40 albums to listen to before you die, from Fleetwood Mac to Massive Attack (2023)

40 albums to listen to before you die, from Fleetwood Mac to Massive Attack (1)

When was the last time you listened to an old album cover to cover? With our ears primed for mixing since the death of the CD, only vinyl fetishists seem to keep doing it. Therefore, we may end up believing that we have strong opinions about records that we may never have given our honest and sustained attention. I didn't want to includerosa floyd'sthe dark side of the moon. Then I played it for my nine-year-old son, who does not share my cultural background. When I saw him blow up, I changed mine.

So. This list is designed for anyone interested in expanding their listening attention and truly challenging their preconceptions. We've included classics and baskets because "list" can also mean pour.

Most of our personal favorites aren't here because we've tried to choose records that paved the way rather than those that refined old sounds. Hopefully you can still feel the electricity of invention inLos Beatles'Revolver, Public EnemyIt takes a nation of millions to stop usynas'sairy. Hopefully you can hear the influence of these albums on some of your favorites. Hopefully you'll use the comments section to let us know what surprised you and what confirmed your suspicions. But first the Old English meaning of list or "want": shush and harken.Helen Brown

The velvet subway and Nico(1967), Underground Velvet

It was Andy Warhol who wanted Lou Reed and John Cale to let their handsome new friend Nico sing with their avant-garde rock band. Truth be told, Victor Frankenstein himself couldn't have stitched together a creature with more disparate body parts than this album.

It begins with a child's chimes and ends with deafening feedback, noise and distortion. Side one, number one, "Sunday Morning," is a melancholic ballad worthy of a great European singer, sung by a sullen Brooklynite. "Venus in Furs" is a jarring, jagged drone about a sexual beating that isn't given lightly. "I'll Be Your Mirror" is a love song. "European Son" is rock and roll transformed into sonic shockwave. That's before you even start listening to the song about buying and injecting heroin, DavidBowieheard in a test press and called "the future of music". Half a century later, just turn on the powerthe velvet metroand Nicorealize he was right.chris harvey

I have never loved a man like I love you(1967), Aretha Franklin

When Jerry Wexler signed the daughter of a female, abusive preacher to Atlantic Records, "he took her to church, sat her down at the piano and let her be herself." The Queen of Souls gave herself the same place. You can hear her listening to the band, biding her time before turning on her voice to demand "R-E-S-P-E-C-T", 50 years before the #MeToo movement.half pension

puppeteer(1986), Metallica

Despite containing no singles, Metallica's third album was the UK rock radio breakthrough they had been looking for. In 1986, they released one of the greatest metal records of all time, dealing with power and the nature of control itself, fusing beauty and raw human ugliness on tracks like "Damage Inc" and "Orion". This album is all about storytelling - the medieval guitar picks on "Battery" should be enough to tell you that. Although that was really the only medieval imagery they conjured: they ripped Dungeons & Dragons clichés from the lyrics and replaced them with the apocalypse, with bassist Cliff Burton, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and singer/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield serving as the four riders.Roisin O'Connor

Stay in the light(1980), Talking Heads

"Facts are simple and facts are straight / Facts are lazy and facts are late..." sang David Byrne, delving into personal and planetary concerns about fake news and conspicuous consumption in layers and dense loops of Afrobeat funk. Propulsive polyrhythms counter lyrical pleas for us to stop and take stock. It's the same as always.half pension

Catch a Fire (jamaicansk version)(1973), Bob Marley and the Lamenters

The album that brought reggae music to the four corners of the world and made Bob Marley an international superstar also set the political tone for many artists to follow. Marley sang of life "where life is hardest" on "Concrete Jungle" and recalled Jamaica's ignominious slave-owning past: "I ain't got chains on my feet, but I ain't free." He filled the album with beautiful melodic numbers like "High Tide and Low Tide" and rhythmic dance numbers like "Kinky Reggae." Released outside Jamaica on Island Records with guitar overdubs and ornamentation, the original Jamaican version is a stripped-down masterpiece.CH

