1974, Bally

This is the last history lesson we're going to regale you with, but rest assured it's an important one. The Wizard machine, based off the movie of the same name, was the first licensed pinball machine. It started a trend that would steer the pinball industry for the rest of its days, and ultimately help bring about its demise—licensing fees aren't cheap, after all.

Ironically, the film Wizard was based off of The Who's album Tommy, which contained a song—"Pinball Wizard"—that would go on to more directly inspire another famous pinball machine in the '90s. You know, "that deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball." Check that one out further down the list.