Top 10 Albums to Bring With Me On A Deserted Island

Recently Jeff Pollack of the Huffington Post put together a Top 10 list of the albums he would choose to take with him if he was ever stranded on a deserted island. The way I see it…being on a deserted island sounds pretty darn good right about now…as long as I have a lifetime supply of food and beverages and sunblock. Oh…and a hammock. It would really suck having to sleep under a palm tree every night. Here are the albums I see fit to have in such a situation…

1. U2 – “The Joshua Tree”
Taking the top spot is my favorite album of all-time. With so many great songs and not one dog in the mix, I consider this to be the best of their best!
Best Track To Listen Too During A Tidal Wave: “Bullet The Blue Sky”

2. Alexander O’Neal – “Hearsay”
Oh I know…there are gonna be naysayers, but this truly is one of my favorite pop/R&B albums ever and it is a surprisingly strong body of work…even if it does include the cheesy dialogue snippets between songs.
Best Track To Listen To While Sleepin’ In My Hammock: “Sunshine” 

3. AC/DC – “Back In Black”
Although this may not be the most relaxing album to have when beachside, I still consider it to be one of the greatest rock albums of all-time! Whenever I wanna party, I throw this album on. Not one song disappoints (even “Let Me Put My Love Into You” has a classic rock anthem chorus!).
Best Track To Drink Pina Colada’s Too: “Have A Drink On Me” 

4. MuteMath – “Armistice”
Who says no one is releasing great albums anymore? In 2009, MuteMath unleashed this excellent album and I can say that not one track lags. So if I’m gonna be stranded, might as well have a little modern rock to jam too!
Best Track To Fend Off Electric Eels With: “Electrify” 

5. U2 – “Achtung Baby”
No one said I had to narrow it down t 1 album by my favorite band so I choose this classic from the early 90’s. Everyone dogs on U2’s post 80’s stuff but I really enjoyed their “Pop” era and this has so many awesome tracks on it that it also made Pollack’s list!
Best Track For When I Get Lonely: “Until The End Of The World” 

6. Prince – “Purple Rain”
If there is one album that reminds me of my youth it’s probably this album. “Purple Rain” was such a huge hit and with the other classic tracks on here, it takes me back to when I would listen to this on the roof of my house and crank it up!
Best Track To Play When I See A Ship In The Distance: “Take Me With U” 

7. INXS – “Welcome To Wherever You Are”
This 1992 album had only 1 hit song and was considered to be a mis-step by this great band but I disagree wholeheartedly. This is a GREAT album that was, unfortunately, released during the height of the grunge popularity. I love every track on this album!!!
Best Track To Listen Too When Talking To The Turtle That Has Crawled Onto The Island: “Communication” 

8. Journey – “Escape”
I remember when this album was HUGE in my younger days and the fact that it still rocks me to this day is a testament to this bands influence in my appreciation of rock n roll. Seriously…who else has pipes like Steve Perry back in the day? Hell…who has pipes like that now? No one, I say!
Best Track To Listen To When Longing For Companionship: “Who’s Crying Now” 

9. Gordon Lightfoot – “Sundown”
This one sticks out like a sore thumb but if I’m gonna be laying on a beach on a deserted island I’m gonna want something mellow to chill with and I’ve been chilling with this album since I was a kid. Is it a great album? Maybe not. But it is as mellow as I can get without being catatonic and Gordo has a way of making me feel all chillaxed inside.
Best Track To Listen Too While Hallucinating In The Summer Sun: “Seven Island Suite” 

10. R.E.M. – “Collapse Into Now”
Oh I know that this just came out this year and I understand that it got buried with all the other music that’s out there these days but I gotta tell you…this album reminds me of so many of REM’s classic songs that it’s like the greatest hits package that never existed. Each song is great and I pit it against any of their earlier albums from their “heyday.”
Best Track To Listen To When Being Rescued By A Passing Ship: “It Happened Today” 



  1. Nice list dude. Seriously good 🙂

    1. Nine Inch Nails – The Slip (2008)

    I know it’s only from 2008, but it quickly became my favorite NIN album ever… closely following the 1992 EP Broken (

    2. U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

    Obvious reasons

    3. Rancid – … and out come the wolves (1995)

    Fine… I am an early 90’s child. I won’t apologize for it. I lived it, loved it and wear it like a badge.…And_Out_Come_the_Wolves

    4. New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too (1998)

    I wore out this tape in 6 months… then I bought the CD 🙂

    beginning to end, this is a great story, a journey and a memorable time in my life.

    5. Goldfinger – Goldfinger (1996)

    mid 90’s ska that got me hooked! listened to this album going to and fro Athens with Frankie one summer. ah… memories. seriously good start to finish.

    6. Prince – “Purple Rain” (1984)

    another one stolen from Alan’s list… I swear I liked Prince first. Okay, maybe not chronologically, but from an earlier age. Who cares… we all share in his Purpleness’ awesomeness!

    7. Primus – Pork Soda (1993)

    Les Claypool on 6 string and catchy, high energy, mosh pit goodness. nuff said’

    8. Bloodhound Gang – One Fierce Beer Coaster (1996)

    I am on an island… I want to laugh, drink and act rude (with myself… this is a s\deserted island, right?) This helps. Beginning to end, funniest, catchiest and most likely to make me feel like I’m in high school parties again. must have!

    9. The Beatles – Abby Road (1969)

    Do I really need to justify this? Didn’t think so…

    10. Daft Punk – Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005 (2006)

    If I am alone… I am groovin’ to the beats of Daft Punk. What better album of theirs, than a virtual party mix. This will pull you out of any gloomy day – happy, up beat dance with killer hooks.

    that’s all folks…

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