Captain’s Log: Stardate 94865.11

This semester, to satisfy my Art Tradition credit, I’m taking a class called History of American Popular Music. That means I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about songs, artists, and albums throughout the years.

I’m not incredibly music inclined. I don’t play an instrument, although my singing voice is alright. It’s not great, but it’s not horrible either (unless it’s 8 a.m. and I just woke up and I’m trying to sing in the shower).

Despite my lackluster musical abilities, I am obsessed with music. I listen to it when I’m getting ready in the morning. I listen to it on my way to class. I listen to it while I do homework. I listen to it before bed.

I am always listening to music.

I’m not picky about what I listen to, either. The only type of music I don’t particularly like, or have liked in the past, is country. But really, I’ll listen to anything, which means I have a lot of favorite artists, songs, and albums. Today I’d like to write a little about some of the albums that I’ve grown to love over the years. I was originally only going to do 15, but then I got a little carried away and added more. If you look at the artists, they all kind of fall under a few different genres, but I have a few albums that I really appreciate thrown in there from different genres.

So without further ado, here are 25 of my favorite albums (in alphabetical order).

1) 130 Mood: TRBL – Dean (2016)


The first album is the most recently released one on my list as well as the only one not in English. Dean, born Kwon Hyuk, is an R&B singer-songwriter from South Korea. If you know me, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of k-pop/k-hip hop (I’m thinking about making a whole separate list of my favorite k-pop albums at some point, but even if I do I decided to leave Dean on here because it really is one of my favorite albums of all time). Despite the fact that every song on 130 Mood: TRBL is in Korean, it’s still one of my top albums. There are only 7 songs, because technically this is an EP and not a full album, but each song brings something different to the album. From Dean’s soothing vocals in the song “D (Half Moon)” to rapper Zico’s sick flow in the song “Pour Up”, there’s something here for everybody. Most of the songs are pretty mellow and calming, and on nights that I can’t fall asleep, this is the album that I have playing to help me sleep faster. It really is my favorite Korean album.

Favorite Tracks: “And You? (Outro),” “Bonnie & Clyde”

2) A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! at the Disco (2005)

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Panic is definitely in my top 10 bands list, maybe even top 5. Every single album that they’ve released has changed up their musical sound a bit, and I appreciate it every single time. Their current sound is pretty far from Fever, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Personally I prefer the older Panic as opposed to the newer stuff because it was music from my younger days. Besides The Black Parade, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was one of the first albums I ever bought with my own money. I used to listen to this shit on a CD player that I would take on the bus with me to school. I was in 6th grade maybe. Whatever. Panic was one of my first introductions to emo music. I liked the quirky, weird things they did with the music and how it sounded kind of electronic to me at some points but maintained elements of alternative music. At the time the lyrics didn’t make much sense to me, because I was a wee one, but I liked the beat and how Brendon Urie’s voice sounded. But, even with my never-ending love for Fever, my favorite Panic album will always be Pretty. Odd. (which is also on this list if you keep scrolling.)

Favorite Tracks: “Time To Dance,” “There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet,” “Build God, Then We’ll Talk”

3) Bad Blood – Bastille (2013)


My musical taste went through phases like most people’s did. I’m not gonna take the time to talk about all my phases, because that would take forever, but my phase following my love for pop punk music included artists like Bastille, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and the like. Bastille’s Bad Blood contains many a song that I hold near and dear to my heart. A lot of the songs on this album remind me of some of my favorite literary characters. Around the time that I discovered this album I was creating a lot of fanmixes or mix CD’s for my friends, and I wanted to show off my cool musical choices and how they were different from what played on the radio. And before you ask, the answer is yes – I am aware that Bastille is played on the radio. But I first got interested in them before they were on the radio (Yikes, that makes me sound like one of those people that are like “Oh well I liked it before it was popular blah blah blah” but I’m really not) What I’m trying to get at is that I like this album because of the indie pop sound that’s so easy to dance to. The songs aren’t super relatable, but they’ve got a vibe to them that made this album one of my top favorites.

