May 26th, 2024

Lauryn Hill did not choose to be number one

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

This week Apple wrapped up its 100 Best Albums and apart from the website itself being a good example of web design gone bad, it really did make some interesting choices of Albums in the list. I am no music expert but I know have a reasonably varied taste and can enjoy most genre’s. I went in with an open mind and I really don’t want to pass judgement on whether the list is “correct”.

I very much enjoyed checking the list daily and adding albums that I may not have come across and adding them to my Library. So overall it was a bit of fun. 

With the final 10 announced, I found myself a bit surprised at the number one choice. Excusing my lack of music knowledge, I recognised the name Lauryn Hill but had never listened to “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” so I genuinely felt I had missed something in my life. I decided to add it to my library ready for next run. 

So today I ran and I listened.

The album is fine and I appreciated and recognised the story that was being told - a questionable number choice for sure. That said, as the run continued and the album played I realised, importantly, this is in no way Lauryn’s fault. I really hope that any discussion about the list keeps that in mind. 

So yes, Lauryn Hills did not choose to be number one.