I know what you’re thinking: Rob Pattinson? Haven’t we been through this already? Well, yes. We’ve already been through this. Like, way back in 2014 when he was just 26 years old. But, since then, Pattinson has gone on to become one of the most in-demand, stylish, and respected actors of our time, starring in movies such as the fantastic Divergent series and last year’s Twilight Saga installments: New Moon and Eclipse.
Pattinson’s busy schedule as an actor means he probably doesn’t get a chance to listen to his own music very often. But when he does, he tends to gravitate towards classic rock and blues albums. And, as it happens, he has an entire record collection worth of timeless gems. So, without further ado, here are Rob Pattinson’s top 5 albums.
#5. Black Mamba
If you thought that the Black Mamba album was going to be at the bottom of our list, then you’d be wrong. This album is one of Pattinson’s favorites and it’s easy to see why. It was released just last year but already achieved platinum status in less than a week. We’re talking about the song “Pray For Me,” here. If you’ve never heard of Black Mamba, then maybe it’s time to rectify that. This is an American blues rock band that hails from Nashville, Tennessee and they’ve been putting out music for over 50 years now. They were originally formed as the Velcro Flys but the name Black Mamba was born when one of their members was bitten by a black mamba snake. As a result, he had to undergo an amputation and he didn’t get his ring finger back for several years. The band originally started out as a quartet but it’s now composed of guitarist Tommy Campbell, bassist Larry Campbell, and drummer Eric Singer. They are all brothers. Like, really close ones. Also, their music is excellent and it’s always on rotation in our house whenever we have Pandora playing. If you like classic blues music, then this is an album that you need to check out.
#4. Planet Of The Apes
Speaking of the Campbell brothers, let’s not forget about them also being members of the incredible Planet Of The Apes rock group. This is the band that Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) produced and performed in. Now, Planet Of The Apes is not technically Rob Pattinson’s album, but it is the group that he is most closely associated with. And that’s a good thing, too, because this is one of the most important albums in his collection. When it comes to movies and acting, Pattinson tends to focus on the golden era of science fiction and horror films. This is what made him a natural choice to star in and produce the Divergent series. But it’s also what lead to him exploring the world of classical music. Specifically, the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A lot of which can be found on this album. In fact, this is why it’s ranked so highly on our list. It’s a combination of everything we just mentioned. The Apes were a real-life, progressive blues band who were inspired by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, and Jimmy Reed. And that, in turn, inspired them to write music that was both sophisticated and raw. So you have a band that is incredibly influential in American music history and they also happen to be associated with one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. What’s not to like?
#3. Exile On Main St.
Exile On Main St. is the third album in our top 5 list. And we have a pretty good idea why it’s ranked so highly. It was released in April of this year and it went straight to number one on the Billboard Top Albums Chart, where it has stayed for seven weeks now. What made this album so special is that it was originally recorded in 1971 and it was the first live album to be released by the legendary Rolling Stones. It features some of their most iconic songs, including “Exile On Main St.,” “I’m Free,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Happy.” There’s also a bonus DVD featuring the band performing these songs live. It also features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the album. And, even better, it’s been digitally restored and it sounds exactly like it would if you were listening to it today. What more could you want?
#2. Born To Be Wild
Speaking of the Rolling Stones, let’s not forget about them being one of the most important bands in rock history. And, as you may know, they’ve been together for almost 60 years now. So it only makes sense that one of their most significant albums would top our list. It was also the first album that the Stone’s original guitarist, Mick Taylor, recorded after leaving the band in 1975. Born To Be Wild was originally released in November of that year and it went on to become the best-selling album of 1976. To this day, it’s the best-selling album by any act or musical artist in the history of the country. Not bad for an album that was released in the middle of the country blues revival that was happening at the time. What’s not to like?
#1. Love You
And finally, we come to an obvious choice for number one on our list: Love You. It was written and performed by the British group Embrace and it’s the track on their 2003 album, One Day Eden. This is the band’s first single and it was released in 2002. Although it wasn’t officially available for download until that year, fans had been sharing the song online for years and it went on to become one of the most popular karaoke songs in history, as well as the standard by which all other songs are now judged. The single is about as sweet as it gets and, in the years since its release, it has never been more apparent that Love You is a timeless, classic-rock anthem. So, without further ado, here is our list of Rob Pattinson’s top 5 albums.