25. Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C.
Release Date: 3/27/1984
Following up the one-two punch of their first single, 1983's "It's Like That"/"Sucker MCs," Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut album was a nine-track TKO for Profile Records, becoming the first rap album to go gold. As dated as the sparse drum machine production sounds today, the Hollis, Queens trio's debut marked the dividing line between hip-hop's old school and new school.
The groundbreaking track "Rock Box"-featuring beats by Jam Master Jay and guitar riffs by Eddie Martinez-would become the first rap video to be aired on MTV, premiering in 1984 and paving the way for countless rap crossover records to come.