Remember the days when being part of the Warped Tour lineup was considered cool? When you’d actually go out to the nearest CD store and buy the latest release? Wearing bright-colored skinnies? The side swept, ironed-flat hair that looked good with any gender? As we enter the last month of 2017’s third quarter, we went through our old iTunes libraries and checked out albums that sent us on a trip down memory lane. We’re celebrating five of our favorite albums that turn 10 years old this year.
“Riot!” – Paramore
The early days of middle school consisted of nearly every girl (including myself) wanting to join a band and get on that Hayley Williams level. “Riot!” scored Paramore a Grammy nomination and even the non-single tracks counted as hits. On top that, the lineup of Hayley Williams, the Farro brothers, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York (he was only a touring member at the time but whatever) was tight as ever. Williams’ age was evident in her songwriting, but even at this age we can still relate.
Favorite tracks: “That’s What You Get” (DUH), “Hallelujah”, “For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic”
“Infinity On High” – Fall Out Boy
Only Fall Out Boy could release a track with no vowels and not be called ridiculous. “Infinity On High” was recorded in a span of three months and included a collaboration with Jay-Z for “Thriller” and Kanye West for a remix of “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”. Lead vocalist Patrick Stump called it the funkiest album they’ve made, and it’s remained in our hearts all this time.
Favorite tracks: “Thnks fr th Mmrs”, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”, “The Carpal Tunnel of Love”
“Oracular Spectacular” – MGMT
They say that if you didn’t do your first psychedelic trip to this album, you didn’t do it right. MGMT came out of the New York music scene with psychedelic rock, a refreshing turn from the earlier icons like The Strokes (read Meet Me in the Bathroom). Music publications NME and Rolling Stone hailed “Oracular Spectacular” as the best album of the year and the 18th-best album of the decade respectively. Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser are gearing up to release “Little Dark Age” after a long break.
Favorite tracks: “Electric Feel” (come on guys), “Kids”, “Weekend Wars” “4th Dimensional Transition”
“Kala” – M.I.A.
Named after her mother, English-Sri Lankan musician M.I.A. took over the airwaves with the album’s dance and world music fusion. Her residencies in Sri Lanka and Trinidad inspired her use of instruments borrowed from ethnic groups. “Paper Planes”, the most famous track off the album (don’t even trip), uses “Straight to Hell” by punk band The Clash as a backing track. M.I.A. fused her interest in music as a whole to her advantage and gave us the gift of “Kala”. Don’t lie, “Paper Planes” is still in your road trip playlist.
Favorite tracks: “Hussel”, “Paper Planes”, “Bird Flu”
“Favourite Worst Nightmare” – Arctic Monkeys
After their debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” turned out to be a massive success, the Arctic Monkeys were still on the whole “Don’t believe the hype” phase.
Lead vocalist Alex Turner’s songwriting reaches into a deeper emotional depth while keeping up the speedy tempo. The band’s influences from touring the world greatly reflect on “Favourite Worst Nightmare” and took them out of their local Sheffield stories.
Favorite tracks: “D Is For Dangerous”, “Fluorescent Adolescent”, “Do Me A Favour”, “Only Ones Who Know”, “505”
We hope this made you feel a bit older than you already did in the first place. Happy listening!
Header photo credit: Ashley Rehnblom on Flickr