This may not necessarily be your favourite one, but instead something that came along at a certain time in your life and resonated deeply
Mine is Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
May these days make my top 5 Bruce albums, but probably not my top 3. It was released in 1984 when I was 22, I am guessing it was released on the UK on Fri June 8th, I had been a fan for about 4 years and had seen one live show (still the best I ever saw), after the low key solo Nebraska album there was some excitement at a new offering with the E St Band. I had probably already heard the first single, a UK flop called Dancing in the Dark (initially only got to no, 28 ).
I was living in North London and simply had to get it on the day of release, I had a one hour lunch break so I got the bus to HMV and picked it up, on the way back to work I stopped off at my place. I had time to play the first 2 tracks Born in the USA and Cover Me. It sounded vibrant, exciting and modern, couldn’t wait to hear the rest…
Over the next year and a bit I pretty much played it at least once a day, often several times a day. So I am guessing that in that time it was probably heard it in full at least 500 times, not sure I listened to any other albums other than it! After that period I may have bought another album (The Smiths? Lloyd Cole and the Commotions?) and stopped playing it so much. Probably over the next 20 years I may have played it once or twice a year, I play it less often now, but still like it a lot when I do (80s production notwithstanding).