Okay, so I am suppose to be finding “harmony” for today’s Even Day Challenge by listing some of my top favorite albums of all time, complete with excerpts. (Our host actually called them CDs, but since I was listening to music before CDs were invented I will simply call them albums. . . yes, I know this seriously dates me.)
Back to the harmony part. I guess I’m a bit out of sync (no pun intended), because I thought I needed to list ten of my favorites, but I just discovered it was only my top five. Well then, I guess you’re in luck! I present to you ten of my favorite albums of my entire lifetime, in no specific order. By the way, this was tough, and already additional artists have popped into my head. So enjoy the songs. . . and let me know what I missed
Rattle and Hum by U2
Favorite Track (very difficult decision): Hawkmoom 269
This album was very popular in college, and who doesn’t love some good U2. I was introduced to them by a bunch of boys from Europe studying at the University of Arkansas. Go Hogs!
Janet by Janet Jackson
Favorite Track: This Time
This is one of the few CDs I own of a more mainstream artist. It was a great workout album and I absolutely love the vocals at the end of “This Time.”
Garbage by Garbage
Favorite Track; Dog New Tricks
It was the mid-90s and I was a young woman on her own in the big, not-so-bad world when I first heard Garbage. I’ve always had a thing for alternative music; so when “Only Happy When It Rains” hit the radio, I was hooked.
Haunted by Poe
Favorite Track: Haunted
I’m not sure where I first heard Poe, but I immediately fell in love with her haunting lyrics and folky, jazzy alternative sound. Although Haunted was not the first of her albums I put in my CD collection, it’s still one of my favorites (okay, so she only has two and both are great).
Hysteria by Def Leppard
Favorite Track: Animal
Yes, it had to be done. Let me just say junior high and high school would not have been the same without Def Leppard blasting on the airways and in our portable CD players.
Favorite Track: Carol of the Bells
This may seem like an odd choice but let me tell you, nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit faster than this song. I finally got to see them in concert and it was an amazing experience for both the ears and eyes.
All Fired Up: The Very Best of Pat Benatar by Pat Benatar
Favorite Track: Promises In the Dark
Another oldie (sorry Pat) but a good one. I think I could sing her songs all day long, and did you know that she first started out with plans to be a classical and theatrical singer?
Shepherd Moons by Enya
Favorite Track: Caribbean Blue
I latched onto Enya during my college years. I guess I just needed something a bit more calming at times and let me tell ya, her fabulous Irish vocals can calm a person’s blood pressure right down to nothing.
Swamp Ophelia by Indigo Girls
Favorite Track: Touch Me Fall
I began listening to Indigo Girls during my late college years and found their folky, alternative sound and interesting lyrics to be a nice change of pace to the techno dance music that was all over the place.
Footloose Soundtrack (the original) by Various Artists
Favorite Track: Holding Out for a Hero
The year was 1984 and I was in junior high — the perfect age to be forever affected by this movie and its soundtrack. It’s full of great hits, but Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” is still definitely one of my favorites. With that being said, I think I better cut, Footloose.