25 Albums

Facebook meme! Sheila tagged me, and I finally got around to doing it. See below, follow the directions. Post your 25 (or however many) in the comments or on your blog (and leave a link here).

Think of 25 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 25 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good.

No being cool, which albums have you actually listened to thousands of times?

Okay. So I’m not that good with the rules and the following, and I just couldn’t stop. So the following albums are the ones I’ve obsessed over, in one way or another–they’re the ones you could pop in, and I’d sing every single word (or note, on the instrumentals), even years after hearing it. I couldn’t whittle my list. Just couldn’t. But here, I organized them for you!

1. Dave Matthews Band, Before These Crowded Streets
2. Jason Mraz, Live at Java Joe’s
3. Matchbox 20, Yourself or Someone Like You
4. Billy Joel, Stormfront (the third album I ever obsessed over)
5. Billy Joel, River of Dreams
6. Billy Joel, Songs in the Attic
7. Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2 (um, I may have a slight Billy Joel obsession)
8. Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual (the second album I ever obsessed over)
9. Madonna, Madonna (the first album I ever obsessed over)
10. Celine Dion, Falling Into You (yeah, what of it?)
11. *NSYNC, No Strings Attached
12. *NSYNC, Celebrity (I do not apologize for #11 or #12)
13. Dave Matthews Band, Under the Table and Dreaming
14. Creed, Weathered (haha, I know, but WHATEVS!)
15. Dave Matthews Band, Crash
16. John Mayer, Room for Squares
17. Elton John, Greatest Hits Vol 2
18. Chantal Kreviazuk, What if It All Means Something
19. Joseph Arthur, Redemption’s Son
20. Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway
21. Kelly Clarkson, Thankful
22. The Eagles, Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (dudes taught me how to harmonize)
23. Switchfoot, The Beautiful Letdown
24. Natalie Merchant, Ophelia
25. Celine Dion, Let’s Talk About Love
26. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
27. Edie Brickell, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (my obsession lasted years, I think)
28. Metallica, Metallica (Black)
44. Jason Mraz, Waiting for My Rocket to Come

29. Eminem, The Eminem Show (Clean version-hahahahaha, it’s like half the album is missing!)

New Age/World
30. Enya, The Memory of Trees
31. Enya, A Day Without Rain

32. Michael Giacchino, ALIAS Soundtrack (season 1)
33. Les Miserables, Original Broadway Cast Recording
34. The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More, With Feeling
35. A Walk to Remember soundtrack
36. Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack
37. Howard Shore, LOTR: FOTR soundtrack
38. O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack

Country/Bluegrass (I’m really surprised this category isn’t bigger)
39. Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts
40. Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
41. Toby Keith, Greatest Hits Vol 2
42. Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek
43. Sara Evans, Born to Fly

2 Responses to 25 Albums

  1. I managed to keep it down to 25, solely because I don’t have my iTunes library in front of me….

    1.Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    2.The Gathering – How Do You Measure A Planet?
    3.Metallica – …And Justice for All
    4.Van Der Graaf Generator – H to He Who Am the Only One
    5.Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
    6.Yes – The Yes Album
    7.Ayreon – 01011001
    8.Kate Bush – The Hounds of Love
    9.Aimee Mann – Lost in Space
    10.Barenaked Ladies – Stunt
    11.Beck – Odelay
    12.Counting Crows – August and Everything After
    13.Depeche Mode – Violator
    14.Dethklok – The Dethalbum
    15.Jonathan Coulton – Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow
    16.Neil Finn – One Nil
    17.Pet Shop Boys – Please
    18.Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
    19.Peter Gabriel – Security
    20.Radiohead – The Bends
    21.Rammstein – Sehnsucht
    22.Rush – A Farewell to Kings
    23.Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
    24.Sting – The Soul Cages
    25.The Sundays – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

  2. Nice list. A lot of stuff I have myself.