15 Favorite Albums

This idea came from my lovely stepdaughter who is quarantined in South Africa; she assigned this prompt to get to know herself better and others around her. Let’s try it!

What are YOUR 15 favorite albums?  Not the highest ranking of all time or what the critics say. Which ones have you played a hundred times, and you still aren’t tired of listening to it? Your desert island collection. The choices you make reveal a lot about you, and that’s the purpose. 🙂 

In no particular order, here is my desert island collection:

1. This is probably the best album of the 20 Century.

So many albums! Can you narrow them down to 15? 

In 1975, I was twelve years old. I bought this Chicago album with my babysitting money. I wore the grooves out of “25 or 6 to 4”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Comments on “15 Favorite Albums

  1. A terrific list…I like that you have some new music among the classics – there is SO much great music out there! “Who’s Next” is a masterpiece from beginning to end, as is Led Zeppelin “4” for me….I play all of Steely Dan’s music, but the “Pretzel Logic” album is a favorite from beginning to end as well…among newer bands, I’m a huge fan of the British bands Athlete and Keane, as well as My Morning Jacket…oh, and speaking of albums that are flawless, you included both Rumors” and “Tapestry” and they certainly are….

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  2. Oh my, I went through the Presley and Beatles era with all the groups around at that time. After that I was so busy working and studying I kind of lost a whole era. LOL. Now we mostly watch German folk and contemporary music to finish up our evenings.

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  3. Wow! Cut it down to 15. I have about 200 LP’s and the there’s my songs on Amazon Prime I borrow all the time. I like and have Tapestry, Cheap Thrills, Kind of Blue but my choices would be:
    Sinatra – September of My Years, Sinatra – In Concert, Willy Nelson – Stardust, Ella Sings Gershwin, Louis Armstrong – Greatest Hits, West Side Story – Broadway Cast, The Highwaymen, Freddie Fender’ Greatest, Johny Mathis – Open Fire, Judy Collins – Greatest, Kris Kristopherson – The Essential Kris, Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You, Don McClean – Rear View Mirror, Peter Paul and Mary- Greatest, Chorus Line – Original Broadway Cast
    Etc Etc Etc
    I got to sign off and go listen to some music
    PS: My choice says a lot about me…I am old.
    Stay Safe

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    • Haha. Yep. Like great cheese and wine. I was thinking of West Side Story, but shied away from musicals. You picked two I listened to so much, I had all the songs memorized. I am thrilled some one mentioned Frankie!
      Ella Fitzgerald is wonderful.

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  4. Leonard Cohen New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Suede Dog Man Star, Pulp Different Class, Blur Park Life, Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Bob Dylan, Bringin it All Back Home, Tim Hardin 2 Live in Concert, Prince Purple Rain, The Doors Strange Days. Country Joe and the fish Electric Music for the Mind and Body, Donovan In concert, Broadway Soundtrack Camelot, London Cast Les Miserables, Chopin Preludes, Wagner Parsifal, Elvis Presley Gold Records Volume One, Nick Cave The Good Son. Elvis Costello Imperial Bedroom, Velver Underground and Nico, John Coltrane Meditations, Miles Davis Bitches Brew, Incredible String Band Wee Tam Big Huge, Leonard Bernstein West side Story, Can Morrison Astral Weeks, Nat King Cole Love is the Thing, Ray charles Invites You to Listen, Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours, Frankie Laine command Performance, Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free, Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground, ESP Sampler, Stan Getz The Bossa Nova Years, Thelonious Monk Underground, Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison, Zombies Odyssey and Oracle, Love Forever changes, David Ackles first Album, Judy Collins In My Life, Cream Disraeli Gears,Tori Amos Scarletts Walk, Nelly Furtado Folkore,NWA Straight Outa Compton…. 15? ive barely scratched the surface

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    • Your deserted island has groove! It is crazy to try to limit your choices to 15. I was going to include The Doors and Elvis Costello. I expected Purple Rain and Presley from you. I shied away from musicals or West Side Story would have been on my list. I found that a lot of artists came to mind, but I realized it was because that was what my Ex loved. Ha!

