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Vote in the 5th Annual Amos Music Library Album of Year Poll [Updated]

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran, winner of the 2018 album poll, and thank you to all who voted!


Amos Music Library invites the Miami community to vote for their favorite popular released in 2017. For the fifth year, the winning album will be added to the library's circulating CD collection. The poll is available here. The nominees were selected from among the best-reviewed and best-selling popular albums of 2017.

Our past winners:

This year's nominees (with links to those titles already owned by the library):

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 14th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including additional tracks from other recent artists of note). 

4th Annual Album of Year Poll Winner - Beyonce's Lemonade

Congratulations to Beyonce's "visual album" Lemonade, winner of Amos Music Library's 4th annual Album of the Year poll. It is available now in the library's Spotlight collection. We extend a "thank you" to all who voted.

Our past winners:

2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

Based on your feedback, you can also expect the library to add albums by Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bon Iver, and Sturgill Simpson (his prior album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, is in our collection; follow the link to request a hold).

Albums not Available on Spotify

Singer-songwriter and musician Prince had been one of the last holdouts and had not allowed his albums to be streamed on platforms like Spotify; as of today, though, that's changed, and his discography is now available to stream.

However, there are still some noteworthy and popular albums that are not available on Spotify. Here are a few of those titles that ARE available on CD in the Amos Music Library collection. Note that each of these albums can be requested to be delivered to your preferred Miami library circulation location.

​Of course, this is only a starting point. There are more albums not available streaming, and the library is regularly acquiring more titles.

Also, a reminder: our Album of the Year poll is currently live. It closes this Wednesday, 2/15, so vote soon.

4th Annual Amos Music Library Album of Year Poll

Amos Music Library would like to hear from the Miami community about their favorite 2016 albums. The winning album of this annual poll is added to the library's circulating CD collection. The poll is available here. The nominees were selected from among the best-reviewed and best-selling popular albums of 2016.

Our past winners:
2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

This year's nominees:

  • Anderson .Paak - Malibu
  • Angel Olsen - My Woman
  • Beyonce - Lemonade 
  • David Bowie - Blackstar
  • Drake - Views
  • Nick Cave - Skeleton Key
  • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Rihanna - ANTI
  • Solange - A Seat the Table
  • A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here ...
  • or write in your own choice

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 15th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including tracks by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper, whose recent albums were not released on CD and are therefore not eligible for the poll). 

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016): playlist and notable resources

Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away tonight at the age of 82. Cohen is perhaps best known for the song "Hallelujah," although you are more likely to have heard the cover versions by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, and many others. He is also the author of multiple novels and poetry collections. Much like David Bowie, Cohen recently released one last great album shortly before his death: You Want It Darker.

Explore our CD collection: 100 essential popular albums

The staff at Amos Music Library recently changed our circulation rules for compact discs; now, our CDs can be requested via the catalog to be picked up at any library circulation desk. To celebrate, we've created a list of 100 essential popular albums from our collection. To make our list, we found those albums that appeared on both the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2012) and NME's Top 500 Albums of All Time (2013). The ranking was determined by averaging the album's placement on each list. Most of the albums are owned on CD and can be requested by clicking "Request Item" on the left side of each item's catalog page.

We frequently acquire additional albums, so watch this space for future updates.

