Top 15 on the 15th

Aaron from Keeps Me Alive asked us to create a list of our 15 fave albums of all time. Damn you Aaron. 😉

This list was very hard to make. I got to the top 30 on the first day. But I think I went through an entire pencil, and pen, and a ton of paper and erasers. Adding some to the 15, taking some off, then flip flopping again. Here is the list. I couldn’t put it in oder, as I could not decide what album would be my favourite of all time. For me, there is no way, and next week it might be different.

I will also be posting a best of the rest. 15 or so that barely did not make the cut, and I encourage others to post this as well for curiosity sake.

For me I just wanted studio albums, no unplugged (Nirvana is my fave), no live (Allman Brothers is my fave), no compilations (too many to list), no boxsets (Led Zeppelin and Rush are my faves), and no more than 1 album from one band.

The Tragically Hip – Up To Here. My first Hip album, and my introduction. They could have 4 or 5 on my list, but I chose this one as I still go back to that bush party in the late 80’s when I first heard this).

Def Leppard – Pyromania. Summer 1983. Walking around with a ghetto blaster and this cassette cranked. Over and over again.

Rolling Stones – Some Girls. I had a Ford Ranger truck with a cassette deck. This cassette was stuck in it when I bought the truck. I owned it for about a year, and this was all I listened to in the truck. Not a bad album to have to listen to.

The Cult – Electric. I owned a Trans Am back in the day, and this was my go to cassette. There is something soothing about tire smoke billowing in though the open T-tops while their version of Born To Be Wild is cranked.

Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction. Wow. When this album came out it knocked me on my ass. It still has that effect today.

AC/DC – For Those About To Rock. I got this album for Christmas 1981, and it still brings back the joy of opening presents Christmas morning, and it kicks ass.

Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin II. This was a tough one to choose just one album from this band. I flip flopped a ton. 1, 2, Houses, Physical, even 4. It actually came down to today to choose this one(two). For me one of the biggest moments of musical anticipation is waiting for Jimmy Page to blast that amazing riff on Whole Lotta Love. WOW. Also having Heartbreaker and Living Loving Maid blend into what almost seemed like one long song when heard on the radio was awesome as well.

BB King – LA Midnight. This was a recent add to my list. This album has BB KIng, Taj Mahal, Joe Walsh, Jessie Ed Davis, Randy (California) Wolfe, Mel Brown and others. Musical awesome sauce on my blues pizza. :)))))

Van Halen – Diver Down. I think I am the only person in the history of music to love this album. They had so many awesome albums. Why this one? It was actually my first ever cassette purchase. I played it to death. I love the experimentation of this album. Others might say it has too many covers and filler. But this is my list dammit.

Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA. This brings back so many memories. The most vivid was a day in high school when I was behind another metal head in the stairwell. He had a Bruce Springsteen shirt on, and a keener said to him “Nice Spingsteen shirt”. His response was classic. “I’m wearing this because I love the music, not because it’s the in thing to do.” That sealed it for me. I ran to the store that day and bought this album. Possibly the best front to back album ever known to man. The only song on the album that is not a perfect 10 for me is Dancing In The Dark, but at least the video had Courtney Cox.

Rush – Moving Pictures. Another tough one since I could only choose one. It came down to this and 2112. I think since I was a teen in the 80`s, that this had to be the album. Most of my music was metal back then, but Rush always seemed to factor in. Red Barchetta also holds a special place in my heart, as I love cars, and Rush, so the combo just works.

Black Sabbath – Mob Rules. Another hard choice. S/T, Paranoid, Master, SBS, Heaven and Hell, Born Again, Dehumanizer. Which one could I choose, or do I do my entire 15 on Sabbath and be done. Ozzy vs. Dio. That was a big challenge. Since Dio is either my fave or 2nd fave singer(along with Freddie Mercury) I had to finally choose this album. It was my first vinyl purchase ever, so that sealed the deal.

Queen – The Game. Speaking of Freddie. His voice was so incredible. I introduced all of my metal head buddies to classic rock via Freddie Mercury and Queen. It was tough picking only one album, but my second purchase on vinyl. I LOVE Dragon Attack. One of the best bass songs ever, mixed with amazing guitar and drums, AND Freddie. Awesome.

Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic. I stayed for a summer with my uncle and aunt. They were only about 10 years older than me, and they introduced me to Led Zep(and Michael White), and Aerosmith. They had the coolest stereo and an awesome turntable. I spun Toys more than any of his albums. I loved the b side songs the best, as they were never on the radio. Uncle Salty, Big Ten Inch Record, No More No More, and you See Me Crying are still some of my faves.

Triumph – Thunder Seven. My first concert ever was this tour in Toronto, spring 1985(Perhaps a future post). Me and a buddy bagged off school and thumbed our way to Toronto, and since I had long hair and a beard, I guess I looked old enough to buy booze. We split a mickey of vodka, and walked down Yonge Street asking street musicians to play rock tunes. The best was a guy that did Smoke On The Water on violin. Then we went to the concert. Honeymoon Suite opened, and then Triumph came on. We were chatting up the girls in the row in front of us, but then I think I stood there with my jaw wide open watching Rik Emmet do amazing things on a guitar that I had never heard or seen before. WOW. This album instantly brings back that day and all the amazing feelings come rushing back.

Again, I propose a challenge to the fellow bloggers to list the albums that barely did not make the list and some words about the hardships involved in choosing to not include them.

35 thoughts on “Top 15 on the 15th

  1. What a list! Great selections here! I especially like BB King. You can’t go wrong with him. His live shows were something so special. The way he was able to connect to his audience, whether a crowd of 10 or 10000 was amazing.

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    • Thanks. Blues came later to the party for me than rock and metal, but as my hearing has matured, I have come to love it. I could easily have had 10 or more blues artists on the list.
      Looking at my list I am surprised at the lack of metal. I might do a top 15 list from when I was 15 and see how many have changed. I bet most.

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      • Yes, there is so much good music out there that it’s challenging to make a list. I’m with you, I could have done up a Top 10 blues list…and other genres!
        Now that would be an interesting retrospective! Your Top 15 at Age 15.


  2. I haven’t commented on the various ’15’ posts, but yours has demanded a response. Although I don’t know much of the music (Guns ‘n’ Whoses?) what I loved reading were the personal contexts that made the albums meaningful and memorable for you (etched into your brain for Some Girls, I imagine). That’s actually what such lists are really about, isn’t it? The individual emotional connection that you illustrate perfectly with your Van Halen pick.

    Thanks for a breath of fresh air. I might even have to write a post now, exploring this very process.

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  3. Cool stuff….Triumph Thunder 7 Awesome! We’re pretty alike in our tastes! It’s like my collection and man you can’t go,wrong with Electric can you? Astbury Wolf Hat Included! Your list fuckin rocks! Literally! Haha…..

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  4. Pyromania — Def Leppard was my first concert. (Iron Maiden opened for them, a fact which many try to argue cannot be true.) I still love that album.

    You are not alone on Diver Down. It’s not my favorite VH album, but I think it is underrated. “Secrets” is a gem, too frequently forgotten by fans.

    Great list!

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    • Thanks. Awesome first concert. I would enjoy reading your post of that concert from memory, and a list of your top 15.

      Little Guitars is my fave. Eddie stated he could never do what Carlos Montoya did on guitar. This was his closest effort. I suggest to check some Carlos Montoya. WOW.


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