Top 15 On The 15th

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.

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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)


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18 replies

  1. I have none in common, but have enjoyed many of them, and want to enjoy the rest.

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  2. I enjoy those 2 rules Ovidiu – and I especially agree with immersing in Pet Sounds!
    That was an album where I really got interested in the details in the arrangements (like the bicycle bell just adding an extra something).
    Nice mix of new and old, quiet and bold!

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  3. Two of my favorite albums are on this list — Sgt. Pepper and Definitely Maybe. I remember listening to Sgt. Pepper as a very young child with similar feelings to what you described… it opened up a world to me. Definitely Maybe captures the enthusiasm for life that being on the precipice of it brings. Nice list!

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  4. I only did 1 album per artist, as well, that made things very difficult!

    I have the Bob Dylan album on my list, and I wish I could have fit the Pixies;) Great list.

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  5. Really nice, really varied list, but I still can’t get Pet Sounds – I just can’t hear why its so great (and I know its my fault, not the LP’s!).

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  6. Oh, the Band is great! See? This listing albums was hard!

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  7. I really like this list. A whole host of albums here that I can get lost in – Pet Sounds, The Band, Highway 61 Revisited, Tonight’s The Night and Enter The Wu-Tang especially.

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  8. Great list! Tonight’s the Night was close to replacing After the Goldrush for me. I also really love Surfer Rosa, Quadrophenia, The Band…the whole list actually.

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  9. Fantastic list! And not just because we have one in common. 🙂 Excellent selections with The Velvet Underground & Nico, Neil Young, The Kinks….

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  10. I did a top100 a couple of years ago. A few recent albums would force their way in now, but the essence would be the same.


  11. Lovely selection! Only 4 albums out of my top 100!

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      • Not really! It is mainly a photo blog, but since I love music as much it “infiltrated” and I devoted some posts for my favorite bands. I have so many favorites! There are many albums that I played and played and have to give them time off, so I can enjoy them again. That is why a list would be like my top 500, without order, but with some 100 favored over the others for sentimental reasons, because I remember how many hours I spent with them or because it is what I listen to now .

        For now, and keeping your rule of one band, I would say:

        Marvin Gaye – What’s going on
        Archie Bronson outfit – Derdang Derdang
        Archive – Noise
        Dire Straits – Love over gold
        Bob Dylan – Oh, Mercy
        Belle and Sebastian – If you’re feeling sinister
        Hefner – Boxing Hefner
        Neil Young – On the beach
        Arca – Angles
        Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
        Waterboys – This is the sea
        Pink Floyd – Animals
        Radiohead – The bends
        Bruce Springsteen – The wild, the innocent and the E street shuffle
        Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
        John Martyn – Solid air
        P J Harvey – To bring you my love
        Nick Cave and the Bad seeds- Henry’s dream
        Arcade fire – Funeral


        Maybe I should compile it after all! It is fun!


  12. It all begins and ends with Quadrophenia … only one the greatest rock ‘n’ roll albums EVER. The Who were never greater, and its themes are timeless.Throw in that classic Who lineup really burning it down, and it’s what rock ‘n’ roll is all about.

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  13. No argument on the Quad album. Above post nails it. Pixies, Floyd, Young, Dylan, the Kinks and the Band are all real solid choices. The Brown, Oasis and Little Richard records are all very good also. Good list OB.

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