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April 19, 2016

ten on tuesday: albums you love
posted by soe 3:01 am

Carole’s Ten on Tuesday topic this week is 10 Albums You Love:

  • Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins: This is a mid-’90s collection of lullabies performed by the artist best known for “Footloose.” The title track is the revised version of his cynical farewell to childhood song that includes the verse he wrote after his son was born. I totally bought this at Circuit City because of the very pretty cover, but it’s been one of my best impulse buys ever. It’s gotten me through dentist appointments and sleepless nights and is one of my favorite baby shower gifts.
  • Hamilton: No one will be surprised to find the cast album of 2015 near the top of my list. It’s full of ear worms, and I aspire to be able to get through some of its hip hop lyrics as fast as the cast does.
  • Boys on the Side: The soundtrack to a mid-’90s movie, both the album and the film are filled with girl power. You’ll find Bonnie Raitt, Annie Lenox, Melissa Etheridge, and the Indigo Girls, who make an appearance as a bar band in one of the scenes. If highway driving on the highway on a sunny spring or summer afternoon had a soundtrack, this would be it.
  • Rites of Passage by the Indigo Girls: My favorite album by the duo (and a favorite of my late college years), this includes some of their hits, including “Galileo,” “Airplane,” and “Virginia Woolf.”
  • The Honesty Room by Dar Williams: I remember Grey Kitten playing this for me in his apartment in HiRise when I went to visit. Little did I know that songs about a babysitter and gender norms and modern art would become one of my favorite albums.
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by The Beatles: Call me a sheep if you will, but if you’re only going to own one Beatles album or if you’re looking for a starting place for getting into their music, this would be my recommendation. There are probably other albums of theirs that are better, but this one is solid.
  • Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi: Released when I was in middle school, this album from the 1980s’ most pop-friendly hard-rock band includes “Livin’ on a Prayer,” which I voted for as my prom theme song in high school. It did not win, and, in retrospect, I acknowledge that it would have made a terrible prom theme on every count.
  • Dirty Dancing: Because nobody puts Baby in the corner. So perfect (and successful), they released a (less perfect and less successful) sequel soundtrack.
  • The Muppet Movie: “Moving Right Along.” “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along.” “The Rainbow Connection.” The Electric Mayhem. Kermit. Gonzo. Miss Piggy. Even a patriotic riff from Fozzie.
  • River of Dreams by Billy Joel: His last pop studio album. Another album I bought in part because I loved the cover. Lots of good songs, including “Lullabye.”

I thought this was going to be a remarkably easy list to make, but then I kept thinking of more and more albums I wanted to include. I have limited my list to ten, as per the topic, and left off all best of/greatest hits albums, although there were several that I might have included otherwise, and Christmas albums and mix cds. However, know that at least half of these albums might have been substituted out for others on another night (or in another hour on this night).

How about you? What albums do you love?

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