Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight

My parents used to do the "get 15 CD's for the price of 10" kind of deals that people would order through the mail in the '90s. I'm Your Baby Tonight is one of those random albums they took a chance on and I'm eternally grateful for that. I was obsessed with how cool and unassuming she looked on the cover. This album is sexy, sassy, synthy and oh so danceable. From Babyface, L.A. Reid, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder, Whitney had all the heavy hitters working with her on this one. Standout tracks for me include 'My name is not Susan', 'All The Man That I Need', and 'Lover For Life'. I spent $200 on a t-shirt with this album art on it. Still one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Bryan Adams - So Far So Good

I was a chubby kid, so I got into emotional music pretty early on. Around age 12, the music that spoke to me most was the album So Far So Good by Bryan Adams. I must have burned a hole in the cassette given how many times I played it in my mom's station wagon.

'Heaven'? Forget about it. 'Cuts Like a Knife'? Sob city. 'It's Only Love', a duet with Tina Turner? BANGER.

Dude crafts angsty anthemic rock songs with the best of 'em, and I still get nostalgically transported back to middle school any time 'Summer of '69' comes on the radio.

Don Henley's - Actual Miles - Greatest Hits

What's more adult contemporary than a greatest hits album? Don Henley has one of the best voices of all time. When he sings and plays drums... I die. Serious bona fide heartthrob!! He is an expert at writing and producing with simplicity. Everything feels exposed. He's not trying to hide anything from the listener. Not to mention, he made some incredible synth choices on these tracks. I reference these songs for specific kinds of feel and tonality all the time. I also appreciate that each one of these songs is considered a 'Hit', and yet the length of almost all of them exceeds 5 minutes! I miss those days.

Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1

As a kid, there wasn't a lot of consistency to life. Moving around the country every three to four years, making friends, and learning how to navigate new schools was the norm. The one thing that I could depend on was the tape collection in my father's car, and by tape collection I mean... one tape. The Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1 spoke to me in five very distinct voices. The iconic songwriters that made up the Wilburys joined forces to create a super-power adult contemporary group and I loved it. Hearing the different vocal tones helped shape my infant ears. Most importantly the Wilburys had music videos, a visual that still dances in my mind.

Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night

The Mac have always been at the crux of what we inevitably create in Milo, so it makes sense that they would have an adult contemporary masterpiece in their catalog.

If there's any doubt about this album being genre-appropriate to AC, watch the music videos for 'Little Lies' and 'Everywhere'....like....why are they on a farm?!? Why did they then set an 80's video to the landscape of a 1906 Alfred Noyes poem?!? Who made these decisions?!?

Ugh, they're honestly perfect.

Adult Contemporary by Milo Greene is out on September 7th. Check out 'Move' below.