Top 50 Albums Part 9
10. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
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What I Say: I am a terrible dancer. Quite possibly the worst ever. But every time I hear “Beast of Burden,” I immediately do my best Jagger impression. Although it is horrible to watch, it always makes my mom laugh. I think there is something about the Stones that makes everyone dance, just probably a lot better than me.
Why You Need It: Whether it is summertime pool parties or late night driving with your best friends, it is always a party with the Stones. So hang out with Mick, Keith and the boys on their 1978 classic of “Some Girls” till the whip comes down.
9. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Credit: Warner Bros. Records
What I Say: I love the music on “Rumours,” but the story behind all of it makes the album that much more special. Heartbreak and moving on are themes throughout the songs, and we have all been in those shoes. Plus “The Chain” is just stupid cool.
Why You Need It: Everyone needs a little Stevie Nicks in their life and few albums will ever be as good as “Rumours.” With all the songs you love and some you need to learn, grab a few friends around a record player, grab a cup of coffee and fall in love with Stevie.
8. Queen – News of the World
Credit: EMI, Parlophone Records
What I Say: There are so many great Queen albums that it was difficult for me to just pick one for the list. I battled it down to “News of the World” and the “Highlander” soundtrack of “A Kind of Magic.” And although both are awesome albums, Brian May’s solo in “It’s Late” won me over.
Why You Need It: “News of the World” has that great one two punch on the album openers and some deep cuts like “Get Down, Make Love” and Sleeping on the Sidewalk” that make it a perfect blend of old classics and new favorites.
7. Rocky IV – Various Artists
Credit: Scotti Bros. Records
What I Say: I can’t think of a better soundtrack to workout to. This is the essential college workout album for me. Not only does it have the classic “Eye of the Tiger,” but “Hearts on Fire” and “No Easy Way Out” put me right back in the movie every time I hear them.
Why You Need It: This soundtrack is the second most American thing next to Apollo Creed. And although you probably won’t be as swole as Rocky or Apollo after listening to “Burning Heart” or Vince Dicola’s legendary “Training Montage,” you will be tough as snails..or nails…
6. Paul Simon – Graceland
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What I Say: My favorite is “Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes,” my brother’s favorite is “Crazy Love, Vol. II,” my girlfriend’s favorite is “I Know What I Know” and my parents just love the Chevy Chase video. But that is what makes “Graceland” so good – there is a little something for everyone.
Why You Need It: Before Vampire Weekend and the millions of bands that followed, Paul Simon graced the world with an album called “Graceland.” Chances are you have heard “You Can Call Me Al,” but have you heard the album all the way through? It is pretty hard to be in a bad mood afterwards.