Move over desert island discs… here’s my list of 28 albums to listen to whilst social distancing/self-isolating.
I’ve always been a strong believer in the power of music. It makes us feel happy, sad, excited, nostalgic – it’s so powerful. Now more than ever I think music is so important. With artists and bands streaming gigs/performances online, it has this incredible ability to unite, and bring comfort to a lot of people.
Like me, I’m sure a lot of people are feeling slightly lost at what to do with the free time they’re now faced with, so I thought I’d put together a list of albums to listen to whilst staying home (or going on your cheeky daily walk). ‘Why 28?’ I hear you ask. This initially started out as a list of 10, then 20, then 25 and finally 28… there’s too much good music out there and I couldn’t narrow it down (plus I’m just super indecisive).
So in no particular order…
1. The Killers – Hot Fuss
One of my all time favourite albums, from one of my all time favourite bands.
2. Dayglow – Fuzzybrain
Proper summer/chilled vibes from this album.
3. Honne – Love Me / Love Me Not
This album makes me feel SUPER nostalgic because I used to listen to it all the time when walking back from uni in the evenings last year.
4. ROSALÍA – El Mal Querer
I don’t speak any Spanish whatsoever so I definitely don’t understand what ROSALÍA is singing about, but her music is insane and so is her voice, so I don’t care.
5. Stormzy – Heavy is the Head
This album doesn’t really need any introduction, but it’s amazing. If you haven’t listened to it already where have you been?
6. Celeste – Compilation 1.1
Technically not an album, but some beautiful tracks nonetheless. This year’s BRIT Rising Star and BBC Music Sound of 2020 winner, Celeste does not disappoint. Sensitive, yet strong and powerful.
7. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Hip hop legend.
8. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
… Or thank u, next. Take your pick, because this woman can SANG (not that you needed me to tell you that).
9. Tame Impala – Currents
Hello, yes, I am here for all the vibey tunes that this album brings. Let it Happen, Yes I’m Changing, and Past Life are my faves.
10. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
This woman is an absolute BOSS on every level. Singer, rapper, actress, producer, and all round babe. Spectacular album.
11. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Fave album from these lovely chaps. Was lucky to see them live last month. You can read my review here (lol, shameless self plug).
12. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Such an incredible album, with so many important messages. MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 is also amazing, and she explains/talks through a bunch of her tracks. Her performance is also super natural and relaxed which I LOVE, and she sings with a beautiful sense of vulnerability.
13. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A
All hail the boss.
14. Lizzo – CUZ I LOVE YOU
Who better to raise your spirits and make you feel empowered? She’s even live streaming meditation sessions on insta at the moment. Lizzo we stan!
15. Nina Simone – Wild Is The Wind
Her cover of Lilac Wine on this album is stunning – my favourite version of the song.
16. Masego – Lady Lady
Some sweet, sweet melodies and jazzy tunes.
17. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
An actual QUEEN, with such a powerful, stunning voice.
18. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
And Sunday Morning because it’s a big fat tune and not on this album. Everyone loves some old school Maroon 5. My sister and I were belting this out as we made our Mother’s Day roast dinner yesterday.
19. The 1975 – i like the way you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Somewhat creepy album title (Edward Cullen is that you?), but I love The 1975 and I love this album.
20. Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
Or Because of the Times – purely because it has my fave song Arizona on it. Some proper anthems on this album.
21. The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do
Saw this all-female band support Bombay Bicycle Club and they were great! Their new album dropped at the beginning of this year.
21. Mac Miller – Circles
Following the tragic death of Mac Miller, this posthumous album is hard to listen to, but an exceptional body of music at the height of his creativity. His previous album Swimming is also insane.
22. Kali Uchis – Isolation
A vibe. That is all.
23. Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?
This young woman is smashing it at the moment.
24. All Time Low – Nothing Personal
A throwback to my fave teenage band during my emo/punk music years.
25. Arlo Parks – Sophie
Again, technically an EP, but we’ll let it slide. Some beautiful tunes from the very talented Arlo Parks. Also, my name is Sophie… coincidence? I think not…
26. Steely Dan – Katy Leid
Or Can’t Buy a Thrill purely because Midnite Cruiser is a BANGER! My Dad introduced me to Steely Dan because they’re his fave band, and now also one of mine.
27. Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy
Watch out for the POTHOLE.
28. Sampha – Process
This man has a magical voice. His tunes also feature in the new Noughts & Crosses series (HIGHLY recommended viewing).
If you’ve made it this far, congrats!
As I’ve said, this is by no means an extensive list, plus there’s loads more music I wanted to include, so you can probably expect some more suggestions soon. But until then, happy listening!