Lana Del Rey

For random but let me tell you yesterday I was listening to Cherry Blossom and then Tulsa Jesus Freak came after and I literally ASCENDED. Like… it was so good.

The great part about the last 2 albums is that you can pick-n-mix a lot to make a bulletproof run, which is something I need to sort out myself. Also a small grip of mine, like mentioned on the Blue Bannisters thread; what if she really gave it some time and picked the strongest material from both Chemtrails/BB for one record instead of diluting the greatness across both.

Dealer REALLY should have been on Chemtrails.
 
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Listening to Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass for the first time and it's cute! SportCruiser and Tessa DiPietro are both so pretty.

The Jim Morrison influence is palpable and obvious but there's also something sort of Joe Frank-esque about the whole thing, and it occurs to me that she would've been an amazing muse for him. She should do more spoken word in general, imagine her on something from The Golden Palominos' Dead Inside
 
It changes all the time but (we did it) for fun (we did it for free), here's my current Lana top 20...

01 The Blackest Day
02 Black Beauty
03 The Next Best American Record
04 Doin' Time
05 California
06 Ride
07 Blue Banisters
08 Salvatore
09 West Coast
10 Norman fucking Rockwell

11 Dance Till We Die
12 How to Disappear
13 Terrence Loves You
14 Love Song
15 When the World Was at War...
16 Yosemite
17 Cinnamon Girl
18 Million Dollar Man
19 Old Money
20 Sweet Carolina

The way they're all hard 10s? I don't know another artist who has that. I also wanted to include Honeymoon, Mariners, Summertime Sadness, Dark Paradise, Brooklyn Baby, 13 Beaches, Get Free...
 
current Lana top 20...

This is a hard task.

1. Heroin
2. Blackest Day
3. White Dress
4. Ride
5. Brooklyn Baby
6. Swan Song
7. Off to the Races
8. Cinnamon Girl
9. Venice Bitch
10. Salvatore
11. Terrence Loves You
12. Video Games
13. Fucked My Way Up To the Top
14. If You Lie Down With Me
15. Cruel World
16. Chemtrails Over The Country Club
17. Gods & Monsters
18. Honeymoon
19. Norman Fucking Rockwell!
20. Get Free

Without touching the recent singles from the upcoming album.

1 minute edit: I felt bad that Blue Banisters is under represented in my list so let me say Thunder is one of her best songs.
 
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Can't rank but this might be my top 10:

Venice Bitch
Blue Banisters
Love
White Dress
Chemtrails over the Country Club
The Next Best American Record
The Greatest
Arcadia
Tomorrow Never Came
Brooklyn Baby


I'm so ready for it to be completely altered as soon as I hear Grandfather Please Stand on the Shoulders of My Father while He's Deep-Sea Fishing.
 
I don't think I could rank my top Lana songs, there's just too many of them. But easily, the albums are like this:

1. Chemtrails Over the Country Club
2. Norman Fucking Rockwell!
3. Ultraviolence
4. Born to Die
5. Lana Del Ray
6. Paradise
7. Honeymoon
8. Lust for Life
9. Blue Banisters


I have a strong feeling that Did you know... will claim Ultraviolence's spot.
 
It changes all the time but (we did it) for fun (we did it for free), here's my current Lana top 20...

01 The Blackest Day
02 Black Beauty
03 The Next Best American Record
04 Doin' Time
05 California
06 Ride
07 Blue Banisters
08 Salvatore
09 West Coast
10 Norman fucking Rockwell

11 Dance Till We Die
12 How to Disappear
13 Terrence Loves You
14 Love Song
15 When the World Was at War...
16 Yosemite
17 Cinnamon Girl
18 Million Dollar Man
19 Old Money
20 Sweet Carolina

The way they're all hard 10s? I don't know another artist who has that. I also wanted to include Honeymoon, Mariners, Summertime Sadness, Dark Paradise, Brooklyn Baby, 13 Beaches, Get Free...
oh i love a challenge

1. National Anthem (demo)
2. Ultraviolence
3. Norman Fucking Rockwell!
4. Off To The Races
5. Video Games
6. Blue Jeans
7. Ride
8. Venice Bitch
9. West Coast
10. Chemtrails Over The Country Club
11. Bel Air
12. The Greatest
13. White Dress
14. Mariners Apartment Complex
15. Young and Beautiful
16. For Free
17. The Next Best American Record
18. Gods and Monsters
19. Cola
20. Cruel World
 
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My top 20

1. Ride
2. Born To Die
3. West Coast
4. Blackest Day
5. Cinnamon Girl
6. Tulsa Jesus Freak
7. Cola
8. Ultraviolence
9. 13 Beaches
10. Venice Bitch

11. Chemtrails Over The Country Club
12. Summertime Sadness
13. National Anthem
14. Did you know there's a tunnel under Ocean Boulevard?
15. Mariners Apartment Complex
16. Thunder
17. Video Games
18. A&W
19. Cherry
20. Blue Banisters
 
Welp y'all caught me unproductive at work so I whittled it down to 30 at least:

Born to Die
Video Games
Radio
Summertime Sadness
Ride
American
Shades of Cool
West Coast
Black Beauty
Terrence Loves You
The Blackest Day
Religion
Cherry
Change
Heroin
Venice Bitch
Love song
Cinnamon Girl
How to disappear
The greatest
Happiness is a butterfly
hope is a dangerous thing
White Dress
Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Wild at Heart
Dark But Just a Game
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
Text Book
Blue Banisters
Black Bathing Suit

General discography thoughts:

-In terms of formative albums, I think only Speak Now and Blackout have gotten more playtime than Born to Die. It's still so singular in sound I'll always have a soft spot for it even if I agree with the sentiment that she's generally gotten better over the years.
-I adore Honeymoon and Ultraviolence but struggle picking select cuts as both play best as albums where you can fully sink into their soundscapes.
-Lust for Life's biggest strength is in the back half. Coachella was a last minute cut but I could've easily slotted it in here.
-I think Black Bathing Suit in particular is going to be given its retrospective flowers as the best distillation of her headspace pre-Tunnel.
 
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Video Games
Off To The Races
Blue Jeans
Radio
Summertime Sadness
This Is What Makes Us Girls
American
Young And Beautiful
Black Beauty
Honeymoon
High By The Beach
The Blackest Day
Summer Bummer
Beautiful People Beautiful Problems
Venice Bitch
Love song
The greatest
Tulsa Jesus Freak
Wild At Heart
Black Bathing Suit

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Yeah… still a Born To Die gay here I fear. But honestly this 20 doesn’t mean much since Ultraviolence is underrepresented technically but definitely is in my like top 3 of her albums (with the last one being Norman).
When I was cutting songs from a longlist I noticed many of them were from Chemtrails - that one has proved to be a calm storm basically.

edit: Oh just noticed my and @Jonathan27 selections overlap a lot. Sisters!
 
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