One of life’s toughest, most poignant lessons we all learn is all good things must come to an end. While every ending can have a range of emotions, it’s only in hindsight that we can often find hidden beauty.
As music fans, this is especially true when it comes to final albums from iconic artists. Sometimes, we know a final album truly is a final album. Other times, you get blindsided by the end. Either way, there’s some semblance of closure, which is something we all deserve.
This list isn’t meant to be a downer, despite the heavy intro. Think of it as a jumping-off point of going back into an artist’s catalog. Maybe this is a reminder to revisit some of these works with fresh ears and a different point of view. Perhaps this is a way to remember to appreciate things in the moment because we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring.
Do yourself a favor and give these five great final albums a listen again. Call it a hunch, but you won’t regret it.