Favorite Tracks: “Icarus,” “Flaws,” “Overjoyed”

4) Badlands – Halsey (2015)


I feel like I might get a lot of shit for having this on my list, but hear me out. During my freshman year of college, Badlands was what I bopped to almost every single day. I don’t have many albums on here by females, which I think is really weird because I listen to a lot of female artists, but this one for sure made the list. But anyway, I like the way Halsey’s voice sounds on all of her songs. Some of them might sound a little similar, but her songs really make me feel like a powerful lady who won’t take shit from anybody. I listened to this album a lot when I was having trouble with a boy last year, and a lot of the songs really helped me through all the shit and realize that I’m worthy of being loved. Not to mention the fact that I was pretty in love with her hair color and style at the time, too, and I mean I still am at this point. Badlands was just an all-around good album that was a staple for freshman year me, and I like Halsey a lot despite what people say.

Favorite Tracks: “Roman Holiday,” “Colors”

5) The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance (2006)


I’ll be the first to admit that I went through an emo phase at one point in my life, although it was a little half-assed. I never had emo hair (although not for lack of trying) and mostly I just wore whatever black pieces of clothing I could get my hands on. Regardless of my half-assed emo appearance, I was fully immersed in the music, which of course included the late great My Chemical Romance. If you were never an emo kid, it’s hard to explain the significance of MCR. They were the epitome of that genre and lifestyle. Like my two Panic! at the Disco albums, The Black Parade is one of the first albums I ever bought for myself and actually listened through the whole thing. This album is a staple in any young emo kids life. Even today when any My Chemical Romance song comes on, I lose my marbles because it brings back so many memories. One time I was on the way home from a movie with my friends and I was feeling really nostalgic and “Famous Last Words” came on and I definitely shed a few tears in remembrance for a great album, a great band, and a great era.

Favorite Tracks: “House of Wolves,” “Dead!,” “Famous Last Words”

6) Channel Orange – Frank Ocean (2012)


Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is the first album I ever bought on iTunes. Before that, I may or may not have dabbled in using YouTube to MP3 converters to actually get my music. Whatever. Anyway, Channel Orange was the first album I ever got on iTunes, and to this day I still listen to it every month of so. It’s an R&B album, which doesn’t really fit in with a lot of the other things on the list, but like I said: I’m a fan of all different types of music as long as it’s good. And Frank Ocean sure knows how to make a damn good album. I’m really into vocals that have the ability to sooth, and the way Ocean croons is definitely relaxing. This is one of my favorite albums to turn on when I’m just trying to lay in my bed and chill. Ocean didn’t release another album for the next 4 years, but when Blonde, his second studio album, dropped in 2016, fans weren’t disappointed. But no matter how good his new music is, Channel Orange will also be my go to Frank Ocean album.

Favorite Tracks: “Sweet Life,” “Super Rich Kids,” “Forrest Gump”

7) Demon Days – Gorillaz (2005)

Top, from left to right: Murdoc and 2-D, followed by Noodle and Russel

Everything about the Gorillaz is fascinating to me. If you don’t know who they are, the Gorillaz are a virtual band from England. There’s a guy (or maybe two, I can’t remember) who creates the music and collaborates with a bunch of other artists, but there are four animated characters (2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel) who appear in the music videos and have their own backstory and everything. I’m pretty much in love with the strange sound of everything the group does, but Demon Days will always be the OG album for me. The best way to describe the music that this group makes is… strange. It’s really an experience to listen to a Gorillaz song, let alone an album. There are elements of alternative rock throughout their songs on this album, but they also feature a number of rappers and a hip-hop influence. The song “Feel Good Inc.” is featured on this album, which is often times their most notable song (besides “Clint Eastwood,” which isn’t on this album). The group wasn’t making any new music for a long time, but their newest album Humanz is set to be released at the end of this month, and the 4 tracks off the album that have already dropped are dope.

Favorite Tracks: “Dare,” “Feel Good Inc,” “El Mañana”

8) Electra Heart – Marina and the Diamonds (2012)


Electra Heart is my bad girl anthem album. This is a concept album that focuses a lot on love and identity. Marina is one of my favorite female singers, and her voice and vocal range literally kills me on this album. Her sound is electropop filled with bubblegum-like lyrics that range from songs about being cheated on, being in love, and wanting power and control. Essentially this album made me feel like no man could ever mess with me, a lot like Halsey’s Badlands would do a few years later. The whole style concept of the album really got me too. Marina not only made good music, but she was a style icon for younger me. I liked the way she presented herself during this album, especially the little heart she always wore on her cheek – it was literally iconic. Honestly, I wasn’t as big of a fan of her next album, Froot, as I was of this one, but in my book, Marina can do no wrong.

