Fifteen Albums That Don’t Suck

At the urging of a friend on Facebook, I am accepting the challenge to name fifteen albums that don’t suck. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, either. I was around and buying music when CDs first hit the market — you know, back when they were called “record stores?” Investing in an album on CD was just that, an investment — CDs cost $20 back then. So an album had to be good before I spent any money on it. I eventually reached the point where I wasn’t as picky, and would buy an album for a song or two that I liked, but only if the CD single wasn’t available.

So my list includes some of that older stuff, but a few newer albums. But the point is, the whole album has to be good — i.e. something I would sit down and listen to from beginning to end — not just two or three good tracks and a bunch of filler. So here goes, in no particular order:

Prince – Purple Rain
Green Day – American Idiot
Yes – 90125
Asia – Asia
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot
Sting – The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Guns n Roses – Appetite For Destruction
They Might Be Giants – Flood
Depeche Mode – Violator
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (the first CD I ever bought)
UB40 – Live in Moscow
Yaz – Upstairs At Eric’s
The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre
The Time – What Time Is It?
Digital Underground – Sex Packets

What do you think?