  1. The Beatles / Revolver [1966]
  2. The Velvet Underground & Nico [1967]
  3. The Beatles [The White Album, 1968]
  4. Nirvana / Nevermind [1991]
  5. The Rolling Stones / Exile on Main St. [1972]
  6. Marvin Gaye / What's Going On [1971]
  7. The Beatles / Abbey Road [1969]
  8. The Beatles / Rubber Soul [1965]
  9. Patti Smith / Horses [1975]
  10. David Bowie / The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [1972]
  11. Public Enemy / It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [1988]
  12. Stevie Wonder / Innervisions [1973]
  13. Bob Dylan / Highway 61 Revisited [1965]
  14. Love / Forever Changes [1967]
  15. Sex Pistols / Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols [1977]
  16. The Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed [1969]
  17. Van Morrison / Astral Weeks [1968]
  18. The Beatles / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [1967]
  19. Miles Davis / Kind of Blue [1959]
  20. Joni Mitchell / Blue [1971]
  21. Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run [1975]
  22. Bob Dylan / Bringing It All Back Home [1965]
  23. David Bowie / Hunky Dory [1971]
  24. Carole King / Tapestry [1971]
  25. The Rolling Stones / Sticky Fingers [1971]
  26. The Band [1969]
  27. Neil Young / After the Gold Rush [1970]
  28. Dusty Springfield / Dusty in Memphis [1969]
  29. The Clash [1977]
  30. James Brown / At the Apollo [streaming, 1963]
  31. Michael Jackson / Thriller [1982]
  32. The Rolling Stones / Beggars Banquet [1968]
  33. Neil Young / Harvest [1972]
  34. John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band [1970]
  35. Jimi Hendrix / Electric Ladyland [1968]
  36. Jimi Hendrix Experience / Are You Experienced [1967]
  37. Television / Marquee Moon [1977]
  38. The Ramones [1976]
  39. Arcade Fire / Funeral [2004]
  40. Prince & the Revolution / Purple Rain [1984]
  41. Pink Floyd / The Dark Side of the Moon [1973]
  42. Radiohead / The Bends [1995]
  43. Radiohead / OK Computer [1997]
  44. Talking Heads / Remain in Light [1980]
  45. Blondie / Parallel Lines [1978]
  46. Paul Simon / Graceland [1986]
  47. The Smiths / The Queen is Dead [1986]
  48. Stevie Wonder / Songs in the Key of Life [1976]
  49. John Coltrane / A Love Supreme [streaming, 1965]
  50. Pixies / Doolittle [1989]
  51. My Bloody Valentine / Loveless [1991]
  52. The Zombies / Odessey and Oracle [1968]
  53. Johnny Cash / At Folsom Prison [1968]
  54. Aretha Franklin / Lady Soul [1968]
  55. Bruce Springsteen / Darkness on the Edge of Town [1978]
  56. David Bowie / Low [1977]
  57. Lou Reed / Transformer [1972]
  58. Green Day / Dookie [1994]
  59. AC/DC / Back in Black [1980]
  60. Prince / Sign 'O' the Times [1987]
  61. The Beatles / Please Please Me [1963]
  62. Michael Jackson / Off the Wall [1979]
  63. R.E.M. / Automatic for the People [1992]
  64. Bob Marley & the Wailers / Natty Dread [1974]
  65. Dr. Dre / The Chronic [1992]
  66. Sonic Youth / Daydream Nation [1988]
  67. David Bowie / Station to Station [1976]
  68. Eminem / The Marshall Mathers LP [2000]
  69. The Velvet Underground / Loaded [1970]
  70. T. Rex / Electric Warrior [1971]
  71. Jeff Buckley / Grace [1994]
  72. Arctic Monkeys / Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not [2006]
  73. Radiohead / In Rainbows [2007]
  74. Public Enemy / Fear of a Black Planet [1990]
  75. Bob Dylan / Freewheelin' Bob Dylan [1963]
  76. Lauryn Hill / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [1998]
  77. Michael Jackson / Bad [1987]
  78. Miles Davis / Bitches Brew [1970]
  79. The Jesus and Mary Chain / Psychocandy [1985]
  80. Jay-Z / The Blueprint [2001]
  81. Elvis Presley [1956]
  82. Oasis / (What's the Story) Morning Glory? [1995]
  83. U2 / The Joshua Tree [1987]
  84. Massive Attack / Blue Lines [1991]
  85. The Cure / Disintegration [1989]
  86. De La Soul / 3 Feet High and Rising [1989]
  87. Nirvana / In Utero [1993]
  88. The Notorious B.I.G. / Ready to Die [1994]
  89. Nas / Illmatic [1994]
  90. Amy Winehouse / Back to Black [2006]
  91. The Beatles / A Hard Day's Night [1964]
  92. Tom Waits / Rain Dogs [1985]
  93. The White Stripes / Elephant [2003]
  94. Bruce Springsteen / Born in the U.S.A. [1984]
  95. Eminem / The Slim Shady LP [1999]
  96. The Kinks / Are the Village Green Preservation Society [1968]
  97. Weezer [The Blue Album, 1994]
  98. Nirvana / MTV Unplugged in New York [1994]
  99. Aretha Franklin / I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You [1967]
  100. Kanye West / The College Dropout [2004]

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature - a Spotify list (and more)

On Thursday folk and rock musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, to the surprise of many and disdain of some. The Miami University libraries have many resources to help you better understand Dylan's cultural contributions and the controversy. 


40 Years of Punk: A Spotify Playlist

As with many genres, the exact beginning of "punk music" can be hard to place. Some particularly raucous acts of the 60s (such as The Sonics, The Monks, The Velvet Underground, MC5, and The Stooges) have been retroactively dubbed "proto-punk"; early 70s acts like New York Dolls and Patti Smith undoubtedly inspired a lot of what was to follow.

However, the origin of punk is generally dated to 1976 due to the release of three major recordings: the Ramones' self-titled debut album (April 23rd) and the debut singles from England's The Damned (October 22nd) and the Sex Pistols (November 26th). 40 years later, these recordings still shine with urgency and a total disregard with established manners, tastes, and talents.

Our playlist takes listeners through punk's first 10 years, 1976-1985, in roughly chronological order. Contemporaneous tracks from closely-related genres (like New Wave and Hardcore) are also featured.

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/02PJ7H1l24x2AR5jiSoUPb

Prince: Influence[s/d]

Pop artist Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, passed away today at the age of 57. He was a bold innovator and a masterful guitarist whose one-of-a-kind blend of funk, rock, and dance forever transformed pop music.

Normally we would craft a tribute playlist of the artists' own work, but as Prince was an outspoken critic of streaming music, his music is not available on Spotify. Instead, the Amos Music Library staff have created a list featuring the artists that inspired Prince, and those who he in turn influenced. The first half of the list features selections from a diverse group of funk, jazz, rock, and pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and George Clinton. We conclude the list with artists who have followed the path Prince blazed, such as Beyonce, D'Angelo, OutKast, and Janelle Monae.

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/1rJIJyE9QQHGzrodCdFr1a

​And, if you're interested in hearing the work of The Artist directly, or would like to learn more about him, we have some texts and CDs set aside at Amos:

Image of books and compact discs held by Amos Music Library

Highlights of 2016 music: A Spotify playlist

This week Amos Music Library presents a 20-track sampler of some of the best new pop music of 2016. Tracks cover a variety of genres: hip hop, neo-soul, dreampop, art pop, chamber folk, shoegaze, "apocalyptic space funk" (that's how The Comet is Coming describe their work), and more. Of particular note: a track from the late, great David Bowie, who passed away this January. There's also a song from Bowie's contemporary and collaborator Iggy Pop. For his 2016 album, Pop worked with Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was attacked last November in Paris. If you are looking for something universally praised by critics, you might start with Anderson .Paak, while the lead single from Mutual Benefit's forthcoming album may put a tear in your eye. Finally, both Kendrick Lamar and Koi Child explore the space where rap, funk, and jazz meet.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0QyW4lmxb3Szb8guXl4fMN