Over the last while, in an homage to High Fidelity I’ve been writing about my Top 5 Albums of All Time. I used some basic criteria to make the list:
- Number of songs I like on the album (i.e. the fewer songs I skip over, the better)
- Emotional impact of the album (i.e. how does listening to it make me feel?)
- Composition of the album (i.e. are the songs arranged in an order I find pleasing?)
Truthfully, though, I went with my gut. I tried to pretend someone asked me, “What’s your favourite album of all time?” and then answered as quickly as possible. Lather, rinse, repeat four more times. I spat them out in five blog posts with some detailed explanations and stories behind each one. What I didn’t do was put them in order. This post is designed to remedy that.
The first one was easy. The next four? Not so much.
Number 5: Shakespeare My Butt – Lowest of the Low
This is a really fun album with some really happy memories attached to it. If you haven’t listened to this one (and a lot of people won’t have) you should add it to your collection.
Number 4: Ten – Pearl Jam
I saw these guys play shows twenty years apart and the songs they played off this album still held up. This album will never grow old.
Number 2: In The Trees – The Watchmen
Another Canadian gem. Such great lyrics and the vocals are truly a gift to your ears.
Number 1: The Joshua Tree – U2
I could listen to this album every day and not tire of it. It’s the reason it’s #1 and my always answer to the question, “If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one album, which one would you want it to be?”
Of course, no Top X list would be complete without some honourable mentions! Give these a look-see. I know you won’t be disappointed. I’ll add more as I get around to it. For now, these will do the trick.
- The Watchmen – McLaren Furnace Room
- RUSH – Moving Pictures, 2112
- Led Zeppelin – IV, Houses of the Holy
- The Beatles – The White Album, Abbey Road
- Nirvana – Nevermind
- Pink Floyd – The Wall, Wish You Were Here
- The Tragically Hip – Road Apples, Fully Completely
- Beastie Boys – Ill Communication