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Okay, so I’ve always wanted to do this. I know most people won’t care, but it looks like a lot of fun. Pretty much, these are the albums I can always listen to and never get tired of. These are the 10 big ones. The ones that totally changed my life around. Also, I wish I could add way more, namely: all of Green Day’s albums, all of the Beatles, more White Stripes, more Counting Crows, Amy Winehouse, Nevermind and In Utero, you get the deal.
But in the end, although of course subject to change, I think these are my 10 favorite albums.
Just to start off: don’t judge. This was one of the first ever albums of my life that I instantly fell in love with. Shit. I was even listening to this before Green Day. Before I even knew what good music was. Yeah, I know that it’s just a bunch of stupid pop songs. But at the same time I just love this album so much. It’s just pure nostalgia for me. It definitely isn’t the most experimental album, mostly just straightforward pop songs. But the songs sound good and she has a great voice so it makes it all better. Some of the best: “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Where Is Your Heart,” “You Found Me,” and my personal favorite song of hers, “Because Of You.” Really, I never grow tired of listening to this album.
Of all The Who albums, I have heard, I think this is their best one. I know it’s kind of low on the list. But, although I love it and think it’s The Who’s most beautiful album, it’s just so long and time-consuming that I can really only listen to it every once in awhile. Not saying that I don’t love it or that’s a bad thing. I think it kind of keeps it fresh. But, really, I don’t have any words for how much I love this album. It’s just pure beauty. Only way I can describe it. The ending just always does it for me. “Love, Reign o’er Me” is probably the most beautiful song they ever created as a band.
8. Let It Be
So, I know people will be disappointed that I have a Beatles album so low on the list. But don’t worry. I’ll make up for that later. I know that this wasn’t the last recorded Beatles album (that would be Abbey Road), but I think this was just the perfect way to end the legacy of The Beatles. Whenever I just need to relax and take it slow, I take a listen to this album. “Across the Universe” always makes me sad, but its a good kind of melancholy sadness. John Lennon always has a way of just making me sad and think about life with his songs. And “Let It Be” helped me get through the death of my own mom when I needed something to help me through it. I also love that George Harrison gets a shot on this album with the awesome “I Me Mine.” Made me think twice about fighting with my sisters when I was little. But really, I just love how they go back to their roots this album: no more big, bombastic songs (not that those were bad or anything), but just taking their guitars and strumming out some hits. It’s just pure greatness.
I only recently got into The Replacements through learning about them from Green Day. But I’m glad Green Day got me into them, as they definitely quickly became one of my favorite bands. I’ve only listened to three albums and a compilation disc so far (even though I’ve been listening to them for quite some time), but I can already tell Tim will definitely take the cake for my favorite of their albums. Just from start to finish, I love almost every single song on this album. There are only two songs I’m not crazy about, but that’s not really bad, since I still like them. The best, though, are “Bastards of Young,” “Left of the Dial,” and “Little Mascara.” I really think “Bastards of Young” is the crowning achievement of the Replacements. No matter how much I listen to that song, I never get tired of it. And same goes for this album as well.
6. White Blood Cells
Choosing a favorite White Stripes album is really, really hard. Pretty much everything Jack White touches turns into pure gold. But if I had to choose, it would definitely be this album. Sound-wise, it just goes everywhere. And it sounds awesome. And I love Jack White’s voice! And now i’m just sounding like a raging fan-girl. Sorry about that. My favorites are definitely “we’re Going to Be Friends,” “Fell In Love With a Girl,” and, of course, “Same Boy You’ve Always Known.” I want to talk more about “Same Boy,” since everything about that song is just perfection. It just makes me sad and happy at the same time, and has such a beautiful melody. Really, it is a perfect song. And listening to this album makes me glad I got into The White Stripes.
5. Hard Candy
So, I sort of had trouble choosing between this album and August & Everything After. But in the end, this album won. I just think the songs on this album are fantastic and very, very underrated. And also, unlike a lot of their other stuff, just a lot of fun. “Hard Candy” is just one of those live songs that never fails to excite the crowd. And “Holiday In Spain” is a fun little ditty about getting drunk while on vacation. Not saying there aren’t sad songs. “If I Could Give All My Love,” “American Girls,” “Black and Blue,” and the way underrated “Miami.” But there’s also a freshness and fun that a lot of the other albums don’t have that I just really love. Also, they were my mom’s favorite band. So, there’s no way I couldn’t have one of their albums on this list.
4. MTV Unplugged In New York
I’m just gonna say it. I love this album more than Nevermind and In Utero combined. And I fucking love both those albums. Which is strange. Because I usually go for the faster, harder stuff when I want to listen to my favorite bands. But I don’t know. There’s just something about this album. Maybe because it was recorded just months before Kurt Cobain’s death? or the fact that nobody thought Nirvana, as a band, could do something like this? Whatever it is, though, it’s beautiful. The only bad thing I would say about this album is that I sometimes miss Kurt’s “scream” voice, but he definitely makes up for it in “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” That has got to be my favorite song on this album and it always gives me shivers, no matter how many times I’ve listened to it. Some of my other favorites: “The man Who Sold the World,” “Come As You Are,” “Pennyroyal Tea,” “Plateau,” and my all time favorite Nirvana song, “All Apologies.” This album is haunting in a way no other album has ever been for me, but because of that, it’s beautiful.
I cannot even describe the love I have for this album. Seriously, I love only two albums more than this one, and those just barely. I don’t even think words can describe the feelings I get from listening to this album. But I’ll try my best. Yes, I do love all of Green Day’s albums more than words can describe, but this one is even above the others if that’s possible. You know when someone’s talking to you and you just connect with everything they say and just can’t believe how much they understand you and everything that’s wrong with you? That’s this album for me. I can connect with it more than any of their other albums, and no matter what age I am, it always has a way of just making me feel better about anything. Every single song on this album is perfect and I wouldn’t change it for the world. But my two favorites would probably be “When I Come Around” and “Coming Clean,” both right next to each other on the album, which makes it even cooler. I just hope I meet a person one day who understands me just as much as this album does. But for some reason I highly doubt I will.
2. A Hard Day’s Night
Yup. An album that beats Green Day. Who would have thunk right? But this was the first Beatles album I ever listened to, and one of the first albums I ever fell in love with in my life. It’s just pure nostalgia for me. Males me think of the movie and my childhood and just everything great about The Beatles. I know that it isn’t the most experimental of their albums, or the most highly lauded, but it definitely makes me the happiest.
1. American Idiot
I’m not gonna write anything for this album because everyone already knows exactly how I feel about it. Except for one thing. This album made me fall in love with music. Without it, I wouldn’t even realize how powerful music could actually be. And for that, it will always be my all-time favorite album. That will never change.
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Kelly Clarkson - “Because Of You”
I really really love this song. Not only because Kelly Clarkson was a huge part of my childhood - eighth grade with Breakaway, baby! - but also because it’s a really good song. I’m not someone who just ignores pop music because I do like some of it. And Kelly Clarkson has an amazing voice. Screw Katy Perry! This is where great pop music is at! Really, though, this has got to be my favorite song by her. Just everything. It’s beautiful. I don’t think she’ll ever reach these heights again. And it makes me kind of sad. But, still, awesome song.