Top 15 on the 15th is a challenge that many fellow music bloggers partake in and that I was invited in by KeepsMeAlive. According to him, the challenge consists of each individual blogger posting his own Top 15 Albums of All-Time without any further rules; the format, comments, number of artists featured and whatnot depending entirely on each chalangee. So here’s my two rules:
- Only one album per artist. This is mainly because I’m a fan of diversity and because it limits myself to picking just one Pink Floyd or Beatles album and then moving on to other artists that are just as deserving.
- Personal description. Sort of. An idea of what makes me love the album so much, of why it connects with me personally in such a way. No historical relevance or the likes. Just what it means to me.
1. The Who – Quadrophenia. It is the soundtrack to long, directionless, late-night walks when nothing else seems to make sense. It is a story that everybody can relate to.
2. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds. It taught me to immerse myself into the music. To let everything else drown out. To always keep studying for new details.
3. The Band – The Band. It taught me that backwards-looking can be cool. That sometimes what seems the most different, the most far-away both literally and figuratively can end up being the coziest.
4. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon. The importance of listening to an album from start to finish.
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico. Different is good.
6. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At an early age, it opened my mind to the idea that there is more out there than what I knew of.
7. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited. The importance of getting both the words and the sound perfect.
8. Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night. Sometimes reality is the most depressing. And capturing it onto a record is not an easy task.
9. Oasis – Definitely Maybe. A shot of self-confidence. If their attitude can be that cool, why can’t mine?
10. The Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society. If it matters to you and you have great memories and feelings attached to it, then go ahead and wear it on the sleeve.
11. James Brown – Live at the Apollo. Stop talking. Let your body do that.
12. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Emotion can come from the weirdest places and in the weirdest forms. And that’s wonderful.
13. Pixies – Surfer Rosa. Who says that music has to be intellectual. Shut up and turn that amp up.
14. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard. Just go crazy.
15. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Having so many different approaches works as long as there is a common goal.
EDIT: More tops from fellow bloggers for yer delight. Compiled by LeBrain:
J at Resurrection Songs – Top 15 on the 15th
Uncle Meat – Top 15 on the 15th
Iron Tom Sharpe – Top 15 on the 15th
James at the KMA – Top 15 on the 15th
Sarca at Caught me Gaming – My Top 15 Music Albums of All Time
Deke at Arena Rock – DeKEs All Time Top 15 (Kinda,Sorta)
Geoff at the 1001 – Top 15 Albums
Aaron at the KMA – Top 15 on the 15th
Danica at Living a Beautiful Life – My Top 15 Albums of All Time
1537 from 1537 – Top 15 Books About Music
We Left This World Today – 15 is not enough…
Andytallman from A Hole in the Head – Top 15 Albums of All Time
Pop Culture Forays – Top 15 Albums
Brian from Boppin’s Blog – Top 15 on the 15th
80sMetalMan – My Top 15 Albums
Jimmy at kingcrimsonblog – Top 15 on the 15th
Another Bad Conversation – My Top 15 on the 15th
Nick from Nick Green’s Reviews – Top 15 on the 15th
Zack at The Audible Stew – #top15onthe15th
Quirky T at The Guitar Train – The Guitar Train’s Top 15 Albums
Ian at The 80s didn’t suck – Top 15 Albums (Plus 54 Others)