Top 20 Albums

Like virtually everyone, I like music. I can’t say that it drives my existence, but a great song can really spark or cement a wonderful memory. Recently, Mental Floss provided a list of the top 20 selling items in history (I believe this is US only but don’t know for sure). They are:

20. Elton John – Greatest Hits: I have this album.

19. Eagles – Hotel California: I don’t have it but do have a few songs from it in my iTunes library.

18. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti: Nope. Never thought of buying it.

17. Metallica – Metallica: A few songs.

16. Hootie and the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View: Really? Hootie and the Blowfish?? A few good songs, but this really surprise me.

15. Garth Brooks – No Fences: Not a country fan so can’t comment.

14. Boston – Boston: Every friend of mine had this back in the day, but I never did.

13. Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard: Great songs, bad movie.

12. The Beatles – The Beatles 1967-1970: My parents bought this album and it was the first picture I ever had of the Beatles in my mind.

11. Guns ‘n Roses – Appetite for Destruction: Best friend in high school got it the first year in college and the first summer back played it incessantly. At first I tolerated it, then liked it and then bought it myself.

10. The Beatles – The Beatles: aka The White Album. I haven’t bought it.

9. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours: A few good songs here.

8. Shania Twain – Come on Over: Again, not a country fan.

7. Garth Brooks – Double Live: This Garth guy must have made a lot of money!

6. AC/DC – Back in Black: This was probably a bit heavy for me in the day, but I was a convert in my late teens.

5. Billy Joel – Greatest Hits 1 & 2: Love this double album. Billy Joel is the snowman of my life.

4. Pink Floyd – The Wall: The story about watching the Wizard of Oz while listening to this….you have to be really high for it to make sense (which I wasn’t).

3. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV: Don’t have it.

2. Michael Jackson – Thriller: I bought this after the first hit from the album.

1. The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975: Good, but I’d put it lower on the list.

See the albums here.

Creole Black Beans ‘n’ Sausage

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This dish is music to my ears.

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Your typical creole dish ingredients.

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Used my split pan to cook the sausage.

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Everything in the slow cooker.

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Doesn’t that look great?

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And tastes that way too!

Creole Black Beans ‘n’ Sausage

Prep Time: 25 min | Cook Time: 360 min | Servings: 10 servings.


2 pounds Johnsonville® Smoked Sausage, cut into 1-inch slices
3 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cups each chopped onions, celery and green peppers
1 cup water
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice


1. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, onion, celery, green pepper, water, tomato sauce, garlic, thyme, bouillon, white pepper, cayenne and bay leaves.

2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve with rice. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Info: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 344 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 1,312 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.


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Categories: Cajun, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “Top 20 Albums”

  1. Lori M.
    November 10, 2015 at 11:35 am #



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