HRM’s Top Albums

HRM’s Top Albums

​With the 59th annual Grammy awards taking place at the weekend, we’ve put together some our favourite ever albums. Some of us struggled to cut our lists down, others struggled to name three but here they are in all their glory!

Martin Ross, Managing Director

  • Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  • Joshua Tree – U2
  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

Richard Fidler, Account Director

  • ​Crowded House – Woodface
  • Dr Dre – 2001
  • Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Simon Waller, Account Manager – Video and Creative

  • ​Guns ‘N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  • Counting Crows – August and Everything After
  • Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

Special mentions

  • ​Green Day – Dookie
  • Pearl Jam – Ten
  • Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
  • Def Leppard – Hysteria
  • Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For the Wicked

Allie Dransfield, Account Manager

  • Steps – Gold.  Love a bit of Steps!
  • Michael Bublé – Christmas. It’s not Christmas without him.
  • Now 33. It’s the first Now CD I remember going to buy myself.

Ellie Head, Account Manager

  • ​Best of Springsteen
  • Best of Fleetwood Mac
  • Best of The Beatles
  • Best of The Spice Girls
  • Best of ABBA

Jill Theobald, Copywriter and Content Manager

  • Aerosmith – Pump. So many great classic rock songs but for Love in an Elevator alone it has to be included – THE best guitar solo of all time.
  • Pulp – Different Class. During the Britpop wars of the 90s, was I Blur or Oasis? I was PULP!
  • Guns n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction. Quite possibly the greatest rock debut ever and the album that influenced and inspired… 
  • Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists. I love the combination of themes including anti-consumerism, personal struggle, politics, art, literature (as well as the band’s feather boas and glam accessories of the era!)
  • Rufus Wainwright – Want One. No-one writes about heartbreak quite like him - 14th Street is a perfect example.

Hannah Johnson, Senior Account Executive

  • All Saints – All Saints. They were the original ‘cool’ girl band for me and were the only people who made me want to wear combat trousers and a vest!
  • Spice Girls – Spice. Who doesn’t love the Spice Girls? This was one of the first CDs I ever owned and brings back so many good memories. I still know all the words even though it’s 20 years later!
  • Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys. Being from Sheffield I was drawn to the Arctic Monkeys anyway but this is such a good album. For me, they completed changed indie music and some of the songs on this album are in my top songs list  
  • Michael Jackson – Number Ones. I couldn’t choose a specific MJ album so went for this collection! I grew up listening to Michael Jackson as my brother was a huge fan and he did amazing song after amazing song. I was in LA when he died and the hysteria was unbelievable.
  • Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I got really in to R&B music around the time this came out and I listened to on repeat in my bedroom for about 6 months!

Joe Bamford, Account Executive

  • Employment – Kaiser Chiefs
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys
  • Endgame – Rise Against
  • AM – Arctic Monkeys
  • Parachutes – Coldplay

Laura Metcalfe, Account Executive

  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance. It was a tough choice between this and Hunky Dory, but I’ve gone for Let’s Dance because it’s my go-to album – no matter what mood I’m in, this is guaranteed to have me dancing along.
  • Björk – Debut. I can’t get enough of Björk. She is so wonderfully unique and there’s nobody else out there like her. This aptly titled first album is full of gorgeous sounds and her voice is stunning.  
  • Brand New – Deja Entendu. This album reminds me of my teenage years and the countless times I listened to it on repeat. I still feel nostalgic every time I listen to this album and I had the pleasure of seeing them play it in full on their last tour.
  • Prince – Purple Rain. Perhaps an obvious choice in terms of Prince albums but I think Purple Rain just sums him up so well. Plus, the film is a ridiculous yet fabulous summation of everything he was.
  • Sleater-Kinney – One Beat. Sleater-Kinney are simply the coolest and One Beat is one of those albums that makes me wish I could play an instrument.

Jade March, Freelance Account Executive

  • The Rocket Summer – Hello, good friend. This album was the soundtrack to my sixth form years in 2008 and I can still put it in my car and sing every single word and be transported to old times back in my home town, Rugby!
  • Britney Spears – Britney. Britney is one of my all-time faves and I love her.
  • Ministry of Sound: I love the 90s. I absolutely love 90s dance and trance music and it’s always a go to album to get me ready for a night out. The tracks also remind me of Ibiza but I’m sad I never got to experience it in the 90s as I was still a child!
  • Spice Girls – Spice. The ultimate definition to my childhood – I was always Posh or Sporty Spice!

Tom Butler, Intern

  • DJ Shadow – Endtroducing. A simply perfect album from start to finish, DJ Shadow takes what are already great samples and mixes them into a masterpiece.
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression. A very mature sound that still manages to be great fun, with an all-star band including Josh Homme and Dean Fertita from QOTSA, and Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys.
  • Beck – Odelay. No one knows what genre he is and neither does he, yet Beck still delivers an iconic sound that genuinely can’t be replicated.
  • Daft Punk – Homework. Such a hard choice between this and Discovery but I would say this (possibly controversially) just takes the cake purely on the basis that the sound from this album is slightly harder edged and sharper than Discovery.
  • Bonobo – Animal Magic. Anything new Simon Green releases is guaranteed to be quality, but this installment from him is my winner purely because the sound is so immersive and thoughtful. The second track on this album will never cease to give me Goosebumps.

Laura Metcalfe This article was written by Laura Metcalfe

4 months ago