Top 50 Albums Part 7
20. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Credit: Capitol Records
What I Say: My brother tortured me with this album every morning we went to school. When I made this list, he told me he wouldn’t read it unless “Pet Sounds” was on there. After much listening, I know this: Brian Wilson is a mad genius and he produced the best album ever.
Why You Need It: The Beach Boys are known for countless summer fun, but on “Pet Sounds,” the band goes deeper into the music and crafts tunes that will last a lifetime. Brian Wilson’s song writing and vision shines on tracks like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.”
19. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
Credit: Motown Records
What I Say: The first time I heard the song “Higher Ground” was in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” movie. I tracked down the original and bought “Innervisons” hoping to like at least one other track. Turns out, the whole album is on higher ground.
Why You Need It: Stevie Wonder owned the 70s and “Innervsions” was the first of a trio of albums during his most artistic period. You can’t go wrong with Stevie Wonder, but “Living For The City” and “Higher Ground” should be on your list.
18. Eminem – The Eminem Show
Credit: Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, Interscope Records
What I Say: All during high school, everyone I knew played Eminem. And as cheesy as it was, my high school basketball team ran out to a different Eminem song every single game. Now that I am in college, I go back and find all my favorite tracks here.
Why You Need It: One of his most solid albums from his career, tracks like “White America,” “Business” and ‘Without Me” are considered some of his best work. And although Eminem is now considered a rap god, it was with “The Eminem Show” that he claimed his throne.
17. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Credit: Track Records
What I Say: As a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, I loved John Frusciante’s guitar playing. So, I had to backtrack and find where all his influence came from. And thus, I found guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and became involved with the perfection of “Axis.”
Why You Need It: “Axis: Bold as Love” is a great combination of Hendrix rock classics like “Spanish Castle Magic” and “If 6 was 9” with beautiful ballads like “Little Wing,” “Castles Made of Sand” and the color poetry of the title track.
16. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Credit: Portrait Records
What I Say: Ah the intro of “All Through the Night” gets me every time. Those 80’s synths surround her voice so perfectly right before bouncing into a ballad that has stood the test of time for over 30 years. And that is just one track!
Why You Need It: Come on, it’s Cyndi Lauper. Is there really a reason to not have “Time After Time” on your playlist? Surely you have seen “John Tucker Must Die” or “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion?!” Come to think about it, there hasn’t been a chick flick made without featuring at least one song from her incredible debut album of “She’s So Unusual.”