My Favorite Albums of All Time + iTunes Giveaway

Music has always been such a huge part of my life. Sure the beat and a catchy chorus are big parts of it, but mostly I love songs that make you feel the emotions and can transport you back to a time and place in your memory. In fact, one of my earliest memories is music-related. I was 3 and sitting in the front seat of the car with my Popa singing one of his favorite songs from the 1960s. We’d sing it together and when it ended, rewind the cassette tape, and play it again.

Over the weekend I was thinking about my favorite songs and overall albums, as I scrolled through my iTunes library filled with THOUSANDS of songs. It was quite a difficult task, but I somehow managed to narrow my list down and pulled together my 10 favorite albums of all time, in order of oldest to most recent release date (quite a few are “hits” albums though so some of the songs did come out earlier).

My Favorite Albums of All Time

Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1976)

This is actually the best-selling album of the 20th century in the U.S.! It’s kind of crazy to me that this compilation of the top hits from 4 albums in a 4-year period was deemed “greatest hits” in such a short time, but with the songs being so great, it makes sense!

Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)

I feel like this album makes every “top albums” list. I don’t know what it is, but it’s FIRE. So many of the songs on this album are personal to the band members, and primarily about troubled relationships (many of which involved other band members/people close to the band). Also, a lot of the songs are incredibly catchy.

Bryan Adams So Far So Good (1993)

Between love ballads and fun pop-rock songs, this album covers all the bases. It’s no surprise that this one hit platinum in several countries – a few times over even! I can’t help but turn the volume way up when this one’s playing.

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)

As a 90s girl, there’s no way I could leave Alanis out of the mix. While I loved singing along to so many of her songs growing up, I didn’t fully understand a lot of them until I was older (in case you didn’t know, “You Oughta Know” is about Uncle Joey from Full House)! Needless to say, I appreciate it 1000 times more now.

Phil Collins Hits (1998)

I’ve been jamming to Phil songs for as long as I can remember. This album is a compilation of most of his hits from the 80s, and I love everything about it! Fun fact: A few guest appearances on the album include Eric Clapton, Sting, and Peter Gabriel in guitar and/or backup vocals.

Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits (2000)

This 2-disc album (primarily disc 1) is the best. I mean, how can you top Whitney?! I’ll never get sick of belting these soulful tunes out with her.

Lionel Richie The Definitive Collection (2003)

This is probably my most played album ever. It’s no secret I’m a huge Lionel fan and this album is filled with so many of his top hits. I’ll also add that this one came out when I was 13 and for a while there it was literally the only thing I listened to on repeat.

Sara Bareilles Little Voice (2007)

I first discovered Sara Bareilles with this album, when “Love Song” was the iTunes Single of the Week (back in the day). I was instantly hooked and fell in love with her 12 other songs and have been anxiously awaiting each album of hers ever since.

Adele 21 (2011)

Oh, Adele. Need I say more? 21 was her second album and to me, it’s the most powerful one she’s done. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the emotional songs. I’m so bummed I wasn’t able to get tickets to any of her concerts on this tour, despite trying several dates/cities. I would LOVE to see her live.

Taylor Swift Red (2012)

I couldn’t finish this list without throwing in a Taylor Swift album! So many people hate on her, but really, her songwriting skills are AMAZING. On Red there’s so much raw emotion and I love it. Plus, my favorite song of hers happens to be on this album too.


Now that you’re probably in music-mode, here’s your chance to win a $100 gift card to iTunes to add some more tunes to your library! Who knows, maybe it’ll be an album from this list!

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What are some of your favorite albums?

  • Abby

    I have no idea what I would buy! I so rarely buy music. I guess I’d buy some classic stuff, like the Fleetwood Mac Rumours album- I’m with you on that one being unbelievably awesome. I might also look into some fun acoustic lullaby albums.

    • I rarely buy music these days either. It has to be really good for me to do so. Classic stuff is always at the top of my list though!

  • nicopuegher

    I share some of your favorites as well :)

  • Francy Benton

    Oh my goodness! I would buy SO MUCH MUSIC! I never buy music through iTunes, talk myself out of it because of streaming services, but I would just buy whatever caught my ear on a given day!

    • I do a lot of streaming too. I miss the days when the digital downloads were cheaper!

  • Alannis Morrisette definitely that is a great album! One of my faves is Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers!

    • That’s a good one too! So much good music in the world :)

  • Adele’s 21 is definitely on my list of favorites of ALL time! I also have to include Bon Iver’s self-titled album, I listened to it on repeat while traveling by train in China and it just makes me so happy!

    • YES! Bon Iver is amazing too. I listened to him all the time especially during winters when I lived in NY during college.

  • linda spiker

    Love the Eagles! they were the second concert I ever went to!

    • That’s awesome! I’m kicking myself for missing out on their last concert that came to town a couple years ago!

