Mamatulip’s Top 100 Albums of All Time — 39-30

I’ve gotten a lot of really great guesses as to which of these albums is the one I listened to while in labor with Julia, but so far no one’s nailed it. So keep your guesses coming – you can make your guess at any time during the countdown (personally, I suggest waiting until I’ve posted the entire list) but it must be in by midnight, EST, on the day I reveal my last block of albums– and you only get one guess, so make it count.

The winner(s) will receive a cool ass mix CD compiled of songs from albums on this list, and don’t forget to read all about a great composer!

  1. Ani DiFranco – Not A Pretty Girl I’m not so much anymore, but in my day I was a pretty enormous Ani DiFranco fan. I’ve seen her scads of times – she’s the artist I’ve seen the most – and even though I don’t listen to her as much as I used to her music still touches me. Her personal story of strength, endurance and success is inspiring, her songwriting is just unbelievable and I will always be amazed by her guitar talent and her beauty…oh god, her beauty. Not A Pretty Girl is a really powerful album. Ani shows great range and diversity through her music and lyrics and the songs on this album are no exception. From the album’s opener, Worthy, to the very last track, the sound, style, lyrics and music are exceptional. There’s not a song on this album that I don’t like but I really love Shy, the hard-hitting The Million That You’ll Never Make, 32 Flavors and the title track.
  2. Ramones – Ramones Short, sweet and to the point is what I love about the Ramones. That and they kick ass, in general. This album has all of my favorites: Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Judy is a Punk, Beat on the Brat and Blitzkrieg Bop. I love the Ramones and raw sound, their leather jackets and ripped jeans and their two-minute songs.
  3. Lenny Kravitz – Mama Said I’m sure many would argue that this isn’t his best album, but it’s the one I like the most. I discovered it in grade 9 and I listened to it repeatedly. It’s soulful, thoughtful, edgy and passionate, much like Kravitz himself. I remember listening to it for the first time and being really impressed with his musical ability – the variety on this album is awesome. Favourite tracks include Fields of Joy (both versions), What the Fuck Are We Saying?, Stop Draggin’ Around and What Goes Around Comes Around.
  4. Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood $ex (She Goes Down, Slice of Your Pie), drugs (Dr. Feelgood, Kickstart My Heart) and rock n’ roll (Same Ol’ Situation,Rattlesnake Shake) wrapped up on one album. Awesome.
  5. The Black Crowes – Shake Your Moneymaker A killer debut album from an awesome rock n’ roll band. I love these guys, always have. This album came out when I was in grade eight and it’s still a top favorite of mine…I don’t think I could pick a favourite song from it because I love ‘em all.
  6. Bob Marley – Exodus I can be in the worst mood ever but if I put this album on, it makes me feel like all is right with the world. This album got me through some pretty tough times; I listened to it a lot when my mom was going through radiation therapy and when she was at her worst from the cancer. There’s just something about Bob, about his words and his music that makes me feel incredibly peaceful.
  7. The Doors – The Doors When I was in high school I was friends with a girl who was obsessed with The Doors and she got me into them. I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Jim Morrison as an artist and poet – the way he weaved words was truly awesome. Of all of their albums, this, their debut, is my favorite – their songs are timeless classics and each one of these tracks brings back specific memories for me.
  8. The Who – Who’s Next I spent many, many days (and nights) listening to this album, rocking out to Won’t Get Fooled Again, Baba O’Riley, Going Mobile and Behind Blue Eyes. I don’t think I can say enough about this album – it’s stellar, plain and simple.
  9. Sloan – Smeared There is so much that I love about Sloan: they’re Canadian and their musical influences include so many favorites of mine, like The Beatles. I love their unique style and sound and that they take turns writing songs and getting in front of the mic. I love their lyrics and how they play on words in their songs and how their material is always different, yet very Sloan-ish. Picking a Sloan album for my countdown was hard – I almost chose One Chord to Another, a fabulous album, but I went with Smeared because it’s the first Sloan album I ever listened to (or owned). I feel like I’ve grown up with Sloan; over the years I’ve listened as they’ve matured and come into their own as a successful rock band, but when I hear songs like Underwhelmed, Marcus Said, Sugartune, 500 Up, Take It In, I Am The Cancer and Raspberry, I feel like I’m a teenager again discovering a great new band.
  10. Beck – Odelay God, I used to have such a crush on Beck. Seriously, I would fantasize about bumping into him on the street and running away to an idyllic island to have his babies and run barefoot in the sand with him. I got into Beck when Mellow Gold came out, specifically when I heard the song Loser on the radio. I’m not so much a fan now, but I’ll always love this album – there are some great songs on here: Where It’s At, Devil’s HaircutNovacane, The New Pollution and my favorite, Jack-Ass.

(Oh, and I took Oliver this morning to have his allergies tested. I was fully expecting dairy and wheat to be detected and was surprised when he had a strong reaction to rice and a less-severe reaction to string beans. We’re going to cut them out of his diet and see if that helps at all; if it doesn’t, we’ll put our thinking caps back on and investigate further. It was a really, really long appointment and he was a total trooper and only head-butted me in the nose once while trying to squirm out of my arms and on to the floor.)