You know how it is. You get a CD and it turns out only half the songs are worth keeping. That’s how it usually is for me, no matter how good the band or singer is. I’ve been going through my music and compiled a list of albums that didn’t need to be cut down because at least 90% of it was just pure awesome.
Robbie Williams, Swing When You’re WInning
This is a jazzy set of the best of Robbie Williams’ songs. They’re fun to listen to because it feels like they could be sung in some classy old-time musical. You’ve certainly got a mood-lifter in this album. And if you can’t relate to the first song, then I’d consider you a liar.
Sister Hazel, Fortress
As far as bands go, Sister Hazel is one of my favorites. Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, they have consistently risen up in the charts over the years. In my opinion, they hit their peak with their third album, Fortress. This CD, like their others, is bluesy and folksy, but this one is the most contemporary in terms of rock. It’ll definitely give you a “champagne high” even without the champagne.
Elvis Presley: Elvis 75
My readers may not know this, but I’m an Elvis fan. If I had thick black hair (or more hair, for that matter) I’d either be in Nashville or Vegas making a living doing impersonations of him.
Caedmon’s Call, 40 Acres
It’s a Christian CD, but a fun one to listen to as you drive through the countryside with the windows down. Great traveling music, this one.
That Thing You Do! soundtrack
Remember the Oneders? Remember that little-known Tom Hanks film about that fifties band? The soundtrack is still rockin’ and it’s here to stay!
Blessid Union of Souls, Walking Off the Buzz
If The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was the one TV show that got me through high school, then this third Blessid Union of Souls CD got me through those years musically. I’m surprised my disc hasn’t worn out after probably at least a couple thousand repeat listens.
The Very Best of Rod Stewart
Judge me all you want, but yeah, this guy made the cut. Easily.
Mr. Holland’s Opus soundtrack
This was actually the very first CD I ever owned. I got it for Christmas 1996, along with my first CD player, after my sister convinced me that CD’s were way cooler than cassette tapes.
Tim McGraw, Set This Circus Down (and Greatest Hits)
I’m gonna go country on you here for a minute, and if I’m gonna do that, it might as well be because of Tim McGraw. This is my favorite album of his, besides his greatest hits CD from 2000.
Wicked, broadway musical soundtrack
If you haven’t seen the play, at least get the soundtrack. It’s wicked awesome!
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