Little Richard - Here’s Little Richard (1957)

Having notched up six Top 40 entries in 12 months, Richard’s debut album was a hits-packed affair, kicking off with what was his de facto signature tune, Tutti Frutti, and bolstered by the likes of Long Tall Sally, Ready Teddy and Rip It Up. In truth, the backbone of his musical style owed much to the New Orleans R&B of most of the previous decade, but the singer’s trademark howl makes the album a key text in the emergence of rock’n’roll. TS

Runners-up: Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool, Ray Charles Ray Charles, Chuck Berry After School Session, Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar, Sam Cooke Sam Cooke.