UK, 1987, synthpop
It’s tempting to label Pet Shop Boys as a singles band, and if you want to listen to them that way, it’s fine, of course. “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, “Rent”, and “It’s a Sin” are among the best songs of the decade, but you’d be missing something of what the band offers if you stick just to the hits. They have an excellent knack for building a nocturnal, urban atmosphere across an album. Just gotta add: Dusty Springfield steals my heart every time.