Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Favorite Albums



There are three questions that you should never ask me: "What's your favorite band?", "What's your favorite album?", and "What's your favorite song?". In lieu of those questions, I'm going to try to answer the second one to the best of my ability.

I listen to a lot of music. Like a lot. Like I have over 8,000 songs on my iPod a lot. I used to have the tendency to like a song by a certain band/artist and end up buying their entire music catalogue because I was a nutcase. There was really no good explanation for that. In more recent years, I have stuck with liking singles from artists and utilizing things like Spotify to see if I like that artist enough to buy the rest of that album or even a few more singles off of it.

However, I still do have my favorite albums, and that is from start to finish. There's just something great about listening to this one piece the entire way through, 40-60 minutes of one artist trying to tell you their story. I love everything about that and wish that I could listen to music like that all of the time. The point of this post is to tell you some of my favorite albums that I truly believe are flawless from start to finish. There are probably many more, but these were some that I thought of almost immediately.

This is in no particular order, of course, and I've decided to include some of my favorite tracks from each album.
  1. Tapestry by Carole King
    • "Where You Lead" - Uhhh, Gilmore Girls anyone? 
    • "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" - Loved it by The Shirelles, equally like it just as much by Carole King.
    • "Beautiful" - Did anyone else fangirl during the Grammy's when Sara Bareilles and Carole King did their "Beautiful/Brave" mash-up? Because I know I did.
  2. The 1975 by The 1975
    • "Robbers" - Greatest song to belt out in the shower.
    • "Sex" - If you've never driven really fast to this song, you have not lived. I highly recommend it, just be sure you're still following the rules of the road. 
    • "Menswear" - This song just makes me want to relax and chill, yet makes me want to move my hips.
  3. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
    • "Skinny Love" - Everyone and their grandmother know this song by now, and it still makes me want to weep. Another great song to belt out in the shower. Or everywhere.
    • "For Emma", "Re: Stacks", and "Wisconsin" are all just great songs for those nights when you just want to listen to sad and slow music. I like writing and reading with this album on in the background.
  4. The Joshua Tree by U2 
    • "With Or Without You"- FRIENDS. That is all. 
    • "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - The guitar riff in this song, and one that shows up in most of the songs on the album, is just my absolute favorite.
    • "One Tree Hill" - #ChadMichaelMurray
  5. AM by Arctic Monkeys
    • "Mad Sounds" and "No. 1 Party Anthem" are two songs I wouldn't mind slow dancing to.
    • "R U Mine?" - You can find my head banging to this song at night when I'm alone in my room. 
    • "I Wanna Be Yours" - I telepathically send lyrics to this song to Harry Styles in my spare time.
    • "Knee Socks" - #CatholicSchoolMemories
  6. Only By The Night by Kings of Leon
    • "Closer" and "Revelry" just prove that Caleb Followill's voice is raspy and sexy and just plain awesome.
    • "Manhattan" - It's my favorite place on Earth (thus far), so it might as well be one of my favorite songs on this album.
    • "17" - I regret not listening to this song every day I was seventeen. I really do.
What's your favorite album of all time?

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