Revolver(1966), Los Beatles

In an unprecedented 220 hours of experimentation in the studio, George Martin and The Beatles lurched, sped up, slowed down and rewinded tapes to create a terrifying new sound. The melancholic mystery of McCartney's "For No One" and the psychedelia of Lennon's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "She Said, She Said" can still leave you mesmerized by spinning vinyl and wondering if the music is coming out or being absorbed. in.half pension

Like a Prayer(1989), Madonna

It might be the most "serious" album I've ever made, butLike a Prayerit's also Madonna at her most accessible: she doesn't care about topics ranging from religion to the breakup of her marriage. In 1989, her personal life was tabloid fodder: a tumultuous marriage to actor Sean Penn eventually ended in divorce, and she caused controversy with the "Like a Prayer" video and her flaming cross.

In the title track's gospel abandon, it takes the listener's breath away with its pure ambition. Where her earlier records had been reflections of the modern music that influenced her,Like a Prayersaw her pay tribute to bands like Sly & the Family Stone and Simon & Garfunkel. The album was also about an artist taking control of her own narrative after releasing records that begged audiences and press to like her.RO

Led Zeppelin IV(1971), Led Zeppelin

Millennials coming into this album may end up feeling like the guy who watched Hamlet and complained that it was all quotes. Jimmy Page's huge riffs and Robert Plant's hedonistic wailing set the benchmark for all subsequent hedonistic heavy rock. But it's all worth playing through to experience the full monolithic and mystical ritual of the thing. Increase? Undeniable.half pension

(Video) Fleetwood Mac in Concert - HBO - 1983

The best of Shangri-Las(1996), The Shangri-Las

Oh no. Oh no. Oh no no no no, no one ever did teenage heartthrobs quite like the Shangri-Las. Long before the Spice Girls packaged the attitude for popular consumption, songwriter Ellie Greenwich had problems with a group of teenagers who had grown up in a tough part of Queens: "with their manners, their language, their gum and their stockings. "broken". his leg". But the Shangri-La's sang with such street, passion and raw fervor that it still goes through more than half a century without losing any of its power. "Leader of the Pack" (co-written by Greenwich) may be their best-known song, but they were never a novelty. This collection captures them at their peak in the early sixties.CH

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars(1972), David Bowie

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Extravagance, excess, eccentricity: this is the seminal album that established Bowie as the new glam rock icon. He may have come to regret his Ziggy Stardust persona, but with Bowie transcended artists who sought authenticity through more mundane means. It was his most ambitious album -musically and thematically- like, likePrins, saw him unite his greatest virtues from previous works and release one of the great rock and roll albums without losing his sense of humor or the desire to keep entertaining his followers. "I'm out to entertain, not just go on stage and play a few songs," he declared. "I'm the last person to pretend I'm a radio. I'd rather go out there and be color television."RO

unknown pleasures(1979), Joy Division

In his short career, ended by the suicide of 23-year-old singer Ian Curtis,joy sharingspawned two contenders for best album of all time.FenceIt may be a final flourish, butunknown pleasuresit's more tonally consistent, completely unlike anything before or since. The atmosphere is an inky black darkness that characterizes everything, but a spiritual power comes out of the beats that goes far beyond pop or rock, it almost feels Dostoyevsky. There are classic songs, "Disorder", "She's Lost Control" and "New Dawn Fades", and for those who would trade every note Eric Clapton ever played for one of Peter Hook's bass lines, the sequence at 4:20 on "I Remember Nothing" is perhaps the most exciting moment in Joy Division's entire catalog.CH

Héjira(1976), Joni Mitchell

Although his 1971 albumAzulUsually singled out for these types of lists, Mitchell surpassed her heartbroken silver crowd five years later with a record that found her confidently questioning her culturally conditioned expectations of femininity. Against an ambiguous, jazzy landscape, her deep, difficult voice balances romance and domesticity against the adventure of "strange pillows" and loneliness.half pension

