The best album from my top fifty favorite rock bands, part 3

I am counting down the best album from my top fifty favorite rock bands. In case you missed the first two videos in this series, here are part 1 and part 2. This week I share part 3 of the list and count down from #30 to #21. As always your feedback and thoughts are welcome.

Here are the three criteria I used to create it:

  1. I must own the album on vinyl.
  2. The album cannot be a greatest hits compilation
  3. No live-in-concert albums are allowed.

For example, The Doors’ greatest hits record is not on the list.

Let’s start the list with the best album by Twenty One Pilots. It is Blurryface. I like several of their albums. Blurryface is my favorite. It is full of great songs like the upbeat hit “Heavy Dirty Soul”.

At #29 is The Psychedelic Furs. I own two albums by this post-punk UK band — Talk Talk and Forever Now. My choice is the latter. Sure, “Pretty in Pink” is on the other one, but Forever Now is my pick.

At #28 is The Doors. Easy pick here — their debut album. It includes the hits “Break on Through”, and “Light My Fire”, along with several other great songs.

At #27 is Foster the People. This choice is somewhat difficult for me because I like all their albums. My selection is Sacred Heart’s Club. You have probably never heard of it, but it is my favorite. This record is full of excellent pop songs.

Next up is a modern band, Spoon. My choice is Hot Thoughts — great album. I like their latest release a lot as well. I have to confess that I have not listened to all Spoon albums yet. Note to self — need to buy more Spoon records.

At #25, is Pearl Jam. Another easy choice — Ten, their debut album. It is their first and finest record. Sure they have several other excellents ones, but nothing compares to the original.

Coming in at #24 is anothe debut album, Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes. This record rocks hard and also includes some acoustic gems like “She Talks to Angels”.

At #23 is an obscure Australian band, The Church. This choice is actually difficult for me because I enjoy so many of their albums. Been a fan for decades. I am picking their most popular album Starfish. It includes the hit songs “Under the Milky Way”, “Reptile”, and several other excellent tunes.

At #22 is the BoDeans. Another hard choice for me because I enjoy several of their records. My selection is Outside Looking In. It is probably their best release. It includes many great songs, although not a lot of hits. I always enjoy thie record whenever I play it.

At #21 is a the hard rocking band from down under AC/DC. Their best record is definitely Back in Black. It includes several hit songs like “Hells Bells”, “Shook me All Night”, and “Shoot to Thrill”. There is not a bad song on this album. It is remarkable when you think about it. The band had just lost their lead singer Bon Scott. They bring in someone new and come out of the gate kicking and screaming.

There you have it — part 3 of my newest list. If you recommend a band — let me know in the comments. All feedback is welcome. Feel free to post your own list.

I am Doug Keating and this is my letter to sons.



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