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Top 5 Genre Defining Albums

Here goes the 5 album that truly best represent the genre they essentially created or helped to forge. There are obviously many more, but these are my favorite.
1King Crimson
In The Court of the Crimson King


The definitive progressive album. While their had been a few flourishes in the genre before hand, this is the album that first truly outlined what bands like Yes, Genesis, and Gentle Giant would rip off.
2At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command


It was a difficult choice between this, 13 Songs by Fugazi and The Sound of Punk to Come by Refused for the most definitive post hardcore record of all time. However, At the Drive-In is the band that truly and finally pushed the genre as far as it could go, and yet also broke into the mainstream, something few -core bands had done previous to that point. That, combined with the raw emotion on the album, is worth the price of admission.
3Converge
Jane Doe


This album is the definition of genre killer. Metalcore is kind of regarded as a joke these days; while two or three bands may get real recognition, as a whole its considered a subpar style of music. Some of that can be attributed to just how breathtakingly powerful this album was. The definitive metalcore release, Converge crafted a sonic maelstrom of intensity that is virtually unmatched in any kind of extreme metal.
4The Beatles
Revolver


Probably the least accurate of my choices. Some say Sgt Peppers or The White Album is when the Beatles fully impacted the world, but I believe that to this day no single Beatles album has the effect Revolver has. A perfect pop album, a perfect rock album, and a perfect album overall, it was an archetype many bands follow to this day to a degree.
5Dr. Dre
The Chronic


Far fro mmy favorite rap album, but far above any in terms of general influence. This is arguably the most cross-platform hip hop record of all time; anyone who listened to it with an open mind could find something to like, and its due to Dre's incredible production skills here, his solid flow, and the variety of strong guests and up-and-comers he had on here. No one album covers the bases as well as The Chronic, sans perhaps Nas' Illmatic and Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow.
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