Favorite Tracks: “Primadonna,” “Lies,” “Radioactive,” “Starring Role”

9) Enema of the State – Blink-182 (1999)


This is a press room staple. Me and my co-editor are constantly jamming to this one: we even have a Blink-182 poster hanging up in the press room that we look at every single day. There’s not much else I can say about this album besides the fact that it’s a late 90’s/early 00’s pop punk classic. Blink takes all the concepts of being a 20-something and not giving a fuck about most things and puts it into one album. Yeah, they’re vulgar and yeah, they’re nasty at times, but I wouldn’t have them any other way. This is the fast, aggressive, occasionally angsty kind of music that I live for. Enema has great tracks on it like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things,” which are two songs that people know regardless of whether or not they’re a fan of Blink. I just really enjoy the stupid teen music that comes on this album. Last summer I had the privileged to see Blink-182 in concert, and they were everything that I ever wanted and more.

Favorite Tracks: “Aliens Exist,” “Dumpweed,” ‘What’s My Age Again?,” “The Party Song”

10) Favorite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys (2007)


When I stopped listening to pop punk for a while, the Arctic Monkeys were definitely my most listened to band. I thought I was all cool and tough because that’s how they sounded and looked, and that’s how I wanted to be. On a lot of their albums, especially this one, they have an indie rock sound, but I do hear elements of punk in there as well. It may sound cliche or weird, but Favorite Worst Nightmare made me want to put on a leather jacket and wear red lipstick. A lot of it is fast and aggressive (which may be a theme in the type of music that I like – you be the judge). It features songs like “Teddy Picker” and “Fluorescent Adolescent.” I can’t say that today the Arctic Monkeys are one of my favorite bands, but for a while they were number one in my heart. They’ve got a lot of other really good albums (like AM, which is the one that I think made them the most Tumblr famous) but this one will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Tracks: “Do Me A Favour” (my favorite Arctic Monkeys song), “This House Is a Circus,” “505”

11) Folie à Deux – Fall Out Boy (2008)


Fall Out Boy is a group that’s probably in my top 5 favorite artists. Every single one of their albums is iconic to me, but Folie is by far my favorite one. Don’t get me wrong – From Under the Cork Tree and Infinity On High also changed my life, but I think Folie came out at a time when I was really getting into emo/pop punk music, and it’s what influenced me to listen to FOB even more. Everything about the album is iconic for me – from the pop punk sounds to the cover art, I’m in love with it all. Songs like “I Don’t Care” and “What A Catch, Donnie” really make this album for me. A lot of people didn’t like this one as much as the others, and I will say it’s probably not their best, but it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Fall Out Boy in concert twice, and I’ll for sure be seeing them again in the future if given the chance. They’ve been around so long, changed their style a little, but still manage to have a fresh and clean rock and roll sound that I adore.

Favorite Tracks: “What A Catch, Donnie” (my favorite FOB song), “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes,” “Tiffany Blews”

12) The Greatest Generation – The Wonder Years (2013)

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The Wonder Years are, without a doubt, my favorite band. Although The Greatest Generation is not my favorite TWY album (that would be Suburbia, which you can read about further down) it still finds a place on my list. I literally live for the amount of angst on this album. As someone who is almost 20 years old, has no idea what’s going on or what will happen in the future, I can really relate to lead singer Soupy Campbell’s angst-ridden songs about growing up and not having a clue what you want from the world. Despite the abundance of angst on the album, the band has a playful side as well. Not only are The Wonder Years my favorite band, but they’re one of the best pop punk bands out there right now. Their music speaks to this generation full of kids that feel lost and like they’re still trying to figure out who they want to be in this world. I can’t recommend it enough – please, please, please check out The Wonder Years. You won’t regret it.

