There are a ton of amazing songs out there and every so often I will come across an album full of them. Here are a few of the albums that I consider to be perfect, or that I'm able to listen to from start to finish without ever skipping a song.
“Fine Line” by Harry Styles
We all already know this. I could just leave this album here with no explanation. Like many, I am obsessed with Harry Styles and have been for some time. (Like, cardboard-cutout-in-room obsessed.) Harry’s style is deeply inspired by 70’s rock—think The Beatles and Pink Floyd—but there is something so special and different about the music he produces. The overall message of this album is that if there are ups, there have to be downs. Harry’s honesty shines through this album in a way that it wasn’t able to in the past. I have loved watching his music grow and develop over the years, and I can’t wait to see where he takes it next.
Favorite songs: "Golden," "Fine Line"
Perfect for: A windows down, music up type of car ride
“Currents” by Tame Impala
I will be the first to say that Tame Impala isn’t everybody's style. But, there are those who love it REALLY love it (me included). I chose to include this album because of its intricate and impressive music production. I could listen to this album a million times and find something new in every song. A lot of Tame Impala’s music explores the concept and passing of time and gives light to thoughts that can sometimes be hard to express through words alone. If you have never heard of Tame Impala before, this is your sign to look them up. You might just discover your new favorite band!
Favorite songs: "Let It Happen," "The Less I Know The Better," "‘Cause I’m a Man"
Perfect for: Vibing
“Waitress” The Musical
Musicals are definitely an “if you know, you know” kind of thing. Those who are actively involved in the theater community love them, and those who aren’t tend to avoid them. “Waitress” is the perfect mix of theater and pop. Written by Sara Bareilles, this album lets you dip your toes into the world of musical theater instead of pushing you off the deep end. The storyline follows a young woman trying to navigate life while dealing with the stress of an abusive relationship, an unexpected pregnancy, and a minimum wage job. While it may seem dark, “Waitress” has a pretty even mix of upbeat songs and more emotional ballads. It’s one of my favorite musicals, and it just might become yours, too.
Favorite songs: "She Used To Be Mine," "When He Sees Me"
Perfect for: Pretending like it’s opening night on Broadway, and you’re the lead role
“Man On the Moon III: The Chosen” by Kid Cudi
This album was highly anticipated by the hip hop and R&B community, and it did not disappoint. “Man On The Moon III” is the third installment in a group of albums written by Kid Cudi. Those who are unfamiliar with his work may think it is just another rap album, but it is so much more. Cudi reflects deeply on his past and present struggles through insanely intricate lyrics and beats. It’s inspiring how open he is about his mental health and how it has affected his life. When played in order from start to finish, the songs blend perfectly into one another. It’s more than worth a listen.
Favorite songs: "Tequila Shots," "Elsie’s Baby Boy"
Perfect for: Everything
“A Rush of Blood to the Head” by Coldplay
Coldplay is a very well-known band, but I feel like a lot of their less popular work has been overlooked by the public. “A Rush of Blood to the Head” was recorded following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and explores the human experience in a post-9/11 world. It’s raw, emotional, and pure musical genius. I’m impressed every time I listen to this album. I honestly feel like it makes time stop. The messages of urgency and a need for connection beyond politics is reason enough for anyone to take a listen.
Favorite songs: "In My Place," "Politik," "The Scientist"
Perfect for: A reminder that we rise and fall together
I hope this article gave you some new music recommendations, or at the very least helped you appreciate the albums you already know and love. Happy listening!