Body language(2010), Robin

The answer to whether Robyn could follow up the brilliance of her 2005 self-titled album came in a flurry of releases in 2010, the EPsBody Talk Pt 1, Pt 2yof the 3, and this 15-track effort, essentially a compilation album. It includes different versions of some tracks, like the non-acoustic version of "Hang With Me" (and we can argue about that all night), but it's left alone when it comes to the best electronic dance track since "I Feel Love ." , "Dancing on my own".Body languageIt's just packed with good songs.CH

outside the wall(1979), Michael Jackson

"I want to study and look back at the whole world of entertainment and perfect it," Jackson wrote when she turned 21 and shed her sweet and controlled child star image to release her jubilant fourth solo album. Produced by Quincy Jones, the sophisticated funk record strikes a balance between tight, tendon-vibrating rhythms and liberated euphoria. Magic with glitter balls.half pension

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airy(1994), Nas

How good can rap be? It is well. There are albums where the myth can transcend the music, not enterAirmatic,where Nas leapt into the ranks of top MCs in 1994 with an album that countless artists have since tried and failed to emulate. Recruiting the most popular producers (Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, LES and Large Professor) was a move thatComplexhe blamed it for "ruining hip-hop" and went on to praise Nas' record for having a lasting influence on the use of more producers on rap albums.

Nas used the sounds of the densely populated streets of New York where he grew up to represent that life in his music. You hear the rustle of the steel train that opens the record, along with the cassette tape whistling the verse from a teenage Nasty Nas on Main Source's 1991 song "Live at the BBQ": "When I was 12, I went to hell. snus". Jesus.”RO

trans-european express(1977), Kraftwerk

This is the album that changes everything. The synthesized sounds that come out ofKraftwerkThe Kling-Klang studios from 1975 had already become clean and beautiful.Radioactivity, men itrans-european express,its sophistication subtly alters all future possibilities. The familiar quality of human sweetness and melancholy in Ralf Hutter's voice is enveloped in the machine as the rhythms intertwine and blossom into the mini-symphony on side two that begins with the title track. Premiere four months before "I Feel Love" by Giorgio Moroder,trans-european expressinfluenced everything from hip-hop to techno. All electronic dance music starts here.CH

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kind of blue(1959), Miles Davis

With the melody sketches written just hours before recording, the world's best-selling jazz record still feels spontaneous and unpredictable. Davis's friend George Russell once explained that the secret to his tonal jazz was to use every note of a scale "without having to meet a certain chord deadline".kind of blueit's weekly awesome.half pension

Astral weeks(1968), Van Morrison

"If I ventured in the wake, between the viaducts of your dream..." Entering this musical cathedral where folk, jazz and blue-eyed soul meet is always overwhelming. Recorded in just two eight-hour sessions, Morrison first played the songs to the assembled musicians, then asked them to do their thing.Astral weeksit still feels like it was done yesterday. Morrison's stream-of-consciousness lyrics in the rich acoustic environment (double bass, classical guitar and flute) make this album as emotionally affecting as anything in rock and pop.. CH

Soundtracket til West Side Story(1961)

"Life is all right in America / If you're all white in America" ​​cry the immigrants in this passionate and political musical translation ofRomeo and Julieto the 50s of New York. Leonard Bernstein's sophisticated score is a melting pot of pop, classical and Latin music; Stephen Sondheim's lyrics are razor sharp. An unanswered plea for a united and forgiving America.half pension

sign of the times(1987), Prince

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sign of the timesis Prince's masterpiece in a catalog of masterpieces: a double album spanning funk, rock, R&B and most of all soul. It is the greatest articulation of his alchemical experiments with musical fusion: the sum of several projects that Prince worked on during his most creatively fruitful year. INsign of the times, bass is king: Prince had already cemented his status as a guitar godLittle rain. There are tracks that ooze sex and love songs like "Adore" which is still one of the best ever. Sewn with the utmost care, as if writing a play with a beginning, middle and end, the album is a milestone in both pop and art.RO

pet sounds(1966), The Beach Boys

Caught in the psychological undercurrent of family trauma and all the commercial surf songs, 23-year-old Brian Wilson had a panic attack and retreated to the studio to write this series of dreamy songs whose structural tides took them far beyond drugstore preppy formulas. jukeboxes The sonorous notes of vibraphones and Coca-Cola cans shine in the strange and sad waves of a bittersweet melody.half pension

