Sorry (not sorry) to disappoint those who thought that this list was going to be all Prince or all funk or so-called "urban" music. This list, I might add, is also not in any particular order but as I think of them. Another requirement for a record to make my list is that it's gotta be one that I can mostly listen to from top-to-bottom. It's gotta be a story, that's what records were (cough) "back in my day" (insert old-guy voice).
Barry Gibb was an absolute beast in the studio. The instrumental layers alone are something to really behold. I wish I could head just the rhythm tracks from these sessions, particularly on the title track. There are parts living in their own spaces and some may even be unimpressive individually but together makeup something amazing. If I say "Barbara Streisand" some might think show tunes, "Yentle" or some snooty party where people smell of really expensive perfume and drink with their pinkies in the air. Listen to "Guilty", "Run Wild" and there's a hip hop sample playground. Any one of those drum grooves could serve as the basis for any R&B smooth groove. All music is one music.
"Guilty" was released in 1980 so would have been serving as eargasm material for me at the same time as "Dirty Mind" and "Hotter than July" which were both out at the same time. Matter of face, "Hotter" and "Guilty" were both released in September of 1980 and "Dirty Mind" in October of that same year.