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Standout Album/Song Titles

Which song or album titles stand out for you?  Maybe it's a memorable or poetic or funny phrase, maybe it perfectly sums up the material inside, or maybe you have another reason for loving it.  Your answer doesn't have to be a song/album that you think is especially good; it's the title we're focusing on here.


To start:  Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz, because "blizzard" aptly describes the songs and because the phrase is a rhyming spin on another, well-recognized title of a work that takes the listener/reader on a crazy trip to another world.

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Abbey Road - the Beatles

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Wish you were here, 1975, Pink Floyd


This album partly addresses the mental

illness that plagued Syd Barrett, who left

the band 7 years earlier and takes a few

shots at the music industry as well. The

haunting “Shine on you crazy diamond”

uses Syds initials and describes his

painful battle. “Wish you were here“

addresses him as well. There is a

documentary as well that is excellent 

viewing for any PF fan


Shine on you crazy diamond, Parts 1-5

Welcome to the machine

Have a cigar

Wish you were here

Shine on you crazy diamond, Parts 6-9



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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb  -  U2


As described in the book U2 by U2 - the title was Bono's idea, but he did have to fight for it. Some in the U2 camp thought it might not be a good idea, since there had been a lot in the news about the potential of terror attacks using dirty bombs. But eventually, everyone came around to the idea. If Bono is anything, he's persistent.


Bono said that the title was influenced by his father, referring to him as 'atomic Bob'. Bono's father had passed away in 2001, and two of the songs were written with him in mind. He credits his father for letting him be himself, which he felt allowed him to become successful.


The album was highly acclaimed, and won Grammys in all nine categories for which it was nominated over 2005 and 2006.  



“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny  (Mr. Bungle)  --gets your attention, doesn't it?  Reminds me of those "mad Santa" horror movies 

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Who's Next  -  The Who


Really needs no explanation! 


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,

I don’t think there’s any explanation

needed but this album set the bar

that rock bands could (and should)

do, more or less, whatever they

wanted. That concept, along with

the bands experimentation with Acid

created this incredible album full of great

songs and lush imagery. I have never seen

an album cover since that compares

to this one 💜4️⃣

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Cosmo's Factory - CCR

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Love At First Sting  (9th album)

Sting In The Tail  (17th album)




Album titles that work pretty well when your band is called Scorpions. 🦂  😎


Love At First Sting contains three of their most successful songs -  Rock You Like A Hurricane, Still Loving You, Big City Nights, and was their best selling album in the US going triple platinum. The cover art had to be changed to sell in some US department stores because it was a little too sexy.


Sting In The Tail sold well in the US, being their best selling album here in 20 years. It was thought to be their final album and supported by what they also believed would be their farewell tour. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. They made a second farewell in 2015, and are presently in the studio working on a new album. If Covid ends, they will be taking a residency in Las Vegas beginning in May 2021. If all is well by then I will be there!


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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The Wall - Pink Floyd

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The Stranger, 1977, Billy Joel


Although he broke out with “Piano Man”

in 1973, this album made me a fan for

life. The songs exude confidence dealing

with everyday issues like hope, love,
decisions, divorce and 
death. To date

his best studio album ever 💜🎼


Movin’ Out (Anthony’s song)

The stranger

Just the way you are

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant 

Only the good die young 

She’s always a woman

Get it right the first time 

Everybody has a dream

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Deep Purple In Rock  -  Deep Purple, Mk 2 (1970)


This was the first album for the Mk 2 line up featuring Ian Gillan on vocals. The cover art depicts their heads carved in stone Mount Rushmore style. They were announcing to the world that we are a "hard rock" band, and the album is heavy, solid hard rock.


The opening track, Speed King, became their show opener, but the stand out track was Child In Time. Gillan's vocals are chilling that begin with soft cooing and build to those full throated banshee screams that reach high A, then followed by one of Blackmore's best guitar solos. It is arguably Purple's best song ever, and remained a staple in the set list until Gillan's voice could no longer support it.


The interesting story that goes along with this album, is that prior to recording it, the band agreed to perform Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969). It actually got them a lot of attention because nothing like that had been done before. Gillan and Blackmore were hesitant to do it thinking it would send fans the wrong signal. But they agreed so long as the next album would go full throttle hard rock. Quoting Blackmore, 'right, we're going to make a rock and roll LP. If this doesn't succeed I'll play in orchestras for the rest of my life'. 


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) - Chicago

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Sex Pistols)


From Wikipedia: "[Steve] Jones said he picked up the phrase "Never mind the bollocks" from two fans who would always say it to one another. Johnny Rotten explained its meaning as a working-class expression to "stop talking rubbish".


