15 Albums That Changed My Life

1. blink-182 – the mark, tom and travis show
-I love blink-182. I love, love, love them. Adam’s Song was the first I ever learned to play on the guitar, Mark & Tom inspired me to learn to play and Travis simply blew my mind with his drumming. At 12 years old, I had no clue what they were singing about, but it made me happy. There are only a handful of their songs that I don’t like, but I did like them at one point. So, I’ve yet to hear a blink song I don’t like.
Favourite track: Going Away to College

2. blink-182 – untitled
-Yes, blink has altered my life so much that I put them on this list twice. The liner notes of this album… READ THEM, every line! They talk about the technical aspect of the album in little hidden sentences throughout, and the lyrics are beautiful and more mature than the average blink song. It’s like they decided to grow up at the same time I did.
Favourite track: Always

3. Green Day – American Idiot
-I have no idea why this album affected me so much, it wasn’t exactly relevant to my life as a 17 year old… but it did inspire some of my favourite photography projects.
Favourite track: Holiday

4. The Backstreet Boys – Backstreet’s Back
-What can I say? That was my generation! They were my favourite band when I was 10 and I saw them live in 1997 and it was the best day of my life… at that point. Let me make it clear that I do not enjoy their music any longer, except for reasons of nostalgia in a friend’s car and for giggles.
Favourite track: Backstreet’s Back

5. Celine Dion – Falling Into You
– First CD I ever owned. My mum bought it for me at Wal-Mart on my 8th birthday. I listened to that album over and over and over again on my 2-inch-thick CD player. Now I wonder how I escaped sans brain damage. I highly despise this album, but it got me hooked on the magic of CDs.
Favourite track: N/A

6. Mission:Impossible 2 Soundtrack
-Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Rob Zombie, the Foo Fighters ft Brian May, Buckcherry, Tinfed…. I really got turned onto Buckcherry and Metallica at this point. I was 14 and the skinniest little white girl ever.
Favourite track: ‘Immune’ by Tinfed

7. Grey’s Anatomy Soundtrack
-I know this isn’t actually an album, but the music just made me go “whoa, what was THAT??” and I’d rent the DVDs and watch them with subtitles so I could get the titles of the songs. And they still thrill me whenever they come up on my iPod.
Favourite track: ‘Hide Another Mistake’ by 88

8. Time Magazine – Hits of the 60s & 70s
-Don’t judge me. My parents bought them. I still have these CDs, even though they’re not mine and I won’t ever call them mine. But… Elton John, the Beach Boys, Edwin Starr (WAR! HUH! yeeeeeah), BTO, Crosby Stills Nash & Young… *sigh*.
Favourite track: ‘War’ by Edwin Starr

9. The Beatles – The White Album
-The Beatles. Make. Me. Live.
Their lyrics make my head spin. It positively fills me with glee to hear Martha My Dear, Dear Prudence, I’m So Tired, Back In The USSR, Revolution 9… One night at work, we listened to the Beatles for 3 hours straight. We danced, we sang, we serenaded our customers. The Fab Four are the light of my life. I saw Dave Grohl perform with Paul McCartney (Sir Paul, sorry) at the Grammys, like 30 mins after blink-182 presented an award and announced that they’re back together. Happiest night ever.
Favourite track: Dear Prudence

10. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
-I adore this record. Yellow Submarine is one of my favourite Beatles movie and it pulls heavily from Sgt Pepper.
Favourite track: When I’m Sixty-Four.

11. Sum41 – Does This Look Infected?
– This album taught me to listen to a record all the way through before discarding it in the “No Longer For Listening” pile. I bought it, knowing 2 tracks, then tossed it aside. 6 months later I randomly picked it out of the pile, stuck it in the stereo and started reading a book. I don’t usually change the music when I read — I don’t usually hear it anyways — but I found that I really, really liked the WHOLE ALBUM. This was rare for me at this point. (I was supposed to see them in 2004 with Good Charlotte, but friggin Deryck got sick and Sum41 had to cancel. Eff.)
Favourite track: The Hell Song

12. Good Charlotte – The Young & The Hopeless
-This album taught me that it doesn’t matter what other people think, to be true to myself and to God. There’s one line from the title track that I’ve tried to live my life by; “I won’t look down, won’t say I’m sorry/I know that only God can judge me.” It blew me away in 2003 and it blows me away now. I saw them live in 2004 and they didn’t play this song and I was disappointed, nor did they play Wondering, another song I love — at first, it sounds like a boy declaring his love for a girl, but it’s just Benji singing about his dog.
Favourite track: Wondering

13. Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
-Released in 2003, discovered by meeee in 2006 and I’m still discovering little layers of music and lyrics that make my soul dance. I cannot put into words the glee that fills me from my head to my toes when I hear DCFC. Or the Postal Service. I love them. I love them. I love them.
Favourite track: I Will Follow You Into The Dark

14. The Clash – London Calling
-The best album of the 80s, despite being released December 1979. I remember listening to this in my daddy’s car(s) and thinking “did that man just say someones EARS got cut off???” (Jimmy Jazz) and feeling bad for the guy who lost his car (Brand New Cadillac — sparked my love for Caddies)… My favourite will always be London Calling. Mostly because it just rocks really, really hard. The Clash also sparked my love for punk rock bands with singers that simply can’t sing. It’s part of the allure of punk, I guess.
Favourite track: London Calling

15. Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
-The Slip introduced me to all of NiN’s previous stuff — I saw him live in Victoria in December and it was FANTASTIC! (Although, Weezer was my favourite show of the year)
Favourite track: Echoplex

One thought on “15 Albums That Changed My Life

  1. Oh geez. I only defer to one album: Everything Goes Numb by Streetlight Manifesto.

    I go through phases and go through a lot of albums and artists, but somehow that one always come back.

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