Getting sick of music is normal. Too much of a good thing can get annoying and with the repetitiveness of the radio, it’s no wonder we all got sick of Bieber and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Here are some great albums from back in the day you need to dust off and start listening to again:
John Mayer – Room For Squares
While his singles “Your Body Is A Wonderland” and “No Such Thing” started his career, this album had so much more. Songs like “Why Georgia” and “Back To You” are great for road trips while “St Patrick’s Day” has a melancholy, relaxed sound. All songs will have you amazed at his poetic lyrics and heartfelt guitar melodies.
Britney Spears – Oops! I Did It Again
It doesn’t get much better than 90s pop. Anyone can appreciate a good chorus sung by a princess with back-up dancers to boot. But just put on “Lucky” and all of your problems can be sung out of the top of your lungs while you shimmy around with a hairbrush in your hand.
Blink 182 – Self Titled
These boys love to take long hiatus’ and quit the band every few years so one never knows when new music will wash ashore. Despite that, their self-titled album from 2003 is all you’ll ever need. While all of their older stuff is amazing and the latest album, California, has all those nostalgic feels as well, the ‘03 albums leaves me with chills every time I hear it. Quiet songs with musical interludes alongside hard drum beats and aggressive swearing; there is something for every mood.
Queen – Greatest Hits
It’s hard to pick one album from the great Freddy Mercury and the gang. Obviously “Bohemian Rhapsody” is key to any good sing-a-long; “Another One Bites The Dust” is the perfect badass song to get your frustrations out; “Fat Bottomed Girls” gets any dance party rocking; “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” can set the mood. The list goes on.
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
Good old fashioned rock and roll never hurt anyone. The title track “Born In The USA” is a classic summer jam that all barbecues need. “Dancing In the Dark” is an upbeat yet romantic tune that will get all your juices flowing. And every song in between has the hometown, you against the world, and spirit we all should be reminded lives inside us.
Garden State soundtrack
A handful of obscure artists and a lot more feelings go along with this one. Music from The Shins, Iron & Wine, Frou Frou, Remy Zero, and more this cd is the perfect addition to a night drive or a quiet evening with some wine. If you’ve got the movie maybe kill two birds with one stone and learn the meaning of an ellipsis.
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
Adam Levine has gone from band frontman to all out superstar, equipped with model wife. Back in the day, his band put out an album that was a lot less pop and a lot darker. With the singles “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning” we saw their cute side; with “Harder To Breathe” and “This Love” we got a bit more frisky; top it off with “The Sun” and “Shiver” and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded album that left us wanting a lot more.
Most artists your parents like, or even ones on the radio now, all started somewhere. Earlier albums usually had a different sound before the influence of record labels and mainstream media. Pick up some random CD or browse through a friend’s collection to spice up your playlist. It never hurts to try new things or to fall in love with old favorites again.
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