And(2006), Joanna Newsom

Weave a circle around her three times... Joanna Newsom is dismissed by some as eccentrically naive, but her second album, before she trained the childlike quality of her voice, may be the loveliest record ever made. Sometimes she sounds otherworldly, sitting on her harp singing to herself about sassafras and Sisyphus, but then a sentence will suddenly transport you to the depths of your heart: "Still, my dear, I would have followed you to the water's edge." ”.

AndThe pleasures of are not simple or immediate. Newsom's unusual song structures, with their fragmented melodies and 63-year-old Van Dyke Parks' strangely beautiful orchestral arrangements, take time to work their magic. But once you're spellbound,AndThe spell of never goes away.CH

It takes a nation of millions to stop us(1988), Public Enemy

Public Enemy's second album is hip-hop's game-changing moment, when a new musical form born entirely after years of development away from curious outsiders found its radical voice.It takes a nation of millions…remains one of the most powerful and provocative albums ever made, "Here's a land that never care / About a brother like me," Chuck D raps on "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos." Producer Hank Shocklee creates a hard sound from samples that pay tribute to soul greats like James Brown and Isaac Hayes, and Flavor Flav provides an unmistakable spirit.CH

the dark side of the moon(1973), Pink Floyd

It's easy to knock these middle-class white male proggers out with their tech-laden spaceships and monolithic ambitions. But the drums, operatic wailing and "quiet despair" of this concept album about the various forms of madness still resonate with the unbalanced, overwhelmed and alienated parts of us all. Play loud, alone and after dark.half pension

Lauryn Hill's Rudeness(1998) I'm Lauryn Colin

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(Video) Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac - 1997

Lauryn, I'm Colinraised the game for an entire genre with this immense and groundbreaking work. Shifting between two tones—sharp and cool, sultry and smoky—the former Fugees member broke out of rap's misogynistic status quo and appealed to an audience outside of hip-hop thanks to her fusion of soul, reggae and R&B and recruitment from hip-hop. hop scene. taste. by Mary J Blige and D'Angelo.

Its sonic appeal has a lot to do with the lo-fi production and warm instrumentation, often consisting of booming bass, tight snares and doo-wop harmonies. But Hill's reggae influences are what drive the spirit of the album: preaching love and peace, but also speaking out against unjust oppression. Even today, it's one of the most uplifting and inspiring records out there.RO

Melody Nelsons history(1971), Serge Gainsbourg

The French singer-songwriter's great provocateur would probably not have too many takers these days for a concept album about a tender love between himself in middle age and a teenage girl whom he knocks off the bike in his Rolls-Royce. But musically, this cult album is sublime, an extraordinary collision of funk bass, spoken word and Jean-Claude Vannier's heavenly string arrangements. "Ballade de Melody Nelson", sung by Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, is one of their most sublimely beautiful songs.CH

in my own time(1971), Karen Dalton

There is nothing contrived about Karen Dalton's ability to take the guts out of familiar songs and give them a dry, cracking folk-blues twist. Pushing the emotional and narrative boundaries of songs like Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" is just what he did. Why has the world taken so long to appreciate her?half pension

