The art of creating an album is one of the most understated aspects in music. There's something magical about how music ebbs and flows during a single sitting and takes you on a journey. Each song has a very specific placement within the track listing; there is a natural flow that invites the listener to keep listening from start to finish.

 

Here at Runaway Music, we have provided you with the "perfect albums" of some of the most influential artists of all time. These songs — comprised of both hits and deep cuts — work together to create a cohesive album that serves as more than just another greatest hits compilation.

In memoriam of the 5-year anniversary of the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, we wanted to to memorialize the outstanding career of the Beastie Boys. A seminal piece in hip-hop's growth into the mainstream, the group initially started out as a punk group before officially changing styles — and quickly became the most transcendent rap group of all time. You can hear their masterful blend of their punk roots with their love of hip-hop in every song released; they were aggressive, they were fun, they were pure energy — and they truly embodied the emotions of Brooklyn at the time. The Beastie Boys made over a decade of great music, which was simply never seen before from many of their '80s rap counterparts. In an era where hip-hop was considered a fad, the Beastie Boys created a style of music many have tried to emulate, but none have fully captured.

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Perfect Album Series: Beastie Boys

TRACK LISTING

01. Paul Revere

02. Three MC's and One DJ

03. Ch-Check It Out

04. No Sleep Till Brooklyn

05. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun 

06. Sabotage

07. The New Style

08. Brass Monkey

09. Girls

10. Hey Ladies

11. Shake Your Rump

12. Intergalactic

13. Get It Together

14. B-Boy Bouillabaisse

Vol. 1, No. 5 | Beastie Boys