Just when you thought we’d never finish, here we are with the last two albums on a list of what I consider the greatest ten albums ever made.
When I say greatest, please remember here that I’ve based all of these selections on nothing more than personal enjoyment.
These are not ranked by sales figures, by technical musicianship, by critical acclaim nor by mass popularity, but simply by the fact that these are the albums I enjoy listening to the most.
If you haven’t already done so, you can catch up with earlier installments of this list below.
- My Top 10 Favourite Albums of All Time (PART 1)
- My Top 10 Favourite Albums of All Time (PART 2)
- My Top 10 Favourite Albums of All Time (PART 3)
All caught up? Good, let’s finish this thing off with the only two artists to be featured twice among my favourite albums list.
9: Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Though I ranked Highway 61 Revisited higher on the list, I don’t believe Bob Dylan recorded any album which contained more of his greatest songs than Bringing it All Back Home.
From the rapid-fire poetry of Subterranean Homesick Blues to the delightful combination of jangly guitars and rebellious lyrics of Maggie’s Farm, right down to the classics like Mr. Tambourine Man and It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, there are so many monumental songs on this album that it’s impossible not to love.
That being said, some of my own personal favourites on here aren’t necessarily the tracks I’d consider to be among Dylan’s more mainstream successes.
Sandwhiched between Subterranean Homesick Blues and Maggie’s Farm, She Belongs to Me is not just one of the best on the album, but one of my favourite songs of all time by any artist.
In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love, she speaks softly
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all
– Bob Dylan – Love Minus Zero
For me, Love Minus Zero’s lyrics make it another album highlight, whilst the bluesy romp of Outlaw Blues and On the Road Again are also highlights on album that is packed full of them.
10: Counting Crows – Recovering The Satellites
Last but by no means least, we come back to my favourite band of all time.
Before we do however, a confession:
I really struggled to determine which band should take the final spot on my favourite albums list. There are so many truly incredible records that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to over the years that I could make a valid argument for any one of them to be featured here.
Yet what it all comes down to is this:
No band have had a more profound impact on my life than Counting Crows, and Recovering the Satellites is packed full of songs that stir the kind of emotions in me that few other albums are capable of.
Confession number two:
For the longest time, I largely ignored this album.
I was in love with August & Everything After, I couldn’t get enough of This Desert Life, and when the band released Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, I played that thing on repeat so often that I would go to bed with the songs still rattling in my head.
Recovering The Satellites though? That one somehow escaped my attention for the longest time.
That was my loss, because this album is nothing short of awesome.
Yes, the two big singles Angels of the Silences and A Long December (the one with the Courtney Cox video) are here towards the beginning and the end of the album respectively, but it’s everything in between that really makes this one such a masterpiece.
Goodnight Elisabeth, Children in Bloom, Have You Seen Me Lately, Monkey, and personal favourite Mercury are all beautiful crafted songs, though if there’s one thing this album has with every single one on this list, it’s this:
There isn’t a single bad song on the album.
To me, that’s what really makes a great album; something you can listen to from start to finish and really enjoy every single moment.
Recovering the Satellites fits that bill perfectly. It’s just a shame it took me so long to realise it.