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Trapped on a Deserted Island: The 5 Albums I Could Not Live Without

Earlier today we posed the question on our Facebook page: “You’re trapped on a desert island, and you can take FIVE albums with you. What five are you taking?”

We got some great answers, from Alice in Chains’ ‘Dirt,’ to AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black,’ to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and a whole lot more. Click here to join the discussion.


This all got me to thinking … What albums would I take with me? And sweet Lord above, this became a very difficult endeavor, very quickly. But somehow, I managed. I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow, but here are my five:

Pearl Jam ten

Pearl Jam: “Ten”



Pearl Jam’s “Ten” is the album that started it all for me. It’s the one album I can point to and say, “That’s where my love for music started.” Top to bottom, it’s (in my opinion, of course) the best album of the 1990s. I can honestly say I will never grow tired of listening to it. This album boasts not only my favorite PJ song (“Alive”), but all of the tracks are incredible … including what I believe to be PJ’s most underrated song (“Release”). This was the easiest choice for me. I wish I could say the same for the rest.



The Beatles: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”



In my opinion it’s the best album by The Beatles among so many great ones. And as I approached this list I made a promise to myself not to use greatest hits or compilation albums, thus making this endeavor that much harder. “Sgt. Pepper’s” showcases all of The Beatles’ greatness in one album, from the trippy music, to the purely honest, to the songs that will never die. The fact that “A Day in the Life” is the last song on this album tells the whole story.



Led Zeppelin: “II”



Trying to pick between Led Zeppelin I, II, III and IV is like picking between a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and a Porsche. You know you’re going to get amazing stuff from each one, and at this point, it’s a matter of preference. Quite honestly, give me all four plus “Houses of the Holy” and I’m a happy camper on this deserted island. But here’s to diversity, and I’m taking “II.” I’m partial to “Ramble On” (my favorite Zeppelin song), but top to bottom, all 13 tracks are incredible.



Nirvana: “Nevermind”



After Pearl Jam’s “Ten,” “Nevermind” is the next album I can look at as one that shaped my music tastes during high school. It’s my go-to record from the grunge era after “Ten,” along with the likes of Alice in Chains, Candlebox, Soundgarden, etc. Kurt Cobain’s genius shines throughout the entire record, as you know. I can’t leave this one behind.



The Who: “Who’s Next”



Filling the fifth spot was a disaster. There were at least four other albums that had this spot at one point, including Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” Mumford and Sons’ “Sigh No More,” Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?” But, I quickly realized I left out The Who, and that couldn’t happen. And what better album to take than “Who’s Next?”


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