My Favourite Albums of All Time

Inspired by tonight's Grammys and in no particular order.
  1. Aaliyah, Self-Titled
    The sexy smooth soundtrack to my awkward high school experience.
  2. AC/DC, Back in Black
    Surprise favourite song: the innuendo-filled "Let Me Put My Love Into You."
  3. Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
    One: She's Canadian and we're always proud of our own. Two: my mom would let me say "fuck" when I sang "You Oughta Know" despite my ripe old age of 10.
  4. Outkast, The Love Below/Speakerboxxx
    The soundtrack to my slightly less awkward university experience...
  5. The Arctic Monkeys, AM
    I just never tire of this, nor do I ever skip a song.
  6. Banks, The Altar
    My current obsession...
  7. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
    "God Only Knows" speaks for itself.
  8. The Beatles, Basically everything...
    Just all of it... I've included the self-titled cover because I think it would have to be the gun-to-my-head favourite of the bunch.
  9. Beau Dommage, Beau Dommage
    I'm French-Canadian and this album makes me think of my mom. Even if you don't speak French, though, the songs are beautiful and can be appreciated all the same.
  10. Beyoncé, Self-Titled
    I may have cried when I heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech in the middle of "Flawless."
  11. Beyoncé, Lemonade
    I hadn't realized how much I loved albums with a singular vision and purpose until I heard/watched this.
  12. The Black Keys, Brothers
    Although I love all of their work, this is pretty much peak Keys.
  13. Chromeo, Fancy Footwork
    Always makes me want to dance...
  14. David Bowie, Best of Bowie
    I loathe myself for including what amounts to a greatest hits here rather than one of his many classics, but it's got TWO DISCS of greatness guys!
  15. Fugees, The Score
    My friend Chantal had this ON TAPE! We only got to listen to it a couple of times before her parents made her return it due to all the swearing, but we already knew it was pure gold. Clearly, mine and Chantal's parents had very different parenting styles...
  16. Gary Clark Jr., The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
    Oh man, the guitar...
  17. Janelle Monáe, The Archandroid
    She's just so unequivocally herself. So cool.
  18. Janet Jackson, The Velvet Rope
    Another one of Chantal's albums that would have been considered too risqué for her parents; so we just listened to it at my house.
  19. Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne
    I'm a big Jay-Z fan. So, I love all of his albums (honourable mention to The Black Album) but his collab with Kanye was a revelation.
  20. John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
    For "Hold On" and "Working Class Hero."
  21. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
    good kid, m.A.A.d city included as well. He was robbed I tell you!
  22. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    If I were actually ranking these, it would be pretty damn close to the top if not at #1.
  23. Lion Babe, Begin
    I just love their vibe. If you want just a taste, their self-titled EP does the trick.
  24. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
    I know, I know, it's all about Thriller. But for me, this is THE one.
  25. Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly
    Can't include that Arctic Monkeys album without the one from which they got the "Do I Wanna Know?" sample.
  26. Nas, Illmatic
    Classic.
  27. Neil Young, Harvest
    At his best. "Old Man" just does it for me.
  28. Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
    I have no explanation for this. I just love it.
  29. No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom
    Another childhood fave. Back when Gwen Stefani held that same aura of cool as Janelle Monae.
  30. Paul McCartney & Wings, Venus and Mars
    Lost my vinyl copy of this in a breakup but the songs are still with me!
  31. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
    So many great songs here. I never tire of "Money."
  32. Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin'
    The male equivalent of Janelle Monae. Cool cool cool.
  33. Rihanna, ANTI
    I might be slightly obsessed with this woman; so, I could have mentioned any Album here. However, this one shows that she's willing to try new sounds and that's worthy of recognition to me.
  34. Sam Cooke, Portrait of a Legend
    That voice...
  35. Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle
    West Coast G-Funk at its finest.
  36. Solange, True
    A Seat at the Table is so much more important of a piece of work, but I just always wanted to listen to this when it first came out.
  37. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
    An exceptional album by an exceptional artist. Gets everyone groovin', me, my aunts, everyone...
  38. The Strokes, Is This It?
    Gritty guitar sound, gritty vocals from Julian Casablancas. Awesome.
  39. Stromae, Racine Carrée
    Made French music cool and accessible.
  40. TLC, Crazy Sexy Cool
    The album title says it all.
  41. A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
    All of their albums (including the newest) have their place on this list. This one ekes the others out only because of "Scenario."
  42. Omg guys, I didn't realize I would make this so long! Sorry! The worst is that I feel I'm forgetting some...