Favorite Tracks: “Passing Through a Screen Door,” “The Bastards, the Vultures, and the Wolves,” “Dismantling Summer,” “Madelyn”

13) Hozier – Hozier (2014)


Even though this album came out around 3 years ago, I still bump to this every single day. There’s something about Hozier’s vocals that just get me. I can’t give you an in-depth analysis of the music, because I’m no good at that, but I can appreciate when something sounds good. I just really like his vocals and how his music makes me feel like I should be running through an enchanted forest with the love of my life, laughing, loving, and grieving. I don’t even know how to describe the genre of music that Hozier falls under. This album sounds like a mixture of folk, soul, R&B, and so many other genres. I really couldn’t recommend this album more. It might be in my top 5 albums of all time. Every song is perfect and brings something new to the album. My personal favorite is the song “From Eden,” and its music video features Katie McGrath, who has been in a few things but I know mostly because of the BBC show Merlin. Honestly I’m just waiting for Hozier to release new music at this point. Not that I’m tired of the music on Hozier, but I’m excited to hear what else he comes up with that will most likely end up on my top album list.

Favorite Tracks: “From Eden,” “Someone New,” “Jackie and Wilson,” “Like Real People Do”

14) In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)


Please don’t make fun of me, but I found out about this band through a John Green novel when I was a teenager. I think the book was called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and one of the main characters was obsessed with the band. Me being very easily influenced at that age decided to check out the group, and I’ve loved them ever since. I really don’t know how to begin to describe this album. It’s very much psychedelic rock as well as indie rock. I think I read somewhere one time that the album is actually about Anne Frank, which kind of makes sense to me if I think about the names of the songs, the album art, and the lyrics. I think my favorite part of the whole album is the singers vocals. I wouldn’t say they’re really scratchy vocals, but there’s something different about them. There’s not much else I can say about this album besides the fact that I really, really enjoy it, and if you like psychedelic rock, this is something that you should look into.

Favorite Tracks:  “The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One,” “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” “Holland, 1945”

15) Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend (2013)


Yo. Vampire Weekend knows how to make a damn good album. Their two that came before this were also great, but I was only started actively listening to them around the time that Modern Vampires of the City came out. I like how most of the songs on here are upbeat and good for bopping along to. I like their indie sound mixed in with art pop that makes this band who they are. Like I said earlier, I’m not really good at discussing the in-depth parts of the music, but I do know when I hear something good and when I hear something awful – and this is for sure something good. The saddest part about this whole thing is that the group hasn’t released anything since this album came out 4 YEARS AGO. IT MAKES ME SO SAD. And now I’m waiting patiently for Vampire Weekend to make my life whole again by releasing new music. Listening to Vampire Weekend is an experience, to say the least, and everyone should get a chance at one point in their life.

Favorite Tracks: “Hannah Hunt,” “Obvious Bicycle,” “Ya Hey”

16) Listen & Forgive – Transit (2011)


For a really long time, Transit was one of my favorite pop punk bands. I don’t think they were super well known, but I remember seeing them at Warped Tour and buying the actual physical copy of their CD after I met them and they signed my t-shirt. A lot of their songs are sad and angsty like pop punk usually is, but I really liked the lead singers voice. My favorite song on the whole album is probably “All Your Heart” because it features Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy, and as you guys know, I’m a huge FOB fan. If Patrick saw something promising in Transit, so did I. Honestly I never really listened to anything else by them after this, mostly because I didn’t listen to pop punk so much anymore. I know they have a few other albums and songs, but this will always be the one for me.

Favorite Tracks: “Long Lost Friends,” “All You Heart,” “Skipping Stone”

17) Paradise Valley – John Mayer (2013)


This is probably the one that stands out the most on here besides Frank Ocean’s album. John Mayer is my guilty pleasure. I feel like I started listening to this album at a weird time in my life. Like, not weird like something was wrong, but weird as in I just don’t really remember what I was doing in 2013 when this album came out and why I liked it so much. I was still in high school at the time, and I liked a few of his songs, but I guess I really fell in love with this album. I like his vocals as well as the fact that most of his songs are acoustic and fun to sing. Sometimes I play this album when I’m in the shower or the bath and I’ll just stay in there and listen to the whole thing. This album sounds a lot like his previous one, Born and Raised, which is another album I really enjoyed. Also, one of my favorite songs on the album, “Wildfire (Reprise)” features Frank Ocean, who obviously has a special place in my heart and is also on this list. Overall, this is a really good album to relax to.

