Blog Every Day in May: Music Love

“What are your top 5 favourite albums and why?”

I’ve already said I’m rubbish at these top five lists. For a start, I can never narrow it down to that few, and then of course I forget and miss things out. Still, I’ve had a good bash at this, and because we can interpret these prompts as we like, I’ve interpreted ‘Top Five’ in my case to mean ‘Top Fifteen’. So there.

Anyway, in no particular order…..

Blur, The Great Escape

I suppose most peoples’ favourite Blur album is Parklife, but I just adore this album. The Universal is one of my all time favourite songs (shame British Gas sort of ruined it!) and this album reminds me of my teens. Damon Albarn is also a God.

Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

Obviously a more recent addition to my favourites, this one I could listen to again and again for ever though. It’s silly, fun, romantic and pretty epic I reckon.

Elvis Presley, Presley

Like Fox Mulder, I LOVE Elvis. His voice is so melt-in-the-mouth and his songs just some of the best around. Teddy Bear is my favourite. Love.

Electric Light Orchestra, All Over The World

I know I shouldn’t keep choosing Best-Of’s but just allow me this one more….I couldn’t possibly choose just one ELO album, as I have lots of favourite songs of theirs spread across their albums….Mr Blue Sky, Shine a Light and Livin’ Thing are my absolute faves though.

Spirit, Spirit

This reminds me of driving with my Dad as a kid….I owe a lot of my music taste to him and this album has stuck with me for over half my life. It kind makes me feel cool just listening to it.

Pink Floyd, Relics

Another one I owe to my Dad, he was a huge Pink Floyd fan and I believe my name actually comes from this album too!

Leftfield, Leftism

I used to have this on vinyl but lost custody of it when I broke up with an ex. Still, it’s a classic for my generation and I could listen to it all day.

The La’s, The La’s

I’m not sure why, but this album sounds like summer to me. Another one that I lost my vinyl copy of, but I will replace it one day as it sounds so wonderful compared to the CD.

Puppini Sisters, Christmas With the Puppini Sisters

A Christmas Album was bound to find its way onto my list, and this has to be my favourite. I saw the Puppini Sisters one Christmas at the Union Chapel and it was such a great, festive, jolly night.

Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago

This reminds me so much of getting together with Adam, our first kisses, our first holiday together and so many memories besides.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager

This album is dreamy in my opinion. Another great one for driving in the summer, it’s relaxing and uplifting at the same time.

Duke Special, Songs from the Deep Forest

I just love Duke Special. He’s so creative and original, and I adored seeing him at Wilton’s Music Hall last year….it was Adam’s first time there too so a bonus.

Band of Horses, Cease to Begin

This is another one that reminds me of getting together with Adam. I love their sound, which is so emotive to me.

Ben Folds, Rockin’ The Suburbs

This album means a lots of different things to me, reminds me of lots of things (good and bad) and can make me both cry and smile.

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

If I really, really, really, really, really HAD to choose just ONE favourite album it would have to be this one. I will never EVER tire of it, and I truly believe it must be one of THE best albums ever made.

Now I could easily ramble on for hours on this, as my tate is so eclectic (or bad as some people would say!)….I know I’ve left lots of things out….Michael Jackson, Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams (don’t judge me), Will Young, Sugar Babes, Beach Boys, ABBA, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Jeff Beck, Charlatans, James….and I could easily have gone to twenty five, but I won’t bore you and I really should get off the computer and enjoy this sun!

Ems x


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