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The Artist’s Choice: Favourite Albums: Part I

June 4, 2013

The votes are in for the Artist’s Choice of favourite album and venues and what amazing lists we have!

As we explained earlier, this list does not necessarily represent the greatest, most popular or the hottest albums of all time.  It merely represents a collection of albums that musicians and singer-songwriters in the local music scene have collectively decided are their favourites.  In some respects, this might be a list that is more relevant to you than any of those others could ever be.  Either way, we had a lot of fun putting it together so we think you’ll find it pretty interesting as well!

The Artist’s Choice for albums was mostly spread between recording artists from 4 countries – Australia (11%) through the likes of Augie March, Silverchair, Washington and Sia, Canada (10%) with strong polling from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Alanis Morisette, the UK (almost 30%) dominated by Radiohead and the Beatles and the US (40%) through the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix as well as the Fleet Foxes and Death Cab for Cutie.  Ireland was the next best (4%) almost exclusively due to the popularity of Damian Rice and Van Morrison.

There was an incredible (and often surprising) range of artist’s listed as favourites with anything from Rachmaninov and Beethoven to Primus to Hilary Duff to the Hilltop Hoods… and anything in between!  Perhaps less surprising was the fact that Dylan had the most number of albums chosen as favourites – Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, The Times They Are a Changin’, Nashville Skyline, Desire, The Freewheelin’ and Love and Theft.  Other artists that polled particularly well included Bjork, Bon Iver, Elliot Smith, Feist, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Waits.

Given the age demographics of the current group of Melting Pot artists, it is probably not surprising to notice that there was a trend towards a higher number of favourite albums with each passing decade.  However, there was a noticeable drop in the 1980s.  This would have been even more pronounced but for the enormous popularity of Paul Simon’s Graceland, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the Pixies’ Doolittle.  The year of 1968 polled the most favourites out of any year with Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Joni Mitchell’s Songs to a Segull and The Beatles’ White Album featuring prominently.

Tomorrow we will release the Artist’s Choice Favourite Albums from #21 to #7.  If you think you can guess the top 6 albums, write it up on our facebook wall.  One guess per person – whoever gets the top 6 right wins a $50 voucher to spend at the Wesley Anne at our Songwriters in the Round event (the first Friday of every month).  We will also release another clue shortly – so stay tuned!

(ed: after careful consideration, your guess for the top six albums does not have to be in the correct order.)

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

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