When is the last time you bought an album? I'm not even talking about one made out of actual vinyl. I just mean a collection of songs by a band on a single archive of media. Better yet, when is the last time you listened to an album the whole way through? Without clicking next?
It used to be that an album was the only way you could get music (or so I've heard - I'm not all that old). Then you could buy a single of a released song complete with b-side. Now you can just buy one song at a time. Any song. And for as little as 88¢.
There goes the album.
The funny thing is that you can tell your iPod to show the album art of the song you are listening to, even though you would never even think about actually buying the whole thing. Artists don't even need to put out an entire album anymore. We're living in a single-oriented world. And I am a single-oriented girl. Or whatever.
But I still love the album. It's a collection of songs in the order that the musician intended for you to listen to them. Sadly, we will probably not see many more great ones in our lifetime. There is no need or incentive to put any effort into album making.
So, to eulogize the end of the album as we know it, I submit my top 5 albums of all time.
5) Foo Fighters
One By One
4) The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2) Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
1) Pink Floyd
(click on the album covers for more information)
I'm sure after seeing my picks that you want to argue with me, or you at least have some of your own to share. Go ahead. Stop downloading that song for a second and post your favorites. Join me in celebrating the album.
The only rules are that no greatest hits or compilation albums are eligible for the list.
Goodbye album. It has been a fun ride. Rock on.