Let England tremble(2011), PJ Harvey

"Damn Europeans, take me back to beautiful England." PJ Harvey may have sounded like she was channeling Boris and Nige when she made this stunning album in 2015, but few Brexiteers would want to go on this journey with her.Let England tremblehe digs deep into the earth's soil, where buried ploughshares lie, waiting to be made into swords. Death is everywhere, sometimes in its most visceral form: "I've seen soldiers fall like pieces of meat," he sings on "The Words That Maketh Murder," "Arms and legs are in the trees." Musically, though, it's astonishing: Harvey uses automatic harp, zither, Rhodes piano, xylophone and trombone to create a futuristic folk sound that's strikingly original but could almost be from a century earlier.CH

boy in the corner(2003), Dizzee Granuja

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It's great to listen to this album again and remember that Dizzee was only 18 when he released it. Breaking into the UK garage scene as a member of East London outfit Roll Deep, the Dylan Mills-born MC reportedly honed his chops in production after being banned from all his classes other than music.

If you want to know how far Dizzee was, just listen to the opening track "Sittin' Here". While 2018 has seen a flurry of half-hearted singles that play on the listener's sense of nostalgia for simpler times, 15 years ago Dizzee longed for the innocence of childhood because of what he saw today: teenage pregnancies, police brutality. , his friends. murdered. on the streets or lost to a lifestyle of crime and money.boy in the cornerit relies on cold and uncomfortably disjointed rhythms, arcade-style synths and police sirens, with Dizzee himself delivering bars of his trademark high-pitched squawk.RO

loves dogs(1985), Kate Bush

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Proof that a woman can fulfill her unique artistic vision and top the charts without bowing to industry expectations, Kate Bush's self-produced masterpiece explored the extreme range of her oceanic emotions from the seclusion of a state-of-the-art studio built in the garden of his farmhouse from the 17th century. The human vulnerability of his voice and traditional instruments is given an electric charge by his pioneering use of synthesizers. Exciting and enveloping.half pension

blue lines(1991), Masseangreb

A uniquely British take on hip-hop and soul that continues to influence burgeoning modern genres like grime and dubstep, the Bristol collective's debut gave a cool new pulse to the nation's grit and grey. You can smell ashtrays on the greasy spoon tables in Tricky's whispers and feel the rain on your face in Shara Nelson's exciting jam.half pension

surfer pink(1987), Pixies

It only takes 20 seconds of the opening track "Bone Machine" to materializeelvesand producer Steve Albini has dismantled the rock and roll sound and rebuilt it piece by piece. The angry thump of Led Zep drums, mature bass and tinny guitar straight from the Stooges' Detroit production line disassemble and recombine. The Pixies sound is finished before Black Francis launches into one of his elusive cult-pop tales ("Your Bones Have a Little Machine"). The tension between the ferocity of her voice and Kim Deal's softer melodic tone won't reach its perfect balance until her next album, but her (full-length) debut,surfer pinkIt is gigantic and deserves big, big love. His "loud, quiet, loud" tectonics would prove so influential thatNirvanaKurt Cobain would later say that he was "basically trying to rip off the Pixies".CH

speaks Timbuktu(1994), Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder

(Video) Fleetwood Mac - Dreams [with lyrics]

If you ever doubt the possibility of a relaxed and respectful conversation across the world's cultural divide, give yourself an hour of this amazing collaboration between Mali's Ali Farka Toure (who wrote all but one of the songs) and California's Ry Cooder (whose slide guitar ) travels through them like a pilgrim). Desert meets Delta Blues.half pension

The great men of the Gospel(1993), Various Artists

Compared to the blues, gospel music's incalculable influence on pop, soul and rock'n'roll has been downplayed. It can be found in every song on this brilliant 27-track compilation. If you can't hear James Brown on Brother Joe May's opening track "Move on Up a Little Higher," you're not listening hard enough.

