My All-Time Favorite Albums

By JuicyJD JuicyJD
updated 9 months ago

  1. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

    I've always been a sucker for double albums. It gives the artists more opportunity to explore their art and musicality and it goes a lot deeper than just 30-40 minutes of pop songs. I'm not sure any artist, pop or not, would be able to pull off a double album of 80 minutes of the same thing without getting bashed by critics and losing fans. Because of this, artists who make double albums are usually willing to try a lot of different things within those 80 minutes to make it worth your listen. With "Tusk," Fleetwood Mac throws a punch that no casual listener would have expected (and they had a lot at the time. Rumours had just been released and it infected pop radio stations everywhere). This album has a few of their staple pop songs (Think About Me, Never Forget), but it is filled with songs completely different from their previous album. These songs are full of weird sounds, vivid emotion, and loads of creativity. This album really does it for me, and easily earns the spot of number one in my list.

  2. Elton John - Blue Moves

    This album is often overlooked by fans and is even considered by some to be a sort of "dropping off" point of his musical career. Despite this, it is one of my absolute favorite albums. It has everything as Elton fan would enjoy, like 5+ minute ballads, soul, funk, a bit of disco, mellow piano rock, and even some tasty instrumentals.

  3. David Bowie - Young Americans

    This is, by far, my favorite Bowie album. I've always had a think for soul singers, clavinets, and funky beats, and this album combines all of that into one. I have been recording my own music for years and have always daydreamed of having background singers similar to who Bowie has here. Man they sound great.

  4. Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

    When I finally picked up this album from a record store (for just $6!), the cashier took a good look at it, and then turned to me and said "This album is well worth six dollars." I agreed with him and I still agree now. It's an infectious album, one that you don't want to stop listening to once it's started. I enjoy every second of it.

  5. Pretty Things* - Silk Torpedo

    Whenever I ask clerks at record stores if they have any of the Pretty Things (because I still haven’t been able to find all their albums), they may say “yeah, but it’s not their best,” and it always ends up being this album. I have never heard anything so unfair. Yes, it is very different from their earlier works, like S.F. Sorrow and Parachute, but man do these guys know how to rock. This album has so much energy and inspiration and every song was an instant classic on first listen. “Come Home Momma” is in the running for one of my favorite songs of all time.

  6. Three Dog Night - American Pastime

    I frequent rateyourmusic.com to see what fellow fans think of certain album, but sometimes I cannot agree with their consensus on an album. For example, "American Pastime," by Three Dog Night. It has the lowest rating of all of the band's albums, achieving only a 2.69/5 on the site. Well, I couldn't agree less! It's so groovy and upbeat, and each song makes me feel so good. Songs like "Everybody's a Masterpiece," "Mellow Down," and "Drive On, Ride On" are so energetic and fun, while songs like "Easy Evil" and "Yellow Beach Umbrella" are more mellowed down and smooth. Everything about this album screams enjoyable.

  7. Supertramp - Crime Of The Century

    This album has so many high points and no lows. For example, the intro to "Bloody Well Right," the piano solo in "School," or the sounds effects in "Dreamer." Along with the clavinet, I've always been a fan of Wurlitzer electric pianos, and Supertramp must love them too because they are used a lot (albeit very well), and Roger Hodgson's keyboard skills soar on this album.

  8. The Moody Blues With The London Festival Orchestra Conducted By Peter Knight (5) - Days Of Future Passed

    I used to listen to 60's psychedelic a serious amount. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Blossom Toes, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Jefferson Airplane, the list could go on. But this album completely blows all of those late 60's artists out of the water. Just this album alone. With the help of the London Festival Orchestra, the Moody Blues create a vivid dreamy atmosphere throughout the entire album. Every song is sequenced and placed masterfully on this album, to the pint it would be sacrilegious to listen to the songs out of order.

  9. Nick Drake - Pink Moon

    This is an album that, despite it's wild posthumous popularity, feels very personal. With context, this album is incredibly. And you can hear that when you compare it to his earlier two albums. All the orchestration and drums and everything is stripped away to reveal a depressed man with only his guitar and his words to get his message across. And damn does he do it well.

  10. Elton John - The Complete Thom Bell Sessions

    Damn this album is good. Eton John once recalled that the years in which this album was recorded were the happiest of his life, and it shows. Every song is so inspired and enthusiastic. Despite there only being six song on this album (maybe it's considered an EP, I'm not sure), they are all brilliant and earn "The Complete Thom Bell Sessions" a spot in my top three Elton John works.

  11. Three Dog Night - Hard Labor

    Despite the controversy over the "inappropriate" cover (which I think is just great) and the rising tension within the band at the time, this album came together very well. All of the songs seem perfect for what the band is able to accomplish, while also not copying anything they had done before.

  12. Elton John - The Fox

    Once Elton released his infamous "Victim of Love," many fans lost faith in him and stopped listening. But two albums later, he released what I believe to be one of his strongest releases after his 70's golden days. Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe is hands down one of Elton's best pieces.

  13. The Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid

    A lot of songs on this album wouldn't do as well when alone. But when they're grouped together, it feels like one movement (as opposed to an album of individual songs).

  14. The Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn

    I traveled to Germany and listened to this entire album for the first hour or so of my flight and continued listening periodically for the remaining weeks, and this album brings back so many good memories from then. Because of this, I'm a bit biased towards it, but I don't care because this is my list.

  15. Head East - Flat As A Pancake

    Never before have I heard an album that so vividly makes me imagine getting up early, going to a breakfast diner, and driving down the interstate for hours. This album is perfect road trip material, but is still fantastic when not listened to behind the wheel.