Ten Albums I’d Take To A Desert Island

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With people constantly firing questions about favourite bands/ albums/ songs it really got me thinking about my favourite albums. My tastes have changed so much over my 26 years and despite what I listen to now there’s still some albums I love listening to which don’t fit into my ‘typical 2016 tastes’. I thought about doing a top ten albums list but that seemed quite finite, like the best of the best so I thought more about if I was going somewhere – like a desert island – what ten albums would I really want with me. These are what I came up with:

The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
First things first what better than my favourite movie soundtrack?! If I was stuck on a desert island knowing no one could hear me I could belt out all these songs at the top of my lungs (with the character voices as best I can) and not worry about getting strange looks. I love everything about this album and the version I have also has some cover versions of the key tracks by bands like Fall out Boy and Panic! At The Disco alongside some of the instrumental parts. Perfect!


McFly- Room on the Third Floor
Next up is a nostalgia classic from my teenage years. This album came out when I was 14 and was such a huge part of me growing up. I have seen the band live countless times and always have such a fun time seeing them/ listening to them. This album for me is just completely feel good and reminds me of a great time in my life so I’d definitely have to take this album along.

Blink 182- Blink 182
I am always going to remember this album as the first ‘rock’ album I bought. I got this while I was on holiday in Cyprus when I was about 14 and whenever I hear it I am reminded of laying on a sunbed on holiday listening to this album on my walkman poolside. My music tastes started to evolve from this album onwards to what I listen to today. This pushed me into discovering bands like Green Day, Sugarcult, My Chemical Romance and so much more. Compared to other Blink work I think this is quite an intense album and I think if I was on a desert island I’d want variety.

blink 182

Kids In Glass Houses- Smart Casual
If you’re going to be on a desert island you don’t want all angsty/ emo albums you need something lively and fun which is exactly what this album is. This came out a few months after I passed my driving test and I remember having this pretty much on repeat in my first car for a long long time. I remember having the summertime drives and the freedom that came with having a car which I immediately think of when I hear this album. It’s one of those albums as well where I love every single track on it and don’t even skip those last few which are usually a bit shitty.

Buddy Holly- Greatest Hits
You know sometimes musically you just want something totally different. Perhaps it’s a rap album when all you listen to is rock, or something classical. Well my favourite out of the ordinary is rock and roll. When I was younger I spent a lot of time with my nan and therefore was brought up on a lot of rock and roll. Buddy Holly was always a staple and it gives me great memories of trying to jive with my nan. On a desert island this would give me something to dance around to, although it might make me miss my family more.


My Chemical Romance- Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
For me, this was quite a pivotal album for getting me properly into the music that I still listen to today. It came out in the summer of 2004 just before I was set to start Year 10 and begin my GCSE’s so it was an important time for me. I was very angsty, a bit of a bitch to my parents and just generally a typical ’emo’ kid so this album was a huge deal for me. There’s something special about this album and every time I listen to it it reminds me of how much your life can change in 12 years. I may no longer be a rebelious teen but music still touches me in the same way.

Bring Me The Horizon- Sempiternal
I could not go to a desert island and not take at least one album from my favourite band. I was very sceptical of this album when I first heard it as it was quite a big departure from the sound of the band I fell in love with but I think it’s one of the easiest to listen to. It’s still heavy but the kind of heavy you can sing along too without having to scream.


Grease Soundtrack
Another movie soundtrack and another feel good album. I defy anyone to listen to ‘Summer Nights’ and not want to sing and dance all over the place. Again this movie was a huge part of my childhood and definitely something which makes me everytime I watch it (even if the fundamentals of changing yourself to get the guy is all wrong). The entire soundtrack is just full of catchy dancy tracks and heartfelt ballads and what else do you need?!

Biffy Clyro- Only Revolutions
Other than Bring Me this is the newest album on my list, but it’s still a whopping seven years’ old. I remember seeing Biffy during my very first Reading Festival and being intrigued by their slightly chaotic nature and this was the album which welcomed me to them. There are no bad tracks on this album and there are so many bangers from ‘Many of Horror’ which I still can’t believe was an X Factor’s winners song to my favourite ‘Born on a Horse’. A true classic of an album.

biffy clyro

Sugarcult- Start Static 
Now this album might not have my ultimate favourite track ‘Memory’ on it but overall I think it’s their strongest album. I remember first hearing Sugarcult around 2003 because they were due to support Blink 182 on a tour in the UK but of course, I was too young to go *boo*. Everything about this album still sounds just as relevant and the tracks are heavy without being too heavy and have such a great beat to them I could definitely jump around on have fun to this album.