The road to Motown from Professor Alex Bradford's "Lord, Lord, Lord" is indeed narrow, but you can still take a detour and follow their ecstatic cries straight to Little Richard, who borrowed them, and The Beatles, who copied them. . of. The soaring chord changes in James Cleveland's "My Soul Looks Back" are magnificent. All the irreplaceable voices of soul, from Aretha Franklin to Bobby Womack, were filled with gospel. It's a good place to hear where they're coming from. companion albumGreat Women of the Gospelit is also wonderful.CH

Despair(2016), Anoni

"A lot of the music scene is just a club of boys masturbating and congratulating themselves," the angelic-voiced transgender artist said in 2012. Four years later, the seismic drums and radical eco-feminist agenda ofDespairshook that club's crumbling foundation to dust. The horrors of drone warfare, pedophilia and global warming are brought to light with a bewilderingly beautiful anger.half pension

in the uterus(1993), Nirvana

Kurt Cobain had a goal with himin the uterus: Move Nirvana away from what he called the "candy-ass" soundIt does not matter– the album that had made them one of the biggest rock bands on the planet – and take them back to punk rock. He asked Pixies producer Steve Albini to oversee the production.

That didn't exactly prevent commercial success upon release (in the uterussold 15 million copies worldwide), but the heaviness the band felt during recording weighs on the listener from the opening track. Discouraged by the media's obsession with his personal life and fans clamoring for the same old shit,in the uterusIt's pure, undiluted rage. "GO AWAYYYYYYYYYYY" cries Cobain in "Scentless Apprentice", capturing the essence of Patrick Suskind's novelPerfume: The Story of a Murdererand use it as a metaphor for his disgust with the music industry and the press.RO

Curtis(1971), Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield had been playing golden soul music from the roots of doo-wop with The Impressions for over a decade before releasing his first solo album, which featured some of his best songs. While some point to the 1972 Blaxploitation soundtrackgreat flightsom Mayfields definitive album,Curtisit is deeper and more joyful, its complex arrangements masterful. Mayfield's sweet falsetto sings Nixon's bland assurances over the fuzz bass of "(Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below We're All Going to Go"; the lugubrious horns give the politically aware "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" a deep emotional undertow; "Move On Up" is simply one of the most exciting songs in pop. To spend time with Curtis is to be in the presence of a beautiful soul.CH

rumours(1977), Fleetwood Mac

Before going their separate ways, Fleetwood Mac decided to tell a story that would be the essential marker of American rock culture in the 1970s.

As Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks tossed the charred remains of their relationship at each other on "Dreams" and "Go Your Own Way," the rest of the band evoked the warm West Coast harmonies, laid-back California vibes of the rhythm section, and the clear treble of "Gold Dust Woman", in such a way thatrumoursit would become the defining sound of the era. At the time of its release, it was the best-selling LP of all time; its success turned Fleetwood Mac into a cultural phenomenon.RO

Do you have experience?(1967), The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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A virtual unknown to rock fans just a year earlier, Hendrix used toDo you have experience?establishing himself as a guitar genius who could combine pop, blues, rock, R&B, funk and psychedelia like no other artist had before. That's even without the significant contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, who deliveredDo you have experience?the rhythmic bridge between jazz and rock.

Few album openers are as exquisite as "Purple Haze". Few songs are as rewarding, as sexy as the swagger of "Foxy Lady." And few songs come close to the existential bliss that "The Wind Cries Mary" evokes. Hendrix's attack on the guitar stood in stark contrast to the more refined rock virtuosos of the time; however, it is his raw savagery that we find ourselves returning to. Few debuts have changed the course of rock music like Hendrix did with his.RO

We are Family(1979), sister sled

The crown of Disco is this album, like Chic'snilo rodgersand Bernard Edwards did it with Kathy Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Joni and Kim. Nile and 'Nard were at the peak of their powers, pouring classic songs out of them:We are Familywas released the same year as Chic's "Good Times" era, and this album has four of them, "Lost in Music," "He's the Greatest Dancer," "Thinking of You," and the title track.sister sledit gave Rodgers the opportunity to work with warmer, bolder voices than the cool vocals he used to give Chic Records in such a laid-back style, and the result is a floor-filling dance party punctuated by soft ballads.CH

This article was originally published in November 2020


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Listening to a full album in the correct order is what the artist intended, and it was done that way for a reason. The artist may have spent hours figuring out the track order, changing and swapping tracks, stressing over little sections, and even removing songs because they just didn't fit into the overall sound.

