Top 25

Top 25 Albums

I’ve got over 700 CDs in my collection. I love music and appreciate having the tangible evidence of rhythms in my hands.

The act of putting a disc in the carousel is all part of the enjoyment. Downloading it from Apple’s iTunes does not titillate me nor do I want to use my computer as a jukebox.

So, if I happened to be given an ultimatum of having to choose only 25 albums — excluding compilations or best ofs — here are 25 original cuts that I would keep in my collection.

My favourite tunes are included, the top one, italicized.

25. Album: Kick
Artist: INXS
Year: 1987
Favourites: “New Sensation”, “Devil Inside”, “Need You Tonight”, “Never Tear Us Apart” and “Mystify”.
24. Album: Breakfast in America
Artist: Supertramp
Year: 1979
Favourites: “Gone Hollywood”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Breakfast in America”, “Take the Long Way Home” and “The Logical Song”.
23. Album: Point of Know Return
Artist: Kansas
Year: 1977
Favourites: “Point of Know Return”, “The Spider”, “Lightning’s Hand”, “Dust in the Wind” and “Nobody’s Home”.
22. Album: Auf der Maur
Artist: Melissa Auf der Maur
Year: 2004
Favourites: “Followed The Waves”, “Real a Lie”, “Taste You”, “Lightning is My Girl”, “I’ll Be Anything You Want” and “My Foggy Notion”.
21. Album: Thriller
Artist: Michael Jackson
Year: 1982
Favourites: “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “The Girl Is Mine”, “Thriller”, “Beat It” and “Billie Jean”.
20. Album: Songs For the Deaf
Artist: Queens of the Stone Age
Year: 2002
Favourites: “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire”, “No One Knows”, “Go With The Flow”, “First It Giveth”, “Six Shooter” and “Hangin’ Tree”
19. Album: Out of Exile
Artist: Audioslave
Year: 2005
Favourites: “Your Time Has Come”, “Out of Exile”, “Be Yourself”, “Doesn’t Remind Me”, “Drown Me Slowly” and “The Worm”.
18. Album: 1984
Artist: Van Halen
Year: 1984
Favourites: “Panama”, “Jump”, “Hot For Teacher”, “I’ll Wait” and “Drop Dead Legs”.
17. Album: Fleetwood Mac
Artist: Rumours
Year: 1977
Favourites: “Second Hand News”, “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “Go Your Own Way”, “The Chain”, “You Make Loving Fun” and “Gold Dust Woman”.
16. Album: Action Pact
Artist: Sloan
Year: 2003
Favourites: “Gimme That”, “Backstabbin'”, “The Rest of My Life”, “False Alarm” and “Who Loves Life More?”
15. Album: Homework
Artist: Daft Punk
Year: 1997
Favourites: “Around the World”, “Da Funk”, “Burnin'”, “Revolution 909”, “Phoenix” and “Alive”.
14. Album: Elevator
Artist: Hot Hot Heat
Year: 2005
Favourites: “Running Out Of Time”, “You Owe Me An IOU”, “Middle of Nowhere”, “Goodnight, Goodnight” and “Island of the Honest Man”.
13. Album: With Teeth
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Year: 2005
Favourites: “All The Love In The World”, “The Collector”, “The Hand That Feeds”, “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” and “Only”.
12. Album: Boston
Artist: Boston
Year: 1976
Favourites: “More Than A Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'” and “Hitch a Ride”.
11. Album: Oh No
Artist: OK Go
Year: 2005
Favourites: “Invincible”,” Do What You Want”, “Here It Goes Again”,”A Good Idea At the Time” and “A Million Ways”.
10. Album: Brothers
Artist: The Black Keys
Year: 2010
Favourites: “Howlin’ For You”, “Tighten Up”, “She’s Long Gone”, “Next Girl”, “Black Mud” and “The Go Getter”.
9. Album: Get Behind Me Satan
Artist: The White Stripes
Year: 2005
Favourites: “Blue Orchid”, “Take Take Take”, “My Doorbell”, “Little Ghost”, “The Denial Twist” and “I’m Lonely (But I’m Not That Lonely Yet)”.
8. Album: Them vs. You vs. Me
Artist: Finger Eleven
Year: 2007
Favourites: “Paralyzer”, “Falling On”, “I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague”, “Change the World”, “Lost My Way” and “Talking to the Walls”.
7. Album: Gold Medal
Artist: The Donnas
Year: 2004
Favourites: “Don’t Break Me Down”, “Fall Behind Me”, “It’s So Hard”, “The Gold Medal”, “Revolver” and “Have You No Pride”.
6. Album: Eliminator
Artist: ZZ Top
Year: 1983
Favourites: “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Got Me Under Pressure”, “TV Dinners” and “I Got The Six”.
5. Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Artist: Foo Fighters
Year: 2007
Favourites: “The Pretender”, “Let It Die”, “Long Road to Ruin”, “Summer’s End”, “Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)”, “Come Alive” and “Statues”
4. Album: Back in Black
Artist: AC/DC
Year: 1980
Favourites: “Hells Bells”, “Shoot To Thrill”, “What Do You Do For Money Honey”, “Back in Black”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Shake A Leg” and “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”.
3. Album: Untitled (IV)
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Year: 1971
Favourites: “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “The Battle of Evermore”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “Misty Mountain Hop” and “When the Levee Breaks”.
2. Album: Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd
Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Year: 1973
Favourites: “I Ain’t The One”, “Gimme Three Steps”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Simple Man”, “Things Goin’ On”, “Poison Whiskey” and “Free Bird”.
1. Album: This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Artist: Chevelle
Year: 2004
Favourites: “The Clincher”, “Still Running”, “Get Some”, “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)”, “Panic Prone”, “Another Know It All” and “Emotional Drought”.


One Comment

  1. Melissa Auf der Maur’s first album is awesome! Listen to St. Vincent’s latest album ‘Strange Mercy’ – I think you’ll be blown away.