My Top 20 Albums: 10-1

Continuing on from my first post on this topic, here are my top 10 albums of all time. These all come as massive recommendations from me, and I think you should listen to all of them:

10. The Killers – Sam’s Town

The Killers were one of the first bands I ever got into after finding ‘When You Were Young’ on a Guitar Hero game. The song was great, and I spent ages listening to it as I played video games as a kid. From this I went on to listen to the full album, and what a treat it was. Not a single song was out of place, and even though Hot Fuss is the fan favourite album, I still prefer this one.

9. Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected

I first got into Sum 41 with All Killer, No Filler. After a while of listening to it though, I desired something new, which lead to me buying this album. It contained a whole new catalogue of songs, even angrier and better than the last album. After this I bought many more Sum 41 albums, and while they were all great, none could live up to this.

8. Brand New – Deja Entendu

What an album this is! I love that it takes the concept of a rock album, and all the usual topics talked about, and turns them on their heads. Each song is a masterpiece in its own right, and this album defines emo as a genre.

7. Muse – Black Holes And Revelations

Muse have many great albums, but this will always have a special place in my heart. I feel like it encompasses some of their best work, and is one of the very few albums that I enjoy every song on. Matt Bellamy is truly in his prime on this one.

6. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days

To most MCR fans, this will come as a massive surprise. The Black Parade is widely considered their best work, closely followed by Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, but I prefer their final effort. Why? I feel like it just works. Don’t get me wrong, I love their other work, but there is something about this album that just clicks with me. It is catchy, upbeat, infectious, and I love it.

5. Panic! At The Disco – Vices And Virtues

Again, this is one of the few albums I love all of the songs from. Every song is just everything I expect from a Panic! song. There are fast songs, slow songs, catchy songs, emotional songs, just about everything on this album. And I feel like everything really does work.

4. Royal Republic – Weekend Man

This is probably the most recent release on this list, but as the years go by I know I won’t love this album any less. It is undoubtedly the catchiest album I have ever heard, and I’m shocked that this band aren’t more popular than they are. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, as it showcases rock music at its best.

3. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel

This should be less surprising, as I’m sure most Twenty One Pilots fans would list this as one of their favourite albums. But there is reason behind that. This album is one of the most diverse but coherent albums I have ever listened to, and it cover a range of meaningful topics cleverly and insightfully. An essential listen for anyone.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

If you want my extended thoughts on this album, you can check out my classic album review on it, but in short, this album is almost perfect. It combines so many styles and different sounds into 28 songs that are all wonderful in their own right. You’d struggle to find a better album anywhere.

1. Rise Against – The Sufferer And The Witness

Is it any surprise that a Rise Against album takes the top spot. I’ve never really kept my love for this group a secret, and I feel like this album is the best of their work. It is the perfect middle ground between their newer, more melodic work and their angry punk roots. Every song is incredible, and just listening to it makes me want to start my own revolution. Because not only is this album great musically, it is meaningful too, standing up against many wrongdoings in the word. It is the perfect package, and I love it!

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Breaking Down Musical Stereotypes

In the same vein as my piece two weeks ago, I’m going to address something else I think is ruining music: musical stereotypes. I covered these briefly last time, but this time I’ll be looking at five individual stereotypes, and proving them wrong (or irrelevant) once and for all.

1. Pop music is meaningless.

First of all, this is maybe one of the most common stereotypes I’ve heard, particularly among rock fans. Lots of ‘fans’ and music elitists want to prove that their own music taste is the best, and will resort to cheap shots such as this to prove their point. The thing is, a lot of pop music is not meaningless. There’s so much pop music that has tonnes of meaning packed into it, discussing issues from politics all the way to gender and sexuality. Not only this, but what is the problem with music being meaningless anyway? Some people just listen to music to wind down and relax, and don’t want to bother themselves with any deep-seated meaning. So not only is this statement false, it’s irrelevant too.

2. Rap music is misogynistic.

Again, false. No music is misogynistic by design, and to claim a whole genre as such is just ridiculous. Sure, misogyny is present within the genre, but it is present within most genres of music too. The point is, if you’re angry at misogyny within music, it should be aimed at artists and songs, rather than the genre itself. Not only this, but a lot of rappers put on a persona in their music, so anything like this present within their music is almost akin to a comedian playing a character. Finally, there has been a rise of female rappers recently, who are not only creating great music in their own right, but creating great music on their own. Being angry about misogyny is good – it is completely unacceptable and has no place in society, but direct your anger towards songs and artists rather than the genre itself.

3. Metal/electronic music is ‘just noise’.

So, yeah, it’s true that technically all music is just noise. But that’s not the point of this criticism. The people that direct this criticism towards various types of music mean that it is just a mess of sound – incoherent and unlistenable. And yet again, it’s just not true. The fact that it’s ‘unlistenable’ is proven wrong by the sheer number of people that listen to metal and electronic music. The problem is that the people who claim this don’t really connect with this type of music. And that’s fine, everyone has different tastes. The problem with this is that they’re claiming music that they don’t like is ‘not good music’. This is clearly false.

4. Classical music is for old people.

This one is just wrong. While a large portion of the listenership of classical music is old people, a lot of young people listen to it too. There is so much variety in classical music that there is something there for everyone, be it for listening to while you’re studying, to putting it on while you’re in the car. And there’s a lot to learn from it too. The musical composers of the past were sheer geniuses, and used a range of techniques to make their music. These techniques have been used many times, from jazz music to metal music, and you never know, there might be something you could learn too.

5. Jazz music all sounds the same.

It’s a bad sign when a music fan claims all of a genre of music sounds the same. Of course, lots of music within a genre will sound similar, because the genre is built on similar sounds and instruments, but to claim a genre is all the same? Ridiculous. Within jazz music pretty much anything can be changed – the instruments, the time signature, the key – everything! The only reason for claiming all of a genre is the same is ignorance.

So there, that’s five different music stereotypes that are just wrong. But it doesn’t just stop there, there are so many stereotypes out there within the music world, and it’s our job as music fans to stop these views from spreading. A world without stereotypes is a better one, so why should the music world be any different?