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The difference between the loudest and softest sounds an LP can play is about 70 decibels (dB). CDs can handle over 90 dB. In practical terms, this means that CDs have more than 10 times the dynamic range of LPs.

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Physical singles

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the best-selling physical single in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991.

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Loretta Lynn

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The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout" has been called "the most famous single take in rock history." Mark Lewisohn called it "arguably the most stunning rock and roll vocal and instrumental performance of all time." The song was released as a single in the US on March 2, 1964, with "There's a Place" as its B-side.

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On May 9, 1964, the great Louis Armstrong, age 63, broke the Beatles' stranglehold on the U.S. pop charts with the #1 hit “Hello Dolly.”

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This theory, which has been dubbed "the Mozart Effect," suggests that listening to classical composers can enhance brain activity and act as a catalyst for improving health and well-being.

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A factor analysis revealed just three distinct dimensions that they refer to as the Big Three of music listening: People listen to music to (1) achieve self-awareness,(2) expressing social relatedness, and (3) regulate arousal and mood.

Why do older songs sound better? ›

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Why do people still listen to vinyl? ›

Superior Sound

While the technology to reproduce sound has improved, the records themselves haven't changed very much, and for a good reason: superior sound. With vinyl, you get an analog sound that reverberates and creates a warm sound you can't find in any other medium.

Which last longer CDs or vinyl? ›

CDs are obviously more durable than vinyl records. Vinyl records' grooves need physical contact with the stylus of a turntable for the information to be read. With CDs though, they don't need physical contact because the laser of a CD player can already read the info just by scanning the surface of the disc.

What is the lifespan of a vinyl record? ›

Vinyl records can last 100-plus years under strict conditions. Vinyl records are made of PVC, a material that takes centuries to decompose. Elements that determine the lifespan of a vinyl record include maintenance, humidity levels, UV exposure, storage, and the equipment used to play the record.

Are CDs coming back? ›

Coming back indeed. Physical music sales – primarily vinyl records, but CDs, too, and even cassettes – increased 4% in 2022, the RIAA said.

What illness did Christine McVie have? ›

McVie suffered an ischemic stroke, which happens due to decreased blood flow to particular areas of the brain, according to the National Institute of Health.

Who had affairs in Fleetwood Mac? ›

In 1973, while on tour, Weston had an affair with Jenny Boyd, Fleetwood's wife, who he then divorced. Weston was fired from the band which set it up for the group's seminal Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham era. “[It was] the most expensive affair I've ever had in my life,” Weston said later.

What is Fleetwood Mac's net worth? ›

Despite the successful streak in multiple fields, Fleetwood's net worth is a comparatively slender US$30 million – although that's in large part due to financial mismanagement.

Are Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks friends? ›

We're totally different, but totally sympathetic with each other. We are dear, dear friends. We don't have any competition on stage,” McVie told Rolling Stone of her bandmate Nicks in 2014; that was but one of the many compliments the two artists have exchanged in public over the years.

Who is Fleetwood Mac's wife? ›

Christine McVie married Fleetwood Mac's John McVie in 1968, with Peter Green as best man.

What did Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac died of? ›

Did Stevie Nicks attend Christine McVie's funeral? ›

Earlier this week, some key members of Fleetwood Mac — including Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham — gathered to commemorate the life of Christine McVie at a memorial service in Malibu. On Thursday, Mick Fleetwood shared the eulogy he wrote for the occasion on Instagram.

Who is Stevie Nicks husband? ›

What gender is Stevie Nicks? ›

At the onset of Nicks' career with Fleetwood Mac, audiences identified with Nicks as a woman rocker because of the interweaving of her identity as a woman into general rock and gender themes.

What is the best female selling album of all time? ›

The top-selling female-fronted album of all time based on certified unit sales worldwide is currently Whitney Houston's 1992-released 'The Bodyguard Soundtrack,' with a massive 45 million copies sold.