The title sets the album's attitude:  straightforward, crude and very British.

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Apostrophe-Frank Zappa 

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Days of future passed,1967

Moody Blues


This groundbreaking album used the
in a passing day as a metaphor
for the 
different phases of life. Starting

with ”The day begins” the album

progresses into the morning, afternoon
and evening, 
concluding with the

magnificent “Nights in White Satin”

A true masterpiece

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Rubber Soul  -  The Beatles


The name came from the term "plastic soul", which refers to soul music that is not authentic in terms of its African-American roots. The titles implies that The Beatles were creating their own brand of soul, which is exactly what happened. This album goes down in music history as a game-changer, not only for The Beatles, but for rock and pop music as an industry. It is often acknowledged as the beginning of psychedelic rock, and the first album to be considered as a complete work of art, not just a few singles with fillers. It won many awards and accolades throughout the industry. 


Remains my favorite album, and gets my vote for #1 album of all time. (It ranks #5 on Rolling Stone).


Some interesting fun facts about Rubber Soul . . .


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Hot August Night - Neil Diamond

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@MaVolta  Rubber Soul is one of my fav 

Fab 4️⃣ albums also. So many great songs 

on there. All their albums, imo, can be

used in this topic

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Dark Side of the Moon  -  Pink Floyd


Their first concept album, described by Roger Waters as things that "make people mad".  In particular, it was about those things that affected them as a band, such as the dark side of the music industry and Syd Barrett's mental breakdown. So "dark side" is an accurate description of the album, and add to that, the iconic cover art.




“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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A new world record, 1976, ELO


This was the sixth studio album for ELO

and  it marked a permanent shift towards

shorter songs. On the cover is the ELO
logo, used 
for the first time. Jeff Lynne

stated the songs were flowing quickly

and the band went from doing okay to
being in the big time. The songs

reflect their introduction to the “big time”  

To date, it is their best work, imo



Telephone Line


Mission (A world record)

So fine

Livin’ Thing

Above the clouds

Do ya


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Hell Freezes Over  -  Eagles


Great title for a reunion that Eagles' fans had always hoped for. It's what happens when a band decides to let their egos get out of the way and just play great music. 


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Hotel California - the Eagles

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The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and

the Spiders from Mars, 1972,

David Bowie

Bowie made this concept album about an

androgynous, extraterrestrial rock star with

sexual charisma and a massive ego. The

songs, iconic fashion statement and glam

imagery that drive this album are in line

with the album title and catapulted Bowie
to global superstardom. Some of his finest

work and a reminder of how much his

creative force is still missed today.

Five Years

Soul Love

Moonage Daydream


It ain’t easy

Lady Stardust


Hang onto yourself

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

Rock ‘n roll suicide




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Hi We're The Miracles - the Miracles

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Outlandos d'Amour (Police)--fans kept searching for a meaning in the title, but there isn't one.  The title was chosen simply because it sounds cool.

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Pop  -  U2


In the book U2 by U2, Bono explains that the title, Pop, was disingenuous, as it was anything but pop music. The band had experimented heavily with technology and electronics for sound, along with  different mixes of rock and dance rhythms. They were looking for a sound that went well beyond the pop music playing on the radio at the time.


The band ran out of time as touring was set to being, and were disappointed with the final product. They felt that it just needed more work. Many of the songs were later reworked, rerecorded, and remixed for a compilation album, The Best of 1990-2000. 


Interestingly, the album went to #1 in many countries, and then sales just dropped off completely. It went platinum only once, a rare occurrence for U2. It remains the lowest selling album in their catalog. 


BTW, U2 holds the record for most Grammys won by a group at 22, and they are the 4th artist in American history to have a #1 album in four straight decades. 





“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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The Dance concert - Fleetwood Mac

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Rumours, 1977, Fleetwood Mac


This album was made while all the band

members personal lives were falling apart.
All the 
songs are about the intricate

demise of those relationships. This is,

to date, their best album ever,imo,

totally deserving of the 1978 Grammy

they won

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Great topic! This should get some interesting responses because there are some really great album titles appropriate to the topic. I'll start off with this one . . .


The Battle Rages On  -  Deep Purple (1993)


This was the last album recorded by the Mk 2 lineup. Gillan had rejoined the band in 1992 for the group's 25th anniversary tour, after being fired over a dispute in 1989. Part the album had already been written, so Gillan was already unhappy that it wasn't all his work. Blackmore and Gillan had not reconciled their differences, and the tension in the band was at a fever pitch. The battle raged on until Blackmore left in 1993 before the tour was finished. Purple finished the tour with Joe Satriani taking over for Blackmore. 


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Hotel California - the Eagles

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