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” 

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2 Comments

  1. Nice list dude. Seriously good 🙂

    1. Nine Inch Nails – The Slip (2008)

    http://theslip.nin.com/

    I know it’s only from 2008, but it quickly became my favorite NIN album ever… closely following the 1992 EP Broken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_%28EP%29)

    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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybe_You%27ve_Been_Brainwashed_Too

    5. Goldfinger – Goldfinger (1996)

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/r288890

    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)

    http://www.amazon.com/Pork-Soda-Primus/dp/B000001Y5P

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

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

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Fierce_Beer_Coaster

    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)

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/r826299

    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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