What is the best selling music artist of all time? ›

Top-selling artists worldwide as of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.

Who has the most #1 hits on one album? ›

Coincidentally, Michael Jackson's Bad and Katy's Teenage Dream are the only albums in US chart history to each score five Number 1s on the Billboard Hot 100.

Who is the most streamed artist in a single day? ›

Morgan Wallen Performs at His Former High School, Donates $35K to Its Sports & Performing… On release day, Morgan was the most streamed artist of the day in the U.S. and globally on Spotify.

What is the most streamed rock album of all time? ›

Over 150 albums are listed and here are the top 30 most streamed albums in hard rock, heavy metal and punk.
  • Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory (2000) 2.67 billion streams.
  • Nirvana, Nevermind (1991) 2.62 billion streams.
  • Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987) 2.4B.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication (1999) 2.2B.
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What albums have all songs over 200 million streams? ›

's 'SOUR' becomes the first album to have all of its tracks reach 200 million streams each in Spotify history. a masterpiece!

What singer has the most albums ever? ›

Elvis Presley

Until his death in 1977, the King released over 60 albums, including numerous collections and soundtracks.

Who has had a number 1 album in every decade? ›

Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have No. 1 albums in six different decades.

How many #1 songs did Fleetwood Mac have? ›

"Dreams" became Fleetwood Mac's one and only No.

Has Fleetwood Mac had a number 1? ›

The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock sound and their 1975 album Fleetwood Mac reached No. 1 in the United States. Rumours (1977) produced four U.S. Top 10 singles and remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks.

What was Fleetwood Mac's only number one hit in the UK? ›

On 29th January 1969 Fleetwood Mac's 'Albatross' hit number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and remained there for a week, as the band began their ascent to stardom.

What was Stevie Nicks number one song? ›

“Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac), No. 1, June 18, 1977. While Lindsey Buckingham wrote “Go Your Own Way” as a response to his and Nicks' brutal breakup in 1976, Nicks wrote the less literal “Dreams,” and gave the band their only Hot 100 No. 1 hit.

Did Fleetwood Mac outsell the Beatles? ›

Fleetwood Mac debuted in August 1967 and within two years became the biggest band in Europe, outselling the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Who sang the most hits in Fleetwood Mac? ›

For most of Fleetwood Mac's hitmaking career, McVie was one of its three primary singers and songwriters, alongside Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Notably, McVie wrote and sang lead vocals on three of the band's top four biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – including the group's biggest song, “Hold Me.”

Who is the most famous member of Fleetwood Mac? ›

Is Stevie Nicks one of the best singers? ›

After the release of her first solo album, Rolling Stone named her the "Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll". Nicks was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time and one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone.

What was the best Fleetwood Mac concert? ›

Formed back in 1999 in Liverpool, England 'Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac' is now recognised globally as the ''Finest Fleetwood Mac TRIBUTE Concert Experience'' touring with the blessing of Mick Fleetwood, founder member of 'Fleetwood Mac'.

What was Fleetwood Mac's last hit? ›

"Little Lies" was released as the third single from Tango in the Night, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 within a few months. For decades, it remained Fleetwood Mac's most recent Top 10 hit in the U.S. ("Little Lies" also reached No. 5 on the U.K. chart.)

What year was Fleetwood Mac most popular? ›

Fleetwood Mac, British blues band that evolved into the hugely popular Anglo-American pop-rock group whose 1977 album Rumours was one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

What is Fleetwood Mac's saddest song? ›

Sad Angel
"Sad Angel"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
LabelLMJS Productions
Songwriter(s)Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s)Lindsey Buckingham, Mitchell Froom
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What is the number 1 song ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What was Stevie Wonder's number one hit? ›

Wonder's single "Fingertips" was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, at the age of 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.


1. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Official Music Video)
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2. Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy (Official Music Video)
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3. Fleetwood Mac "The Dance" TUSK
4. Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me (Official Music Video)
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5. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (Official Music Video)
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