The Five: Five Albums on Constant Rotation

It’s time for another edition of “The Five”.  This time I thought I would look at the five albums that I would have on constant rotation.  It is kind of a correlation to the TV shows question but if I could only listen to five albums for the rest of my life, what would they be?  Granted I have very eclectic musical tastes so to narrow down is tough but here’s my five (one caveat, no greatest hits albums…that would be kinda like cheating):

1.) Switchfoot Nothing is Sound

This was probably the easiest one to pick for “The Five”.  Switchfoot is right up there as far as favorite artists.  I got introduced to them in college at Union by my best friend and roommate and I’ve been a fan ever since.  This album released in 2005 while I was living and working in Seattle.  Pretty much every song on the album has resonated with me at some point in my life through the ups and downs of life and ministry.  I can listen to it beginning to end and it just flows from one song to the next.  For me, this album is a no brainer for the list.

2.) Coldplay X&Y

I don’t know why but 2005 was that kind of year for music and me.  This album by Coldplay just hit me right in the feels as the kids would say.  So many of the songs on this album just stick in my head and I feel the words as I sing along.  So many of the songs resonated with me at that time and place and in a lot of ways still do.  So I have to include it in my five.

3.) Third Day Offerings:  A Worship Album

I knew some Third Day songs at a teen but it really wasn’t until I got to college that I really heard their stuff.  This album released in 2000 is one that was in regular rotation when I was in college.  I got to know these songs by heart and were a part of my time growing in my faith in college.  Just as my faith is integral to who I am, I definitely think it’s important to have an album like this in The Five”.

4.) Garth Brooks No Fences

I feel like I need a country album given how I grew up listening to country.  So I went with Garth Brooks and his album No Fences from 1990.  There are a lot of iconic songs from this album and it’s one that I can go back to and listen to with fondness of my childhood.

5.) The Fray The Fray

I was having a hard time narrowing down the final entry here.  There are several albums from several artists that have a lot of meaning to me.  But I decided to go with The Fray and their self titled album that released in 2009 is one that still sticks with me.  I’m a fan of the band ever since their debut album so it was a toss up between that one and their follow up self titled album but the number of quality songs on The Fray pushed it over the top.  It was a go to album that I listened to frequently during my time in seminary.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Music

Welcome back the 25th Anniversary Edition. This is the fourth year in a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music. This year we are celebrating the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

To kick things off, we will look at music that debuted in 1992. As like previous editions of the “25th Anniversary” we’ve highlighted, there was some great music that was released during 1992. Can you guess what song lasted the longest at #1 in the Top 100 that year? That would go to Boyz II Men with “End of the Road” which lasted 13 weeks at #1.  Some other #1 songs that year included “Jump” by Kris Kross, “To Be With You” by Mr. Big, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” by George Michael and Elton John, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix A Lot, “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams, “How Do You Talk To An Angel” by The Heights and “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

What artist had the biggest selling album?  Interesting enough it was a debut artist in 1992: Billy Ray Cyrus.  His debut album Some Gave All was on the charts for 17 straight weeks at #1 and was the biggest selling album of the year with over 4.8 million copies.

Country was big on the Top 200 albums as Garth Brooks had 2 albums that spent multiple weeks at #1. Ropin’ The Wind (which debuted the previous year) spent a combined 10 weeks at #1 in 1992 as well as album The Chase which spent a combined 7 weeks at the top.

What are some other big songs that came out of 1992? Some big ones include “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle “I Can’t Dance” by Genesis “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred and “Jam” by Michael Jackson

Some of the other big albums to release in 1992 include Alice in Chains’ Dirt, Rage Against the Machine’s self titled album and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic

What artists debuted in 1992? Here’s a list that debuted/formed that year: Wu Tang Clan, Weezer, Blink-182, Collective Soul and P.O.D.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had some huge inductions in 1992. The artists inducted that year included among others Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers and Jimi Hendrix and the Hendrix Experience.

1992 was a pretty big year when it comes to music. Is there a song or album not listed that came from 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at video games from 1992. Until then, put in an old cassette tape (or CD) and rock out to some tunes.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1991 Version: Music

Welcome back the 25th Anniversary Edition. This is the third year in a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music. This year we are celebrating the year of 1991. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

To kick things off, we will look at music that debuted in 1991. As like the previous years we’ve highlighted, there was some great music that was released during 1991. Can you guess what song lasted the longest at #1 in the Top 100 that year? Like in 1990 there was a tie. There were 2 songs that lasted 7 weeks at #1 (though technically one of those songs’ reign at number 1 extended into 1992). Those two songs were Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”.  Some other #1 songs that year included Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush”, Mariah Carey’s  “Emotions” and “Baby Baby” by Amy Grant, and “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

What artist had the most #1 singles in 1991? That honor goes to Mariah Carey. Along with “Emotions”, her other #1 hits were “Someday” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry”.  What artist had the biggest selling album?  Once again that’s Mariah Carey.  Her self titled album (which technically released in 1990) spent the most number of weeks at #1.

