In case you’re wondering, Ultra Like 5D is an album by Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo released in 2016. It has been met with widespread critical and commercial success, topping both the Billboard Top 200 and the UK Albums Chart. To this day, it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, with only The Beatles’ 1 and The Beach Boys’ More Life competing for the top spot.
When it comes to music collections, the general rule is you get what you pay for. However, there are some albums out there that are so worth it that even the most expensive ones seem like a bargain. With that in mind, here are 5 albums that deserve a spot in your collection, even if it’s one you’ve had for years.
1. Thriller / Michael Jackson
Yes, the king of pop himself once said this about his epic album Thriller: “I wanted to make a complete work of art, something that would last forever.” And he didn’t lie, because his music has truly transcended time and continues to be relevant more than 40 years after its release.
If you’ve ever wondered where the famous “Thriller” choreography came from or just want to know what inspired Michael Jackson to make some of the best-selling albums of all time, this is the collection for you. It features some of Jackson’s greatest hits, including “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
2. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / The Beatles
Yes, Apple Corps. Thank you for giving us the best introduction to the colorful world of The Beatles. What began as a ragtag group of lads with guitars and drums grew into one of the greatest music dynasties of all time. Their influence continues to permeate all aspects of popular culture decades after their split.
What if we told you there was an album that could unite all The Beatles fans under one roof, putting an end to all the arguing and bickering? What if that album could convince even the most diehard skeptics that The Beatles were, in fact, more than just legends?
That album is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The critically acclaimed group’s final release serves as a testament to their genius, showcasing the many facets of their artistry as a band and as individuals. If you love The Beatles, you’ll love this album.
3. Exile On Main Street / David Bowie
David Bowie began his illustrious career in 1969 with the release of his self-titled debut album. Since then, he’s consistently released groundbreaking and genre-bending albums, winning numerous Grammys and accolades along the way. Most of his work is filled with cryptic lyrics and dreamlike narratives that hearken back to the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll.
While many may argue that his later albums have dropped off, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fan of rock music who doesn’t own a David Bowie album. His influence is present in almost every corner of the industry, and his unique artistic vision has clearly inspired an entire generation of musicians and producers.
4. Pet Sounds / The Beach Boys
If you’ve ever wondered what inspired The Beach Boys to make some of the most memorable albums of all time, then the Pet Sounds album is a treasure trove of clues. It was the culmination of years of meticulous planning and experimentation, featuring some of the greatest producers and engineers in the business. You’ll hear everything from experimental music to backwards tracks and beyond, resulting in an album that has aged perfectly, remaining just as exciting today as it was back in the 1960s.
This is an album that you’ll want to play and listen to frequently, as it grows on you with every passing year. If you’re a Beach Boys fan, you really need to own this one.
5. Diamonds / Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond has become the epitome of the “classic” album, having sold over 100 million records worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. His songwriting and singing talent are unparalleled, as evidenced by his multiple Grammy wins and 18-time Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s. Most of his songs are filled with heartache and sorrow, yet his music still carries a torch for romance, especially with his song “Sweet Caroline.”
If you’re searching for an album that will make you believe in true love again, then this is the collection for you. It is an album that can inspire lovers and single listeners, with its mellow pop sound and easy melodies.