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Jayden's Journal: Top pre-'80s albums

Jayden Hewitt

Jayden Hewitt

By Jayden Hewitt
Staff Writer

Music has always been an outlet for me, and for many others it’s the same. I’ve always taken pride in my variety in music tastes, but I still have so much to learn.

Readers may be asking themselves, “What does a 22-year-old know about music that pre-dates him by 20 or 30 years?

“As much as I can,” is my most fair answer. I love classic rock, and this will be evident by my list.

I also have a disclaimer: These by no means are the best albums before 1980; just my favorites to listen to. Here is my list, in order:

  1. “Disraeli Gears” by Cream
  2. “Are You Experienced” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  3. “The Doors” by The Doors
  4. “Axis: Bold as Love” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  5. “Unknown Pleasures” by Joy Division
  6. “Exodus” by Bob Marley
  7. “Ramones” by Ramones
  8. “Let it Bleed” by The Rolling Stones
  9. “Master of Reality” by Black Sabbath
  10. “The Wall” by Pink Floyd.

Now, my previous statement may make more sense … I love classic rock. But, the list is not all rock, or typical rock. “Exodus” is reggae, “Ramones” and “Unknown Pleasures” are both punk rock. “Master of Reality” is considered metal, although, in my opinion, it is more like typical, heavy classic rock.

It was an extremely hard list to compile. Some honorable mentions include: “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye and “Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin, among other.

I have no doubts my list could go into the hundreds. I always enjoy new music, but my list will be ever changing, and inclusive of all time periods.

Instead of sharing details about each album, and why I picked them, I encourage readers to listen to each one, in hopes of people finding music the way I did: reading and listening.

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