Sequencing an album is hard. You want to make sure that the first song ropes in the listener enough to hang around for the second song. That track then needs to pull people deeper into the album. By the time the third song starts, a musical journey has begun, with highs, lows, ebbs, flows and textures that all contribute to a unified and satisfying listening experience.
With that in mind, here’s this week’s survey question: Give me albums with three killer classic songs in a row. Not just three songs you think are good. Not just three songs you like. I want records that offer up three immortal hits in a row.
Here is the bar that you have to reach: U2’s The Joshua Tree. It starts with “Where the Streets Have No Name,” segues into “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” which directly goes into “With or Without You.” (You can even make a case that this album has four hits in a row the next track being “Bullet the Blue Sky.”)
Whew. That’s a helluva way to start an album. Has anyone else strung three bigger songs in consecutive order on an album? I’m sure someone has–and this is where you come in.
Bounce this one around your circle of friends and co-workers. I’ll report back on my 6 pm show on 102.1 The Edge.