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Triple Crowns: Albums With Three Consecutive Classic Cuts

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Lou Reed's Most Famous Record Made the List, Even Without a Walk on the Wild Side


“Shock the Monkey” came on the television screen, right as I was ready to go to bed. Since it was one of my favorite videos from MTV's early days, I naturally watched for the next four minutes.

No sooner had Peter Gabriel faded out than another classic video began, “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby. Eight minutes later I still had not gone to bed, for David Bowie's “Ashes to Ashes” had aired.

It had been a long time since I had seen in succession three of my favorite videos of yesteryear, or for that matter, three of my favorite songs. It caused me to ponder the rare instances where an album contains in order three of your favorite tracks, so you need not lift the needle from the turntable for a considerable period.

Bob Dylan has two albums that easily qualify, and he comes close on Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home. “Motorpsycho Nitemare”, “My Back Pages” and “I Don't Believe You” are found in succession on side two of Another Side of Bob Dylan, while Blonde on Blonde boasts back to back to back “I Want You”, “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” and “Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat.”

Here are fifteen other albums that provide three straight slices of aural delight, listed in order underneath.

1. Armed Forces by Elvis Costello

Accidents Will Happen-Senior Service-Oliver's Army

2. Sheer Heart Attack by Queen

Killer Queen-Flick of the Wrist-Tenement Funster

3. Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper

Welcome To My Nightmare-Devil's Food-The Black Widow

4. The Royal Scam by Steely Dan

Kid Charlemagne-Caves of Altamira-Don't Take Me Alive

5. Glass Houses by Billy Joel

Sometimes a Fantasy-Don't Ask Me Why-It's Still Rock and Roll To Me

6. Self-Titled by the Smiths

This Charming Man-Still Ill-Hand in Glove

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7. Look Sharp by Joe Jackson

Sunday Papers-Is She Really Going Out With Him-Happy Loving Couples

8. New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra

Tightrope-Telephone Line-Rockaria

9. Rock of the Westies by Elton John

Island Girl-Grow Some Funk of Your Own-I Feel Like a Bullet (in the Gun of Robert Ford)

10. Super Model by Foster the People

Are You What You Want To Be-Ask Yourself-Coming of Age

11. Life Beyond L.A. By Ambrosia

Life Beyond L.A.-Art Beware-Apothecary

12. Transformer by Lou Reed

Vicious-Andy's Chest-Perfect Day

13. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon

You Got Yer Cherry Bom-Don't You Evah-Rhythm and Soul

14. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Dreams-Don't Stop-Go Your Own Way

15. Son of Schmilsson by Nilsson

Joy-Turn on Your Radio-You're Breaking My Heart

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