Favorite Tracks: “Paper Doll,” “Wildfire,” “Wildfire (Reprise),” “Badge and Gun”

18) Pretty. Odd. – Panic! at the Disco (2008)


Here it is: My favorite Panic! at the Disco album. Pretty. Odd. changed the god damn game for me. I got this album around the same time that I got Fever as well. When I heard this, it made me feel like I should dress up in some silly costume and ride around on some big old-fashioned bike like they did in the music video for “That Green Gentleman.” The songs sound very Beatles-esque on this album – very psychedelic rock sounding. I’m not a huge fan of The Beatles, so it’s pretty odd (haha) that this is my favorite album. Even if it does have Beatles influence, Panic took the sound and made it their own. They made it dreamy and spacey and made me feel like I was exploring nature in a Alice In Wonderland type of world. It’s so hard for me to describe how Pretty. Odd. made me feel as a young girl besides like I was living in a modern fairy tale. Its been years since I first heard the album, but it’ll always be timeless for me.

Favorite Tracks: “Folkin’ Around” (which is actually my favorite PATD song of all time), “Northern Downpour,” “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed), “I Have Friends in Holy Spaces,” and pretty much the whole album.

19) Pure Heroine – Lorde (2013)


Guys. Lorde is literally the love of my life. I swear that everything she does is perfect. Pure Heroine is an album that contains bop after bop, and there’s really no other way to describe it. To be able to be a star at the age she is, which I think is around my age, is honest to god crazy. I can barely handle my own life, let alone the life of a musician. Everything on this album sounds different and fresh to me, even if other people think it’s not. I think my favorite track would probably be “Team,” but obviously “Royals” was the smash hit and what got everybody into this album. I looked up the genre of this album on Wikipedia and it’s telling me that it’s called “dream pop” and I couldn’t agree more. A lot of these songs make me sway and feel like I’m dreaming. PH was released back in 2013, so it’s been a few years since she’s done anything, but Lorde’s newest album will be dropping in June, and I’m not sure I can wait those two months for it. I’m honestly so ready for it to drop. Her newest songs, “Green Light” and “Liability” are also worth checking out. You won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Tracks: “Tennis Court,” “Buzzcut Season,” “Team,” “The Love Club”

20) Put Up Or Shut Up – All Time Low (2006)


This is technically an EP and not an album, but there was no way I wasn’t going to be mentioning this on here. When I was younger, like 2009 (I remember I was a fan before their album Nothing Personal came out that year), All Time Low was my favorite band. Some of my favorite stuff by them is their older stuff. Not like their older stuff like Nothing Personal or So Wrong, It’s Right, but their stuff off Put Up or Shut Up. It’s the kind of music that reminds me of my early pop punk days, when I was in middle school and pretending that I was cool and different because of the music that I listened to. It’s just a good old pop punk sound that I absolutely love. All Time Low has a lot of other good stuff (although I haven’t listened to much of their new stuff) but going back to my roots and listening to their old stuff will always be my favorite thing to do, especially because their newer stuff is more pop than it is pop punk.

Favorite Tracks: “Coffee Shop Soundtrack,” “Jasey Rae,” “Running From Lions”

21) Salad Days – Mac DeMarco (2014)


This is the most recently discovered album on this list that I’m in love with. I only started listening to Mac DeMarco a couple of weeks ago, but Salad Days immediately made it on to my top 25 list. When I first heard about this album, I was definitely like “what the heck is a salad day?” If you don’t know what that means, a salad day is pretty much the period when one is young and inexperienced. In the song “Salad Days” he sings about the fact that his salad days are gone, which is something that I think a lot of people can relate to – they’re growing up and changing and they’re no longer young and naive. Mac DeMarco’s voice on this album (as well as his others, which are just as good as this one) makes me feel like I’m floating above everything without a care in the world. They also kind of make me feel like I’m just chilling in a field of flowers or just an grassy, shady area or anywhere calming, really, with acoustic background music and I don’t have a care in the entire damn world. It also kind of reminds me of my music class in the first place. If you like indie music, this is something you want to check out.

