I have a really large collection of albums, from a really wide range of musical genres. And there are only a handful of those albums that I can listen to straight through without skipping a track.

These days it seems like there is less of an emphasis on albums. The changing technology allows consumers to pick and choose what songs they want to hear. And artists seem more content to focus on the success of a few singles from each album. There was a time when we anticipated the release of a new album and we couldn't wait to get that cassette or CD and listen to all of those "deep" tracks. It was rare to find an album that you could let play all the way through.

Here are five albums that hold a special place in my heart and I could still listen to today without skipping any song.

Harry Connick, Jr - We Are In Love

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Harry Connick, Jr has been my favorite performer for as long as I can remember. This isn't his first album, but it's the first album of his that I ever heard. I'm pretty sure I stole this from my sister (thanks Mary Jane). I wore this thing out! Then I had to get all of this stuff.


 

Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

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This is the debut album from the rap duet from Atlanta, and it is amazing. I had this one on cassette and then on CD, and then another copy on CD when I wore out the first copy. I listened to this one a bunch!


 

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

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There's a reason why this album sold over 30 million copies. It was unlike anything I had ever heard before. At a time when I wasn't even into rock music, I was blown away by Alanis' voice and the emotion in these songs. My love for her was cemented even more once I saw her in concert on the Jagged Little Pill tour. She killed every single song!


 

Jodeci - Forever My Lady

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Oh man...this album right here. This album came into my life just as I was starting to get into R&B and hip-hop. I such vivid and fond memories of driving around just after getting my license in 1991, blasting this album in my Cutlass Calais.


 

Rent Original Broadway Soundtrack

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My wife and I first saw a production of RENT at The Centre and immediately fell in love with it. I bought the soundtrack the very next day. She and I are big fans of musicals and this one instantly became one of our favorites. This was back before we had kids, and when my parents still lived in Indy. So when we would make those road trips to NapTown we would sing our heads off. We killed those duets yo!