I’m celebrating turning 30 at the end of the month by posting a bunch of my favorite things on this blog and my YouTube channel. Today I’m starting a countdown of my favorite albums. If you missed my Favorite Movie Moments, click here for the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts.
#30 – Hearts on Parade
This is really a toss up between both Hearts on Parade and The Art of Losing. I like both albums quite a bit and they each have a fun, upbeat vibe despite some more melancholy themes in many of the lyrics. The music itself is very peppy and has that early 2000s, late 90s pop rock kind of sound.
I’m going to have to go with “The Geeks Get the Girls” because it’s just so fun, and it is the reason Hearts on Parade made the list rather than The Art of Losing.
#29 – You’re Awful, I Love You
Ludo is one of those bands that I fear I may have discovered too late. They’ve only had three studio albums, and none of them have been hugely successful but they have a great energy, and their songwriting is entirely unique. Some of the lyrics are a little disturbing but that’s kind of the point. I’ll say that I don’t think they are for everyone but I have seen them live, and there is a crowd out there made just for them.
This album has some great high energy songs, and for my favorite track on the album, I’m going to have to pick “Lake Pontchartrain” because it showcases their unique songwriting perfectly. The song tells a vivd story of a fateful road trip taken through a very disturbing part of Louisiana.
#28 – Untamed
This is a more recent addition to my list. I wasn’t the biggest Country fan growing up but lately I’ve found myself listening to more Country radio stations, and picking up more Country artists’ records. I think for me it all just really depends on the artist and their sound. Cam mixes an old school Country vibe with a newer pop sound. Her first single off the album “Burning House” flashes back to a late 90s kind of theme with a soulful, weary sounding vocal. “My Mistake” takes on that more pop friendly feel. I think she has a great Country voice, and her album mixes the right amount of fun fluff with deeper, more emotionally rich tracks. I’m excited to see what else she’ll come up with.
“Want It All” has an upbeat chorus and throughline with those more meaningful lyrics I mentioned. She’s reflecting on what she has, or hasn’t done, so far to obtain her dream. She’s making a promise to herself to push harder to share this passion she’s feeling for what she sees as her purpose in life.
#27 – Dizzy Up the Girl
The Goo Goo Dolls
I grew up listening to classic rock thanks to my parents. When I was old enough to start picking my own radio stations to listen to, I gravitated towards the ones that played whatever modern rock there was. That’s how I discovered many of my favorite bands, including The Goo Goo Dolls. They echoed the sound of the bands I had already been listening to so that instantly appealed to me. This album was basically on repeat from my 8th grade year to high school.
“Acoustic #3” is one of the slower tracks, and while I love the album’s singles “Broadway” and “Iris,” this one is more mellow and emotional. I like acoustic versions of songs, and I like that it’s a bit of a break from the more rock heavy tracks.
#26 – Move Along
The All-American Rejects
This was basically the soundtrack to the second half of my senior year of high school. My best friend and I both had copies of the album, and I remember driving around with him, talking about what the future was going to look like, wondering how things were going to change for us. This was the album we played in the car while driving through our town, thinking about what was next to come.
The title track isn’t exactly uplifting but it does have a sense of resilience to it. The point isn’t to pick you up and tell you it’s all going to be alright. The point is to give you enough strength to just keep “moving on.”
#25 – Get Born
This band was so good, and so much better than the time they were releasing this album. I’m so bummed they weren’t more successful. I think they released one or two more albums but nothing that gained the same popularity. Their sound hearkened back to that classic rock I grew up with. I got some intense 60s/70s rock vibes from this album then, and still do listening to it today.
“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” is definitely good, and it’s easy to see why it was such a hit. I’m still partial though to the second single, “Cold Hard Bitch.” Also worth a listen is “Timothy,” a nice ballad that concludes the album.
Check back tomorrow for more of the countdown.