Music Box by Mariah Carey
I can remember the excitement when "Dreamlover," the lead single from the diva's third album, Music Box, took over FM radio in 1993. With the fervor of a demanding lamb, I pleaded with my grandfather to "Turn it up!" I eventually scored a cassette tape of the album, and wore it out in everything from a minivan sound system to my Sony Walkman. We all got emotional when the queen of ballads soared in "Hero," and we sang along to deep cuts like the infectious "Now That I Know."
— Nick Maslow, editorial assistant