The Music Industry’s Most-Loved Albums Of All Time Part 2

This is part two of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.

Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.

Alan Cross, and Music/Radio Legend

Pretty Hate Machine, Nine Inch Nails



Yes, there are certain parts of this record that reveal its age, but it remains a white-hot chunk of rage and despair–perfect for those nights alone with a bottle of cheap scotch.






Ellen Hughes, ART & SOUL Columnist, Patriot-News

Rubber Soul, The Beatles



I stood outside the record store on 8th St. in Greenwich Village so I could take it Princeton with me for the weekend and listen to it with a boyfriend of the time. Second place, Sgt. Pepper’s, right after graduating from University of Kent in England, it wasn’t mine, but I did indeed dance all night, it hardly got dark because it was the middle of the summer, an endless orgy of listening and moving and laughing in an angst-free world.




Stephanie Bear owner of

I’ll Say Me, Luke Bryan

cmil144-300x300My favorite album of all time would have to Luke Bryan’s debut album! I remember his only song on the radio being “All My Friends Say” and hardly anyone knew who he was. I drove to a dive bar here in SC to watch him play and Cole Swindell sold me on his album. Nothing is better than finding an artist a diamond in the rough and watching his career take off to eventually become Entertainer Of The Year!






Craig Cardiff, Artist. His Flood & Fires album was nominated for a Best Roots & Traditional Album at 2012 JUNO Award

Violet And Black, Scott Merritt


I saw him 20 years ago at Hamilton Festival of friends performing radio home about Neil Armstrong after the moon. Until then any songwriters who I studied were faraway – either in timeline or geography. Here was a singer-songwriter from Guelph, in the flesh, weaving references to small Ontario towns into songs that stood shoulder to shoulder with Paul Simon or Elvis Costello.




Brad Wheeler, Music Writer, The Globe And Mail


Let it Be was the first album I ever bought. It was used copy, at a yard sale. I was proud of it, so when an older sister of a friend of mine dismissed it as “three good songs and filler,” I defiantly loved the record even more. Not that I needed any extra reason. Let it Be is the closest we ever got to the Beatles, Phil Spector’s lavish efforts notwithstanding. There’s an intimacy to the material, whether on the footloose, rocked-up live stuff or the iconic studio material. And who doesn’t dig a pony? Probably my friend’s older sister. I never liked her.




Don King, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

MTV Unplugged, Alice In Chains

I’ve got both the CD and the DVD, which I’ve worn out over the years. When the album came out, I actually took guitar lessons just to learn those songs. To this day when I pick up a guitar, it’s all I want to play. Good stuff!