Top Five Albums of All Time


Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)

You’ve probably heard the question a million times, “If you were stranded on a desert island, what five albums would you want with you? ” What a daunting question. How long would it take you to come up with an answer…5 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour. I’ve been working on this article all week and I’m still struggling with my final list, but here’s what I’m going with:

#5. ENYA “Shepherd Moons”

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Classic Rock, but when I need to chill out and decompress, this is the album for me! And evidently I’m not alone, ENYA is Ireland’s biggest selling solo artist and second overall behind U2, with a discography that has sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States and an estimated 80 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time!

#4 Jimmy Buffett “Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads”

Kind of a no brainer on this…desert island….Jimmy Buffett
(I sure hope some Corona and limes washed up on my island!)

#3 A tie between Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive”

and Dave Matthews Band “The Central Park Concert”. Both EXCELLENT albums, “Frampton Comes Alive” was released in 1976, and is considered by many to be one of the finest live rock recordings of all time. It is one of the best-selling live albums in the United States! A friend of mine turned me on to this album in 1979 by saying, and I quote, “You have GOT to hear this album!” She was right! From “Doobie Wah” to “(I’ll Give You) Money” to all 14 minutes and 15 seconds of “Do You Feel Like We Do”, this double album is a must have on my island! Equally impressive is the Dave Matthews Band’s The Central Park Concert. I think you’ll agree that there are bands who are great in the studio, but not so great live, and the other way around. The Dave Matthews Band is DEFINITELY a live band! In 2003, I went to my first Dave Matthews Band show in Camden, NJ. At the time I was not a big fan and really had no idea what to expect. From the second the band came on stage to the time they left, I was absolutely blown away. And being a drummer myself, I couldn’t take my eyes off Carter Beauford…he’s a BEAST!

#2 Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon”

This album brings back so many good memories for me (most of which I can’t share, sorry!) and it was an introduction to what I consider to be the second greatest band of all time! Dark Side Of The Moon was released on 1 March 1973 and became an immediate commercial and critical success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained on the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide. I was lucky enough to see Pink Floyd in concert twice, and I’ve said time and time again, their “The Division Bell” concert at The Vet in Philadelphia in 1994 was without question THE greatest concert I’ve ever seen!

#1 RUSH “Moving Pictures”

This is, in my opinion, the greatest album ever recorded! From “Tom Sawyer” the first track on the first side, to “Red Barchetta”, “YYZ”, “Limelight” and all the way through “Vital Signs”, the last track on side B, this album is a masterpiece! “Moving Pictures” is the eighth album by Rush, and it’s their highest-selling album in the United States, eventually achieving quadruple platinum status! “Moving Pictures” is listed as #10 on ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine. This album was released in 1981, and to this day I will stop what I’m doing and crank it up every time I hear it or play a song from it on Cool 101.3.

What would YOUR Top 5 albums be?

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