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The 24 Most Influential Albums On My Life

This is a chronological (for the most part) list of the most influential and life changing albums throughout the course of my musical life. I rorganized it by my approximate age as well (Im 20 now). Seeing as music is my favorite thing and the biggest part of my life right now I rthought it would be interesting to look back and see which albums shaped the music I have come to listen to today. This is NOT a list of rmy favorite albums. I made that list last october, and it has since changed a ton since then. This is also not a list of my favorite albums in rorder throughout the years, but rather the albums I feel changed my musical tastes and helped me grow as a music performer and rlistener of music. For that reason ralbums that I loved and still love today that never really lead to me getting into a genre are not listed r(the best example of this is Bob Marley's Catch a Fire - I casually listen to reggae but never got super into it). If you're curious my rfavorite genres started with Radio Rock (up to the start of this list), went to Classic Rock, then Metal, then Punk and Alternative, then Indie rand Dance. Right now my favorite genres rare Ska, Dance Punk, and Indie Rock. I am also in an Indie Rock band and produce some relectronic music for fun.
1Alien Ant Farm
ANThology


(12 Years Old) One of the first full albums I got from Kazaa (when it was still half legal). I remember being amazing at how fast Smooth Criminal was. The song 'Wish' was the heaviest thing Id ever heard, so it was my go to "freak out my parents" track for a year or so.
2The White Stripes
Elephant


The first album I ever bought. This was unlike anything I had ever heard, and I loved it. I imagined the band having 5 members, with all the sound coming from my speakers. "Ball and Biscuit' and 'Seven Nation Army' (of course) were my two favorites.
3Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory


The first big band I got in on before my friends. This was such an intense album at the time, took over as my rebel soundtrack. "Shut up when Im talking to you" was the closest thing to a 'fuck you' I had ever heard in a music. My friends mom was literally shocked when we played this in her car.
4Gorillaz
Demon Days


My dad gave me this one when I got my first iPod. This was probably the first album I liked where that feeling lasted through the years. This opened the door to so many new genres of music, such as Rap, Electonic, and World music.
5Green Day
American Idiot


(13 Years Old) My introduction to "punk". More the attitude that was foreign to me at the time. Bands singing about topics that concerned them was new to me, and even though my friends gave me shit for liking the liberal(ish) band, it was something I really like and was completely new to me
6The Presidents of the USA
The Presidents of the USA


My first taste of disappointment and of a singles band. After listening to the song 'Peaches' almost non-stop the last two weeks, I decided to buy this. Only 3 out of the 17 or so songs were good, a big wake up call. Also important because Peaches inspired me and my friends to start my first band (we sucked, there are some pretty embarassing myspace vids)
7Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


An amazing thing happened right before my freshman year in HS. I found my parents record player and all the old records. Although "Are you Experienced" was the first one played, this is the first one I fell in love with. I was introduced to the world of melody based music (as opposed to talent based) and loved going through the rest of the Pink Floyd collection.
8The Automatic
Not Accepted Anywhere


(14 Years Old) The first Post-Punk album I listened to. I really liked the mix of dance, punk, and alternative. This and showbiz were on the same day. Probably the best day of my life.
9Muse
Showbiz


Muse had always been one of my dad's favorite bands, but I didn't get into them for the longest time. After hearing this album that changed, forever chaning my musical tastes.
10Atreyu
Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses


(15 Years Old) The first metal core band I loved. The heavy guitars mixed with the dark and meaningful lyrics were new and fasicnating to me. I was so bummed when they sold out.
11As I Lay Dying
Shadows Are Security


Another early metal album of mine. I really like the fast break downs and melodic guitar parts.
12The Strokes
Is This It


(16 Years Old) My first taste of the indie/hipster scene. At the time, this was completely different than anything else I was in to.
13The Unseen
Internal Salvation


My first Punk album. I never got super into the punk scene (although I still enjoy the music from time to time), but this one lead me straight into Ska.
14Big D and the Kids Table
Strictly Rude


My first ska album. One of my favorite genres right now, I love everything about ska and this album is still a perfect snapshot of the genre and the city of Boston.
15Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan


The first "undiscovered" band I really got in to. Disappointment followed when they never got big and ended up breaking up after an album that did not live up to this one
163OH!3
Want


(17 Years Old) I discovered this band a couple months before 'Dont Trust Me' dropped. I loved the mix of electronic, rap, and post-hardcore. Spent all of my senior year of Hs blasting this album whenever I drove people around. People loved it, and I felt responsible for making the introduction.
17Between the Buried and Me
Colors


Ironically this one has more to do with my departure from the Metal scene. I realized that I loved the metal parts, but was really waiting for the slower melodic secions most of the time. Kinda facilitated my transition to indie music and stuff like Muse.
18Modest Mouse
Good News for People Who Love Bad News


(18 Years Old) The first indie album I gave my ex before she had it. I got into "indie rock" music faster than any other genre, picking up on it in about a month. That feat kinda proved to myself that I was on the right path of music discovery.
19Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


From the first few notes of this album, I knew it was something special. Cemented my love for ska, and got me really interested in the scene itself.
20Of Montreal
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?


This one is important not only because of how great the album is itself, but mainly because the playlist created off songs from this lead me to discover Crystal Castles on Pandora.
21Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles


The first electronic record I really liked. Ironic too, as it has been self- described as a electonic record for people who don't like electonic music. Not immeadiately impactful, but I would later be very grateful for finding this one.
22Dr. Dre
2001


Got me into rap. Before this I thought rap was generic and lame - it was almost as low on my musical scale as Pop and Country. 'Forgot About Dre' changed that for good. Opened up listening to more conscious stuff like Talib Kweli as well.
23Radiohead
Kid A


I know, I got into them really late. Believe it not, I used to consider myself to dislike Radiohead. (Coming from someone who now owns most their B-sides, I thought OK Computer was boring the first time I heard it, thinking only Paranoid Andoid was "okay") But this one was on non-stop Freshman year in college- especially 'National Anthem'
24LCD Soundsystem
Sound of Silver


(19 Years Old) The most recent life changing album. After hearing about these guys non stop I finally decieded to listen to 'All My Friends'. I loved it, and have since got into the DFA scene. I have started taking electronic based music much more seriously, and have recently started DJing.
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