Continuing to work backwards:
#80 - Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega's debut came out in the middle of the decade, 1985. As noted elsewhere, she was "the first major figure in the bumper crop of female singer/songwriters who rose to prominence during the late '80s and '90s." I don't remember this album making much commercial splash, but I wasn't following commercial splashes very closely by 1985. (It peaked at 91 on the US charts, with no singles making the Hot 100). But one of my friends gave me a copy on cassette, and it really captured my fancy. It's got a great sound, and it was new and different. This would've been not long after we bought our first house, back when we lived in the DC area. I think the first time I played the tape I was painting the room that would be my office. At least until the kids started coming along....
Somewhere over the course of the years, the tape got lost, but I didn't forget the music. Earlier this year I saw it mentioned on a music related internet forum, started thinking about it, and ended up buying it digital.
#92 - Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
#85 - Neil Young - Freedom
One to the photo: I had thought of using a photo from around 1985, when Suzanne Vega's album came out. But while wading through my files, this one jumped out at me, and sort of seemed to fit. I dunno... maybe not.