This is part 19 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.
Doug Briney, 2013 Independent Country Music Association award-winner
The Key, Vince Gill
My favorite song on the album is “My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man,” but the album as a whole is fantastic. True country sound and some great great stories. That album has lifted my spirits many times when I’ve been down, something about singing the songs cranked up and belting it out just gets me back on track.
Jes Fralick, XOXO Jes
Millennium, Backstreet Boys
It’s a no brainer really. You could ask me any day what my favourite album is and I wouldn’t hesitate to say Millennium. Most people (OK, all people) laugh and give me a ‘you must be joking under your giant glasses’ look. But I just smile and brag about being an extremely loyal Backstreet Boys fan and then say something along the lines of, “Don’t even try to tell me you don’t know every single word to I Want It That Way”. This either elicits a blush of shame or a grin and some tone deaf singing. They think it’s funny, but I am serious. But why? It was a truth I just accepted, but unlike everything else in my life it was not something I critically dissected until now. Part of my attachment to this album is nostalgia. First love, a world of possibilities, parents paying your food bill… Obviously the days of no responsibility are sweet sweet memories, and nothing brings back the good old days like the tunes that lived through them with you. I was a newly minted teenager when it dropped. A 13 year old annoying teen who believed BOP magazine posters had dual use as floor to ceiling wallpaper and enjoyed whatever current bubblegum pop explosion was currently crawling up the MuchMusic countdown. It had only been a few years since I had discovered music…music that was made for me and my peeps (think insane youth…or Beliebers on a smaller dose of hormone crack) sung by swoon worthy boys! It’s not like I’d lived an entire decade without listening to music. Come on now. It had always been around, but up until this point I was really stuck listening to whatever my dad chose to play in the car. Ask me about music from the 80s or early 90s and I couldn’t tell you, but man can I sing the Beach Boys backwards. Millennium was the first full album I loved. It was the album I listen to on repeat until my mom threatened to run it over with the van. It was 90s pop perfection. The simple beats, the harmonies, the cheesy rom-com lyrics that gave false ideals and are still ruining thousands of twenty-something’s relationships…it was all brilliant. It was for everyone. It was for the cultural souls. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely had a Latin feel with subtle guitar picking…and of course Spanish Eyes. I mean really, I didn’t even need to leave home and I was in Spain. It was for the heartbroken. True story: I witnessed a just-dumped friend hold a speaker while cry-singing to I Need You Tonight. Good times. It was for the angry. Who needs rock music when you have Don’t Want You Back? Answer: you don’t. It was for the dancers. Larger Than Life was a perfect ‘dancing in front of the mirror singing into a brush’ song. It also made one want to be famous. I blame the Backstreet Boys for Snooki. It was for the sentimental. Perfect Fan. A song about my mom thinking that I am awesome at things even though I’m not? I LOVE HER! Wahhhh. It was for the entitled people who did not want to let their boyfriend end their relationship. Seriously, I Want It That Way was kind of messed up. Nostalgia accompanied by the fact that you could really listen to it in any mood and be satisfied are legitimate reasons that I have made it my choice. Plus I still have the full album on my iPhone – and that is some significant real-estate that I don’t give up lightly. 1999. Millennium. Full white attire. You just CAN’T beat that!
Eric Holland, Host Sound Advice – NY1 TV; Radio DJ -WFUV/Alternate Side; Hollandude
Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I bought the UK import with 19 nude women on the cover when I was in high school (sophomore year/85) and haven’t heard a more creative, imaginative, and engaging guitar album since.
Justin Sarachik, Editor-in-Chief, Broken Records Magazine and frontman of Process of Fusion
Lines In My Face, Chronic Future
I remember the first time hearing the single “Time and Time Again” on a video game and falling in love with their wonderful mix of alternative/punk/rap/experimental. The album inspired me and a friend to start our band, Process of Fusion, which much like them evolved our sound over time and had me adapt a sing song rap style of vocals.
Trevor Whittamore, Social Talk blog
In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia, DJ Tiesto
I was 17 at the time and I become obsessed with it. It was one of my first electronic dance music introductions and I haven’t looked back since. The style and genre of the music captivated me and took to a place with music I had never been. To this day, I absolutely love the compilation album and I always seem to go back to it. Tiesto compiled some amazing tracks by himself and many others, and with that created a musical experience with this album. This is the album that changed the way I listen to music.