  • We have some of the same favorite albums – Jagged Little Pill and Whitney! Great picks. Awesome giveaway too – I’d probably have to buy some “kid music” to entertain my children :)

    • Thanks, Meagan! You’ll just have to get them into some of these great albums too :)

  • Oh I loved jagged little pill! 10 by Pearl Jam, It still moves by My Morning jacket and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco are on my list!

    • 10 is one of my favorites, too! The best grunge album, in my opinion.

      • It is a really good one! I love listening to the throwback tunes/albums!

    • Oh Pearl Jam is so good too! I’ve listened to songs sporadically by the other bands you mentioned, I’ll have to check out more of their tunes!

  • The Wanderlanders

    Love the Eagles! I took my dad to his 8th Eagles concert a few years ago for his birthday. It was honestly one of the best concerts I’ve ever experienced. The played for 4 hours straight. And I’m totally with you on Taylor Swift. she is my guilty obsession :)

    • That’s amazing! I’m still kicking myself for missing their concert when they were in town a couple years ago. I can’t imagine being able to see them 8 times!

  • Angela

    Great choices. All of your picks are some of my favorites too!

  • I love Sara Bareilles and Taylor Swift. I think I’ll listen to Lionel Richie now! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    • Yay! It makes me SO happy to hear that. Lionel’s the best!

  • You have such a good mix of albums on your favorites list! I love Taylor Swift so much too, and I still don’t understand why people hate on her. I mean she doesn’t have the best voice, but she’s an amazing songwriter and performer!

    • Thanks, girl! I really don’t either. Her song lyrics get me every time!

  • I love all of these as well! Great taste!

  • I love listening to music. I still have a ton of mix-tapes that I made when I was young. I love that Whitney Houston album, and also Alanis Morrisette. I would have to add Madonna’s Like a Prayer, and Prince’s Greatest hits three disc set. I would buy a bunch of new music on Itunes, as I haven’t gotten anything new for such a long time.

    • Me too! Mixtapes were aways the best :) Those Madonna and Prince albums are great too!

  • I’d add a ton of 90s music to my library :) What can I say? Glycerine forever!

  • YES! Fleetwood Mac all the way…my favorite! Also, I’d buy some movies and definitely more music!

  • megan

    i’d definitely give the GC to my husband and ear major brownie points!

    • Oh I bet he’d love that! What do you think he’d buy?

  • Emily

    I would buy lots of albums both new and old.

  • Veronica Urbaniak

    I would buy a couple of new albums and also subscribe to some of the podcasts I am too cheap to do otherwise ;)

    • Which albums would be first on your list? I think all of the podcasts are free, which is helpful!

  • Yes to Adele 21, Red and Jagged Little Pill. I seriously used to play Jagged Little Pill over and over back in the day. Great picks!

    • Thanks, Mistle! I think it’s time to start bringing some of these older albums back out to put on repeat :)

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    Ok HELLO I love you for including Fleetwood Mac. 110% agreed! Their music is legendary. I also would have to throw in a little Stevie Wonder in the mix. I mean, you can’t not jam to his tunes!

    • Oh yeah, totally agree! It’s tough to narrow it down!

  • Angela

    I would add Best Coast & Tristan Prettyman 23 to my music library.

    • I’m not familiar with Best Coast, I’ll have to check them out. Tristan Pettyman is great though!

  • The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and RED are fabulous.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • YES!!! Rumours is THE BEST. I love Fleetwood so much! And I love The Eagles. And, of course, Jagged Little Pill was the soundtrack to my youth! Aside from those three, I love Madonna’s Immaculate Collection, The Strokes Room on Fire, and Hole’s Live Through This. Those six albums are always on my playlist!

    • I’ll have to check Hole out – that’s one I’m not familiar with! The Strokes and Madonna are so fab too. I love all the music!

  • I would buy every single Missy Elliot album – again! Probably the Beastie Boys as well.

    • Oh what a great idea! I used to listen to Missy all the time!

  • OMG love your choices – old and new! Fabulous taste in music. I would use the gift card to support smaller bands that often get stolen off YouTube, gotta support the little guy!

    • Thanks, Jeannie! Great idea to support the little guys! Good luck :)

  • I’m totally entering for this – this would be a dream to win!!! I’m music obsessed. OMG Alanis Morissette- ya girl!!! You have some pretty bomb choices.

    • Thanks, Chels! I’m music-obsessed too! What would be your first picks to buy?

  • Rae

    Throw in some Stone Temple Pilots (especially their first two CDs), Deftones, Garbage and the Neighbourhood and I’m there! My mom exposed me to The Beatles (who aren’t on your list) and The Eagles, and how can anyone have a proper music collection without Alanis Morissette or Fleetwood Mac? Anyone?

    • Ooh great additions! Love that your mom introduced you to so many great artists. That’s where I got all of my old school favorites too :)

  • Dia

    Little Voice and Red for sure. I don’t care what anyone says Red was Taylor’s first non country album and all of Sara’s albums are amazing.

