'The Chronic' by Dr. Dre

With a couple of high-pitched synth notes and a "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay," 'The Chronic' forever changed the face of West Coast hip-hop. Powered by singles like 'Nuthin' But a "G" Thang,' 'Let Me Ride' and 'Dre Day,' the good Doc's 1992 album introduced the world to G-Funk via a gang of George Clinton-inspired trunk rattlers and young, hungry rappers, the Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage and Snoop Dogg.