Private Dancer (30th Anniversary Issue)
Label: Parlophone UK
Of all the '80s hit albums from veteran soul-divas-turned-crossover-stars, Tina Turner's Private Dancer was the best. It has pathos -- she opens with "I Might Have Been Queen," and imagines herself as a sad old stripper on the poignant title track -- and exhilarating hard rock. When she sings "Show Some Respect," she bangs as hard as Pat Benatar, and her pairing with Heaven 17 on the Al Green cover "Let's Stay Together" is a sinuous piece of synth-pop. Turner's determination despite years of adversity guides her, resulting in an incredible career comeback and a genuine artistic achievement.