HEATHER’S PICKS: TOP 10 ALBUMS OF MY LIFETIME

I’m always going on and on about music – It could be a new single, my favourite band, or a new album, but music is always on my mind. When the topic of ‘Top 10 Albums of my Lifetime’ came up, I thought how easy it would be for me to pick mine. Not so much…

After much consideration and scouring of old playlists, I’ve finally got my top 10. These albums have seen me through happy times and dark times, I’ve sung my heart out and cried to the lyrics that are strewn throughout these top 10 albums. I’d like to think that if an album doesn’t make you feel something, then it’s not your album. 

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Crazy, Sexy, Cool (1994) | TLC 

How could TLC’s ‘Crazy, Sexy, Cool’ album not make my list? I bet some of you forget about this gem. Rolling Stone has even praised the album a few times. I was born the same year it was released so it wasn’t until later on in my life that I learned to appreciate the sounds that came from T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye. This album was forever played in my house. The songs featured on the album became classics and from time to time I still hear them on my radio. Who can forget ‘Creep’ as the lead single and then of course the greatest sing-a-long of all time ‘Waterfalls’. ‘Crazy, Sexy, Cool’ was the second album from the trio and it packed a punch with it’s Pop,Hip-Hop and R&B fluidity.

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Britney (2001) | Britney Spears

When Britney Spears came out with her self-titled album I was in about 6th grade but that didn’t stop me from going out and buying her first “controversial” piece of work (or having my mum do so). ‘Britney’ delivered a more mature sound with some added R&B and rock feels which many were skeptical about. Ultimately she delivered and reaped the benefits of reinventing herself. Through provocative lyrics and edgier sounds her third studio album impressed fans. It wasn’t her biggest success discography wise but it did the trick for me and the Top 100 charts. Britney’s singles like ‘I’m A Slave For You’ and a remake of Joan Jett’s famous ‘I Love Rock N Roll’ were some of my favorites from the album. I can feel the nostalgia… whether we like it or not Britney Spears in one way or another has always had a song for us.

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On Your Side (2009) | A Rocket To The Moon

‘On Your Side’ was the debut album from A Rocket To The Moon. It’s an album I can listen to on repeat and it was an essential album for me and my friends growing up. It saddens me to say that this band has since parted ways after a rather good run in the pop/punk world. I had the pleasure of seeing A Rocket To The Moon a few times while they were opening up for bigger acts like All-American Rejects and The Maine but it’s safe to say they impressed me maybe even more than their headliners with their catchy riffs and lyrics. If you want to have a little pop/punk reminisce you should probably choose ‘Like We Used To’ or ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ for your listening pleasure.

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Demi (2013) – Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has always been a favourite of mine. There is something about the 22 year olds singing style that always drew me in and when she released her self titled album Demi, I was excited to see how her personal growth shaped her songwriting. The fourth album delivered a much more mature and expressive Demi. Her songwriting skills have shone through on this album with songs like ‘Nightingale’, ‘Shouldn’t Come Back’ and ‘Warrior’. Instead of following the pop path she once walked she gave us more grit and emotion. Demi delivered the album filled with strength but also gave us enough rock/pop sass to love. ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Neon Lights’ and ‘Really Don’t Care’ topped the 100 charts.

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Nine Lives (1998) | Aerosmith

Aerosmith could not be kept out of my lifetime album listing. They are forever one of my favorite bands and I remember as a little girl how much I loved them and it’s carried through my life. ‘Nine Lives’ was an album that was also on repeat in my early years. I particularly remember the volume being turned up rather loud for my favorite song off the album ‘Pink’. Aerosmith received a grammy for ‘Pink’ in 1998 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. ‘Nine Lives’ dropped in 1997, a mere 3 years after my existence but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it as much as the earlier crowd. This was the twelfth studio album from Aerosmith and they delivered 13 tracks.

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Battle Studies (2009) | John Mayer

When making my list for this piece I had a quite a few bands and female artists but not many male artists. I had about 15 or so favorite albums written down but within the list only one male musician alone made the cut. I love to see musicians who can play their own instruments, write their own lyrics and truly personify themselves as an artist. There was only one name for me to pick, Mayer. ‘Battle Studies’ was John’s  fourth studio album released in 2009 and was named rightfully so due to the recording taking place in Calabasas, California at Battle Studies recording studio. The certified platinum album received good reviews and had four singles released within the year. ‘Who Says’ was the first single released, followed by my favorite off of the album ‘Heartbreak Warfare’ then, ‘Half Of My Heart’ and ‘Perfectly Lonely’.

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21 (2011) – Adele

I’ve chosen Adele’s ’21’, her sophomore album to be on the tail end of my list. Released in 2011, Adele gave back to the music industry what they had been missing. When she stepped onto the music scene in 2008 with her debut album 19 she set new standards for the music industry. Her vintage vocals, accompanying beautiful melodies made ’21’ become the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012. In a world where sex sells Adele made deeply personal songs universal on a huge scale. She released 4 singles off of ’21’ widely, ‘Rolling In the Deep’ took the lead followed by ‘Someone Like You’, ‘Rumour Has It’ and ‘Turning Tables’. Adele was awarded with many accolades for ’21’ including 7 Grammys, one of which being Album of the Year. With as much talent as this brit has we are all now patiently waiting and hoping for a new album soon, but you can’t rush brilliance so I’ll be twiddling my thumbs until this she delivers magic yet again.

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Room 93 (2014) | Halsey

I’m not completely sure if I can choose an EP for this countdown but if I’m going to break the rules for anyone it will be Halsey. The blue haired, poetic, outspoken woman has given the music industry new life. Room 93 consists of five beautifully written and personal songs . Whether she’s performing live versions or stripping them down you can’t go wrong with any of them. The tracks include my favorite ‘Trouble’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Is There Somewhere’ and finally ‘Empty Gold’. Halsey’s lyrics are authentic and her imagery is impeccable. To have a musician like this within my era is blessing. If you haven’t heard of her yet (which would be a major surprise) you’ll hear from her pretty soon, when her album ‘BADLANDS’ drops at the end of the month. You can also catch her touring with The Weeknd… no big deal.

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The 1975 (2013) | The 1975 

I’m not sure if I can describe this album within a short paragraph. In it’s entirety The 1975’s debut album is a masterpiece. The songs just get better as you listen through them. This band has been influential to their surroundings and you can tell through the major outpouring in media or articles written about them. Their live songs are just as incredible live as they were recorded and every gig is filled with a monumental amount of talent and emotion from start to finish. I’m sure you’ve got your own favorites from this brilliant debut but the two songs I can’t get enough of are ‘Robbers’ and ‘Menswear’.

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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)- Fleetwood Mac

I couldn’t help but choose a compilation album as my number one choice. Fleetwood Mac is perched right on top of my list with this best of album. Every bit of music Fleetwood gives to us has been extraordinary, whether the tempo is fast or slow, the songs will always be classic. Now I could have just chosen a single album but that wouldn’t have been much fun. There are too many massive songs in their discography to give one or two up. For instance on this extensive album we’ve got ‘Dreams’, ‘Rhiannon’, ‘Go Your Own Way’ and my favorite ‘Sara’. To have a band that can bridge generation gaps is incredible and isn’t seen too often. What I love most about Fleetwood Mac is that their songs are driven by emotions and can be felt years later.