today.