My Fifteen Albums

Okay, I admit it—I’m an avid Facebook user. And one of the latest fads on Facebook is answering survey questions and forwarding them to your friends by tagging them in the note, “25 Things I Didn’t Want To Know About You.” I typically ignore these virtual chain letters, but when I get tagged by one that has to do with music or audio, I just can’t help myself.

The latest music-related one that intrigued me is titled, “15 albums.” The premise is simple enough: make a list of fifteen albums that “had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it.” This is one of the things that makes music so amazing and so powerful. Good, bad or ugly, music can take you back to a specific memory in your life within just a few beats – almost like a time machine.

What’s even more amazing to me was how quickly I came up with my list. I didn’t have to scan my iTunes library or glance at my old CDs. They were right there in my head, ready to be listed. So here I present to you the 15 albums that changed my life:

      1. Styx – Kilroy Was Here


      2. Michael Jackson – Thriller


      3. Van Halen – 1984


      4. Def Leppard – Pyromania


      5. Journey – Frontiers


      6. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill


      7. Led Zeppelin – IV


      8. Pearl Jam – Ten


      9. The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over


      10. Green Day – Kerplunk!


      11. Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood


      12. Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales


      13. Pink Floyd – The Division Bell


      14. The Doors – Greatest Hits


    15. Bowling for Soup – A Hangover You Don’t Deserve

I could tell you the stories behind each and every one of these, but that would take a whole new blog post. I hope you enjoy reminiscing about the 15 albums that changed your life. I’m even more excited about the new ones I’ll add to this list in the future!


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  • I cannot believe no one else has commented or listed their albums!

    My List (in no particular order):

    1.) Dead Kennedys – Plastic surgery Disasters
    2.) Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
    3.) Beatles – White Album
    4.) Charlie Daniels Band – Million Mile Reflections
    5.) Queen – The Game
    6.) Styx – Paradise Theatre
    7.) MIlla – Divine Comedy
    8.) Blues Brothers – Soundtrack
    9.) Ramones – Road to Ruin
    10.) Front 242 – Front by Front
    11.) Ministry – 12 inch Singles
    12.) AC DC – Back in Black
    13.) Pink Floyd – The Wall
    14.) X – See How We Are
    15.) Billie Joel – Glass Houses

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