So, with preschool being a fifteen to twenty minute drive, and driving to drop off, driving home, driving back to pick up, and driving back home, I spend about an hour to an hour and a half in the van every day. Hence the freak out when I had the whole iPod-got-stolen-and-new-one-is-broken debacle. The radio stations here are total CRAPOLA and, let's be honest, I usually have a Dora on in the back for the kids anyway. So, breaking all rules of common sense concerning vehicle safety, I usually wear my headphones and listen to my iPod on these drives. I know, I know.
But anyway, while I'm listening, I'm usually making lists. It's just sort of one of those things I do. Favorite songs, favorite singers, favorite outfits that singers wear on album covers, it goes on and on. But lately, ever since I put literally ALL my CDs into my iPod and threw them all away (another reason the great debacle was such a horror) I've been trying to list my favorite albums. I can't pick a favorite song, it's just too hard. But I sort of got the albums narrowed down. Sort of. And since I know you're dying to know, I figured I'd share. How great, right?
So, the Best Albums Ever- and not in order, because ranking them would be WAY TOO HARD...
-Achtung Baby, by U2. I know, I know, you're supposed to pick the Joshua Tree. But whatever, I like Achtung Baby at least five times better. Yeah, Joshua Tree has some AMAZING tracks, but Achtung Baby is FULL of amazing tracks. As a whole, it's just better. For me. And this is my list, so there you go. My favorite track would have to be Ultraviolet. And Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. And So Cruel. Three way tie I guess.
And even though I don't want to rank these albums, I would venture to say that Achtung Baby is actually my favorite album of all time. If I HAD to say.
-Tommy, by The Who. Actually, this would probably be my favorite album of all time. It'd be really hard to decide between the two. Really really really hard. I watched a documentary on the Who once and it sort of turned me off for a few weeks, but then I was back and I still loved it just as much. My favorite track would have to be Go to the Mirror. Try to find a faster drummer, I dare you. In fact, if you can find one, I'll give you a hundred bucks. Heck, let's make it a thousand. So that would be my fave track, but really, it's not as good unless you listen to the WHOLE album, you know?
-Jagged Little Pill, by Alanis. I mean, hello, she totally defined my junior high and high school experience. I so wish she had been better in her follow up efforts. But I guess if you're only gonna have one great album, it's nice to have it be as good as this. Favorite track is Right Through You. And Perfect. And All I Really Want.
-Born in the USA by the Boss. Favorite track, and favorite Bruce song, even though I guess no one else likes it because it's not on ANY of his greatest hits compilations, is I'm on Fire. I LOVE THIS SONG. In fact, if for some reason someone put a gun to my head and told me to pick my favorite song ever, period, end of story, I might pick this. Or Boys of Summer. Who knows. But seriously, who doesn't have Born in the USA on their Best Albums Ever list?
-Forty Licks, Disc One by the Rolling Stones. Now, in my head, on these drives, I go back and forth over whether or not compilation albums count. And they shouldn't, because they're not REAL albums, you know? But, since my dad wasn't a big Stones fan, I wasn't exposed to their regular albums as a kid, and so Forty Licks is really all I've got to go with now. I could spend an hour on Amazon going through the REAL albums to pick the one I think is best, but that's just stupid. This is a game in my head, so if I wanna put a Best Of album on, that's what I'm gonna do. Favorite track? Easy, Sympathy for the Devil. Although, since this was confusing for me to pick, I feel like I should say my actual favorite Stones song right now is As Tears Go By. But it's not on Forty Licks.
-And since we're letting in compilation albums, next up would be Forty Years Of John Williams, a four disc collection of just about every score he's ever composed for every single movie. Favorite track on those discs would have to be the ET song, although the Fawke's Theme from Harry Potter Two is a pretty close second. And if I'm NOT letting compilation albums on, I'd use the Jurassic Park score since that's a regular album, and I'd pick the main theme as the best track.
-And, not just so that my dad won't disown me, but because it actually does rank right up there as one of the Best Albums of All Time...Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. At first I was debating between the Wall and Dark Side, because my favorite Pink Floyd song is Comfortably Numb, and that's on the Wall...but in the end, Dark Side always comes up ahead. First of all, it's just...cooler. You know? And secondly, the Wall is really really weird and sort of creepy. For some reason, it scares me a little, and I can't quite remember why. Something to do with freshman year at Auburn, having too much to drink, and either watching Clockwork Orange and the movie about the Wall in close succession, or maybe even at the same time on two different tvs...like I said, I can't quite remember. But for some reason it freaks me out a little. So Dark Side of the Moon wins out, and my favorite track would have to be Time. I know, it's a little tacky and overdone, but those two minutes between all the alarms and when the lyrics start? That's like Pure Musical Genius. And I'm not usually a huge fan of the Gnarly Electric Guitar Squeals, but Pink Floyd manages to do all kinds of right with that sucker.
So there. That's a little peek into my brain as I drive back and forth and back and forth and back and forth every. Single. Day.
Kinda spooky, right?