8Radio.com Essential 8 Albums

The Essential 8 Albums

Last Summer, 8Radio.com teamed up with our friends at Molson Canadian to bring you 8 Essential Albums played IN FULL at 8pm on a Saturday night. See the 8 connection? Clever eh?

Since then, we’ve continued with the albums every weekend. We really think there are at least 200 albums that should be in every collection so we’re working our way through them all! The Essential Album is replayed on Wednesday nights at 10pm on 8Radio.com.

The most recent album is available on our On-Demand page, but you can also click HERE for an archive of some of our favourites from recent months!

We’re giving you the chance to help us select even more Essential albums of 8Radio.com. Log on to our Facebook Page, suggest an album and tell us why you think it is worthy of inclusion in the Essential Albums.  

To mark the first anniversary of the Essential Album so Dan put together a retrospective of some of the best tracks from each of the 52 albums we have featured in year 1.  We’ll publish a list of every album cvoered shortly but for now, here’s a sample of Dans selections!

Lauryn Hill – “Ex-Factor”
Amy Winehouse – “Love Is a Losing Game”
Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna…)”
Aretha Franklin – “Ain’t No Way”

Phil Lynott – “Old Town”
The Pogues – “Dirty Old Town”
Gemma Hayes – “Back of My Hand”
Paul Simon – “The Boy in the Bubble”

Boomtown Rats – “Like Clockwork”
The Blades – “Downmarket”
The Radiators – “Ballad of Kitty Ricketts”
The Jam – “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”

Elvis Costello – “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea”
Green Day – “She”
Blondie – “Picture This”
Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place(Naive Melody)”

U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name”
The Stunning – “Brewing Up A Storm”
Frank & Walters – “Fashion Crisis Hits New York”
Ben Folds Five – “Underground” (live)

Kate Bush – “Waking the Witch”
Bob Dylan – “Only A Pawn In Their Game”
Lou Reed – “Perfect Day”
David Kitt – “Whispers Return The Sun Rest The Moon”

Paddy Casey – “Downtown”
Bell X1 – “West Of Her Spine”
Hall & Oates – “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”
The Streets – “Weak Become Heroes”

Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus”
Sleep – “Nain’s Baptism”
Radiohead – “Black Star”
Kate Bush – “Hounds of Love”

Alanis Morisette – “Right Through You”
Sinead O’Connor – “Mandinka”
Jeff Buckley – “Grace”
Mercury Rev – “Pick Up If You’re There”

The Frames – “Star Star**”
Mic Christopher – “Heyday”
Radiohead – “Karma Police”
The Pixies – “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
Tenage Fanclub – “Sparky’s Dream”

Whipping Boy – “We Don’t Need Nobody Else”
Turn – “Beretta”
Blink – “It’s Not My Fault”
Autamata – “Jellyman”

Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”
R.E.M. – “Stand”
The Smiths – “What Difference Does It Make?”
The Stone Roses – “Waterfall”

Oasis – “Slide Away”
Blur – “End of a Century”


The Original Essential 8 Albums!

The original 8 Albums! Every Saturday evening at 8pm, Dan McDermott will bring you the weeks Essential album in full with Molson Canadian – The Adventure Starts Here. We’re also going to be giving away copies of all the Essential albums on air and online throughout the week. So, what was Essential Album number 8?  No contest, the overwhelming majority of votes went to Kate Bush – Hounds of Love.  Definitely an essential in any collection.

Essential Album number 7 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian goes back to 1995 for the wonderful Grand Prix from Teenage Fanclub. Here’s Mellow Doubt live:

Essential Album number 6 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of REM’s Green. Amazing.  Enjoy Pop Song 89:

Essential Album number 5 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian was a very popular choice – Dolittle from the Pixies.  Enjoy La La Love you live:


Essential Album number 4 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian was heartily endorsed by the editor of this website – Jeff Buckley: Grace.  Great live version of Last Goodbye:


Essential Album number 3 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian was a stone cold recent classic – OK Computer from Radiohead.  Enjoy Let Down live:

Essential album number 2 in the Essential 8 with Molson Canadian was a real curve ball but a great suggestion nonetheless. It was Holy Mountain from Sleep. Have a listen to this:

To celebrate the launch of the 8Radio.com Essential 8 with Molson Canadian, we picked an absolute cracker of an album – Funeral from Arcade Fire. On of our favourites from the album is this one – Haiti:

We’re also giving you the chance to win copies of our Essential 8 Albums. Tune in this weekend for more details online at 8Radio.com or via our Smartphone Apps!

The Essential 8 on 8Radio.com with Molson Canadian – The Adventure Starts here.