Firstly I am so sorry this has taken me so long to post! Part 1 was posted such a long time a go and I don’t know where the time has flown. Anyway, it’s here for you now. Let me know in the comments what you think of the albums in the list, I would love to hear your opinions. I hope you all enjoy part 2-
6: Lest We Forget: Marilyn Manson
Oh Brian, how I love you. I didn’t always like Marilyn Manson but one day during my angsty teenage years something just clicked and suddenly he was my jam. When I realised how much I loved his music I had no idea what albums to get so I just went his greatest hits. I freaking love this album as a whole and think it hangs really nicely together, which i find is often not the case for greatest hits compilations. I’m super stoked to see Marilyn Manson play Download in June, something to cross off the bucket list. I love good old Brian so much I have an awesome figurine of him on my desk, I call him my study buddy. I love sticking this album on when I exercise. Something about those aggressive vocals and intense guitars just gets me going and makes me work harder. It’s even great to listen to when studying!
7: Nothing Personal: All Time Low
This is my go to feel good, party album. Pure pop-punk awesomeness. I saw All Time Low at Sonisphere in 2011 and it was so much fun. I jumped and smiled like my life depended on it. Me and one of my best friends have lyrics from Lost in Stereo tattooed under cute little skull hearts. I have the lyrics “Tattoos and a switchblade attitude” and she has “snakebite heart with a bubblegum smile” because those lines just sum us up so well! Weightless never fails to give me get up and go be it at the start of “my year” or just another random day. Nothing Personal is such a fun album which is just what you need sometimes.
8: Believers Never Die: Fall Out Boy
Another sneaky entry from Fall Out Boy and another greatest hits album. Again this album just hangs beautifully together (with the exception of the Christmas tune Yule Shoot Your Eye Out which it a bit jarring in July). I love listening to Fall Out Boy’s journey from start to… well not end because woo, they came off of hiatus! I love every single song on this album and I could listen to it on repeat forever. Each song has a slightly different vibe to it so boredom will never be an issue. I love the range of emotions this album deals with from the the sassy teenagery lyrics of A Little Less Sixteen Candles a Little More “Touch Me” to the somber tones of What A Catch, Donnie it really does have everything.
9: The Dresden Dolls: The Dresden Dolls
Now for some Punk Cabaret! The Dresden Dolls are an old favourite of mine and are like nothing else on this list. The songs on their self-titled album are conceptual works of art. Each song is deeply personal especially The Perfect Fit which mentions lead singer Amanda Palmer’s previous job as a living statue. The creepy, music-box intro to Coin Operated Boy was my ringtone for years and never failed to send a chill down my spine when it went off at night. Learning to sing the super fast lyrics of Girl Anachronism is still one of my greatest achievements, boy does that woman have amazing breath control.
10: All Killer no Filler: Sum 41
This album gives me some serious get-up-and-go. It’s full of punky, energetic vibes and aggressive lyrical moments. Of course it has it’s famous tracks such as In Too Deep and Fat Lip but the whole album is just freaking awesome! My two favourite tracks from the album have to be Nothing On My Back and Motivation. Despite their somewhat “sad” lyric both of these songs really get me going and are great to listen to when I’m in a rush to catch the bus (oddly specific, I know). I love how every song on the album is super short and punchy, Never Waking Up is only a tiny 49 seconds long! I think short songs are super important, a song doesn’t need to be long to be impactful. And of course the last track Pain For Pleasure deserves a mention. If you’ve watched the full length video for Fat Lip then you will have heard Sum 41’s bizarrely awesome tribute to old-school heavy metal. I love how unexpected it is! Thanks for keeping me on my toes guys.
Bonus: 1989: Taylor Swift
I just had to include this right at the end. Like many people I never used to like Taylor Swift. I didn’t get what all the hype was about and I kinda avoided her if I’m honest. But then Shake It Off came out and everything changed. I love that song so much! It makes super freaking happy and energetic and bouncy. The album is just full of gems but I won’t go on about them too much. I will mention Blank Space though because me and my boyfriend had a hilariously dramatic sing along to it in a club just the other day. I can’t find the exact quote but from her but she basically thought about how the media likes to portray her in a “man eater” light, then wrote the sort of song that this character would write to mock the media and their perception of her. I think that’s just so clever of her. This album is so different from any of her older stuff and it’s great. As soon as I could get my hands on it I did and it was played non-stop on new years eve. I love the new Taylor Swift and am 100% proud to call myself a fan.
So that’s that! I had a lot of fun compiling this list although it was hard to narrow it down.