While trying to convince Jon Mack to listen to A Love Extreme by Benji Hughes last week I mentioned that it had taken over my favorite album of all time slot. He immediately pushed back that it was a little early for that bold of a claim, citing that Music by 311 was once a favorite that went by the wayside. (For the record, Music may have been in my top 5 at some point years ago, but never #1. #1 is sacred…)
The whole exchange got me thinking about that fabled top slot, eventually yielding the realization that only 3 albums have ever held this title:
Nevermind — 1992 – 2000
Skittish — 2000 – 2010
A Love Extreme – 2010 – ?
Seems to be a once in a decade event…
Keep in mind that this is different than “most listened” or “greatest ever recorded” — it’s a personal favorite at one moment in time, with the expectation that it will remain the defending champ until something you’ve never heard before comes along and dethrones it.
Random aside: I’m not consciously trying to turn this into “A Blog of Benji Hughesuasion” — I just really dig this musician, as evidenced by all the posts and his claiming my current #1 slot from Doughty. But typing “Hughesuasion” makes me kick myself for not thinking to use “Nelsuasion” as the secret word in Chapter 24 of TP. Timely Nelsuasion anyone?