Favorite Tracks: “Salad Days,” “Treat Her Better,” “Chamber of Reflection”

22) Sinners Never Sleep – You Me At Six (2011)


I’ve listened to this album so many times that there’s no possible way I couldn’t put it on the list. I was constantly playing this shit in the car when my mom would take me places. I’m pretty sure my mom used to really like this album too. Anyway, You Me At Six also spent some time as one of my favorite bands when I was younger, especially because of this album. It’s another one of those album full of songs that have an early pop punk/post-hardcore sound that I absolutely loved when I was younger as well as now. This album holds my favorite YMAS song, “No One Does It Better” which is a sad song dedicated to a girl who the narrator was in love with but she left him behind. It’s not something I have any experience with, but the song is sung so nicely that it’s my absolute favorite.

Favorite Tracks: “No One Does It Better,” “Loverboy,” “Reckless”

23) Suburbia: I’ve Given You My All and Now I’m Nothing – The Wonder Years (2011)


Seeing as The Wonder Years are my favorite band, there’s no way I wouldn’t include another one of their albums on this list. Suburbia is the album that got me into the band. While I like their album The Upsides, this one felt like it hit home for me. In Suburbia, The Wonder Years sing about a range of things, mostly dealing with life in a small town. Life in a small town is something that I know very well, and hearing someone else put my feelings into song after song is what made this album so great to me. I really can’t describe how much this album impacted teenage me. It made me look at the world in a different light – like maybe there was some bad things, yes, but there was always something to look forward to. Regardless of my love for Suburbia, every album that The Wonder Years has dropped is truly a blessing to my life, and I wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for my OG favorite pop punk band.

Favorite Tracks: “You Made Me Want to Be a Saint,” “Hoodie Weather,” “Summers in PA,” “Don’t Let Me Cave In” and literally every other song

24) Talon of the Hawk – The Front Bottoms (2013)


As far as favorite bands go, The Front Bottoms are probably directly behind The Wonder Years. Now, I know I keep saying it about a bunch of different groups, but every album from this band has impacted me in some way, but Talon of the Hawk is the one that hit me the hardest. “Au Revoir (Adios)”, the first song on the album, is actually the first song I ever heard by the band, and I haven’t gone back since. Talon also happens to hold “Backflip”, which is my favorite TFB song of all time. On this album, the lead singer, Brian Sella, sings about issues like anxiety, love, and feeling hopelessly stuck, all of which are things that I feel like I can relate to. Despite this, the reality of life that they paint in their songs has the ability to be uplifting as well. In “Backflip” they talk about how living the way they live is alright, and that sometimes you just need to let things go. My favorite thing about this album, and all of their albums, is the fact that the songs kind of sound like Sella is just rambling on about life, like he’s oversharing a little too much, but it’s my life he’s talking about. He’s describing things that I have gone through as an almost 20-something year old, like in the song “Funny You Should Ask” when he sings “Cause I was young, I thought I didn’t have to care about anything, but I’m older now and know that I should.” The Front Bottoms definitely understands the reality of being bored with life while just hanging out waiting for time to pass, and that’s something I appreciate.

Favorite Tracks: “Peach,” “Backflip,” “Twin Size Mattress”

25) Trouble Will Find Me – The National (2013)


We have come to the final album on this list, and it’s a special one for me. Trouble Will Find Me is the album I listen to when I’m sad. There is not much happiness going on within these songs. Most of them tackle the topics of anxiety, depression, and suicide. At the beginning of this semester, I was in a really bad place. I was struggling each and every day, and one of the things that helped me a lot was this album. I was a fan of a few songs by The National before then, but I had never gone deeper into there albums. I remember one day listening to the track “I Should Live in Salt” and deciding to check out the rest of the album, and I don’t regret it. The slow, syrupy vocals of lead singer Matt Berninger, singing about how he wished he was fireproof and that nothing could break his heart, spoke to me. I spent 3 lonely weeks straight listening to and memorizing this album, contemplating the lyrics and how much some of them fit my life. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through that time of my life if not for this album, among other things. So, one word of advice: if you hear me listening to The National, you should probably ask me what’s wrong. Don’t be put off by how sad I’m making it sound – it’s really worth the listen.

Favorite Tracks: “Graceless,” “Hard to Find,” “Don’t Swallow the Cap”

If you made it this far, congrats. You now know about some of my top albums. I’ve got plenty more where that came from, but I think this is a good amount for now. Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll check out some of these albums and see for yourself why I love them so much.

– Kaylee


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