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05.08.09 Top 25 Most Influential Albums, At Age

Top 25 Most Influential Albums, At Age 27

I have so much music it really makes this impossible. But I am trying to generally list the 25 most important/influential albums in my life to this point. Who knows though. Next week it might be a totally different list.
1Neil Young

I don't know why, but something about the way this guy bums through great song after great song just really gets to me.
2 Waterdeep
Sink or Swim

No album has challenged me more. No woman has influenced my music so deeply.
Disraeli Gears

Blues rock is in my bones thanks to these Clapton & Co.
4The Shins
Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins helped me see what a concise, precise and pleasing thing a tightly-knit pop song could be.
5 The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night

What you dance around to in your pajamas as a child has a deep influence on what you dance around to in your pajamas as an adult.
6The Doors
L. A. Woman

Listened to no album more often in my college dorm room.
7Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

My first inkling that r&b can be truly amazing.
8Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

This launched my love of Latin music, and Cuban culture.
9Leonard Cohen
Songs of Love and Hate

I never knew songs could be so poignant.
10Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Deja Vu

It's just one of the best pop/rock/country fusions ever recorded.
11Yo La Tengo
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

My introduction to indie, and to noise.
12Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West

Being introduced to Isaac Brock was like being introduced to my weird twisted mind-twin. I am still struck by how articulately sarcastic he is, and this album was the first.
13 Carlene Carter
Musical Shapes

Without this album I never would have been exposed to pub rock, or to Nick Lowe, or the Stranglers, or the Jam. And all of that would have been a shame.
14Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

It's hard to pick a Led Zeppelin album, but I think this is the most obvious choice.
The Black Light

My first Calexico album made me feel like even in my whiteness I have a culture of my own. I'm a white California son who memorizes Coen brothers films, knows knows a little Spanish and calls everyone dude. This is my music.
The Blue Album

Endless listening and fist-pumping.
17Uncle Tupelo

I am a huge Jeff Tweedy fan, which led me to Wilco and other bands that mimic the Uncle Tupelo sound, including The Drive-By Truckers and Lucero.
18Belle and Sebastian
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

This is what got me into sad bastard music.
Things We Lost in the Fire

No reason. This album is just awesome.
20Dinosaur Jr.
Green Mind

This reintroduced me to grunge as a forum for guitar rock. Or something.

My second taste of trip-hop. Unique because I pieced it together on (the then free) Napster long before it was released or anyone I knew knew anything about it.
22Fleetwood Mac

If it weren't for the Stevie songs, this would be the best album ever.
23 Howe Gelb
'Sno Angel Like You

I can't get over how cool gospel choirs all-of-a-sudden become, spinning this disc.
24John Coltrane
Blue Train

Introduction to Jazz.
25Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt

Reshaped (or maybe just birthed) the way I think about American folk and country music.
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