Top 50 Albums Part 3
40. Green Day – American Idiot
Credit: Reprise Records
What I Say: I was about 13 years old when I stepped into a Hard Rock Cafe and watched the music video to “American Idiot” for the first time. At that moment, music and Green Day changed me forever. Now in my senior year of college, I still feel the same way when I hear that famous title track I heard 12 years ago.
Why You Need It: Who said punk was dead? Billy Joe Armstrong is as punk as it gets. This is an album for our generation. You know the songs, you know the album, now sing along and remember where you were when “American Idiot” knocked punk back on it’s ears.
39. Metallica – Metallica
Credit: Elektra Records
What I Say: Friday nights at Hastings could be crazy; luckily this album was close by. We would blare this album over the whole store and everybody was into it. I had heard it before, but when the Fall nights before Halloween began to creep in, it never sounded better.
Why You Need It: Fans claimed Metallica “sold out” on their self titled masterpiece, but this just isn’t the case. Hard pounding and unforgettable, tracks like “Sad But True” and “Wherever I May Roam” prove that they were still at the height of the powers.
38. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
Credit: Earache Records
What I Say: For me, this is the expectation level I have for new rock music. One of my best friends and I listen to this album all the time and we compare every new release to this. I keep looking for something similar, but there is only one Rival Sons.
Why You Need It: Rival Sons are one of the best rock bands around and “Great Western Valkyrie” is a perfect example of that. A solid album with Led Zeppelin fingerprints all over it, tracks like “Open My Eyes “and “Electric Man” are staples in their growing catalog.
37. The White Stripes – Elephant
Credit: V2 records
What I Say: I have written more papers in college on Jack White than any other historian, philosopher or writer. And in a way, Jack is all three to me. Not only has he made timeless music with multiple bands, but he has made a conscious effort to preserve and keep the great medium of vinyl records alive.
Why You Need It: As one of the 21st Century’s most important guitar heroes, Jack White took the blues and painted it red, white and black. With his squeaking, soul bending guitar solos, broken Robert Plant vocals and deep devotion to blues artists like Son House, Jack crafts cuts like the famous “Elephant,” and the blistering “Ball and Biscuit.”
36. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
Credit: RCA Records
What I Say: I have been a Weird Al fan since I heard “The Saga Begins” in the 6th grade. After that, I bought every song and watched every music video. I even own the UHF movie remastered on Blu Ray.
Why You Need It: Everyone needs to have a Weird Al album in their collection, and “Mandatory Fun” is a perfect choice. His first number one album of his career, contains “Foil,” “Handy” and “Word Crimes.”