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It’s the Vatican Top 10 Albums!

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(Hat tip: Susie B.) Recently the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’ Osservatore Romano, published its list of the Vatican Top 10 albums. We’re not really sure what the context here is, although the translated article does mention something about a desert island. Maybe it’s Top 10 albums you should hear to get to heaven, or Top 10 albums that don’t make fun of the Pope. It’s just, um, 10 albums that they thought they should single out for one reason or another.

The top 10 (in chronological order):

  1. Revolver – The Beatles
  2. If I Could Only Remember My Name – David Crosby
  3. Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  4. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  5. The Nightfly – Donald Fagen
  6. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  7. Graceland – Paul Simon
  8. Achtung Baby – U2
  9. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis
  10. Supernatural – Carlos Santana

Now, I won’t squabble over whether these are the best albums ever, though some are puzzling. The authors attempt to wax poetic on the merits of each album and hit the obvious points: Dark Side of the Moon was a masterpiece in production, Graceland introduced us to world music. But you still wonder: Why these? Why do these get the Vatican okie-dokie? Doesn’t Thriller mention the undead and paternity disputes with Billie Jean? Wouldn’t the spiritual nature of The Joshua Tree trump the egotistical, worldly Achtung, Baby? And wouldn’t any Oasis album be blacklisted because the Gallagher brothers are such asses?

It’s clear the Vatican is trying very hard to be relevant in this day and age, but I keep asking myself the same question: So what? You could almost draw these selections out of a hat. And how do musical/cultural icons landmarks like Graceland and Revolver really compare to solid 70s albums like Rumors? They could have dragged this out a bit more, choosing different categories or weaving some common thread among the choices.

Of course, they run the list of jinxing all these albums with their seal of approval; I mean, will Dark Side of the Moon ever sound the same now that we know Benedict XVI thinks it’s cool?

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4 thoughts on “It’s the Vatican Top 10 Albums!”

  1. I’m pretty sure the pope wouldn’t listen to any of these albums. I reckon it was just a hack having fun compiling his top 10. And why not? I was pleased to see The Nightfly included; shows the writer knows a little bit about music.

  2. Yeah, I’m sure the pope doesn’t venture beyond Shostakovich with his music. And I do believe they found some hip priests to write this. But they may as well have compiled their own Top 10 list of favorite adjectives starting with the letter “L” for all that it showed us.

  3. This just in:

    ROME (AP) — The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Friday released its long-awaited list of favourite adjectives beginning with the letter L.

    The list, which is bound to cause controversy especially in the wake of the recent clergy abuse scandal, includes such favourites as “lovely’, “loquacious” and “likeable”, but surprisingly excludes standards such as “lurid”, “libertine”, “licentious” and “lecherous”.

    Editor Guiseppe Fangulo said in a commentary that accompanied the groundbreaking feature that the Vatican is currently preparing a top 10 list of best kitchen utensils whose names feature the letter F.

    He denied charges that the letter l was a replacement for the number 666, which was recently excommunicated by Pope Benedict XVI.—END

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