10 Albums to listen to from Front to Back

May 4, 2015    

Here are my Top 10 Albums that I can, and have, listened to countless times from front to back with out skipping single song and enjoyed it! In this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to find an album with every song being a great track.

DISCLAIMER: This list isn’t my TOP 10 ALBUMS (Period) List . I’m not even sure if I could narrow that list down to just 10 albums.

10. Blink 182 – Enema of the State

While Dude Ranch is still my favorite Blink 182 album, once Enema of the State came out I listened to all 35 minutes and 17 seconds over and over again making family and friends listen to every chorus, hook, and verse over and over until they too memorized the lyrics. Not to mention the live version of Dumpweed (on the mark, travis, and tom show), where the crowd erupts after only a few notes, is what made me want to pick up the guitar.

9. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

It’s hard to believe that this was Guns N’ Roses’ debut album. What other bands packed so many hits into their first album? There are a few songs on the back end of this album that I may skip but that was usually just so I could go back and listen to Night train again. And even the songs that are not my favorite on this album have amazing guitar parts which forces me to listen to it all the way through.

8. Tenacious D – Tenacious D

The album is amazing.(period). Hilarious with amazing guitar parts and blasting forth with 3 part harmonies. Enough said.

7. Thrice – Illusion of Safety

The first Thrice CD I owned was Artist in the Ambulance which also got endless play, but once I got Illusion of Safety it did not leave my CD player at least until I started listening to a CD lower on this list.

6. John Mayer – Continuum

Being a guitar player this one is the one that made me respect John Mayer for his amazing skills and songwriting abilities. From the thoughtful lyrics of Waiting on the World to Change to the awesome rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s Bold as Love (probably one of the reasons I like this CD so much)

5. No Use For a Name – Hard Rock Bottom

I actually traded AFI’s Art of Drowning for this CD. The deep and thoughtful lyrics from the late Tony Sly along with the great melodies are what grabbed me and pulled into this album. It now holds a special place in my heart because I got to see Tony Sly play an acoustic set, that included one of my favorite songs: International You Day, in San Francisco months before he passed away.

4. AC/DC – Back in Black

This album came out the year I was born, 1987, and when I asked for this album for my birthday one year; the local record store didn’t even have it in stock. After waiting 2 weeks for it to be specially ordered it never left my portable CD player!

3. Rise Against – Siren Song of the Counter Culture

A simple suggestion from a friend, “Have you heard of Rise Against? No? You should listen to them,” and they immediately became one of (if not) my favorite bands. This CD has something everyone can enjoy. From punk rock beats with screaming vocals to a soft ballad that will be stuck in your head all day, front to back every song is great.

2. Avenged Sevenfold – Waken the Fallen

Avenged Sevenfold is almost like two completely different bands, Pre City of Evil and Post City of Evil. This one is Pre City of Evil A7X and their best album. Before M. Shadows had vocal surgury and decided he didn’t want to scream anymore and before the devastating loss of amazing drummer “The Rev.” This CD was a huge influence to myself and my fellow band mates. Have a listen

1. Strung Out – Exile In Oblivion

This one has currently been stuck on play in my IPod. Exile in Oblivion came out in 2004 and among the Strung Out fans, almost all would say that this is one of their best albums. Every song on this album will get stuck in your head at one point or another. Listen for yourself…