The Donnas – Spend the Night: #624 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Donnas - Spend the Night

So why is The Donnas’ Spend the Night on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

I’m a sucker for upbeat, aggressive yet melodic, hook-driven pop punk fronted by female vocalists. How’s that for super specific? Well, I’ve got some other examples from past editions of this here best 1,000 albums ever project for you, if you’ve interest:

The Donnas excel at this model, with an overall attitude that shows off influences from bands ranging from the Ramones, The Runaways, and L7.

“Take It Off,” the big hit off Spend the Night, shows off all of these qualities in addition to big, meaty hooks and a singalong chorus custom made to blast out of your first car’s dashboard or blow the band The Donnas’ are opening for off the stage.

“I Don’t Care (So There)” is a perfect example of The Donnas updating 1970s guitar rock with a pop punk sound for a new generation. Which is all to say that it’s catchy, fun, and just great.

If the vocals were stripped “It’s On the Rocks,” you might think it’s an AC/DC song. That said, I prefer Brett Anderson of The Donnas around 1,000 times more than anything AC/DC could do with*.

* Sorry to bag on AC/DC here, but I’m just not a fan of their vocals at all. So, tiny spoiler that you will not find any AC/DC albums on the best 1,000 albums ever.

Some stats & info about The Donnas – Spend the Night

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? SF Bay Area Bands, Rock Music, Alternative Rock, Pop Punk
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Spend the Night released? 2003
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #624 out of 1,000

The Donnas’ Spend the Night on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from The Donnas’ Spend the Night that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

You shouldn’t try to look so good if you don’t wanna be misunderstood.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.