Billy Joel – The Stranger

If you’ve always felt like reading 9 short stories but never had the time, this album is the perfect solution for you. Meticulously constructed with smart story telling, beautiful vocal abilities, and graceful whistling, this Stranger will conquer your heart to become your favorite friend.

– submitted by Hiba Abou Jaoudeh

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble will find you indeed once you listen to the first few songs of the National’s 6th album. This album is easily one of the most addictive albums you’ll ever listen, it’s like a new listen every time through.

– submitted by Elie Semaan

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

This is one of those albums that make you feel speechless. Probably the most popular and successful on this list, it is nevertheless an essential for ever music lover. Released during the Ziggy Stardust days of David Bowie, The Rise and Fall is the best way to discover Bowie and the other alter egos that followed.


Ibrahim Maalouf – Diagnostic

Ibrahim Maalouf is a brilliant French Lebanese trumpeter/composer, whom I had the pleasure to see live last summer in Byblos. Diagnostic is a beautiful orgy, where the men are Latin, the women are Arab and it’s all taking place down in New Orleans.

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

I discovered Sufjan Stevens very randomly and I am still going through his discography. I suggest you start with his most famous work, Illinois.
I apologize for not having a proper description of what you will hear when you click play, but all I can say is that it’s simply a very beautiful piece of music. You should look at it as once piece and listen to the whole album in one go.