Public Enemy, "Fight the Power". An all-time great opening credits sequence.
Madonna, "Like a Prayer". My favorite Madonna song.
The Pixies, "Debaser". I am un chien andalusia.
The Stone Roses, "Fools Gold". My knowledge of Stone Roses begins and ends with "Love Spreads". This is not that song.
De La Soul, "Me Myself and I". Their debut album finished first in that year's Pazz and Jop poll. Counting anthologies, they've reached double digits in albums released.
Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation". Wikipedia: "It is the only album in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to have seven commercial singles peak within the top five positions. It is also the only album to produce number one hits on the chart in three separate calendar years (1989–1991)."
Electronic, "Getting Away with It". They're a supergroup, but I prefer my Bernard Sumner New-Order Style.
Tone-Lōc, "Funky Cold Medina". So catchy, I never really paid attention to the lyrics, which wander into date rape territory.
Queen Latifah, "Ladies First". The title sums up Latifah's debut ... well, the album title does that even better (All Hail the Queen).
Lou Reed, "Dirty Blvd". This marked the last of many times I saw Lou in concert.