What’s My Favorite Album?
Usually, whenever someone strikes up a conversation with another person about music, they tend to ask the question of who their favorite artists are, sometimes indicating the ultimate question of what their favorite album is. It’s an interesting discussion so many people have with one another. The complexity associated with pinpointing one record as an all-time favorite has always been challenging for me to describe.
From my perspective, most people that are into music have different tastes throughout their entire life. Although my music taste is as assorted and broad as it’s ever been, I know there are plenty of records still out there that could potentially be my favorite album. Obviously, I can’t hear everything, but that drives me mad a bit knowing there’s an album out there that could potentially change my life.
As for the ultimate question of what my favorite album is, that’s a tough one. Ultimately, I would have to dig through the various stages of my life and give a broad answer from each point. As a child, I primarily listened to classic rock with my favorites being Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles. At that time, Houses of the Holy, Master of Reality, Animals, and The White Album would’ve been tied for my favorite records. Pretty solid taste for a middle schooler, eh?
In high school, I listened to a lot of noise rock, shoegaze, alternative rock, and progressive rock. I loved Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Rush, and many others. Daydream Nation, Loveless, Kid A, and 2112 would’ve been running for my beloved record. Unfortunately, my music taste began to sour later in high school and early college, as I listened to a lot of modern pop-punk bands.
I don’t mean any disrespect to the pop-punk genre, as there are a lot of great groups from it. It was just an odd year or two for me music-wise, seeing as I never listened to any of the classic pop-punk bands like Blink 182, but randomly stumbled upon lesser-known pop-punk bands as a late teen. However, this temporary phase faded after two or three warped tours, provoking me to want to seek out as much music as I could.
Roughly three to four years ago is where I promised myself I would listen to at least three new records I never heard before every day. I watched and continue to watch as many YouTube niche music-oriented channels while staying up on discords and Reddit pages discussing great records. As much as I might sound like a music elitist or all-around douche, I’m extremely thrilled to be where I’m at as a music fanatic.
I love all of the classics from my youth aside from my temporary modern pop-punk phase in my late teens (although I dig some of those bands still). Today, I tend to love the underground punk, alternative hip-hop, progressive rock, and noise-rock genres the most, but I’m open-minded to just about anything.
Nevertheless, to answer the question of what my favorite album is, I guess I don’t know. I think a better answer would be to list some of my beloved albums instead of declaring one as my favorite. Thus, here are ten of my favorite albums in no particular order.
1. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
2. Pink Floyd – Animals (1977)
3. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
4. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want (2018)
5. Swans – To Be Kind (2014)
6. Rush – 2112 (1976)
7. Yes – Closer to the Edge (1972)
8. Frank Ocean – Blonde (2016)
9. Madvillainy (2004)
10. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
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