So it’s Monday and it’s time to educate the youth of America. We have talked before about sharing music between the generations and even specific songs … but tonight on the music challenge we are going long form. What ALBUM should every teenager listen too.
So initially I was thinking about Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road… but I switched direction for two reasons … 1) I think the movie Rocketman has introduced enough young people to his music including that album. 2) It’s a double album and today youth have the attention span of a flea …so they wouldn’t make it through a double album LOL
So I went with another classic instead that should be a right of passage for every human being! Rumours is the eleventh studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released on 4 February 1977. The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of their eponymous 1975 album, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording even started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by ridiculous tension among band members that basically shaped the album’s lyrics.
Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, Rumours has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s best release, it has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of the 1970s and of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of “Silver Springs”, which had been excluded from the original due to tension within the band, and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. In 2018, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress. So all those reasons alone should be why every teenager should listen to it. But let’s face it during the years of teen angst Rumours is a fab album to get you through every complicated adolescent emotion.