There are so many great picks from Miles—Sketches of Spain, Seven Steps to Heaven, Tutu—but this is the one I’d take with me to a deserted island.

This kid has the pipes and the soul to move me in all kinds of ways. Whether he’s singing in French or English (which he didn’t speak at the time of recording this record), every song is a hit.

Ray LaMontagne has a voice unlike any other singer out there, like it’s half breath, half vocalization. This album gives me all the feels.

I spent the summer of 1980 on a bus with fifty other teens, touring the western U.S. Long hours on the highway required entertaining diversions. We sang every song on this album many times over.

This is, in my opinion, Sir Elton’s greatest album. I loved it so much that I stole it from my mother. Then someone stole it from me. I don’t know who it was, but I don’t blame them a bit.

This was the music event of my generation: an album, a movie. I lost track of how many midnight screenings I attended with my friends. (It was a lot.)

I’m not a fan of the Phil Collins years of Genesis, but this album is the exception. Hell, Dodo Lurker, alone, would put this record on my lists.

It’s impossible to pick my favorite Zep album; I love so many songs across all of them. But this one has Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and That’s the Way… and Since I’ve Been Loving You. So, that’s it.

Like Zep, there are too many great U2 albums to pick a favorite, but this one moves me in a way I can’t describe. It inspired me to visit Ireland, even if America was the inspiration for U2.

I don’t remember how I came across this album, but it was during a period of transition in my life. The nouveau flamenco music lightened my mental load considerably.

For a classical music lover like myself, this record gave me chills. Imagine pieces like Ave Maria, Gymnopedie, Moonlight Sonata and Adagio in G Minor reinterpreted for guitar. Yeah. Chills.

This album is touted as being “inspired by” Bach, but I think J.S. would be the one to be inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s solo performance on his six suites.

This album was released a few months after I graduated university, and it became the soundtrack to my first few years as a grown-up. “Never Tear Us Apart” remains, IMHO, the greatest love song of my generation.

More to come.

I’ll be adding to this list as time goes by (another great song), so check back for more.