1. 'Crimes of Passion' (1980) Benatar’s 1980 sophomore LP remains the crown jewel of her catalog. The album was made amidst behind-the-scenes tension as she grew frustrated with label-appointed producer Keith Olsen. Giraldo “basically had to step in

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2. 'In the Heat of the Night' (1979) Benatar knew what she wanted to achieve with her debut album, but her label was skeptical. “I explained what I wanted to accomplish,

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3. 'Precious Time' (1981) After unofficially producing 1980's Crimes of Passion, Giraldo got a co-producer credit for the first time on the follow up. His influence once again proved vital in bringing out some of Benatar’s best work.

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4. 'Get Nervous' (1982) The first album released following Benatar and Giraldo’s marriage, Get Nervous is yet another public display of their chemistry. The anthemic “Shadows of the Night” became the LP’s most successful single

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5. 'Tropico' (1984) Tropico has plenty of attention-worthy tracks, from the sultry sway of “Painted Desert” to the exuberance of “Ooh Ooh Song.”

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6. 'Gravity’s Rainbow' (1993) In the early ‘90s, Benatar was faced with a dilemma shared by many acts who’d dominated the ‘80s: stick with their sound and rebel against music’s changing tide

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7. 'Seven the Hard Way' (1985) Unless you’re a fan of cheesy ‘80s B-movies, you’re probably unfamiliar with The Legend of Billie Jean. The 1985 film was a flop, but Benatar’s movie theme “Invincible” became a Top 10 hit

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8. 'True Love' (1991) Many panned Benatar for releasing a jump blues album. After all, her distinctive brand of rock was virtually devoid of these influences.

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