I don’t want to pigeonhole the entire world. However, when it comes to music we can be a bit sheep-like. There are some albums that about 90% of the population have in their music collection and if you don’t have them then you really should. Here they are.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Many consider this one of the Beatles finest albums. I disagree. However it is one of their most famous if for no other reason than the cover artwork. Is there a more iconic album cover?
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
If you are in your thirties and you don’t own this album then legally you are allowed to have your citizenship revoked by which ever nation you are currently affiliated.
Nirvana – Nevermind
Hold my beer! This is the most iconic album cover ever and a fine musical effort too. Most of the band’s big hits exist on this album and it’s a must for all thirty to forty somethings. Especially if they are a tiny bit emo.
The Killers – Hot Fuss
This album may be famous for Mr Brightside, but let’s be honest here everyone owns this and belts out “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” like their life depended on it.
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amy’s life may have ended tragically early but not before she left this absolutely classic album. We would prefer it if she was still with us but her legacy lives on.
Bon Jovi – Crossroads
It may seem like a cheat having a greatest hits album on the list but this has so many of Bon Jovi’s most iconic hits and for some reason you all brought it – don’t shoot the messenger.
Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell
Everyone and their dads own this. Okay, mostly dads. If your dad doesn’t own this then is he even old enough to have kids?
Blur – Parklife
You couldn’t well have Oasis on the list without Blur, could you? Again the albums cover is iconic but the content was pretty special as well.
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
This features them two Kings of Leon songs that absolutely everyone loved before they disappeared underground to make music that only diehard fans listen to again. To be fair they have made some good stuff since, but this was chart gold!
Coldplay – Parachutes
It’s no surprise to see Coldplay on the list. Everyone likes their mellow vibe.
U2 – Joshua Tree
Way before they forced people to own their music people actually wanted to. Joshua Tree was a fine album and was the Irish Rock band at their best.
Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory
The fighting Mancunians seldom dropped a bad album but with tracks like Champagne Supernova and of course Wonderwall this was their finest hour.
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
If you don’t own this then your parents will. If not ask nana and pops. This had some of their best tracks on it and was a massive hit.
Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
The one that started it all off for the self-proclaimed Rap God. This is Slim at his best, laden with a mix of pop classics and grittier numbers.
Dr Dre – 2001
If this is Dre’s last album then at least he bowed out on a high (pun intended) with belters like Forgot about Dre and Still Dre you’d be forgiven for labelling the Doc an egotist!
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
I’m not a fan of “the Floyd” but there is no denying that this is an influential and popular album. And hey, the artwork is cool, so it’s got that going for it!