Musicheads® Essentials is a web feature that gives the Current staff a chance to share some of our favorite albums of all time with our listeners. Join us each week as a different Current host or staff member picks an essential album from their collection and tells you why they love it.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Mavis Staples

The gospel icon and civil rights activist has collaborated with pretty much every big name in music starting with her family's powerhouse group, the Staple Singers.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Joan Jett

In 1980, she formed the Blackhearts and would have countless hits, including 'I Love Rock and Roll,' 'Bad Reputation,' 'I Hate Myself for Loving You," as well as a bunch of Jett-ified covers of her favorite songs.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Tina Turner

Tina Turner, a symbol of strength who found success after a tumultuous marriage to her singing partner Ike Turner, is a woman who earned the name the Queen of Rock and Roll.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is one of the most respected songwriters of the last 30 years. Her songs are written straight from the heart, and she's not afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way.