Top 50 Albums Part 4
35. Various Artists – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Credit: Hollywood Records
What I Say: This movie was everything. We all wanted to see it and when the soundtrack came out, we played it EVERYDAY at Hastings. But it was one of the cooler times of my life, and any time I hear Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” I just think of Star-Lord dancing.
Why You Need It: There are some great tracks on this album that had been recently hard to find. A great mix of classic tunes, featuring tracks like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”.
34. The Black Keys – Brothers
Credit: Nonesuch Records
What I Say: Heartbreak happens for everyone and fortunately I had this album to help. I probably played “Too Afraid To Love You” a few too many times. But at the time, it was the only song that made sense. Heartbreak or not, this is still one of my favorite albums of all time.
Why You Need It: Channeling their inner Muddy Waters, “Brothers” is basically a sequel to “Electric Mud.” Covered in thick blues from top to bottom featuring tracks like “She’s Long Gone” and “Next Girl,” this is one of the Keys’ finest moments.
33. GZA – Liquid Swords
Credit: Geffen Records
What I Say: I have been listening to Method Man since I was five years old (if you count the “Space Jam” soundtrack, that is). And although the “Space Jam” soundtrack is my childhood, “Liquid Swords” is my adulthood. I still play basketball, just with a different soundtrack.
Why You Need It: GZA and fellow Wu-Tang Clan members backed behind RZA’s textbook production style rap about life, crime and of course martial arts. “The 4th Chamber” and “Shadowboxin” are reasons why this album is still considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time.
32. Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Credit: Epic Records
What I Say: I have grown up loving bands like Clutch and the Red Hot Chili Peppers because of their funk sound. Therefore, I went back to find out where it all started by listening to tracks like “Family Affair” and “Thank You For Talking to Me, Africa”.
Why You Need It: Whether Sly knew it at the time or not, he crafted the most essential funk album of all time. Hailed by critics, “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” is groundbreaking funk that still sounds years ahead of the competition. This album is great for many reasons, but it is up to you on how to use it.
31. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Credit: Interscope Records, Polydor Records, Stranger Records
What I Say: I first heard “Video Games” on a Sirius XM radio station and was completely caught off guard. A year later, “Born to Die” would come out and become one of my favorite albums. Thinking back, I probably played this album too much at Hastings…
Why You Need It: With her 60’s vibe, troubled lyrics and movie like music videos, Del Rey painted her own picture of America. Although she keeps getting better with each release, “Born to Die” is where we all fell in love.