  • Fleetwood Mac and Whitney Houston! Love love love. I don’t know how you narrowed it down to 10! Seems so hard lol

    • It was pretty tough but I think these are my staples for sure! Thanks for reading, Adriana!

  • I LOVE THIS LIST!!!!!! I don’t know how you narrowed it down to ten either, though. I think I would have had to include Led Zeppelin, U2, The Beatles, and Coldplay somewhere too!

    • Thanks, Tawni! There were a few I definitely knew would make the list but the last few spots were tough to give away! Yours are great additions too! Led Zep’s “Fool in the Rain” is one of my all-time faves!

  • Oh, commenting for the giveaway. :) I would probably buy a couple of apps for my kids, but then I’d load up on some albums I’ve been wanting!

    • Good luck! So nice of you to share a potential win with the kids!

  • Greta Hollar

    Love these albums! I’d throw in Jack’s Mannequin, Coldplay, and Kings of Leon!

    Greta |

    • Thanks, Greta! Those are such good picks too! I need to bust out my Jack’s Mannequin tunes again soon!

  • Mimi Rose

    I can relate to all of these as being some of my favorite albums too! Music has always been a huge part of my life as well, the Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac never gets old because I used to listen to it all the time with my dad growing up. :)

    • I love that! I have so many memories from music with others as well. The power of music is amazing!

  • Oh man I really don’t know what’d I buy. It’s been so long haha. I’d have fun looking for stuff though!

    • You can get lost for hours clicking through things in iTunes, haha.

  • Heidi ~

    Great music selection. I saw Bryan Adams in concert this past summer and he is still going strong! I would have to add Boston’s album Don’t Look Back to my list of favorites. Every time I hear one of the songs from that album I am energized and transported right back to my high-school days.

    • Thanks, Heidi! I’ve seen Bryan Adams a few times in the past decade and agree, he’s still rocking it! Boston’s album would be a great addition!

  • Rumours — YES! So so good. I share my 10 favorite albums from the year on my blog and my husband and I talk about compiling our 10 favorites of all time but we haven’t done it yet. It’s so hard!

    Right now I want Beyonce’s Lemonade. ;-)

    • Ooh I think it’d be even harder to put a list together for two people. I thought it was hard to narrow it down on my own, haha.

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I love going through my iTunes from way in the day!! My husband hates when I am feeling a throwback song!

    • What?! Throwback songs are the best! Hopefully he’ll get on board with them soon!

  • LeighAnn Searle

    Loving the song selection! And I agree so many people dislike Taylor Swift, but I think she is really talented!

    • Thanks, girl! I think she is too. Her songwriting skills are just incredible!

  • My favorite Taylor Swift song is on Red, too! I wonder if it’s the same one. :)

    • Mine’s “All Too Well!” Which one’s your favorite?

  • I loved Fleetwood Mac! I just watched Adele’s live from Madison Square Garden concert on TV the other day, all her songs are classic!

    • She’s just the best! I’m so bummed all of her concerts sold out instantly (although not surprised)!

  • YES! These are all great albums, and I’d put 21, Little Voice, Jagged Little Pill, and Red on my list too! If I won the gift card I’d totally buy a TON more music. :D

    • So happy to hear that :) There’s a ton of amazing music out there to listen to! Good luck with the giveaway!

  • I love Adele. Anything and everything she touches is gold. I can sign every lyric to every song on that album!

    • Totally agree! I hope she adds some more concert dates, I’d love to see her live!

  • this is a great list! I really love Rumors and RED.. and Phil Collins is the best. seriously. I love him

    • Thanks, Laura! I feel like if I added a #11 it’d probably be more Phil, haha. I love him too!

  • Neely

    OMG Jagged little pill was sooooo good! I need to relisten!

    • It was! It’s a great way to walk down 90s memory lane :)

  • I got a record player for Christmas, so I’ve literally been listening to albums all year long. I need to expand my collection, though – the same 5 albums are getting a little monotonous. Thank goodness the player has bluetooth so I can pair it with my phone for more variety!

    • That’s amazing! I want to get a record player. I’ve always thought they were so cool!

  • Ah I recently cleaned out my iTunes and it was such a walk down memory lane! I love Taylor Swift’s Red, too!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Going through your library is the best! I need to go through mine again soon, I know there’s some older songs I wouldn’t listen to now that I should get rid of to clear up some space!

  • This is such an awesome giveaway. It’s always great to support artists by actually buying music when possible. I am an alternative rock lover so some of my favorites are bands like Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups, and Alabama Shakes.

    • Those are great bands! I totally agree that it’s great to support them through buying music when you can too. Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for reading, Amanda!

  • Samantha

    I love so many of those albums! You made a great list, and a fantastic giveaway!