Edd’s 25 Favorite Albums

There are two things blog readers love: lists and grainy videos of ghetto people fighting.

I have no tolerance for the latter but I too love the former.

If you frequent Complex.com, you know they have a running column that features artists sharing their 25 favorite albums. I just stumbled upon Alicia Keys’ favorites and they’re pretty good.

But I can do better.

Allow me to share my 25 favorite albums. Honestly, the bottom half of the list probably could rotate depending on my mood. But the top 5 are definitely set in stone.

Oh, and before the Haterade drinkers assault my inbox and the comments section fussing about so-and-so not making the list, keep these things in mind:

– This is a list of my favorite albums, not what I consider the best albums, so don’t freak when Thriller or Illmatic aren’t sitting at the top. Whether these albums were the soundtrack to campus life or part of my wedding, I have a personal connection to every track. Yeah, most are far from perfect but that’s part of their charm.

– I didn’t start purchasing albums until the early ’90s, which is pretty apparent when you view the list. Some ’80s stars were shut out.

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Sorry, Flav.

So take a peek into my musical psyche. And if you’d like to share your list too, feel free. I’ll publish them here.

25. Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid (2010) Soul In Stereo review

Singles: “Come Alive (War of the Roses),” “Tightrope,” “Cold War”

24. Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor (2006)

Singles: “Kick, Push,” “I Gotcha,” “Daydreaming”

23. Keith Sweat, Get Up On It (1994)

Singles: “How Do You Like It?,” “When I Give My Love,” “Get Up On It”

22. Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)

Singles: “SexyBack,” “My Love,” “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” “LoveStoned,” “Until The End of Time”

21. Nas, Life Is Good (2012)Soul In Stereo review

Singles: “Nasty,” “The Don,” “Daughters,” “Cherry Wine,” “A Queens Story”

20. Erykah Badu, Baduizm (1997)

Singles: “On & On,” “Next Lifetime,” “Otherside of the Game,” “Appletree”

19. Nas, Illmatic (1994)

Singles: “Halftime,” “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” “The World Is Yours,” “Life’s a B****,” “One Love”

18. OutKast, Aquemini (1998)

Singles: “Rosa Parks,” “Skew It on the Bar-B,” “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1)”

17. Mary J. Blige, Share My World (1997)

Singles: “Love Is All We Need,” “I Can Love You,” “Everything,” “Missing You,” “Seven Days”

16. Foxy Brown, Ill Na Na (1997)

Singles: “Get Me Home,” “I’ll Be”

15. Faith Evans, Faith (1995)

Singles: “You Used to Love Me,” “Soon As I Get Home,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Come Over”

14. Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)

Singles: “The Girl Is Mine,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” “Human Nature,” “PYT,” “Thriller”

13. Keith Sweat, Make It Last Forever (1987)

Singles: “I Want Her,” “Something Just Ain’t Right,” “Make It Last Forever,” “Don’t Stop Your Love”

12. The Wu-Tang Clan, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Singles: “Protect Ya Neck,” “Method Man,” “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’,” C.R.E.A.M.,” “Can It Be All So Simple,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ ta F’ Wit”

11. Jay-Z, Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life (1998)

Singles: “Can I Get A…,” “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” “Money, Cash, Hoes,” “N**** What, N**** Who (Originators ’99)”

10. Kanye West, The College Dropout (2004)

Singles: “Through The Wire,” “All Falls Down,” “Jesus Walks,” “The New Workout Plan”

9. Nas, I Am (1999)

Singles: “Nas Is Like,” “Hate Me Now”

8. Nicole Wray, Make It Hot (1998)

Singles: “Make It Hot,” “I Can’t See,” “Eyes Better Not Wander”

7. Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly (1997)

Singles: “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Sock It 2 Me,” “Beep Me 911,” “Hit ‘Em Wit Da Hee (Remix)”

6. DMX, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)

Singles: “Get At Me Dog,” “Stop Being Greedy,” “How’s It Goin’ Down (Remix),” “Ruff Ryders Anthem”

5.  Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Singles: “Dead Presidents,” “Ain’t No N****,” “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” “Feelin’ It”

4. Keith Sweat, Keith Sweat (1997)

Singles: “Twisted,” “Nobody,” “Just A Touch,” “Come With Me”

3. Patti LaBelle, This Christmas (1990)

Singles: “T’was Love”

2. The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death (1997)

Singles: “Hypnotize,” Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” “Sky’s The Limit”

1. Kelly Price, Soul of a Woman (1998)

Singles: “Friend of Mine,” “Friend of Mine Remix,” “Secret Love,” “Secret Love Remix,” “Soul of a Woman”

Would you like to share your favorite albums too? Simply email your list to edward@soulinstereo.com, tweet me @etbowser or drop ’em off in the comments. Your albums will be featured in a future column.

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