The Music Listography refresh is back with the 2nd List that I labeled “You Are Home” the first time around. Lists are fun, especially Music ones, and they tend to evolve over time. Some Favorites change, and others stick around forever, so every time I refresh this list it’s a little bit different. And, it is always blissful to revisit my Favorite Music.
If you decide to play too and make your own let me know in the comments where to find them. I’d love to see your answers to these lists, too.
I will include Playlist links for both Spotify and YouTube, as well as an in-post YouTube Playlist (see below) so you can press take a listen to a Track from each Album and pretend you are on my spaceship with me, leaving earth with a Soundtrack.
courtesy of Music Listography : Your Life In (Play)Lists
List Your Top Twenty Leaving Earth on a Spaceship Albums
“You Are Home”
1. Hunky Dory (1971) by David Bowie
My first Bowie Album. It plays like a novel to me, from start-to-finish. Or perhaps it is the memories I’ve attached to each Song that make this feel like a collection of short stories all connected together. Although there are a few other Bowie Albums I’d wish to have, this is the one that I couldn’t leave earth without.
I’ve written countless times about what Tori and Little Earthquakes mean to me, and what they meant to me in 1992. Every Song on this Album feels like a diary page, every Song feels like home. So, if I was leaving this earth I’d want Songs that remind me of where I’ve come from, and who I’ve been.
3. Avalon (1982) by Roxy Music
As I close my eyes and imagine flying away from Earth I hear the Song “Avalon” in my head. I can almost feel it playing as the Earth gets smaller and smaller to my eyes. I’m not sure why it would be this Song, but in my mind it is. Anyways, this is one of my Favorite Albums, so I don’t mind bringing it along. Not at all.
4. Rubber Soul (1965) by The Beatles
My Favorite Beatles Album. My life has always had The Beatles in it, from birth, or knowing my Mom’s love of the Fab Four, probably since I was in utero. I couldn’t leave this Earth without some of their Music.
5. Know Who You Are At Every Age (1991) by Cocteau Twins
Elizabeth Fraser’s voice needs to be heard in Space. This is my Favorite of all their Albums, though there are so many others I love. But, its Four-Calendar Cafe, and the Songs “Know Who You Are At Every Age” and “Bluebeard” especially, that I would want to hear from that Spaceship.
This Album is everything to me. I can’t imagine not having it in my life on this Planet, or any other we might eventually land on. “Stories and Spaceships ruin lives of lesser girls.”
7. Rio (1982) by Duran Duran
My teenage self would never forgive me if I left Duran Duran behind. It was tough to pick which Album, and I switched two of them out on this list before I finally landed on Rio. I can’t imagine never hearing “Lonely In Your Nightmare”, “Save a Prayer”, or “The Chauffeur” ever again.
8. Sticky Fingers (1971) by The Rolling Stones
It was a toss-up between Sticky Fingers and Some Girls, my top 2 Favorite Stones Albums. But, Sticky Fingers finally won because “Wild Horses” needs to come with me if I’m leaving this World behind.
9. Rumours (1977) by Fleetwood Mac
I have so many memories of my childhood home, of me as a little kid, and of my Mom so young and happy, smiling and dancing and singing-a-long to Rumours in the kitchen. I love this Album, have since those kitchen days, and bringing it along would be like bringing my childhood, and my Mom along.
10. Transformer (1972) by Lou Reed
“Satellite of Love” and “Perfect Day” are reason enough, but honestly I love the entire Album so much. I’d like to sit near one of the Spaceship’s windows writing stories while listening to this Album. If I close my eyes I can see myself doing just that.
11. Funeral (2004) by Arcade Fire
Even though so much of this Album makes me cry, I’d still want to bring it along. Like with the Lou Album, I would want to write to Funeral. I’d also want to play it when I needed to cry because we all have moments when that’s the most cathartic of things to do.
12. Up the Bracket (2002) by The Libertines
The Libs have to come along. They just have to.
13. Heartbreaker (2000) by Ryan Adams
How do you pick which Ryan Adams’ Album to bring? I have no idea. If I had a day, or two, to pack for leaving Earth I’m sure I’d change it out a dozen times before take-off. Today though, its Heartbreaker I’d choose, especially for the Song “Oh My Sweet Carolina”.
14. Lost In Space (2002) by Aimee Mann
You kinda need to Lost In Space when you are getting Lost In Space, right? Puns aside, this is another Album that feels like a Novel, one that feels so familiar and personal to me. I’d want this one with me to remember certain moments, certain people, and certain loves from my life on Earth.
15. Star (1993) by Belly
My twenties are in this Album, buried deep in so many of the Songs. I’d like to have them with me.
16. Wild Wood (1993) by Paul Weller
A love I’d never want to forget, even if that love came along with me. I would need some Weller with me.
17. Vinyl (1991) by Dramarama
Part of me would want at least four Dramarama Albums with me. But, if I had to choose one it would be Vinyl. This one is still hard to listen to, so many memories, and such a deep loss is in these Songs, to me. But I love it. I love all the Songs. And they are beautiful memories that I’d never want to forget.
18. Become What You Are (1993) by The Juliana Hatfield Three
I never get tired of this Album. Never. I want to spin around in Space to “Spin the Bottle”.
19. Recovering the Satellites (1996) by Counting Crows
So many Crows Albums I love, but lately, this one is my Favorite. If I was leaving Earth today this is the one I’d want with me.
20. Disintegration (1989) by The Cure
This is me at 19. And this is me at 20 and 21, too. Back then my friends would say it wasn’t a Mix Tape of Laura’s without a Song by The Cure on it. I think I’d want to keep that tradition going, keeping The Cure in my Spaceship Mix, too.
My Top 20 Leaving Earth on a Spaceship Albums
- Aimee Mann Albums Arcade Fire Belly Cocteau Twins Counting Crows David Bowie Dramarama Duran Duran Fleetwood Mac Listography Lou Reed Music Listography Paul Weller Pete Yorn Roxy Music Ryan Adams The Beatles The Cure The Juliana Hatfield Three The LIbertines The Rolling Stones Tori Amos You Are Home