I know that as soon as you finished your Thanksgiving pie you started thinking about Christmas. It’s understandable. It’s only the best time of year. Christmas time also means that you have to start thinking about buying gifts for everyone. This is difficult because everyone likes different things. But everyone loves music, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 classic albums that everyone should have. If you don’t have one of these, put it on your wish list ASAP! (This list was painfully hard for me to put together because there are so many amazing albums out there, but I tried to throw some together that don’t get as much hype as say all of The Beatles albums that fill up every other list.)
1. “Appetite For Destruction”- One of the greatest rock albums of all time. OK, maybe I’m being a little bias since Guns N’ Roses is my favorite band. If you want your world rocked you need this album. You will be surprised by the gems you will find on this one besides “Sweet Child” and “Welcome to the Jungle.”
2. “The Wall”- Pink Floyd is the band that brought us “The Dark Side of the Moon,” but I personally like “The Wall” better. It has two discs to it and there is a lot of variety in the material. It is my go to writing album. I usually don’t listen to “Dark Side” when I’m trying to get work done because, well it’s hard to get anything done when people are screaming at you.
3. “Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd”- Lynyrd Skynyrd fans do not appreciate when people yell out “Freebird” at concerts as a joke. We actually want to hear “Freebird” guys. Those nine minutes are precious to us. Ronnie is a poet. Ask for this album for Christmas and you will understand why we take our southern rockers so seriously.
4. “Aerosmith”- The debut album of Aerosmith sounds so different from all of their other stuff. Just like the original recording of “Dream On” doesn’t sound anything like the Steven Tyler we know and love today. Can you believe that people weren’t into this album when it was first released in 1973? Terrible rock tragedy. Good thing we came to our senses!
5. “Let It Bleed”- One of my favorite Rolling Stone albums. It will forever be known in my memory as the last album that Brian Jones played on before he joined that 27 Club in the sky. It features a lot of Stones’ classics like “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Alway Get What You Want,” and “Let It Bleed.”
6. “Who’s Next”- Seriously people this album came out in 1971 and you still think “Teenage Wasteland” is a song. It’s “Baba O’Riley.” Please, for Pete’s sake (haha Pete. Get it?) the song is called “Baba O’Riley!” Ask for this for Christmas, so you can stop embarrassing yourself.
7. “Rumours”- Possibly the best break-up album in history. You have to consider the fact that the people who broke up were both in the band and were writing nasty things about each other in their songs while recording them side by side. Who knew rock could be so dramatic? Fleetwood Mac’s style is flawless, as is this album.
8. “Dreamboat Annie”- I love Heart. I especially love 70s Heart. That’s back when they were folk singers that wanted you to go crazy on them and ran away with magic men. They wrote all of their own songs back then too. This debut album is a must have.
9. “Foreigner”- Say whatever you want critics, I love Foreigner. This debut album features “Feels Like The First Song,” which is like my jam. There might have been way too many Foreigner songs in “Rock of Ages,” but put this one on your wish list and I promise you will understand what is so awesome about them. Especially if you get the version with all of the demo recordings!
10. “Van Halen II”- Not the album they are most famous for, but still a pretty good one. I was jumping out of my seat in the theater during “Argo” when “Dance the Night Away” started playing. Definitely a good deep cut to get your hands on if you’re a Van Halen fan, or a rock fanatic like myself.