30 Albums I Couldn’t Live Without by Stephen J. Golds

Punk Noir Magazine

I’m a big believer in that idea of what books you like say a lot about you as a person.

But more than that, I believe it’s what music we love that says a lot.

No Books, No Life.

No Music, No Life.

So here are the top 30 albums I couldn’t live without and have meant a lot to me throughout my life. And, still do.

Am I really going to do this? Yes, yes, I am. Was it difficult as hell? Yes, yes it was.

Hell, here they are!

30. Alkaline Trio — From Here to Infirmary

29. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed America

28. The Chi-Lites – A Lonely Man

27. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

26. Dr. Dre – 2001

25. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

24. Damian Rice – O

23. Jay Z – The Black Album

22. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

21. REM – Automatic For the People

20. Counting Crows – Hard Candy

19. The Notorious BIG – Life After Death

18. Alanis Morrisette – Jagged Little Pill

17. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

16. Elvis Presley – Blue Hawaii

15. Eminem — The Marshall Mathews LP

14. Van Morrison — Blowin’ Your Mind

13. 2pac — All Eyez on Me

12. Elliott Smith — Either/Or

11. Johnny Cash — The Man Comes Around

10. The Rolling Stones — Exile on Main Street

9. Bob Dylan — Desire

8. U2 — The Joshua Tree

7. The Smiths — Louder Than Bombs

6. Billie Holiday / Billie Holiday

5. Bruce Springsteen — Born to Run

4. The Beatles — Abbey Road

3. Nirvana — MTV Unplugged

2. The Beach Boys — Pet Sounds

1. Sam Cooke — Live at the Harlem Square Club

What do you think of this list? Are there any you agree with? Don’t agree with? What albums are in your top 30?

Let me know. Nothing better than sharing great music.

Stephen J. Golds was born in North London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life.

He writes loosely in the noir/crime genres, though is heavily influenced by transgressive fiction and dirty realism.

His three novels are a trilogy of connected but stand alone novels that deal in themes of mental illness, trauma, betrayal and twisted love.

He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling the world, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs. His books are Say Goodbye When I’m Gone, I’ll Pray When I’m Dying, Always the Dead, Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows I Thought I Saw Once and the story and poetry collection Love Like Bleeding Out With an Empty Gun in Your Hand.