Sure, it's all fine and good to assemble a "Greatest Albums of All Time" list informed by decades of open-eared listening and insightful criticism.
It's another thing to wonder what such a list might look like if I made one at the age of, say, ten or eleven… when my primary exposure to music was via Casey Kasem's American Top-40 countdown, the latest PG-rated multiplex blockbuster, and/or whatever LPs (sometimes cassettes!) I could borrow from the Public Library and beg my parents to buy for me.
Let's set the Wayback Machine to somewhere deep in the depths of circa 1981, when my "Greatest Albums of All Time" list probably would have looked a little something like this…
 REO Speedwagon: Hi Infidelity
Chock full o' power hits! Wonder what my parents thought about that album cover…
 Olivia Newton John/Electric Light Orchestra: "Xanadu" [single]
Ohhhh-livia… I have to believe you are magic! Didn't care for that Gene Kelly guy on Side B, though…
 Bob & Doug MacKenzie: Great White North
Two guys pretending to be Canadians drinking beer for an hour or so. What more do you need? Take off, eh! Hosers! Priceless…
 Grease [soundtrack]
Summer Nights? Greased Lighnin'? Born to Hand Jive? Pure gold! (Except the mushy Hopelessly Devoted to You… Ick…)
 Billy Joel: Glass Houses
Worth it for the awesome sound of broken glass at the start of the album. The songs are okay too.
 Can't Stop The Music [soundtrack]
 The Alan Parsons Project: "Games People Play" [single]Side A sure is catchy, but it's the flip side, "Ace of Swords," that I really loved — the ideal instrumental interlude to an afternoon of Dungeons and Dragons…
 Blondie: "Rapture" [single]
The original — and still the best — white rap. Fantastic bass and horns too… and it's over six minutes long!
 Queen: "Another One Bites The Dust" [single]
Hey kids — two groovy songs about killing: other people on side A, yourself on side B. Cool laser machine gun sound effects seal the deal.
 Supertramp: Breakfast In America
I can't tell you how many times I called the radio station to request "Take The Long Way Home" and/or "The Logical Song" (as if they didn't play them enough already).
 Styx: Paradise Theater
Sorta kinda concept album? Whatever… Styx can do it all — power rock AND pretty ballads!
 Styx: The Grand Illusion
More Styx! Why? Because they are geniuses! "Come Sail Away" — need I say more?
 Hooked on Classics
Classical music sounds so much better when you cut out the boring parts, string it all together, and put a drum machine beat on top of it. Who needs Music Appreciation class when you can have this instead?
 Saturday Night Fever [soundtrack]Let me count the ways… "Stayin' Alive," "You Should Be Dancing," "If I Can't Have You," "A Fifth of Beethoven," "Night on Disco Mountain," "Open Sesame," and the massive 10-minute closer, "Disco Inferno"… Clearly, the Greatest Album of All Time.
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