Coming up with names for the 10 best album titles must have taken the artists a lot of thought, but it was worth it. Memorable album titles are an often overlooked aspect of releasing a collection of songs, and good titles can make a lasting impression on music consumers.
- “The Best Songs Ever Written (By Us!)” – NOFX No one can ever accuse NOFX of being arrogant with this album title from their 2004 greatest hits compilation. Wordplay is nothing new for this band, though. Songs from the album include “Franco Un-American” and “The Separation of Church and Skate.”
- “Hairway to Steven” – Butthole Surfers We’re not sure what a hairway is, but it sounds pretty gross. Taking an easily recognized rock phrase and turning it into a 1988 album title of their own, punk rockers Butthole Surfers made music fans do a double take.
- “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” – Public Enemy As hip-hop pioneers and quintessential badasses, Public Enemy gave America a figurative middle finger with this 1988 album title. Containing the songs “Don’t Believe The Hype” and “Rebel Without A Pause,” the album’s title seems quite fitting.
- “More Songs About Buildings And Food” – Talking Heads Buildings and food: two subjects that we adore. Cult favorites Talking Heads sounded like hungry architects with this 1978 album title, which went right along with the title of their first live album, “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.”
- “We’re Only in It for the Money” – The Mothers Of Invention Perennial music jokester Frank Zappa came up with this 1968 album title for his quirky band. Meant to be a response to the euphoria surrounding the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” this album title strips a musician’s motivation to its essence.
- “Songs in the Key of Life” – Stevie Wonder As one of the most anticipated albums of the decade, Wonder’s expectations were high when he released this album in 1976. Critically and commercially praised, it was an instant classic. We think it had something to do with the cool album title.
- “Something Else By The Kinks” – The Kinks We get the feeling that The Kinks were really tired when they came up with this 1967 album title. Then again, knowing their penchant for orneriness, we’re not that surprised. Several of their albums could be considered for a list of the ten best album titles, including “Kinda Kinks” and “Muswell Hillbillies.”
- “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” – Modest Mouse This album title is misleading, as there’s no bad news here. This 2004 album contained Modest Mouse’s breakout hit “Float On,” and earned the band a Grammy nomination.
- “I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass” – Yo La Tengo As the toughest entry on the list of the ten best album titles, this 2006 album makes us fear for our safety. Alternative rockers Yo La Tengo allegedly based this album title on a quote Tim Thomas made to fellow New York Knick Stephon Marbury.
- “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” – Elton John Even though this album title is meant to allude to Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin, it still sounds like a bad night in Tijuana to us. Sir Elton released this oddly titled concept album in 1975, and it still doesn’t make any sense.
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