What are some other big songs that came out of 1991? Some big ones include “More Than Words” by Extreme, “Unbelieveable” by EMF, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by P.M. Dawn, and “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton.

Some of the big albums to release in 1991 include Nirvana’s Nevermind, Garth Brooks’ Ropin the Wind, Metallica’s Metallica (aka The Black Album), Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, U2’s Acutung Baby and R.E.M.’s Out of Time.

What artists debuted in 1991? One major band that debuted was Pearl Jam. I mentioned last year that they performed their first official show the previous year.  In 1991, their debut album Ten was released in August of 1991.  Interesting enough, it didn’t become successful until the following year.  Other artists to debut include Tupac Shakur, Brooks & Dunn, Seal, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette and Boyz II Men.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had some huge inductions in 1991. The artists inducted that year included among others Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and The Byrds.

1991 was a pretty big year when it comes to music. Is there a song or album not listed that came from 1991 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at video games from 1991. Until then, put in an old cassette tape (or CD) and rock out to some tunes.

Thursday Quote Day: Merle Haggard

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” and in honor of the passing of Merle Haggard, here is a verse from one of his famous songs:

“Everybody sings the blues sometimes
And everybody knows the tune
And everybody knows the way I’m feelin’
‘Cause everybody’s had the blues” (Merle Haggard “Everybody’s Had The Blues”)

Random Thoughts: Favorite Songs with Days of the Week in the Title

I was in the car morning and I had a random thought that popped in my head.  I was thinking about it being Monday and then random songs popped in my head that had Monday in them.  And then I thought about other songs that had days of the week in the titles and I thought about what my favorites were.  So I figured I would write down and share what my favorites are.  Some days are easier to find in songs than others so I had to do a little research.  But here they are.  I start with the first day of the week, Sunday.

Sunday:  “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

I’m a huge U2 fan and this is one of my favorite songs of theirs.  The story behind the song is that it refers to the ‘Bloody Sunday’ incident in Northern Ireland where 14 people were killed at a protest march.  To this day, the song is one of the most popular U2 songs.

 

Monday:  “Rainy Days and Mondays” by The Carpenters

This was the song that prompted this thought trail.  It never fails if it’s a rainy day or a Monday (or especially both) that the chorus of this song gets stuck in my head.  It is a pretty iconic song and good easy listening.

 

Tuesday:  “Tuesday’s Gone” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Off of the top of my head, this was the only song I could think of with Tuesday in the title.  And considering I like Lynyrd Skynyrd, it’s not a bad way to go.

 

Wednesday:  “Wednesday” by Tori Amos

One of the hardest days to find a song was Wednesday.  The main reason being that there aren’t that many songs that have Wednesday in the title.  But I did find this one by Tori Amos and it’s pretty good.

 

Thursday:  “Thursday” by Jim Croce

You want to know another day that doesn’t have many songs named after it?  Thursday.  I had to go searching and came across this song by Jim Croce.

 

Friday:  “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure

I’m really glad that I didn’t have to go with “Friday” by Rebecca Black.  This song by The Cure is much, much better.  It’s probably the one song that I know well from the band but it’s a good song to know.

 

Saturday:  “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John

Saturday has a lot of songs with it in the title.  But I went with “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John.  Especially during college football season, I think of this song for some reason.  I guess because it’s like the song kinda fits the game.

 

So that’s what I came up with.  A random thought leads to a random post.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Music

Welcome back the 25th Anniversary Edition. This is the second year in a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music. This year we are celebrating the year of 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

To kick things off like we did last year, we will look at music that debuted in 1990. There was some great music that was released during that year. Can you guess what song lasted the longest at #1 in the Top 100 that year? It was actually a tie. There were 3 songs that lasted 4 weeks at #1. There was Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love”, and Stevie B.’s “Because I Love You (The Postman Song). Some other #1 songs that year included Madonna’s “Vogue”, Wilson Phillips “Hold On” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”.

What artist had the most #1 singles in 1990? There was a tie again. There were actually only 3 artists that had multiple #1 singles. Those were Carey (the other being “Love Takes Time”) Wilson Phillips (the other being “Release Me”) and Janet Jackson (“Escapade” and “Black Cat”, both of those songs off an album that was released in 1989).

What are some other big songs that came out of 1990? Some big ones include “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, “Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)” by Technotronic, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory, “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes, “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxanne and “U Can’t Tough This” by M.C. Hammer.

What artists debuted in 1990? One major band that debuted was Pearl Jam. The grunge band played their first official show in Seattle in 1990. It would not be until the following year that their debut album would be released (so have to wait for next year to talk more about that). Another artist is Mariah Carey. I talked earlier about her having multiple hit singles in 1990 and her self-titled debut album was released in June of 1990. It sold 9 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had some huge inductions in 1990. The artists inducted that year included The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Bobby Darin, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who.

1990 was a pretty big year when it comes to music. Is there a song or album not listed that came from 1990 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at video games from 1990. Until then, put in an old cassette tape (or CD) and rock out to some tunes.