What Makes an Album Iconic?
No matter the specifics of a musical endeavor or genre, there are iconic albums in every music facet. Whether it’s rock, rap, jazz, blues, country, or any other genre you can think of, numerous albums are regarded by many as being milestones in the genre.
As humans, we use what’s around us for influence. Family matters, friendships, artistic purposes, events, and music all shape us into who we become. With the notion of music, musicians end up becoming musicians for the sole reason they were influenced to become one at some point during their life.
This notion of early musical influence can be anything from a family member being involved in it to stumbling across a live artist. Eventually, as our interest grows, we begin to search through the various music avenues until we discover the iconic records in each. Even if we grow tired of specific records, it’s interesting to wonder what makes an album iconic?
Popularity As Time Goes By
Generally speaking, records that are regarded as being iconic have a particular longevity to them. Longevity is an integral element of an iconic album since it demonstrates how great an album truly is. As many great albums are released every year, only a handful, if any, will be looked back on as being iconic.
This is an entirely difficult task for any musician to accomplish. As challenging as it is to create a good record, let alone one that’ll be looked back on for years to come. Nonetheless, there have been numerous iconic records that have been released throughout the years. Whether you’re discussing Led Zeppelin II, Pet Sounds, Abbey Road, Nevermind, All Eyez on Me, or any other notable record, it’s interesting to see how they became iconic.
Recognition and Visual Appeal
Outside of having longevity, the public’s recognition of records helps make them iconic or not. For example, practically every person can see the cover of Dark Side of the Moon and know it’s a Pink Floyd record. Recognition is essential for any matter, but especially for music.
However, it’s extremely difficult for any piece of music to have a sort of remembrance to it for years to come. Despite this, there are numerous songs and records in general, that can be looked back on for being iconic.
Outside of the visual appeal tied a record cover, a song from a prevalent album can be easily recognizable as well. No matter the specifics of each, notable records are widespread for a reason.
The primary reason any record gains notoriety as time goes by is its influence on artists. As noted earlier, musicians alike and humans, in general, take in life experiences around them to shape who they are. Considering music is such an individual and group experience, it makes sense how so many records have influenced countless generations.
Even records that were released half a century ago remain just as popular as they once were. Every person in the world knows what Abbey Road by The Beatles is. The influence tied an album like Abbey Road is undeniable and is part of the reason music is such a fascinating element of human society.
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