Hiya, Hope you’re doing alright. I thought I’d tell you all what my favourite albums are, at the moment at least. Just a quick disclaimer that my favourite music isn’t particularly ground-breaking or exciting (wow what a super engaging first sentence), but these 10 albums are my favourites and they’re what gets me through the days. My love for music is always changing and my music taste is pretty varied, but the music I come back to tends to all be along the same vein I guess. Also, there’s no way that I can do these in any order at all, it’d take too much time and I’d never finish, and it constantly changes so this is in no way an exhaustive post.
The Kooks – Inside In Inside Out
This is an album that I can listen to over and over and over again from start to finish and never even think about getting bored. There’s always a different song that stands out to me, or I notice something new in one of the songs. If I have a bad day, I put this album on and sing to it at the top of my lungs. Doesn’t matter how I sound (my flatmates may argue this point, as they’re subjected to it far too often) It never fails to make me happy. There’s no way that I can play this album and not dance around the room. Every song, from the soft beauty of Seaside to the euphoric fun of Jackie Big Tits, has a special meaning to me and I don’t think that’ll ever go away. I just have a whole lotta love for this.
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amy Winehouse was an actual angel and I will personally fight anyone who tries to argue with that. She was so talented and this album absolutely proves it. Yes, it’s the most iconic, popular album, but there’s definitely a reason. For me, this is where she really came into her own and you can tell how much this whole album meant to her and how she poured her soul into every word. 100% a thing of beauty this bad boy.
Catfish and The Bottlemen- The Balcony
The first time I heard Catfish I was at Barn on The Farm in 2014 and it was literally love at first listen. Whilst I still love their second album, it’s this one that holds a special place in my heart, I don’t know if it’s because their sound is slightly less produced and more raw them, like how it sounds live. Anyway, what I love about this record is that I think it’s just them to a T, it flows completely from the start all the way from Homesick to Tyrants. Speaking of Tyrants, I heard Van McCann wrote it when he was 15, which just makes it all the more impressive I think.
The Wombats – Proudly present… A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation
What an album. This is another one of those kinds of upbeat-indie-dance-worthy albums. There’s no escaping songs like Let’s Dance to Joy Division and Kill the Director” that you can’t help but dance to. My favourite song on this album has to be Patricia the Stripper because I remember listening to this with my friends, and there’s not much more satisfying than singing (read: screeching) along to a song with the word stripper, I don’t know what it is but there’s something about it like.
The Vaccines- What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
Goddamn yeah I love this album. I remember saving up money from something and paying my mum so that I was allowed to buy this album on iTunes. I don’t know what it was about this record that captured my interest, but ever since I heard the first song, I was completely obsessed. There’s just such a cool, chilled out sound to this album, but interspersed with songs like Norgaard that make it more upbeat and change it up a bit.
Amber Run – For a Moment I Was Lost
Now, I got a lotta love for Amber Run, yet another band that I was introduced to me by Barn on The Farm. I’ve seen them several (three?) times at the festival, and only thought to go and see them on their own at the start of this year. Now, I love their first album, but it has a slightly different sound (and meaning) than For a Moment I was Lost. I know that they had a very dark period of time between the first nd second album, to the point that they didn’t even know if there’d be a second album. However, they took these feelings and wrote some of the most incredible and meaningful songs I’ve ever heard. From the line “I know you’ll fall in love again, when you do, I hope you’ll find somebody who you can love like I love you” in Wastelands to the song Dark Bloom that is about going through a hard time, and coming out the other side.
Nirvana – Nevermind
Another obvious one maybe? Now, neither my parents, nor my older brother were ever that into Nirvana, so I’m not really sure what drew me to this. Obviously, I always knew Smells Like Teen Spirit, but I remember listening to the whole album whilst doing something (probably whilst revising or doing work for something), and being struck by how cool their whole sound was. I think it gained a special place in my heart after watching Montage of Heck and learning more about Kurt Cobain’s life. Anyway, it’s a truly Iconic album and for good reason and I think it always appealed to my slightly grungy side (or the fact that I wanted to be grungy, but it’s so not me).
Paolo Nutini – These Streets
Now, this is an album that I purely love for the memories it holds for me. I remember my mum driving me to and from swimming listening to this and she would sing along (I use the term loosely because my mum has always been useless with song lyrics, but what she lacks in lyrics she makes up for in enthusiasm). Then when my friends started driving, one of my friends had this – amongst other cds – in his car and whenever we’d drive anywhere where, everyone would fight over what music we would play but we’d eventually settle on Paolo because everybody loves it and who doesn’t want to sing along to New Shoes? So my love of this record may have just been born out of convenience, but it’s definitely here to stay.
Oasis – Don’t believe the truth
Now an honourable mention has to go to (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, because She’s Electric is on that album and that is one of my favourite songs of all time. However, Don’t Believe The Truth is definitely my favourite Oasis Album, and I know a lot of people don’t agree (and I know a lot who do) but there’s something about this album as a whole that just grabs me. I know Oasis’s sound always stayed pretty stable, but this is just slightly more me. Lyla and Mucky Fingers have been in pretty much every playlist I’ve made in my life because I can’t imagine a mood I’d be in where I wouldn’t want to listen to them.
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Now, choosing a Beyoncé album that is my favourite was tricky. She’s so iconic and she has so many completely amazing songs, but it’s her most recent album that I think is my favourite. I remember finding out that she released a new song (Formation) and she did it overnight and it was so hard to find, but I was on my phone at a swimming competition and I used up all my data watching the video over and over again, so it was pretty much love at first listen. No-one can whip up a frenzy like good old Queen Bey. It’s not just the songs (which are meaningful, fun, different, sexy) but it was the film they made to go with it, the poetry and the meaning behind the whole album. If you haven’t (because it’s hard to without shelling out of the album) definitely give it a listen from start to finish.