Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: Nos. 10 to 1

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8) Dick Dale, Surfer's Choice (1962)
Certain monarchs--Queen Elizabeth, King James, the King of the Surf Guitar--have given no intention of ending their reigns soon. In the case of the third example, who could dare challenge Dick Dale? The OC-bred, Twentynine Palms-based 75-year-old is still the most famous name in surf rock, still tours nationally and can still glide between reverb-gilded Fender riffs with godly confidence. Fifty-one years ago, Dale's guitar howled its way into American pop culture with Surfer's Choice, a buoyant mix of doo-wop, rock & roll, rockabilly, classic guitar music and (of course) nascent surf rock. Dale jammed the debut with instantly charming tunes, including "Surf Beat," "Take It Off," "Death of a Gremmie," "Shake N' Stomp," and that song that was in some Tarantino movie. Few royals have been so generous. (Reyan Ali)


7) Sublime, 40 oz. to Freedom
Every track is a solid winner, making Sublime's 1992 debut album nothing short of a masterpiece. Not to mention, it can largely be considered one of OC's most triumphant claims to musical fame (yeah, we know Sublime's from Long Beach, but we're claiming county cred anyway). For many who love the band and music in general, one's copy of 40 oz. to Freedom isn't just an album; it represents a counterculture lifestyle and frame of mind. Albeit a lifestyle and frame of mind that is punctuated along the way by the sound of a bong rip as an instrument, as well as samples of everyone from Eazy-E to Led Zeppelin's "Lemon Song" (for those who have a pre-1994 copy of the disc). And it's almost guaranteed that for as long as this record's around, people will continue to call, "439-0116" to be down with Sublime. (Tina Dhamija)

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