I've been talking
about doing this list for years and finally I'm
making it happen. I'm making it happen. This list is comprised
of albums that for one reason or another I have grown to love
over the years. Some of them date all the way back before I
was born. I was a child of the 80's. So most of the 80's entries
are kind of nostalgic.
of these albums I dare to consider some of the best
ever written. I hope you enjoy the list and maybe even
feel drawn to check out a few that you are unfamiliar with.
(Is This Love)
Easily one of the greatest hits compilations of all-time. I mean who doesn't like this album. There isn't a single bad song to be found on the entire album. He still remains one of the most iconic figures in the history of music, a political symbol, and reggae's biggest star, by a mile. Legend was issued originally in 1984, 3 years after Marley died from cancer. It quickly became the biggest-selling reggae album of all time, and it remains so to this day.
99. OMD- Crush
OMD is short for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. This is one of the first albums I really got into. It still takes me back to 5th grade when i hear it. Not a great album, but it has its moments. This album probably isn't the best starting point for a first time listener. I recommend "The Best of O.M.D." OMD were responsible for some of the catchiest and brightest synth pop that the '80s had to offer. It's too bad most music listeners have never heard of them.
98. Def Leppard- Hysteria
"Hysteria" along with the Beastie Boy's "License To Ill" owned my 6th grade year of school. I adored these two albums. "Hysteria" is among a select few albums from that time period that don't sound dated today. The highly praised Mutt Lange is to thank for on that one. One of those few albums where you can listen to it from start to finish and not skip a song.
97. Jars Of Clay- S/T
I can still remember the first time I saw the video for the song "Flood." I was completely mesmerized by the song and video. Afterwards I had my mind made up that I needed to have the album. It took a little while for the rest of the album to catch on. But after it did I played this album to death. I still don't listen to it as much as I should do to that fact. Jars of Clay has since moved on to record quite a few more albums. None to ever eclipse the greatness of this debut.
96. The Verve- A Storm In Heaven
95. The Samples- Very Best Of (1989-1994)This is a great starting point for anyone interested in experiencing the reggae pop infected sound of The Samples.
94. Bruce Springsteen- The Rising
93. Massive Attack- Mezzanine
92. Fun Lovin' Criminals- Welcome To Poppy's
I was a fan from the very first moment I heard "Scooby Snacks." When I want to seem cool and on the scene, I always throw on some Fun Lovin' Criminals. Remember that scene in the movie The Swingers where they are strutting along in slow-motion. That is a very accurate picture of what the Fun Lovin' Criminals are. A confident smooth trio of musicians always on point. Bringing the funk and soul to anyone ready to experience the coolness of what this life has to offer.
91. Run-D.M.C- Raising Hell
Arguably the Kings of Hip-Hop. Run-D.M.C. were one of the most influential hip-hop groups of the '80s. Raising Hell was a historic moment in the history of rap. Paving the way for today's rap acts. I always make a great effort to play one of the many great songs on this album at my parties. This is just a fun album that hasn't lost a step after all these years.