As music lovers, album releases and musical projects by our favorite artists are the epitome of happiness especially on a Friday (if you know, you know!). You might have listened to everything that your favorite artist or group has released, but have you given these musical gems a listen? Some well-known artists are sometimes known for their one great album, but you have to dig through their entire discography to hear what else they have! Here are 10 albums that you have already listened to!
1. Melodrama by Lorde
If you are an earbuds lover, then this album is for you and your listening pleasure! Filled with the heavy emotions of friendship, loss, and love, Melodrama gives a pop sound to the heavy lyrics by Lorde and Jack Antonoff. Some would say that this album is a concept album based on the happenings of a house party.
The writer describes the album experience as all of the feelings at a house party. At one point you are completely feeling this song playing, laughing, and dancing with everyone around you. But next, you are standing alone in a bathroom, staring at yourself in the mirror. The ups and downs of your early 20s and house parties are perfectly conveyed in this great album that will have you memorizing lyrics and falling for Lorde!
2. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake
Ex boyband heartthrob, Justin Timberlake brought the music industry another album with a large selection of music genres for our listening ears! We would have to describe it as one of those albums that each of the songs seamlessly melts into one another throughout the entire album. The songs take you on one large journey with each of the songs representing one stop on the journey.
Notably, Jay-Z makes an appearance on the album in a collaboration on the hit single for this album. With themes of love and romance, Timberlake follows in the footsteps of other great artists and their 10-minute songs with a handful of 5+ minute tracks on this fantastic album that you need to add to your queue ASAP!
3. Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
This pop and R&B album is one that you are probably familiar with unless you live under a rock! Lizzo released yet another killer album in 2019 and has since won numerous awards, including a Grammy. If you are needing some mending of a broken heart or need a confidence boost, this one is a good one to stream!
Songs from this album have been covered heavily by other recognizable artists and of course with some features on TikTok! You might have listened to the hit singles, but you need to stream the album in its entirety. We know that this entire album needs to be saved to your Spotify immediately!
4. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! by Panic! At The Disco
You might recognize this group from all of your playlists from your angsty junior and high school days. We know that we do! Panic! released this album in 2013 as their fourth album as a group, falling into the pop and alternative genre.
Like all great albums, the tracks are very upbeat with pop vibes, but the lyrics are what hit you the hardest! This was a new stepping stone for Panic! and the music the group was creating, but if you like other songs and albums from the band, you will especially love this one!
5. Younger Now by Miley Cyrus
Anything that Miley has created in her career is definitely worth a listen, but this album has to be one of our faves and one that you definitely should have listened to already! The beautiful thing about the creation of this album was that Miley sat down and used the influence of her roots and upbringing to inspire the music.
We all know and love the younger Miley during her Hannah Montana days and this album is pretty close to that sound with a more grown-up tone to it! This album features another musical queen, Dolly Parton to really set up the country-pop vibe that this great album has!
6. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
Country sweetheart, Kacey Musgraves managed to write the country album that had us all buying glittery cowboy boots and sequined hats to match the feeling of falling in love that this album put out! The fourth album written by Kacey, this one featured songs dedicated to her own mother and ex-husband as well as tracks that emanated love for the earth and for people.
We think that this album is the perfect soundtrack for your summer with the windows down and blaring out the window for everyone else to hear! While we wait for Kacey to release her fifth album, this will definitely hold us over.
7. Mirror Master by Young the Giant
Like some of these other artists, you might have heard a few singles by them, but never have you explored the rest of their discography and the other great hits that are hidden among the singles! This is the case with Young the Giant and their album, Mirror Master.
This is the perfect album for welcome both the Spring season and some self-reflection. It is the type of album that you put on when you are having a bad day and need something to make you smile! Give this great album a listen next time you need a little pick me up.
8. The Search for Everything by John Mayer
You need to have happy and lifting albums on hand and in your queue for all of the good days, but also a few sad ones to balance it out. This John Mayer album will do just the trick. The album works through the ups and downs of a breakup and seeing the person you love move forward.
Let John Mayer’s guitar skills comfort you even on the toughest of days with this easy listening album! A side note is that John Mayer is actually a great follow on social media with his funny content!
9. Lemonade by Beyonce
What more could we say? This is it. The most highly anticipated album of 2016, Beyonce used this album to work through her reactions and journey through her husband’s infidelity as well as themes of Black feminism, Black history, and Black relationships.
In addition to this great album’s release, HBO released a film under the same name telling the story of the album creation. If you want to see her Coachella performance featuring a large number of tracks, the concert is still available on Netflix!
10. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
Now you need something to listen to for the harsh fall and winter months of the year. Phoebe Bridgers debut album is the kind of thing you want playing while making your morning coffee as the rain continues to fall outside. The chill in the air lingers even in your home as Motion Sickness plays softly. The perfect album to work things out in or even just to do homework, this one is a great album to play all of the time!
Which great album are you adding to your Spotify right now? Which album do you consider to be one of your all-time faves? Share them with us in the comments below!
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