Top 50 Albums Part 6
25. Clutch – Psychic Warfare
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What I Say: “Psychic Warfare” was my favorite album of 2015. I played it everyday and drove my friends, girlfriend and family crazy talking about it. However, my seven year old brother knows all the lyrics to “X-Ray Visions,” a fact I am very proud of.
Why You Need It: I think my brother said it best when he said rock doesn’t sound as cool after listening to Clutch. And after one listen to the ZZ Top clone of “A Quick Death in Texas” or the blues bar ballad of “Our Lady of Electric Light”, you will have all the proof you need.
24. Nirvana – Nevermind
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What I Say: Junior high, high school, college, you name it man, this album has followed me from the beginning. I bought this album and felt so cool as a kid blaring my speakers in my room with my “heavy music.” I guess some things don’t change.
Why You Need It: 25 years later and we are still not over the impact that “Nevermind” left on us. Kurt Cobain destroyed rock ‘n’ roll and then rebuilt it with “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It is the anthem of our generation and no essential college playlist would be complete without it.
23. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
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What I Say: Before “Stadium Arcadium,” most albums I owned were pretty straight forward rock ‘n’ roll. But the Chili Peppers changed the way I looked at the lyrics, vocals and guitar playing. To this day, I still get goosebumps when I hear Frusciante’s solo on “Wet Sand”.
Why You Need It: Fans will continue to debate their best album but The Red Hot Chili Peppers will never sound as good as they did on “Stadium Arcadium.” With 2 discs, 28 tracks and over 2 hours of music, this qualifies as the best double album of the 21st century.
22. The Beatles – Abbey Road
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What I Say: This was my first true Beatles album (not counting greatest hits), and I only bought it for “Here Comes the Sun” because I heard it on the “Parent Trap” movie. I still love that song, but “I Want You (She’s So Heavy) and “Octopus’s Garden” are now among my favorite Beatles’s songs.
Why You Need It: “Abbey Road” is one of the top ten most iconic albums of all time. The artwork is legendary, the music is timeless and it was the last time the Fab Four would ever record an album together. And although it was their last, it is only fitting it should be your first.
21. Eagles – Hotel California
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What I Say: I remember going to California for the first time and wanting to stay at a hotel with mirrors on the ceiling and pink champagne on ice. And although the hotel no longer exists, the Eagles “Hotel California” will always be open.
Why You Need It: With the addition of James Gang and solo guitar player, Joe Walsh, the Eagles upped their guitar game and created a rock ‘n’ roll classic with songs like the famous title track and “Life in the Fast Lane”.