As if he wasn’t busy enough already as drummer of The Roots, DJ, in the Jimmy Fallon house band, etc., Questlove will be heading to the classroom this spring to teach a “Classic Albums,” course at New York University. His class will be alongside a Universal Music A&R VP to explore the meaning of a “classic album,” from production, marketing, lyrics, context and more . . . like an extended #ThrowbackThursday!

A few albums have already been earmarked for discussion and for those of us not enrolled at NYU, we picked them out for an abbreviated lesson today and your homework is to listen on the Music Unlimited service. Do you agree with his choices? What other albums would you cover in YOUR class?

Michael Jackson

Album: Off the Wall (1983)

Song: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”


Beastie Boys

Album: Paul’s Boutique (1989)

Song: “Hey Ladies”

Public Enemy

Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

Song: “Bring the Noise”


Sly & the Family Stone

Album: Stand! (1969)

Song: “Everyday People”



Album: Dirty Mind (1980) 

Song: “Sister”

(as chosen by Britt Daniel of Spoon in his 80’s Prince Playlist)


Aretha Franklin

Album: Lady Soul (1968)

Song: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”


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