And my #1 favorite album out of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s is of course the double album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by OutKast.
I wanted to share two lesser known songs from the albums, “Ghettomusick” from “Speakerboxxx” and “Prototype” from “The Love Below”. I have said it many times before but, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” is one of the most expansive, catchy, creative and easily one of my favorite albums of all time. It was wildly popular, successful and well reviewed. It sold over 10 million copies and won Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2004, making it only one of two Hip-Hop albums to ever win that honor. The other being Lauryn Hill with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. These two songs may not have been as popular as their other hits from the albums, “Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move” & “Roses”, but they are equal in quality as is every other song off the albums. Do you have a favorite song from the albums that wasn’t a single? Please share.
The Kate Bush album “Aerial” is another of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s. I first heard the album back in 2005 when it was released, but didn’t listen to it much then. It wasn’t until last year that I discovered how great the album was. The song I want to share for today’s song of the day is one of my favorites from the album, “How To Be Invisible”. “Aerial” is definitely one of the most beautiful and well crafted albums I have ever heard and “How To Be Invisible” is a great example of that, while still being pretty accessible to casual listeners. It is actually a double album and both discs are great. I may even like the second discs better, which is saying a lot because the first disc is so great too. I’ve only really been listening to it for about 6 or 7 months, but whenever I want to chill out and/or just listen to some really magnificant music, I throw this album on. Come on, trust me, throw this album on. Both discs of it!!!
Another of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s is “Continuum” by John Mayer and is also definitely in the top 5. The song of the day from “Continuum” is “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)”. This is my favorite song on the album. “Continuum” is such an amazing and beautiful album. John Mayer really showed off his chops here and proved he is one of the best guitarist and song writers of his generation and can hang with the best of all time. The album is chock full of smooth jams that you can feel in your soul. If you haven’t heard this jam, you need to check it out……now!!!
Another of my favorite albums of the 00’s is Jason Mraz’s “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” Today’s song of the day from it is “The Dynamo of Volition”. This song is so funky, fresh and awesome!!! I love his sing/rap style. This style is at it’s best in this song. Everything about this song is just so perfect. It always puts me in an awesome mood. This album is easily in my top 5 albums of the 00’s. Jason Mraz’s new album “Love Is A Four Letter Word” comes out this coming Tuesday, 4/10 and I can’t wait!!! If it’s even half as good as “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” it will be ridiculously good. I’ve heard some of his throw away songs from it off of his live EP “Live Is A Four Letter Word” and they were great!!! If I were in the music industry I see myself making music similar to that of Jason’s. Alas I am not in the music industry, so I will live vicariously through him and his music. His amazing music.
Today’s song of the is John Legend’s “It’s Over” featuring Kanye West, from another of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s, “Evolver”. This wasn’t a single, but damn, it should have been!!! It doesn’t get much more catchy and funky than this. Sometimes it blows my mind the songs that get overlooked as singles. If it wasn’t for “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000, this would be my favorite song on the album and this is an amazing album full of nothing but great songs. Easily one of the best albums of the 00’s.
So as I said yesterday, I will be sharing songs from 50 of my favorite albums of the 00’s, this week. Yesterday I shared a the non single track “The Real Thing” from Gwen Stefani’s album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” Today’s song of the day is also a non single track. It’s “Last Night” from Justin Timberlake’s debut solo album, “Justified”. I like the idea of sharing non single tracks from these albums. All of these albums are so great and most people are familiar with the hit singles, but I would like to draw some attention to the songs that didn’t get as much attention, but are just as good if not better than the singles you are familiar with. “Last Night” is one of over a dozen great tracks form “Justified”. Do you have a favorite track from “Justified or yesterday’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”?
Over the course of the next 7 days, I’d like to share songs from 7 albums from a playlist, I put together of the 50 Best Albums of the 00’s. Today’s song of the day is “The Real Thing” by Gwen Stefani from her debut solo album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” Unfortunately there is no video to accompany this song, but I think that it is a great example of the cool, sweet sound of this album. “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” is like candy. It was a big hit when it came out in 2004 and with good reason it was chock full of catchy hooks and fun beats. This is Gwen at her best. Listening to it almost 8 years later, it still sounds fresh. Gwen Stefani has really great Pop sensibilities, which has helped carry her career to the heights it has reached, wether it be with No Doubt or solo. She is currently finishing up a new album with No Doubt……finally!!! Is anybody else excited to see what her and the rest of No Doubt have cooked up for the new album?