Every weekday in the month of February, we’re looking at one of the most important albums of the last 40 years.

Listen at the top of every hour during the workday, as we play a track from the album, give you a bit of history and explain why it made the list.

It’s the big hits, the album cuts and maybe even a B-side here and there.

20 Albums, 20 Days: Siamese Dream

20 Albums, 20 Days: Siamese Dream

Billy Corgan had a nervous breakdown before recording Siamese Dream. His bass player and guitarist just broke up, his drummer was addicted to heroin and he was obsessed with becoming the next Nirvana. Add this to his raging perfectionism, it was going to be a struggle to create the follow up to the excellent Gish.…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Dirt

20 Albums, 20 Days: Dirt

The fourth band on the Mount Rushmore of grunge was more of a metal band than the other groups from their hometown. Their breakthrough album covered dark topics ranging from heroin addiction to the death of their friend to the Vietnam war. This wasn’t your typical four million copy selling record. The album featured five…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Sublime

20 Albums, 20 Days: Sublime

Sublime was poised to have major success by 1996. Their indie releases had created a huge amount of buzz and now they had a major label, a big-time producer and amazing songs. Sadly, lead singer Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose before he could see how successful the record would be. Producing giant hits…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Hysteria

20 Albums, 20 Days: Hysteria

The idea was to make a hard rock version of Thriller. It took three years, three producers and a number of tragic car accidents for it to finally happen, but it did. The album produced seven hit songs and went on to become one of the biggest sellers, not only of Def Leppard’s career, but…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

20 Albums, 20 Days: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

The Chili Peppers kept changing lineups throughout most of the ’80s. They finally had the perfect band when they recorded the biggest record of their career. Instead of going with George Clinton, they brought in Rick Rubin who would tighten up their sound. He specifically focused on Flea and having him dial back his slap…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Core

20 Albums, 20 Days: Core

Much like Bush a few years later, STP was considered a grunge rip off. Those who said that clearly didn’t listen to the album deeply enough. This was a band that harnessed the power of classic rock and mixed it with metal, grunge and blues. Scott Weiland, even in these early years, was a true…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Rage Against the Machine

20 Albums, 20 Days: Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine was truly one of the first bands to combine rock and rap on their blistering, political debut album. The band called Ice Cube, Sex Pistols and Minor Threat influences and it shows. Their shows were a powder keg and as their popularity grew it just became more and more difficult to…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Sixteen Stone

20 Albums, 20 Days: Sixteen Stone

Bush got a bad rap when they originally appeared in late 1994. They were called “British Nirvana” and poseurs by much of the press but, years later, the album completely holds up in the way many of the “post grunge” era records do not. The difference between the early works of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Dr. Feelgood

20 Albums, 20 Days: Dr. Feelgood

After living the life of excess for years, Mötley Crüe were clean and sober for the recording of Dr. Feelgood. Beaten into shape by producer Bob Rock, the album was packed with hits. The band hit the road and soon old habits started to show back up. This would wind up being the end of…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Smash

20 Albums, 20 Days: Smash

1994 was the year that punk was thrust into the mainstream after years of underground popularity. Green Day opened the door earlier in the year and by the summer the Offspring was everywhere. This album, recorded on a shoestring budget, went on to become the biggest selling independent release of all time. Fun Fact: Offspring…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Appetite for Destruction

20 Albums, 20 Days: Appetite for Destruction

Perfectionism would be a problem that would basically end Guns N’ Roses, but in 1987 it helped them create the perfect album. All the band members wrote different tracks; Axl recorded each line one by one; Slash discovered his guitar sound; and 18-hour days from an engineer all combined to get it to sound perfect.…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Hybrid Theory

20 Albums, 20 Days: Hybrid Theory

The end of the ’90s saw the rise in rap rock but Linkin Park was a bit different than some of the other bands of that era. You can hear influences of everyone from Depeche Mode to the Deftones. The album was so popular upon release that it was selling about 100,000 copies a week…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Superunknown

20 Albums, 20 Days: Superunknown

While all their contemporaries had major albums and big songs, Soundgarden was a step behind come 1994. This all changed with this record, which turned down the more metal influences of previous material and worked in some pop flavor. The reviews were tremendous, and the sales were the best they ever had, topping out at…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: American Idiot

20 Albums, 20 Days: American Idiot

10 years after their breakthrough success, Green Day decided to write a rock opera. Disenchanted by President George W. Bush, the record told a story of an American teen dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 and the Iraq War. The album was so big that five years later it was turned into a very successful…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Slippery When Wet

20 Albums, 20 Days: Slippery When Wet

For their third album, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora brought in Desmond Child to help write songs. They came up with 30 songs and whittled it down to the 10 that make the album. Two of the songs would go on to become #1 hits and a third would hit the Top 10. It…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Ten

20 Albums, 20 Days: Ten

After Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament started to put together a new band. Hearing a demo from San Diego singer Eddie Vedder, the band soon formed Pearl Jam. A lot of the instrumental tracks on Ten were written and Vedder added lyrics that dealt with…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Licensed to Ill

20 Albums, 20 Days: Licensed to Ill

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons created Def Jam Recordings in the early ’80s and signed the Beastie Boys right away. The band was booed off the stage while touring with Madonna, but things would change as soon as this record was released in late 1986. The album became one of the biggest hip hop records…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Metallica

20 Albums, 20 Days: Metallica

Three divorces, countless arguments and a million dollars spent in the period that it took to record Metallica’s break through album. One of the original thrash metal bands, they changed their sound for this work to become more mainstream. They worked with Mötley Crüe producer Bob Rock who had them try a number of different…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: Back in Black

20 Albums, 20 Days: Back in Black

Bon Scott died in early 1980, right after the band had their big commercial breakthrough with 1979’s Highway to Hell. Instead of packing it in, the band quickly hired Brian Johnson and started writing. The band didn’t stray from what made them famous with most of the songs either about sex, rock and roll or…Continue Reading

20 Albums, 20 Days: ‘Nevermind’

20 Albums, 20 Days: ‘Nevermind’

The second album from the Seattle based grunge band that changed the face of music as we know it. Taking a cue from the Pixies while also combining the punk sounds of Black Flag with the pop hooks of the Beatles, Nirvana created an album that famously knocked Michael Jackson out of the number 1…Continue Reading