This self-titled album was the first debut album and the first album by a solo female artist to produce three number-one Billboard chart singles. In 2003, the album was ranked number 254 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
This is Smith's first studio album, and it would go on to influence the then-emerging American punk rock movement. The cover photograph was taken by Smith's close friend, Robert Mapplethorpe, at the Greenwich Village penthouse apartment of his partner Sam Wagstaff.
This is Springsteen's second studio album, but the first to receive major commercial success. The back photo of the album features six members of the E Street Band in Long Branch, New Jersey.
It was at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival that Davis first heard the band, which was lead by none other than Janis Joplin. He not only knew she was a star, but also that rock 'n' roll was coming.
This is Franklin's 34th studio album, but her first to be released by Arista Records, which Davis founded. It included Aretha's first #1 Pop single since "Respect" in 1967.
This is the duo's second studio album, but produced their first major hit, "The Sound of Silence." The cover photo was shot at Franklin Canyon Park in Los Angeles, California.
This is Manilow's fourth studio album, and it went triple platinum. His first singles as a musical artist were flops, but Davis was the one who saw something in him.
The cover art for the group's third studio album was taken from a painting by Mati Klarwein, who also did the cover of Miles Davis’ "Bitches Brew," another Davis product.
Keys was one of Davis's more recent discoveries, and after a dispute with Columbia, she decided to sign with him at J Records because he really believed in her sound. Rolling Stone magazine named her debut album the second best of 2001.