Albums You Should Own

While everybody has different taste in music, there are simply some albums that everybody should own.  Here are seven albums (in no particular order) that everyone should have in their collection.

Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

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I’m not sure if it’s a southern thing, or because CCR is both of my parents’ favorite band, but there has never been a time in my life when I was unaware of this band.  This album has many of their classics, including my personal favorite, “Up Around the Bend.”

Rubber Soul – The Beatles (1965)

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While most people would recommend Abbey Road, I feel that Rubber Soul bridges the gap between The Beatles’ early and later years.

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen (1984)

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Yes, this album is cliché – but it’s cliché for a reason.  This is one of the few albums that I can listen to from beginning to end without skipping one track.

Runaround Sue – Dion (1961)

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If you have never listened to Dion, just do yourself a favor.  One of the most underrated singers of all time, Dion captures the sound and soul of the 1960s in this classic album.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Self-Titled 1976)

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I don’t feel the need to explain this one.

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (1977)

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This album is perhaps one of the most timeless albums of all time.  With everything from “Dreams” to “Go Your Own Way,” Rumours is one of the band’s most well-known (and for good reason).

Under the Table and Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band (1994)

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While I am well aware that Dave Matthews Band is not everybody’s cup of tea, I would encourage everyone to give this album a chance.  This album showcases the band’s unique ability to fuse multiple genres (such as rock, folk, and jazz), as well as Matthews’s distinctive voice.

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