5 Studio Albums Teens Should Be Force Fed

musicIt's been a long week. Earlier today, during a five minute break, I posted five albums every teenager should listen to.

After some reflection I realized that 3/5 were actually compilations, and not studio albums. If we're going to force teens to listen to five albums recorded prior to 1980, let's make 'em listen to proper studio albums.

Here are five studio albums teens should be force fed.

The Beatles - Revolver


AC/DC - Back in Black


The Clash - London Calling


Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon


Led Zeppelin - IV


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OK. Dropped the Stones, kept the Clash. Still no Supertramp. But, I can live with the final selection.
My wife will be happy you added AC-DC.

August 28, 2009 @ 10:02 PM

Ajax Mike

And now I feel better that I own 3 out of the 5. Still ashamed I don't have London Calling...

August 29, 2009 @ 12:21 AM


And still no Elvis.

August 29, 2009 @ 8:03 AM


And still no Elvis. I don't own a single album on that list, though I have a burned copy of the Dark Side Of The Moon dubbed over the Wizard of Oz.

August 29, 2009 @ 8:04 AM

Mike from Lowville

Have them all, twice, 2, three times. A 5 and 1/2 would really need to be a Supertramp cut.

August 29, 2009 @ 8:25 AM


Take Zeppelin out and put in Pet Sounds, Bono once said that it was U2s goal to write a song as beautiful as what Brian Wilson wrote on Pet Sounds.

August 29, 2009 @ 8:53 AM


Either Pet Sounds or another would be The Velvet Underground and Nico

August 29, 2009 @ 8:54 AM

James Edgar

Good list I have them all.

August 29, 2009 @ 9:08 AM

Toronto Mike

Breakfast in America would make the top 10.

August 29, 2009 @ 9:39 AM


Dylan, Blonde on Blonde - it blew my mind, and still does.

I see the Stones are gone, which is okay, but Exile on Main Street beats the hell out of anything Zep did (bias, I never appreciated Zep)

I'm happy the Beatles got on the list. The White Album or Abby Road could be interchanged with Revolver without argument.

AC/DC is our difference in taste - it is the music I would not force feed any child, unless they are bulimic.

August 29, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

Fredericton Steve

or they could just turn on the radio and get so sick of these bands that even their greatest moments become just another zeppelin song

August 29, 2009 @ 1:38 PM


This should be a top ten

August 29, 2009 @ 2:33 PM

Toronto Icarus

You're asking for trouble by only mentioning 5 albums. Everyone's got an opinion....
and here's ine!

Led Zepplin stays in! There's no way anyone should be without a Zepplin album.

The Who's Who's Next should be included. It was their fifth album and includes Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain, Love ain't for Keeping amongst others.

Since a cop in New Jersey arrested Bob Dylan in New Jersey for suspicious activity recently, I think a Bob Dylan album should be on the list of essentials. My personal favorite is Desire, but At Budokan (is it studio albums only?) or Blonde on Blonde would be at the top of the list as well.

I will happily fight anyone who says Tom Waits shouldn't be on the list! Heartattack and Vine, Swordfishtrombones, Real Gone or Orphans are my favorites.

The Beatles must be on the list: Abbey Road or Let It Be are as good as Revolver.


Just tell them the best music was made before they were born!

August 29, 2009 @ 3:19 PM

Down Goes Brown

I nominate "Class Clown".

August 29, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

Toronto Mike

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August 29, 2009 @ 3:41 PM

Toronto Mike

Damn, that comment of mine got through my spam filter.

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August 29, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

Mike from Lowville

@ Mike


August 29, 2009 @ 6:29 PM


I think it's unfortunate that you're limiting to before 1980... yes, there was a TON of must listen good stuff, but there's also a TON of stuff that teenagers JUST discovering music haven't been exposed to. This includes stuff from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, REM, Daft Punk, Green Day, and tons of others that have produced great albums in their own regard... part C to this list ;)?

August 30, 2009 @ 12:30 AM

jason | GetYourOJ.com

no one should be/ needs to be force-fed music.

September 1, 2009 @ 7:13 PM

Neville A. Ross
no one should be/ needs to be force-fed music.

Truer words were never spoken.

And I have something else to add, something that I should have added a few months ago:

Do you know JACK? Sure you do. The ads for Toronto's newest radio station are all over the subway: "Playing what we want" goes the slogan, with the station's logo bursting out of a jack-in-the-box, implying that the station's programmers are out of control! The posters list off what kind of crazy musical combinations you can expect: Tom Petty! Springsteen! The Cars! Meat Loaf! Now, proudly advertising Meat Loaf as a selling point in 2003 may constitute a bold, revolutionary act, but really, JACK FM is just the latest addition to a radio dial littered with microscopically focused niche stations boasting unintentionally ironic slogans that only draw attention to how rigid, formulaic and safe their playlists truly are.

JACK joins the likes of MIX 99 (whose mainstream-rock mix rarely veers more than a centimeter or two from the middle of the road), Q107 (whose definition of "Classic Rock" is flexible enough to include a regular rotation of Saga records), to the worst offender, 102.1 The Edge, whose conception of edgy music begins with the first Our Lady Peace album, ends with the latest Evanescence single, and wedges every last fake brow-pierced, phony-angst nĂ¼-metal mook into the sliver between. The irony is that JACK's former incarnation, KISS 92.5, while adhering to a top 40 format, managed to achieve something resembling true variety, bouncing from Eminem to Destiny's Child to Coldplay.

Now, for those of us who routinely seek musical guidance from college radio or CBC's Brave New Waves, and who spend more at Rotate This and Soundscapes than on food and shelter, the relentlessly uninspiring state of commercial radio is a topic as tired as the insincerity of televangelists. But as much as we are loath to admit it, radio is still an important cultural arbiter. For the casual music fan -- someone who buys maybe 10 CDs a year, simply based on liking something they heard on the radio or MuchMusic -- radio airplay represents validation, in the same way hipsters rely on New York or London to tell them what's cool. And more often than not, radio assumes the masses are brain-dead automatons incapable of appreciating anything beyond whatever narrowly defined genre parameters the station's corporate bosses deem most profitable.

The troubled state of the music industry is often portrayed as a battle between greedy major labels and unscrupulous music fans stealing music online. While the former portrays the latter's actions as cold-hearted theft, the question is rarely asked: did radio make them do it? The keys to any industry's growth are brand (in this case, band) loyalty and regeneration through the introduction of new products. The music industry is unique in that it relies on radio (instead of traditional advertising methods) to broadcast new-product information to consumers. Radio is failing them. As a result, those consumers have had to seek alternative outlets -- e.g., Kazaa -- to get that information.

Each week eye receives, on average, 75 CDs submitted for review, ranging from superstar acts like Radiohead down to indie techno artists burning beats off their laptops. This in itself is just a fraction of what's produced every week. Contrary to the music industry's doomsday prognostications, the actual amount of music being created has increased as the means of production (laptops, four-track recorders) and distribution (internet mail order, for example) have become more accessible.

Strangely, radio's response to this proliferation has been to become more conservative, and in doing so, it does a disservice to the music industry. Retro-minded stations like JACK and Q107 do nothing to promote the continued survival of the industry by playing songs we've heard a million times before from records we bought 20 years ago. CanCon regulations, initially devised to expose emerging homegrown talent, can now be satisfied by dropping the Hip or side one of 2112. And given that the careers of most Edge-endorsed alterna-rockers last about as long as their target listener's first sexual encounter, it's not exactly inspiring band loyalty among a new generation of music fans. Anyone remember Eve 6? Mudvayne? No wonder kids today would rather buy video games.

We're not saying these stations should scrap their Zeppelin records and play nothing but godspeed you! black emperor, but there's no reason a Neil Young fan wouldn't appreciate The Flaming Lips, or a Coldplay fan wouldn't dig the emotional space-pop of Broken Social Scene. There's also no reason one of these stations couldn't just up and transform themselves into a station that could play both The Rolling Stones and The Constantines. As JACK (formerly KISS) and CHUM (formerly sports, formerly rock) have made abundantly clear, it takes very little time or thought to repackage.

Yes, radio is ultimately a business, concerned with the bottom line more than giving unknown artists exposure. But given the limited channels for quality new music on Toronto radio, soon these stations won't have any nostalgia left to sell.


September 10, 2009 @ 3:55 AM

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