Whilst record sales or music magazines so often define the ‘greatest’ albums of all time, we’ve taken an alternative approach. Here is a list of the albums we felt reached out to the LGBT community like no others. Here are our top ten albums of all time.
10. Kate Bush – Lionheart (1978)
Lionheart was Kate Bush’s only album not to make the top 5 in the UK album chart, but earns it’s place here for the ever poignant Kashka from Baghdad, the story of an Iraqi man who falls in love with another man.
9. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
As Bowie’s third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World is often cited as the birth of glam rock.
It was also the first album Bowie recorded with the core of what would later become the Spiders from Mars.
Whilst the album never really made it into any major charts, its influence can still be felt today.
8. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s debut album was originally released as a double vinyl and instantly took the UK charts by storm, grabbing the top spot in November of 1984.
This concept album combined classic power ballads with sexy experimentation, making it one of the greatest of all time.
7. George Michael – Older (1996)
George Michael’s third studio album debuted at number one when it was released. It was the first of Michael’s albums that explored the more serious side of his music and defined his later work.
6. Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona (1998)
Named after the Montserrat’s home city, the album was originally intended as somewhat of an anthem for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Freddie had long admired Montserrat’s work and the album captures his love of opera.
Tragically, Barcelona was Freddie’s last solo album before he died just three years after its release.
5. Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
Recorded in the height of New York’s gay club scene, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret was the debut album for the new wave band, Soft Cell. Its commercial success was largely due to the single Tainted Love, which was a cover of a soul track by Gloria Jones.
4. Prince – Controversy (1981)
One of Prince’s most political albums, Controversy was certainly a stepping stone to the Prince we have today. It is filled with innuendo and classic Prince-esque falsetto. This is certainly one of the most fun albums to make our top ten.
3. Morrissey - Vauxhall & I (1994)
A fantastic mix of acoustic ballads and classic rock, Vauxhall and I is rather different to anything else we’ve heard from Morrissey. The sombre tone to album has a very introspective feel and is certainly Morrissey’s greatest album.
2. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman (1988)
Tracy’s critically acclaimed self titled album essentially launched the singer – songwriter onto the scene of the 1990s and is full of her passion and soul. Her fantastic voice gets straight to the point and takes us on a roller coaster of emotions.
1. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters (2004)
Scissor Sister’s self titled debut album reached number 1 in the UK charts and won them the Best International Album at the Brit’s the following year. The dynamic, sexy, upbeat dance tracks propelled the Scissor Sisters to instant success.
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