How Men Are

Heaven 17

How Men Are

1984

New Romantic

A peak album in a long career that's stretched into the 21st century, the New Romantics' third LP featured the U.K., Ireland, and U.S. dance hits "Sunset Now" and "This Is Mine." With vocalist Glenn Gregory likely winning new fans on tour with Holy Holy, a band that has Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti, and friends performing David Bowie classics, it's a fine entry point for the uninitiated.

- Marcy Donelson

Rock Around the Clock

Bill Haley / Bill Haley & His Comets

Rock Around the Clock

June, 1956

Rock & Roll

History remembers Bill Haley as a well-meaning cornball who got pushed into the margins when Elvis Presley came along. History isn't 100% wrong about that, but the truth is, Haley and his Comets were a tight band that could swing hard as they made with the boogie, and their great early recordings are still a blast. These early Decca sides are a killer reminder of Haley's excellence before he became rock's first forgotten man.

- Mark Deming