My friend Justin recently posted a list of his favorite albums on his blog and challenged his readers to list their own. Stuff like this is always interesting to me, because it's very hard for me to prioritize things, especially in an "all time favorites" as opposed to "what I like at the moment" way.
That said, my list is below, divided into a top three and a rest of the top ten (because that's what Justin did). Within each set they aren't prioritized at all. I could not tell you which is my favorite album of the top three, for example. If you have never heard of one of these albums, click the links which will take you to Amazon where you can listen to samples.
The criteria I am using to pick albums is this:
No "Best of" collections, that's a cop out.
Having a great song is not the same as being a great album.
All of the albums are ones that I can and do listen to over and over without getting tired of them.
Top Four - Ten
Casanova - The Divine Comedy
Goodbye - Dubstar
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Pink Moon - Nick Drake
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine (so close to top 3)
Strange Free World - Kitchens of Distinction
The Love That Whirls- Bill Nelson
I have also decided that because we live in a world where I can have over a thousand albums on my iPod that ten albums is not enough. So here is another 10 that are just as essential as the first (though I am allowing some collections in this section, because I am lazy)
Gone to Earth - David Sylvian
Small Change - Tom Waits
In A Coma - Matthew Good
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian
The Golden Age of Wireless - Thomas Dolby
The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell
The Smiths - The Smiths
Flesh + Blood - Roxy Music
Swoon - Prefab Sprout
Smiles Like A Shark - Mulu
As I mentioned in a comment over on Justin's page, yes, I am aware that my choices reveal me as the biggest girl in all of girlsylvania, and that I undoubtly spend all my spare time playing with dolls. What can I say - I like my music to be, well, musical. While I can really enjoy noisy loud music, it's never going to be my all time favorite. Except for Trompe le Monde by the Pixies, which should totally be on the list somewhere...maybe a top thirty...
What is your top three, ten, or whatever?