There's nothing better than taking a trip down memory lane, so today, we're celebrating the anniversaries of some great albums that have graced our ears over the years. Join us as we revisit the magic and relive the nostalgia of some albums that turn 10, 20 and 30 in 2024. From Oasis to Ed Sheeran to Avril Lavigne, happy birthday to these albums!
Albums turning 10
AC/DC – ‘Rock or Bust’
AC/DC’s sixteenth studio album turns 10 this year. Released in November 2014, it’s the shortest album released by the band but has still garnered millions of sales worldwide. The album peaked at number one in approximately 12 countries and in the Top Five in a further 12, and has won the band a Planet Rock award for Best International Album.
Foo Fighters – ‘Sonic Highways’
Foo Fighters’ eighth album offering came in the form of ‘Sonic Highways’ and this year the album also 10! The record was also accompanied by a HBO television series which documented the creation and production of the album, with the band recording each song on ‘Sonic Highways’ in a different city. The album oozes of the classic Foo Fighters sound but with an element on adventure, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 upon release.
Ed Sheeran – ‘X’
Pop heavyweight Ed Sheeran released his second album 10 years ago. featuring hits like ‘Sing’, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Don’t’, it peaked at number one in multiple countries including the UK and USA. Spotify also named it the most streamed album in the world in 2014 and the following year it went onto win British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards.
Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’
The follow-up to her debut album, ‘Ultraviolence’ saw Lana Del Rey take a turn into a darker, moodier mode. Having collaborated with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to revamp the record, it debuted at number one in 12 countries and upon release in June 2014 received great praise from the media and critics.
Albums turning 20
Avril Lavigne – ‘Under My Skin’
Avril Lavigne’s sophomore album blends elements of alternative, grunge and nu-metal all in one, giving the feel of a very raw offering. It landed at number one in the US Billboard 200 and Billboard Canadian Albums charts and has since gone onto to become one of the top 10 best selling albums of the 21st century by a Canadian artist. Although her upcoming outdoor shows are sold out, you can still sign up the waiting list in case tickets do become available!
Eminem – ‘Encore’
Rapper Eminem released his fifth studio album, ‘Encore’, in November 2004. Featuring some more comedic themes, lyrics and topics in comparison to prior offerings it was initially met with a sceptical reception, however the album has gone onto to sell millions of copies worldwide and was certified quadruple platinum by December 2004.
Green Day – ‘American Idiot’
The album that reinvigorated Green Day was 2004 release ‘American Idiot’, with classic tracks - like the title track – ‘American Idiot’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, it has widely been called one of the greatest albums of all time. Many critics and music fans praised the album and it went onto win Best Rock Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards amongst other awards. Green Day are taking the album on tour this summer to celebrate and you can grab tickets now.
The Killers – Hot Fuss
Having released arguably one of their most well-known songs – ‘Mr. Brightside’ - from this album a year earlier in 2003, The Killers debut offering landed 20 years ago this year. Described as a mix of new-wave and post-punk, the album reached the top spot in the UK Albums Chart and the album and its first three singles garnered five Grammy nominations. The Killers are heading on tour in June and July, and you can get tickets here.
Albums turning 30
Blur – ‘Parklife’
Blur’s third album reaches 3 decades old this year. After their previous offering to ‘Parklife’ failed to reach the sales, they’d hoped for, this album revived the Britpop band, dropping to critical acclaim in the UK. Certified four times platinum in the UK the year after its release, the album helped to certify Blur in the British rock music scene. Even now, Rolling Stone included the record in their 2020 list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Oasis – ‘Definitely Maybe’
It’s hard to believe Oasis’ debut album – ‘Definitely Maybe’ is 30 this year! Achieving immediate success and praise within the UK upon release, it went straight to number one in the Album Charts and helped spur on the Brit pop/rock stir in the 90s. Last year Liam Gallagher announced he'd be doing a 'Definitely Maybe' album tour in 2024, although tickets for the tour are sold out, sign up to the waiting list to find out if more become available.
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