The Sounds for When You Want to Unwind
Loverboy "Working for the Weekend"
It's the ultimate top-down, hair-blowing-in-the-wind full blast anthem of all time.
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin II"
Heavier and groovier than their debut, Led Zeppelin is a shake-it-all-night monster. The centerpiece "Heartbreaker"-"Livin' Loving Maid"-"Ramble On" sequence is some of their best work.
João Gilberto/Stan Getz "Getz/Gilberto"
This bossa nova classic released in 1964 by American saxophonist Stan Getz and the Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto is an absolute essential for jazz freaks, with enough groove to keep the newbies happy.
Chromeo "Business Casual"
This breezy electro funk bonanza from this Montreal-based duo incorporates four-on-the-floor beats with crafty usage of 80s pop elements.
Junior Kimbrough "All Night Long"
Kimbrough is one of the two kings of Mississippi's Hill Country Blues (the other being R.L Burnside). This is remarkably his first full solo album (released in 1992, but he's had been playing since the 60s) filled with stone-cold nasty groove classics like "Stay All Night" and "You Better Run." It's perfect with a bottle of 18-year-old Jameson.
Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"
For when you want to sit on the couch, roll a, um, cigarette while staring at the lava lamp you brought from the basement. By the way, that Wizard of Oz thing? Total bull.
Parliament "Mothership Connection"
If you're having a few people over for a weekend-kickoff party, you could do much worse than getting funky with George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy Collins.