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).
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.
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What are some of your favorite albums?