When I came up with the idea for this post I didn't realise just how hard it would be. I've listened to so many amazing albums, which makes it incredibly hard to narrow them down to just five! Obviously there are legendary albums out there by music royalty, for example Michael Jackson, Prince, etc, but this list is made up of my own personal favourites.
My first brainstorm list had 13 albums on it, making it almost impossible to get rid of eight. So I decided rather than only writing about my top five, I'll do a top 10, followed by a top five, and give a brief mention to the albums that just missed out!
Favourite albums that didn't make the list:
10) Ed Sheeran - +: This album has great songs with beautiful lyrics. Small Bump never fails to make me cry, in contrast with the faster You Need Me, I Don't Need You, which always makes me want to sing along!
9) Iggy Azalea - The New Classic: Iggy is extremely underrated. The New Classic is a brilliant album, with Iggy's impressive lyrics often overlooked. Walk The Line and Impossible Is Nothing have incredibly serious lyrics and the fact that Iggy was a writer on these songs shows how talented she is, My favourite song on this album has always been the empowering Goddess. Overall a brilliant album.
8) Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy: I am a massive fan of Tinie and really love all of his albums, but Disc-Overy has a special place in my heart because it's the album that made me become a fan, as well as having the massively successful hits, such as Pass Out and Frisky.
7) Ariana Grande - My Everything: I am also a big fan of Ariana, and I really love all of her albums. The reason why I chose My Everything over Yours Truly and Dangerous Woman is because I feel like My Everything is what made me become a fan. The mixture of pop with ballads makes a brilliant listen, and the songs never get old or tiring.
6) The Wanted - The Wanted: The Wanted's self-titled debut album is definitely my favourite. I really love The Wanted and desperately want them to come back, and I often find myself listening to all three albums while I wait for their return. However, their debut album will always be my favourite because it reminds me of seeing them live for the first time and becoming a fan.
Heading into the top five now where it starts getting difficult. Not only was it hard enough deciding what my top five were, but ranking them was almost worse!
5) Marron 5 - Overexposed: I've grown up listening to Maroon 5, and Overexposed stands out to me as their best album. No matter how many times you listen to it, it doesn't get boring. Not only does this album contain a variety of brilliant songs, it contains the hits Payphone (feat Whiz Khalifa) and One More Night, with Payphone getting the band's first ever UK Number One!
4) Years & Years - Communion: Even though this is Years & Years' only album, it's still incredible. The mixture of songs on this album constantly keeps it fresh and exciting two years later. Frontman Olly Alexander has one of the most unique voices in pop, something that makes this album so beautifully spectacular.
3) Bastille - Bad Blood: One of the main reasons why I love Bastille so much is because (similarly to Olly in Years & Years) frontman Dan's stunning voice is instantly recognisable. Bad Blood not only showcases these vocals, but the wonderfully distinctive alternative style of the songs makes for a very interesting listen. Even though this album was released in 2013, it's still just as fantastic to this day.
2) Girls Aloud - Out of Control: Girls Aloud were the first artists I ever became a fan of. I remember getting Out of Control for Christmas and desperately wanting to become the sixth member. What I love about this album is the huge variety of songs that it consists of. The lead single, The Promise, I believe is one of the best songs that has ever been released by a girl group. Nothing has ever compared to the style of this song, with the rest of the album also containing hit after hit. Although Girls Aloud are no longer together, I strongly believe that they deserve more recognition.
1) Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster: Of course the top spot had to be taken by my all time favourite artist, Lady Gaga. Even though I think every single Gaga album is a masterpiece, I decided to only include one so that the list doesn't just consist of Gaga albums! The Fame Monster is my favourite album of all time because of how daring and revolutionary it is. Gaga's debut album, The Fame, I believe is the best debut of all time, so the fact that The Fame Monster contains The Fame and then new songs makes it phenomenal. To this day there has never been an album so artistically daring, with songs on it that were so ahead of their time. The lead single, Bad Romance, is one of the most iconic songs, with no song released since even comparing to it. Listening to The Fame Monster is like listening to a work of art. Every song is fantastically written, with production that is yet to be matched by any other artist.
I really love every single album mentioned here, and I would encourage anyone reading this to go and give some of them a listen if you haven't already!