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    • Oh, great! I think the artists that have the most meaning often represents your age, generally. My favorites come from the 70s, 80s, 90s. Those are my teen, 20s, 30s listening years. I find few choices from the last ten years that make an impression.

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  5. Here’s my top 5:

    The Stone Roses-S/T
    Radiohead-OK Computer
    Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral
    Pink Floyd-The Wall
    My Bloody Valentine-Loveless

    From your list, War, Rumours, Dark Side of the Moon, Fleet Foxes’ debut album, and Who’s Next? are among my favorites.

    10 other albums: David Bowie-Hunky Dory (though my favorite Bowie album often changes all the time), the Magnetic Fields-69 Love Songs, Elvis Costello & the Attraction-Imperial Bedroom, R.E.M.-Automatic for the People, Bjork-Post, PJ Harvey-To Bring You My Love, The Cure-Disintegration, The Beatles-Revolver, Bob Dylan & the Band-The Basement Tapes, and The Smiths-The Queen is Dead.

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    • Welcome, Ninvoid! I really wanted to add The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and Ok, Computer. I love them! Also The Cars, and David Bowie. Just ran out of spots. I looked at my 15 and wondered how I could not include Led Zeppelin or any Beatles, too. Hey, thanks for playing! Just for S and G’s, I’m gonna guess you are in your late 30s, mid 40s.

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      • I’ll be 40 in December. There’s so much music that I love although I will confess that music in the last 5 years haven’t been really good with the only exception being older artists/acts that I love as I just can’t get into new music and would rather not bother with it. My favorite Depeche Mode album is Songs of Faith & Devotion while Physical Graffiti is my favorite Led Zeppelin album. My favorite solo album by a Beatle is All Things Must Pass by George Harrison.

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        • Well, congratulations on the 40th! As I get older, I find the current music not very inspiring as I did in my youth. Notice how music in the past were played by musicians? It’s a hasty generalization, but I like musicians. Who play their instruments. Anyway, You and share similar tastes in music. My favorite Led Z is Physical Graffiti. So to is George and his All Things Must Pass.

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          • Exactly. Even if a musician plays a wrong note, at least there’s something authentic about it. These days, it’s too polished and over-produced as it feels like there’s no skill to it these days. Plus, everyone now has a gimmick.

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          • I like to look at old recordings of artists playing their instruments and the shows that they put on and I am enamored. Oh, I know who would have been an honorable mention, and that’s Santana. Wow.

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          • My dad was a big fan of Santana. I liked his older stuff in the 60s/70s. Wasn’t into Supernatural and the stuff he did afterwards.

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  6. Hard to choose, but here is a random selection in no order of preference.

    Sketches of Spain. Miles Davis.
    Moondance. Van Morrison.
    Hunky Dory. David Bowie.
    Katy Lied. Steely Dan.
    Deja Vu. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
    Tapestry Carole King.
    Otis Blue. Otis Redding.
    Still Got The Blues. Gary Moore.
    Give Me The Night. George Benson.
    Deliverance. Baby D.
    Inner Visions. Stevie Wonder.
    Parallel Lines. Blondie.
    Bedtime Stories. Madonna.
    The Velvet Rope. Janet Jackson.
    19. Adele.

    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    • I love your choices, Pete. I was going to guess you had soul.
      I was thinking of Janet Jackson. I liked her Revolution album. Blondie is a great choice, too. I was soooooo close adding Deja Vu and Moondance….
      Than you for playing, Pete. Xxoo

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  7. I own two of your choices. “Kind of Blue” is my favourite relaxation music. I bought “Who’s Next” after seeing The Who perform “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at the concert for New York after 9/11. They brought the house down that night, an incredible way to end an emotional evening.

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    • Hi Paul! Wow! I’m green with envy. I always wanted to see The Who live. Good for you! I was surprised when I went camping recently and we played “Kind of Blue” at dusk. The light filtering through the trees, the camp fire blazing, the stillness and coolness of the weather and Miles playing. I enjoyed the outdoor concert!

