1971: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ soundtrack by various artists


Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was just 21 when he penned the music for “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a hit concept album that spawned a Broadway play and hit film. For the album, Webber and lyricist Tim Rice enlisted an array of reputable talent, then released the work with some impressive packaging to drive home its rock-opera vibe. While the album was briefly banned by the BBC in England as sacrilegious, it was a surprise hit all across America, including among many Christian leaders.