Editors’ Picks: Music We Love

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Frank Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours"

The first album I remember well is Frank Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours.” I was very young and eager to grow up  (and grow up to be Ava Gardner, if at all possible).  The tracks were all blissfully melancholy—all about doomed love affairs that I only faintly understood but desperately wanted to be sophisticated enough to have. – Ila Stanger, Managing Editor

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Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run"

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Born To Run. In 1978 someone twisted my arm to go to a Springsteen content. I was a disco queen and rock was not my thing at all. But once there, the 18th row at Madison Square Garden, and Bruce came out on stage, I was completely mesmerized. He is a modern-day troubador, telling stories through music that are relatable to all. And he’s gargantuanly hot. That is all. – Susan Avery, Digital Director

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Adele's "21"

If I had to pick an album to be stranded on a desert island with, Adele's "21" might just be the one. The lyrics are so emotional and empowering—you can feel Adele healing from her break-up. Plus, she has such a unique sound. It's addicting. —Jamie Miles, Editorial Assistant

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Carly Simon's "A Moonlight Serenade"

Classic songs, sung by Carly in a strong, almost masculine voice. I can’t sing at all, but this album represents my fantasy voice---when I feel like closing my eyes and imagining that I’m the one singing, this is the CD I play.  My rendition of  “I Only Have Eyes for You” is especially mesmerizing.- Judy Coyne, Executive Editor

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Frank Sinatra's "Only the Lonely"

I was a devoted rock fan, and still love my old favorites. But discovering the music of Frank Sinatra when I was in my thirties--especially albums like Only the Lonely, Come Fly with Me and Come Swing With Me--opened up a whole new world of music to me that ever since just keeps unfolding: American standards, show tunes, all kids of jazz, ragtime, stride piano, music of so many cultures and time periods.- Nanette Varian, Features Editor

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Wagner's "Tristan & Isolde"

Well, this will sound very haute, but it was a recording of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde sung by Flagstad and Melchior. My mother made me listen to it – I think it was her way of telling me there was something sexier than suburban teenage boys (and right she was...).—Cathy Medwick, Literary Editor

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Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill"

When I got my first boombox (I swear that’s what we called them) I remember playing Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette on repeat. It was probably my first introduction to angry chick rock. I’m pretty sure I still know all the words to “You Oughta Know.” – Danielle Kosecki, Health Writer

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Simon and Garfunkel's "Greatest Hits"

One album every woman should own is “Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits.” With songs like “Bridge over Troubled Water,” “Sounds of Silence,” “I Am a Rock,” “Homeward Bound” and “The Boxer,” it’s a soundtrack to the introspective ’60s. —Mary Beth Protomastro, Copy Chief

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U2's "The Joshua Tree"

When the band went on tour to promote the album it was the first time I “slept out” for tickets (slept IN LINE to get good seats)-- Susan Swimmer, Fashion Features Editor

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Joni Mitchell's "Blue"

I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell’s Hits while it played in my mom’s car. But my devotion to Joni really bloomed when I discovered her achingly beautiful Blue, a perfect album from start to finish.  Another must is almost anything by alt country god Ryan Adams, whose talent is so massive he can’t help himself from putting out tons of music and venturing into other genres like rap and punk. Plus, his songwriting still rocks even after he got sober.- Rebecca Adler, Associate Editor

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First Published August 17, 2011

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