Music has always been a powerful medium for me.
It can change my mood in an instant — taking me from down and out to upbeat in seconds flat. Some music reminds me of driving in my dad’s car during the summer with all of the windows down and the sun roof open. Songs like Freedom by George Michael and American Woman by Lenny Kravitz always bring me back to those carefree days.
Other music simply make me feel alright (sung in my best One Republic voice). The Allman Brothers and Janis Joplin are two that can always send me into a groovy state of mind.
Don’t get me started on the kind of music that make me believe I’m an amazing singer. Sara Bareilles and Jennifer Nettles, I’m talking to you.
Here are 8 albums (in no particular order) that totally make me feel all the feels.
- Eat A Peach, The Allman Brothers Band.
This is one of my all-time favorite albums. It instantly takes me back to high school when I thought that I was born into the wrong generation. It also made everything feel easier and sunnier. And it reminded me of the summer concerts we would spend our weekends enjoying.
- Little Voice, Sara Bareilles.
This album made me believe (for about an hour) that I could sing. Which is no small feat, since I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I can’t carry a tune. Every song on this album is great (least of which is Love Song, the one that put her on the map). My all-time favorites: Many The Miles, Gravity, and Come Round Soon.
- Pearl, Janis Joplin.
I’m pretty sure I got this album for a quarter at The Record Exchange back in the day. I’m also convinced it was the best quarter I’d ever spent. I would spend hours trying to emulate Joplin’s raspy voice. I’d eat up any documentary or nugget of information someone shared about her. I think I cried when I learned that she died from a drug overdose because that meant there was no more new music.
- Enjoy The Ride, Sugarland.
It took me a long time to get into Country music. But man, when I did, I went ALL IN. Some of my fondest road trip memories are driving to Cincinnati with The Husband while belting out Sugarland track after Sugarland track. Jennifer Nettles makes you feel things so intensely and perfectly. And hot damn, can that woman sing.
- t w e n t y t h r e e, Tristan Prettyman.
This album was on repeat for 3 months straight. Song after song, I’d find myself bopping my head, tapping my toes, and getting down to business. If you’re looking for a little rock, a little folk, and a whole lot of awesome, this album is for you.
- Come Away With Me, Norah Jones.
When this album came out back in 2002, I had just finished graduate school and moved across the pond with a friend to travel and work and have a jolly good time. This was legit the only CD I owned, and I never once got sick of it.
- Every Kingdom, Ben Howard.
Holy shit, does this album transport me to another place. There is something so potent about his voice, the melodies, and the way in which they come together. There are very few albums out there that make me feel the way this one does. And for that, I will always cherish it.
- Tidal, Fiona Apple.
This one takes me straight back to college and makes me feel like a powerful and intensely passionate woman. I played it so much, that my roommate at the time fantasized about throwing it out the window. Instead, she humored me and went to go see her in concert both years she came to the area.
What about you? What albums would be on your list? What do they make you feel? What memories are attached to those tracks?