Quite a while ago, Husband and I stopped buying CDs and other ‘physical’ forms of music, in favour of using streaming services or online MP3s, save for a couple of bands whose albums we always try to get a proper copy of. However, I really do miss the experience of buying a CD, listening to it in the order the band intended and even reading through the sleeve notes and lyrics, so I thought I’d make a list of CDs that I’d love to have on my shelf and the reasons for them:

Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys

Husband and I went to see Brian Wilson performing the whole of Pet Sounds plus a few other Beach Boys classics just a few months ago, and for someone who doesn’t believe in god, it was about as spiritual an experience as I could imagine. The are SO many iconic songs on this album, which is often ranked in the top 5 albums of all time and having a copy on the shelf would remind me of one of the best evenings of my life.

Blackstar – David Bowie

Husband and I are both huge fans of David Bowie and were both devastated by his passing, earlier this year. Blackstar was released upon his death as he intended for his fans to enjoy it after he was gone, like a musical legacy, and it seems only right to have a proper CD copy of it.

Bad Religion – 30 Years Live

Another band that Husband and I adore is Bad Religion and we saw them this year too. They’re an incredible band to see live (for an atheist, Greg Graffin looks surprisingly like he’s preaching when he sings and his stage presence is phenomenal) and this album is a collection of live recordings from the bands 30th Anniversary tour.

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

This album is one of my favourites of all time and reminds me of being young and probably a little bit wild. Husband loves it too, and although we hadn’t yet met when it was released, our joint love of music is something which united us. In terms of first albums, Mike Skinner absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one but sadly my original copy got stolen when my car was broken into a few years ago, so a replacement would be nice.

Yann Tiersen – Amelie

There are quite a few soundtracks that make it onto my favourites list but nothing manages to capture so many emotions as the Amelie sountrack. Whimsically, tragically, optimistically beautiful and an absolute delight to the ears, this is an amazing album to listen to when you want something to get lost in without the urge to sing along. Keep a copy in the car, the kitchen, on your nightstand and it will ALWAYS seem like the right thing to listen to at any given time.

So, what CDs make it onto your wishlist? Leave me a comment below.