Some albums took the world by storm when they first came out and then ultimately fell by the wayside, unremembered or just no longer cared for. Other albums have stuck with us for what seems like forever, timeless. With newer music, it’s always tricky to gauge whether it’s going to make it through the test of time to receive the official stamp that reads “classic”. Here are some of the newer albums that we’re betting on.
Lauryn Hill “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”
Fresh off tour with her group The Fugees and a soon-to-be mother, Ms. Hill caught the inspiration to work on a solo project in 1997-98.
The Fugees were a hip hop group and Lauryn’s role in it won her the respect of rap fans for being the best female MC’s of all time. Even though Lauryn showcased her singing talents with the Fugees on songs such as “Killing Me Softly”, she was able to take it a step further with her own album, “Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”.
British singer and songwriter, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, or just Adele for short, was a critically acclaimed artist right out the gate. Her 2007 release titled “19”, an album which she wrote entirely when she was only 16 made big waves around the world.
3 years after her debut and fresh out of a long term relationship, Adele released a second studio album called “21” – a fusion of classical, country, and roots music. More emotional and rawer than ever, Adele gave a tear-jerking performance of her single “Someone Like You” at the 2011 Brit Awards, a song that quickly rocketed to the number 1 spot on the charts afterward.
Adele took the new album on the road with her “Adele Live” tour, playing for sold-out crowds all over North America.
Destiny’s Child “The Writing’s On The Wall”
Destiny’s Child gave us much more than the beloved Beyonce – 5 classic studio albums and numerous chart-toppers. Their second album, “The Writing’s On The Wall” closed out the last century with the memorable hits, “Say My Name”, “Bills, Bills, Bills”, “Bug A Boo” and “Jumpin’, Jumpin’”.
“Kala” was not M.I.A.’s first release. However, it was the album that brought the relatively unknown indie artist commercial success. Prior to her debut album, M.I.A. found popularity in underground music scenes and clubs. The single “Paper Planes” off of “Kala” is what finally broke her through to the mainstream side. “Paper Planes” was originally released with the album in 2008, using a catchy The Clash sample, thanks to also a lesser-known at the time producer named Diplo.
The song did alright in the UK, but as soon as it was featured in 2 popular American movies that year it blew up in North America and worldwide overnight.
Taylor Swift “Fearless”
“Fearless” is a country-pop album through and through and the second release from Billboard’s “Woman Of The Decade”, Taylor Swift. “Fearless” rode the top of the charts, coming in at number 1 for 11 consecutive weeks.
T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili found success early on with their 1992 debut “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip”. Although, it wasn’t until 1994 when TLC broke out of the hip hop/rnb genre to become a household name with people everywhere, releasing “CrazySexyCool” and pleasing rnb and pop music fans alike.
The album’s singles “Waterfalls”, “Creep”, “Red Light Special”, and “Diggin’ On You” have become some of the most popular songs of the 90s decade and of all-time.
Lady Gaga “The Fame Monster”
Released as a deluxe edition reissue of her debut album, “The Fame Monster” is widely considered to be the best release from the progressive Gaga. And we agree. Despite this, the album never saw the number one spot at the charts, coming in at only number 5.
This double-disc is a must-have for any fan of Lady Gaga or those looking to be introduced to her music – the mixture of pop, synthpop, disco, and industrial.
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