What albums would you take to a desert island with you?
October 8, 2016
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  • Laura Nolan

    Some interesting choices and yes to the Grease soundtrack – it’s one of the best!
    Laura x

  • Rosana McPhee

    Grease and My Chemical Romance definitely two to take with me too. R

  • Jo Wiggins

    A great mix of albums. The Grease soundtrack would definitely be on my list too, it’s an oldie but a goodie x

  • Bex Smith

    A great selection of albums here – especially MCR and Blink!

  • A good selection here, I do like a bit of Biffy Clyro! :)

  • Madeeha

    Great selection of albums. I will go with BIffy Clyrol

  • fashion-mommy

    Ziggy Stardust, Definitely Maybe, Rumours, The Hounds of Love, Back to Black and so many more.

  • I can’t say right now but I know I would take loads.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Ooh now there are some great choices, can I bring my own mix of songs? If so then I am coming with you x

  • Gem

    I’m the worst when it comes to nailing down my favourite / top ten anything! Great choices though, I’d come for a boogie on your island :)

    Gemma x | http://www.flutterandsparkle.com

  • bericebaby

    The Grease album – YES!
    I think I would take Jasmine Thompson & James Arthur. Their voices are to die for.
    I have a more of a list but I think I wont list them ALL looool
    Great post hun
    Charlotte x

  • I’m not really an album fan, I love mixes of all different genres and haven’t found a full album I love. I agree with the nightmare before christmas sound track and MCR’s sweet revenge album too, both reminding me of when I was younger..

  • Such really varied choices, I’m like that with my music so that’s super cool!! Grease soundtrack would keep your spirits up!

  • Oooh some really good choices, I’d also have McFly, a Disney Compilation and Beyonce! xo


  • Zena’s Suitcase

    You’ve got a really interesting mix here. I think I would take the Grease soundtrack as well. I would also need some 90’s house music to take me back to my youth

  • VintageFolly

    Oh great choices!
    Jeff Buckley would make an appearance as well as Garbage, my fave band from my teens

  • Love the idea of the post! I would definitely take BMTH too and maybe Spice Girls, haha!

  • It has been a long time since I listened to Chemical Brothers but I loved their music. Have you ever seen them in concert ?

  • Francesca Nelson

    Oh wow panic at the disco I remember them!! I’m a big fan of Biffy Clyros new song Howl! My hisband thinks its hilarious when I sing it around the house haha!!

  • Ickle Pickle

    Oh gosh – I haven’t heard of most of these! My top ones would be AM by The Arctic Monkeys, 21 Pilots latest album, Purple Rain by Prince, The 1975 latest album and a good Rihanna and Beyonce one. Oh and Bob Marley Greatest Hits 😉 Kaz x

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    My list would be full of 90s cheese and boy bands I think!

  • Okay, you are clearly my music twin, and one of the few other people I’ve met who actually know who Sugarcult are! The only band on this list I’ve never really listened to is Bring me the Horizon, but since I love all your other choices I think I should give them a go!

  • Yvonne

    I love your choices! Although I have to admit that I have not heard of Sempiternal before, I need to go and check it out. I LOVE that you picked out the Nightmare before christmas :) xxx

  • kerry norris

    there is some good music in the nightmare before Xmas but I’ve never thought to look at the soundtrack before. Hmm think I would take a moby album to relax to x

  • Jayne

    Fab choice! Oh I wouldn’t know where to start! I have so so many favourite albums! My favourite being Pink – The Truth About Love :) x

  • Clairejustineo

    Aww, what a great post! Such a great selection of albums here. Some of these songs brings back lots of fun memories too :)

  • Things Sarah Loves

    I love Biffy Clyro (they are amazing live) and I have a soft spot for McFly. If I was stranded on a desert island I would definitely need some Coheed and Cambria.

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