It’s been close to a year since I last posted, much to my chagrin. I have spent quite a bit of time keeping up on many of the fine blogs here, and today noticed that this theme (top 15 albums on the 15th) was occurring, and I think I can do this to at least get something out there. Of course, narrowing down to 15 is not going to be easy, and I will limit myself to one album per band, even where I can justify multiple albums by the same artist in my top 15 at this time. With that caveat, onward!
15. Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale: Not the easiest album title to say, but an easy one to listen to and appreciate.
14. Bob Dylan – Desire: Currently my favorite album of his, although there are several others which rotate in and out with this one.
13. Neil Young – After the Goldrush: Released shortly before Harvest it is my personal favorite.
12. Tom Waits – Closing Time: Difficult choosing one Waits album, but I am going with his debut.
11. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street: Further down my list than I originally imagined. An album I really love nevertheless.
10. The Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues: Every song is great, “Naive Melody” is probably my favorite song of theirs.
09. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads: Love all of his work, but the sheer over the top quality of songs like The Curse of Millhaven or O’Malley’s Bar seals this as my favorite.
08. The Cure – Disintegration: My favorite Cure album since it was released, hard to see it being topped in my estimation.
07. David Bowie – Hunky Dory: Maybe not as influential as Low or Ziggy, but for sheer repeat-ability I find it unbeatable in Bowie’s catalog.
06. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead: Although I’ve found myself listening to the first self-titled album more as of late, this one is still their best.
05. Velvet Underground – and Nico: Highly influential and more importantly, I love listening to it. The Nico songs, while not popular with some, are spectacular once acclimated to her voice.
04. Carole King – Tapestry: Spectacular album from a great singer/songwriter. Many new songs she wrote, along with classics she had previously written and made famous by others.
03. Cat Stevens – Tea For the Tillerman: My one actual post last year described my love for this album.
02. The Clash – London Calling: There was a time in the 80’s where I listened to nothing but this album for at least a few months. There are still occurrences of this happening even today. Phenomenal.
01. The Beatles – Abbey Road: My all-time favorite album for as long as I can remember. I do love most Beatle albums, but this one has that special something that puts it on top for me.