Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time
Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is an All About Audio freebie — aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio, 10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.
I have to confess that I almost didn’t do this week’s topics since I couldn’t really come up with a bookish angle, as I don’t really do audiobooks or podcasts. But once I read the topic in more detail and saw the musical options, I decided I could easily go that route since after books, music is my next biggest passion. And just as with my taste in books, my taste in music is quite eclectic. I’ve listed my top 10 favorite albums of all time this week, and they seem to be mostly classic rock, pop, and alternative hits, but I also very much enjoy R&B, a little rap, and even a few country and classic albums. Aside from listing them and talking about why I love them, I’ve also included links to Amazon for each. If you click those links and scroll down, you can sample tracks from each album. 🙂
My Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Albums
1. Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits
Why I love it: He’s the Boss, enough said, haha! Seriously though, I just love everything about Bruce Springsteen. He plays a mean guitar, writes incredible lyrics, and probably puts on the best concert out there. I saw him perform live when he was 62 years old and couldn’t believe his energy and stamina. 3 1/2 hours of nothing but Bruce and the E. Street Band. It was musical heaven! I love every song he’s ever written so I just had to go with the Greatest Hits Album. It’s hard to pick favorites but if I have to, I’d go with My Hometown, Hungry Heart, The River, Thunder Road, and Secret Garden. (Listen to The Boss…)
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2. Best of Bowie
Why I love it: David Bowie was pure genius, truly one of the most innovative artists in all of music. His death this year really broke my heart because I just know he had so much more music in him to share with the world. Again, it’s so hard to pick favorites so I had to go with a greatest hits album. Some of my favorites are Changes, Young Americans, Rebel Rebel, China Girl, Modern Love, and Let’s Dance. (Listen to Bowie…)
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3. The Lumineers
Why I love it: I love The Lumineers because I think they have such a fresh yet simple sound, and I love the acoustic vibe. My favorite songs on this album are Stubborn Love, Flowers in Your Hair, and Ho Hey. (Listen to The Lumineers…)
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4. The Essential Heart
Why I love it: Just as I love strong female protagonists in the books I read, I also love badass female musicians and it doesn’t get much more badass than Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. If you’ve never heard them before, check out tunes like Barricuda, Magic Man, and Crazy on You for a small taste of just how amazing these ladies are. (Listen to Heart…)
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5. Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table and Dreaming
Why I love it: I got into the Dave Matthews Band originally because they are from my home state of Virginia and they come back home all the time to perform. This album is my favorite of theirs, so far anyway, because of awesome songs like Ants Marching, What Would You Say, and Typical Situation. I love these guys so much! (Listen to Dave Matthews Band…)
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6. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
Why I love it: B.R.M.C. is just a fabulous rock band with a classic sound. My favorite tracks on this album are the title track, River Styx, and Long Way Down. (Listen to B.R.M.C…)
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7. The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Why I love it: This one is a sentimental favorite because it was the first alternative record that I purchased for myself and the first record I purchased when I went off to college, so aside from it being chock full of amazing tunes, it also brings on waves of nostalgia every time I hear it. My favorite tracks are Just Like Heaven, Why Can’t I Be You?, and One More Time. (Listen to The Cure…)
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8. Tracy Chapman – Greatest Hits
Why I love it: I just love Tracy Chapman’s gorgeous vocal and her moving lyrics. My favorite tracks are Fast Car, Give Me One Reason, and Talkin’ Bout a Revolution. (Listen to Tracy Chapman…)
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9. The Very Best of Prince
Why I love it: I’ve loved Prince since I was 14 years old and first listened to the Purple Rain album. I adored him so much that I even had a huge Purple Rain poster hanging over my bed when I was in high school. I believe that Prince was truly one of the most unique and gifted artists of our time. His untimely death earlier this year was such a tremendous loss. I love absolutely every track on this greatest hits album. (Listen to Prince…)
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10. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
Why I love it: I just love their sound and I think they put on such an amazing live show. My favorite tracks off this album are Radioactive, Demons, On Top of the World, and It’s Time. (Listen to Imagine Dragons…)
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What a great list!! Bruce, Bowie, Prince and The Cure are so amazing. I love DMB and they remind me of college for some reason. I wish I would have seen them live then. I like The Lumineers and Imagine Dragons too.
That’s funny because I always associate DMB with college too even though I think I was already out of college when I first started listening to them. Must be something about their vibe 🙂
I agree with 3,5,6&10. Don’t think I’ve heard the others.
A lot of the others are classic rock and have been favorites of mine for ages. Guess it’s a sign of how old I am, haha 😛
Heart is awesome and I was lucky enough to see them once. Barracuda is probably one of my favorite songs, loved it since I was a kid. 🙂 Springsteen is awesome of course, and I like some of the Cure’s stuff also.
I’ve seen Heart in concert once as well. They really blew me away, especially Ann with that big voice of hers. Love them!
I adore Bowie’s music. Such a sad loss. But great list.
I know, right? I was so crushed to hear of his passing. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂
I had never even heard of DMB before, but then I moved to Virginia for a while and noticed that I couldn’t avoid them (which I didn’t even want to do, because I did end up really enjoying their music) 😀
Haha, yeah, you can’t get away from them here in VA. Thank goodness I love them or else that would be a bad thing! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
I love Imagine Dragons and Price. Great list, I’m going to check out the bands I don’t know.
I hope you enjoy them! Thanks so much for visiting my blog 🙂
I love Imagine Dragons as well, would love to see them live one day! And of course you could never go wrong with Springsteen, Bowie or Prince! Great list!
Thanks! I hope you get to see Imagine Dragons in concert some day 🙂
You’ve got some great artists on here this week! 🙂 Loving your list!
Thanks! And thanks for stopping by 🙂
I really love The Lumineers. Their new album is so good!
Oh yes, it’s amazing! I really love all of their songs and would love to see them in concert some day.
I really never listen to music so I haven’t heard most of these. I am familiar with some of them and have heard most of the Imagine Dragons songs because my brother is a fan. Great list!
I really got into music back when I was younger and lived out in the sticks. I had long drives EVERYWHERE and music helped to pass the time. Classic Rock was also loud and kept me awake on those drives, haha. 🙂
I love hearing what someone’s favorite music is. Prince is one of my favorites, too, as is the Boss. Great list!
Thanks! We have great taste in music 😉