There are only a handful of truly perfect albums to fit each person’s taste. To me, a perfect album is one you can listen all the way through, without skipping any songs. You can listen to it over and over, and never get tired of it.
The albums I picked to talk about check those boxes and more. I can relate in some way to the lyrics, the beats are catchy, and I have an association tied to it from some point in my life, good or bad. Even if an album or song reminds me of a dark time, I still love it for all the aforementioned reasons and because it also reminds me of how much that album meant to me at the time; It has sentimental value in the fact that it really helped me out.
In no particular order, here are the five albums I love to death:
*When I state my least favorite song, I still like the song, it’s just at the bottom of my rankings for that album!
This album reminds me of the first time I went to sleepaway camp. I was 14 going on 15, about to enter my sophomore year of high school. I just left the worst year of my life behind me, and was ready to grow again. The camp I went to was for creative and performing arts, and I went for photography. I was finally meeting like minded art people and had my first studio shoot. It was all very new and exciting. Listening to this album reminds me of that time of growth and exploration. Note: I didn’t discover this album until about six years after it came out.
Favorite song: 20 Dollar Nose Bleed
I really like piano in faster tempo songs. This song has an upbeat sound, with not as upbeat lyrics. I’ve always loved that contradiction in music because it doesn’t bring you down as much; you still enjoy it when you’re happy, and you get more pumped up when you’re sad. I can’t put into words the vibe that 20 Dollar Nose Bleed has, it’s unique, and that’s why I like it.
Least favorite song: She’s My Winona
Honestly, I still really enjoy this song, I just like the other ones on the album a smidge better. I have zero criticism for anything on this album.
This album came out just in time for me be visit my Aunt in Florida during spring break my sophomore year. I was getting better from my previous year of school and everything seemed to be going adequately. This album reminds me of going to Florida, like many do since I go every year, but this has a different feeling to it. Even though it’s not my favorite song on the album, Missing You really got through to me. I was struggling with mental health and having this song remind me that I had people who would miss me (not necessarily the band, because they obviously have no idea who I am, it just reminded me that I had a great support system).
Favorite song: Dancing With a Wolf
I could feel the emotion in this song. I love a song that can make me feel something that I haven’t yet experienced before, it shows strong songwriting skills that I can appreciate a lot. The sound, again, is unique, in a way. It’s interesting and it was an instant favorite.
Least favorite song: The Edge of Tonight
Even though I do like this song, it’s sometimes hard to get into because it’s slow. I have trouble listening to slow songs, even if I truly like them. I personally need to be energized by music, so that’s pretty much the only reason this song is at the bottom.
This is the only album on my top five that reminds me of a bad time. I was a freshman in high school, and extremely suicidal. I had this album to soothe me. I listened to it during the worst summer of my life, and into the beginning of my rocky high school career. It mostly reminds me of that, but it also reminds me of how much relief I once got from it, and still do. This was my into album to The Maine. Their entire sound is different to what I’ve listened to in the past, and the lyrics take me to a different place and make me want to write.
Favorite Song: Happy
This song resonated with me when I first listened to this album because of the lyric “This ain’t a fairytale, and I don’t think I’ll ever be happy”. As I said, I was feeling completely hopeless, so I could really relate to this song. It’s also a really cool tune in terms of sound.
Least favorite song: Forever Halloween
I find that an album’s namesake song is usually my least favorite on the album. This is another slow song but this one is also mostly instrumental, which bores me when I want to sing in my car on a long drive. These Four Words is also slow, and is a close second to last, but it comes ahead because of the fact that it has more lyrics.
This was my first Green Day album. My Aunt (same one as before) showed it to me when I was probably too young for it (maybe about 7 or 8) but it didn’t matter because I didn’t understand the bad stuff and the musical part of it is great. I listened to this album with my brother and my mom on the way to day camp for two summers. I also listened to it as I went to bed for God knows how long, so now I instantly relax when I hear the opening chords to Warning. It reminds me of being young and enjoying life. Now that I know what most of the references are in the lyrics, I appreciate it even more.
Favorite song: Warning
This is a rare case of me liking a namesake song. If you had asked me my favorite song off this album ten years ago, I probably would have said Misery or Deadbeat Holiday. I’ve recently gotten into this song because of the relation of the lyrics to the current political climate in America. Green Day has always been, and always will be, political, and this is another fine example. This song is also relaxing to me because it still has energy but it’s lowkey.
Least favorite song: Church On Sunday
This album is great through and through, but I had to pick a bottom, and this had to be it. Church On Sunday is still an amazing song, it just kind of falls to the wayside when I think of this album, which is why it’s at the bottom.
This album came out almost two months ago, at the time I’m writing this. I only liked it at first, not loved it, but it quickly grew on me and I can’t stop listening to it. The first two singles, (Fuck a) Silver Lining and Say Amen (Saturday Night) remind me of taking long showers at college, because that was the only place I could really listen to it and pay attention. The rest of it reminds me of the trip my family took to Europe this summer, since it came out in the middle of it and it was my only entertainment due to lack of wifi.
Favorite song: Tie between Roaring 20s and Old Fashioned
I can’t choose between these two songs! I like them for different reasons. Roaring 20s aptly gives me 1920s swing music vibes. I love that it can sound modern and retro at the same time. Something about this song just struck me, and it’s what made me get into this album more. Old Fashioned is cool because it has two very different sounds in one song between the verses and the chorus, while still flowing smoothly. The verses have a funky vibe to it due to the horns, while the chorus has a lighter, more Panic!touch to it. I can’t do it any justice, as with anything I’m describing, but trust me, it’s pretty great.
Least favorite song: The Overpass
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this song, I just don’t get as into it for some reason. It kind of reminds of spy movie music in the beginning, which is fun, but nothing is bad about it.
So there you have it! My top five music albums, what they remind me of, and my top and bottom songs from each album. I hope you either like my taste in music, or will listen to some of these kickass albums!