10. The Big Picture – Elton John
Released in 1997, this is the album that features Elton John’s remake of Candle in the Wind: the version that he sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. My favourite track on the album is Live Like Horses: a song which he performed as a duet with the great Luciano Pavarotti for the single version.
09. Songs – Luther Vandross
I just love the smooth soulful voice of Luther Vandross. This is his 6th studio album and contains all covers, one of them being “Endless Love,” a duet with Mariah Carey. This album earned Vandross four Grammy nominations in 1995.
08. Dangerous – Michael Jackson
12 of the 14 tracks on this album were co-written by Michael Jackson, himself. Many of the tracks relate to his concerns about social issues and the welfare of the world. This album features the song “Gone Too Soon,” which he dedicated to the memory of his friend, Ryan White, a teenager who died after he had been expelled from school for having HIV/AIDS. This song was first performed by Dionne Warwick, in 1983 as a dedication to Janis Joplin and Karen Carpenter.
07. Out of Time – R.E.M
I couldn’t decide which R.E.M. album I wanted to have in this list, Automatic For The People or Out of Time. I plumped for this one from 1991 just because it’s the one that includes their hit single Losing My Religion which brings back memories of good friends. Well, that’s what great music does, isn’t it?
06. ABBA Gold
Oh go on then! Let’s include Abba. It’s funny: during the 70s & 80s, I wasn’t a lover of ABBA at all. It wasn’t until the release of this compilation album that I rediscovered them realised just how wonderful they really were. This is a handy album to have around in case of an impromptu party.
05. Music Box – Mariah Carey
I’m not sure why I like this album as a lot of the songs are quite melancholy and that’s not like me at all! I think I must have been feeling a bit pensive when I bought it! Ha ha ha. I am always astounded by Mariah Carey’s voice: what a range!
04. Carry On Up The Charts – Beautiful South
When this album came out in 1994, my husband dropped heavy hints that he would like it as a Christmas present so of course I bought it for him. He wanted it so much that he bought it for me, just in case I hadn’t picked up his hints. So we ended up with two copies! I could have picked any of The Beautiful South’s albums for this list. (I love the diversity of subjects they choose for their song writing.) However I chose this compilation of singles for my top 10 list.
03. Wide Open Spaces – The Dixie Chicks
This is the album and the band that switched me onto Country music. Prior to the Dixie Chicks, I found Country a dull and depressing genre of music but these three girls showed me that Country can be fun and now I’m a big fan of contemporary Country!
02. Stars – Simply Red
This album is from 1991. Five singles were released from it, For Your Babies, Stars, Thrill Me, Something Got Me Started and Your Mirror. It was the bestselling album of the year in UK in both ’91 & ’92. Simply Red are as soulful as Soul music gets!
01. Supernatural – Santana
So here it is: my most favourite album of the decade. Supernatural by Santana was released in 1999. This is the 17th album by the Latin rock group, led by Carlos Santana. It won nine Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, so clearly I am not alone in thinking this album is brilliant.