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  8. Well … we really can’t narrow them down to 15 can we? I could name 15 great albums for each year from ’65 into the 80’s alone. From your 15 I had that Who, King, Springsteen, Fleetwood, Floyd, Bowie and other albums by Joplin, U2, In the 70’s you’d have to have been rich just to afford everything that you wanted. And there was so much great stuff that I missed out on a lot of it. I go back now and find music on YouTube that I knew nothing about. Truly amazing.

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  9. Oh, my! My list would be much like yours, with Cheap Thrills and Rumors and Tapestry on top. My favorite Who album is Live at Leeds. Then, I have played to death Meet the Beatles. I still play this for my preschoolers, and they love it as much as I do. Honestly, my Rodgers and Hammerstein albums of their musicals have been played to death. To this day, their songs are still the best.

    So, my passion and love of music is all over the planet, from R&B to serious opera. Really.

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  10. Great choices Cindy 🙂 If I ever did one, you could expect to see Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life high on there 🙂 It also features one of my favorite songs of his entitled “The Passenger” – here is a link below and keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  11. Awesome idea for a list, Cindy! I listen mostly to soundtracks and classical radio these days, but man, I don’t even know what my top 10 fave albums would be. I do love Sade, and I’ve listened to some songs from the others like Tears For Fears, I think a lot of my fave songs are from 80s/90s, ahah.

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  12. Cindy, I have been watching videos of the top 100 billboard hits from each year of the 70s decade, and every time i see anne murray, i think of you. ive only seen the limited number of pictures you have posted of yourself, and they bear some interesting similarities to her. while im here, id like to add morrisseys you are the quarry to my inflated list of 15 favorite albums. i listen to him more than just about any other songwriter and forgot about him altogether.

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    • My hubby’s two daughters live there. One in Pretoria and the other in Sabi. Their husbands are pastors. They signed up in DC and have lived in SA for a decade now. It was supposed to be for a summer church retreat and they fell in love with SA men. I am hoping to visit SA for the first time in 2022.

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  13. The Doors all day long! Plus The Beatles and everything from the ’70s and ’80s (e.g. Journey, The Cars, Duran Duran, Air Supply, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Tyler, etc.).

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  14. For me your question of 15 favorite albums is difficult to answer. I have kept coming back to this post and thinking about it without success. There are some albums that I have liked, but more often, there are tracks on some albums that were more important to me than others. Sometimes in the “old days” you had to buy the album to buy the track. With sources such as iTunes, that is no longer a problem. Growing tired of dithering on the topic, I just decided to list some albums that I liked and some tracks. Although there might be some chronological sense to all that follows (and there is definitely history to all of this), my list tonight would be as follows.

    Guy Warren with Red Saunders Orchestra – “Africa Speaks America Answers” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq_vdgH-spY&list=RDmq_vdgH-spY&index=1)

    Mulatu Astatke’s “Ethiopiques, Vol 4” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIlW6vE5CNE)

    Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66;

    “Wichita Lineman” with Glen Campbell

    Luiz Bonfa’s “Manha de Carnaval” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfdIh992RsYB)

    Carole King’s “Tapestry” was always a favorite as were Carly Simon’s and Joni Mitchell’s albums, Joan Baez’s “From Every Stage” will eternally be a favorite.

    I like Miles Davis, but prefer some of his other albums over “Kind of Blue”. I liked his album “Sketches of Spain”, especially the track “Concerto de Aranjuez: Adagio”. I also liked his album “Acenseur pour l’échafaud”, especially the track “Générique”.

    Tracks by Blind Willie Johnson, especially “John the Revelator” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdnyRlb0qIk)

    Then there is always Professor Longhair’s dancing in the street music “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “Mess Around” from any number of his albums. Just how much fun can you handle?

    Who can’t like the albums of Santana and Kitaro?

    I sometimes wonder if I were to choose music to be played at my funeral or memorial service if any of these would be what I would choose to exemplify my life. Now that is a question to ponder as we think of our favorite music.

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