Top Ten Things That Make a Music Album Good

The Top Ten

1 The Songs

A good combination of songs, for that matter. Something to stretch to everything the artist can do. Better still when mixed in between albums. - PositronWildhawk

The only list, blog post, or pretty much anything that I made in any of my accounts PositronWildhawk commented on. This just makes it one of the lists I'm most proud of on a garbage account.

2 The Production
3 It Was Unique
4 It Didn't Define Any Genres
5 You Could Easily Hear the Bass
6 Good Drumming
7 Good Solos
8 Has Justin Bieber As a Guest Star

Seriously guys. The JB joke is getting old. - RiverClanRocks

9 Good Riffs
10 Good Opening Track

The Prologue - Halsey. - lovefrombadlands

Examples: Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones - He introduces himself
Baba O Riley - The Who - Keyboard Intro, and ending of the song reminds you you're in for a good album
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles - We Hope You All Enjoy The Show

The Contenders

11 Has Miley Cyrus As a Guest Star
12 Pacing

Pacing is really the most important thing to me. Bad pacing can kill an album. Great pacing can make an album so much like a journey. - LelouchYagami

13 Has Nicki Minaj As a Guest Star
14 Has Rebecca Black As a Guest Star
15 Has Barney As a Guest Star
16 Understandable Vocals
17 Have Ariana Grande As a Guest Star
18 Has Yoko Ono As a Guest Star
19 Good Closing Track

Examples:
Eclipse - Pink Floyd
You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

20 It Stands Out in Some Way

Nobody will listen to the same album that is the exact same as many other albums that have been made. Its just the same thing over and over again. But if there is an album that is unique and stands out, and by that I mean its different, It's probably better than the normal thing you see.

Examples:

St. Anger - Metallica - Ok, so I admit this is a terrible album, but its also the most unique, as the songs are more different and experimental. Its not the same "Heavy Thrash Madness" like all the others, but has different stuff. For example, they removed the guitar solos, added different drumming, and had more screaming.

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - This isn't your normal Prog Rock album, this is more of a Space Rock Journey, which sounds more like a 42 minute song, than just a normal collection of songs. Not only that, but the genre of this album is not nearly as easily defined as other Prog Rock albums, because the songs while complex, do not feel like it.

21 It's Varied

An album that has all songs that sound the same is not going to do very well. Its just the same old thing over and over again. However, if an album has completely different songs that do not sound anyways like, then it'll be better.

Example: Master of Puppets - Metallica - Master of Puppets contains a few thrash classics like Battery and Damage Inc., Master of Puppets and Disposable Heroes. Disposable Heroes has several different melodies and riffs throughout the song, and Master of Puppets has the classical section in the middle of the song. The Thing That Should Not Be, Leper Messiah, and Orion are big heavy metal classics, while not as fast, are still very great. Out of all three of those, Orion would be the best because its an instrumental, Cliff Burton's final bass solo, and the slow part in the middle, as it should be considered one of the greatest works Metallica has ever done, and their best instrumental. You also get a ballad, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), although not as ...more

22 Has Payphone by Maroon 5 on It

This is a really good song that I’m listening to right now. - lovefrombadlands

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