Top 50 Albums Part 10
5. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Credit: RCA Records
What I Say: I remember when I was going through a tough time in college when nothing was really making sense. I kept looking for a way out, and I found refuge in David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” And I know everyone is different, but the world Bowie created helped me escape mine for a bit.
Why You Need It: On “Ziggy Stardust,” Bowie created one of rock’s favorite characters with a concept album that helped shape the glam rock genre. Although the album should be listened to all the way through, tracks like “Ziggy Stardust” and “Moonage Daydream” are cool enough to stand on their own.
4. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
Credit: Harvest Records
What I Say: I have never met a friend who doesn’t listen to Pink Floyd. In fact, most conversations start out with me asking a new acquaintance what there favorite Pink Floyd album is. Of course any answer is acceptable, but “The Dark Side of the Moon” is up there.
Why You Need It: From the artwork to the track listing, “The Dark Side of the Moon” is as iconic as it gets. Almost every college student has one or two Pink Floyd songs in their catalog, and they might as well have the whole album. No list would be complete without this prog masterpiece.
3. AC/DC – Back in Black
Credit: Atlantic Records
What I Say: “Let Me Put My Love Into You,” “Back in Black” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” is the greatest order of songs on any album ever. I scream my lungs out trying to hit all those notes while practicing my best Angus Young guitar walk.
Why You Need It: This is the rock ‘n’ roll constitution. From the thunderous ringing of “Hell’s Bells” to the in your face anthem of “Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution,” this is the best rock album ever made. No ballads, no prisoners, just 10 solid tunes engraved in rock history.
2. Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
Credit: Warner Bros. Records
What I Say: To me, this is the greatest album of the 80s. And you can have any decade you like and tell me what your favorite year is, but nothing comes close to Prince’s 1984 “Purple Rain.” I base a great album on the amount of passion displayed, and Prince gave everything he had all the time. The feels are all over this album, and the guitar solo at the end of the famous title track is possibly the greatest ever.
Why You Need It: There should be no reason to not have this album in your catalog. Now more than ever, we need Prince in our lives. Gracing us with some of the greatest moments in rock/pop history, the sheer chicness of “I Would Die 4 You,” the mind blowing guitar work on “When Doves Cry” and the crescendo of “Purple Rain” is just a glimpse of what Prince was capable of.
1. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Credit: Geffen Records
What I Say: I recently saw Guns N’ Roses live where they played over two and half hours of every song everyone knows. And while I was there, I saw fans from all over wearing a Guns N’ Roses t-shirts, patches, bandannas, you name it. I didn’t know anything about them besides the fact that they had awesome taste in music, but then again, that is all I need to know.
Why You Need It: When Guns were formed, critics predicted that they were either destined for greatness or would crash in burn in flames. Lucky for us, they made it through and created the greatest debut in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. From the greatest album opener of “Welcome to the Jungle” to the raunchy seduction of “Rocket Queen,” “Appetite For Destruction” still sounds just as killer as it did in 1987.