As you’ve probably already seen, I’ve posted my top 10 favourite albums, and have written reviews of each, over the past 10 days. If not, the list is below for your viewing pleasure. Normally, I’m not a big fan of viral threads on social media, as I feel it can cause a lot of unneeded and unwanted spam. However, the 10 all-time favourite albums challenge was one of those rare occurrences where I actually loved the concept! It not only creates an interesting discussion, but it really got me racking my brains. As I was compiling my list, it also got me thinking… what actually does make an amazing album?

The more I think about it, the more difficult that becomes to answer. The thing is, you can go for the obvious; whichever has the best production quality, has the most originality, or just generally sounds the best. The main issue is, that there’s so many diverse genres and so many artists out there that continue to push the envelope, that it all becomes a massive blur. Even when I selected my top 10 list, I have to admit, some of the choices I made weren’t even the best offerings from the bands/artists mentioned. Pendulum’s In Silico wasn’t well received for being such a dramatic change, for example, and I’d even say The Birthday Massacre have continued to evolve and improve since Walking With Strangers. You could probably ask me what my top 10 albums are next week, and I’d have probably changed my mind on the order of a few of them, or even changed some inclusions entirely!

I think the best point I made was when I wrote my retrospective on The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die. It’s not always about the quality of an album, but sometimes it’s the emotional connection one has to it. When I looked at it from this perspective, compiling my list was easier, as this angle made the most sense to me. So rather than necessarily being a list of my ‘favourite’ albums, it was more a list of albums that helped define my taste, who I am as a person and have strong memories linked to them. Music is a very personal thing, and I’d go as far as saying it’s its own language. Certain genres and styles will resonate better with some people, whilst others won’t be as keen because they don’t have the same understanding of it, or it’s just not their thing.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, that it’s pretty difficult to have a true ‘favourite’ list of albums, as music is an ever changing and evolving landscape. As people, our tastes change with time and we discover new things. One thing is certain; everyone is going to have albums or music that defines them, and that helped shaped who they are. The most important thing that music can do as a form of media is to create an emotional response, and sometimes give us happy memories that we’ll cherish forever. At the end of the day, isn’t that what music is all about?

If you’ve yet to see my top 10 choices, the list and said articles are: