The other day, I was hanging out with some friends and the conversation turned to music (my favorite!).

My friend, Jason, asked me what my top three favorite albums were; and that totally put me on the spot.

Now, I'm a big list maker. I like to make to-do lists, lists of all the bands I've seen, grocery lists. I even have a list labeled "Favorite B-Sides." That's how meticulous I can be.

But when asked for my favorite albums, I couldn't believe I didn't already have a list for that!

So, this is what I came up with.

Keep in mind this was on the spot and in no particular order!

 

1. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin I

While my favorite Led Zeppelin album is Led Zeppelin III, I love the raw sound that came out of Led Zeppelin I. The band's debut album was released in 1969 and gave us such greats as "Dazed and Confused", "Good Times Bad Times"and "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You". True, the band totally ripped off a lot of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, but I still love the album. Here's my favorite song from Led Zeppelin I, "Your Time is Gonna Come"- love the organ by the way.

 

2. The Doobie Brothers- What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

First off, I just love that title. Released in 1974, What Were Once Vices... went 2x Platinum, but only gave us one hit single, "Black Water". I love the overall theme and arrangement of the album. It's always nice to take a chance and buy an album that you're not familiar with and then find out it's a gem. That's what happened to me with this album. I was just in the right place at the right time when I first listened to this album and it's stuck with me ever since.

 

3. Santana- Inner Secrets

I LOVE this album. Santana is one of the few acts that I've seen more than once but I'm just so bummed that I can't go back in time and see them when they were touring this album. I love every single song on this album and totally dig the cover of Buddy Holly's "Well...All Right". Inner Secrets was released in 1978 and includes the crowd favorite "Open Invitation". I find myself dancing every time I listen to this album! Inner Secrets has some great jams and I love the arrangement on this album- each song segues into the next with ease. It's hard to pick a favorite song from this album, so I'll just go with the one that's stuck in my head right now, "Move On" which starts off with a pulsing bass guitar.