Top 10 Albums for a Desert Isle

There comes a time during any good drinking session when the everyday banter we tend to call conversation inevitably takes a sharp right hand turn and heads towards more obscure territory. It is about that time of the evening when topics such as, “If you could have any superpower what would be?”, become a serious debating matter. One such ponderous contemplation at one aforementioned alcohol appreciation evening, was the subject of being stranded on a desert island, and what albums would we choose to take with us.

I could immediately name one or two…. music that I could never tire of, and albums that I consistently enjoy cover to cover. To name 10 such albums, however, required a little more thought- if I was planning for an eternity of isolation with only me and my 10 albums, then I would need to consider a delicate balance of musical genres- I would need to account for the days when I just wanted to kick back and take in the whispering ocean, and also for those days when the insanity of exile kicked in. So without further ado, here is my top 10 list of albums that I would choose to take with me if I was shipwrecked on a desert isle.


groove_armada1. Groove Armada – Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub): This album has the perfect blend of thumping dance tracks and smooth soulful melodies to make it ideal to play from here to eternity.




john_butler2. John Butler Trio – Sunrise Over Sea: An appropriately named album for being shipwrecked on a desert island! The combination of twelve-string guitar and rhythmic congas has always elicited a primitive instinct within me, which may well equip me when I get my Castaway on.



daft_punk3. Daft Punk- Alive: Just because I’m alone, doesn’t mean I can’t dance (I plan to epitomise the saying, dance like no ones watching, because- well- no one will be….) and for me, there is no better album to bust a move to than Daft Punk.



rolling-stones4. The Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet: There had to be some old school rock’n’roll in there and if I’m talking rock, I’m talking The Stones. This album contains a perfect mix of blues, rock, country and folk to allow it to grace my shortlist.



Nick_Drake5. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter: I can’t really think of a better album to embrace the solitude of an uninhibited island than Nick Drake. Perfection.





6. Belleruche – Turntable Soul Music: Just in case my island turns out to be inhabited by a hot native, I’ll have the ultimate aphrodisiac of an album to seduce him with!



sam_cooke7. Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend: I definitely needed something old-school amongst my selections, and there’s nothing so sweet, so soulful as the man himself- Sam Cooke. With so many hits under his belt, I had to cheat a little and select one of his Best Of albums.



TheProdigy8. Prodigy – The Fat of the Land: One cannot simply dine on coconut and wade in the crystal waters whilst soaking up the reclusive lifestyle, and the Prodigy is undoubtedly the band whose music is a virtual defibrillator to get me motivated. Now excuse me whilst I head out to hunt me some wild guinea fowl!



The_Black_Keys9. The Black Keys – Thickfreakness: For those days when I’m feeling the blues of having no one around, I’ll have some Black Keys on hand to pour me a cup of concrete and help me harden up.




MozartRequiem10. Mozart – Requiem: Just because I’ll be getting all native-like, doesn’t mean I can’t retain a bit of culture. Plus, this is great music to send me off to sleep on those nights when the gentle lapping of the waves starts to sound like zombies slowly approaching on the sand to consume my half crazed brain.



Well, there you have it. What would make your list? Post a comment below to let me know!

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