From Sting to Sam Fender, the North East has produced some incredible artists who have put together some of the nation’s most popular albums.
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Albums mean different things to different people, but there is very little better than knowing a record was formed in the scenery of your day to day life.
With that in mind, these are some of our picks for the top albums to have come out of the North East.
1. AC/DC - Back In Black
After the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC needed a new vocalist and Newcastle local Brian Johnson was their first pick. The Geordie legend picked the band up from the floor and helped to deliver arguably the biggest AC/DC album ever with the title track and Hells Bells offering a soundtrack to the band’s new era in 1980. Photo: Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE
2. Little Mix - Glory Days
In a change of direction, our next pick is Little Mix’s 2016 release Glory Days. The record shot straight to number one upon its release and included singles Shout Out To My Ex, No More Sad Songs and Power thanks to South Shields’ Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall.
3. Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Fender’s 2019 release Hypersonic Missiles was impressive, but 2021’s Seventeen Going Under sent the North Shields local into another stratosphere. Since the release he has headlined Finsbury Park in London, Reading and Leeds festivals and St James Park with the title track becoming a festival favourite.
4. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Head to any pop up record shop in the North East and you will find plenty of copies of Brothers In Arms. The band were formed in London but had the spine of two Geordie brothers and this album offers an amazing experience, ending with one of the greatest closing songs ever in the title track. Photo: Glenn Ashley