This was fun. I wanted to keep going, but I figured ten was enough.
  1. Songs You Know By Heart by Jimmy Buffet
    I'm pretty sure this is the only album I really remember listening to growing up in Florida. I knew and still know every sign by heart.
  2. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
    I don't think I ever heard hip hop or rap music before I heard "Ain't Nothin' but a G Thang", but I know that I couldn't stop listening to it and loved hip hop and rap forever after that.
  3. Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band
    Yep...I refer to him as Dave like I know him and he's the only person in the Band. (Yes, I capitalized "Band", too. Shut up about it.) I know every song they've/he's ever recorded, and I've sat close enough at a concert that I could've hit one of the Band members with my phone. This is, by far, my favorite album in their collection (including live albums). Honorable Mention: Live at Red Rocks/Live at Luther College/Crash/Under the Table and Dreaming/Live at Radio City Music Hall
  4. It Was Written by Nas
    I got a hold of one of those BMG Music scams and managed to get my 14-year-old hands on this gem. I listened to this and Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die while working on the computers in Drafting class (Thanks, Mrs. Gannon.) Favorite song: The Message
  5. In Pieces by Garth Brooks
    I went to a Catholic middle school where all the girls listened to country music, so all the guys listened to country music. I wore this CD out.
  6. Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg
    I bought this from a music store in Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island, FL. I walked right up to the counter and bought it even though I was only 14 and it had explicit lyrics. It was like trying to buy beer or tobacco under age. I couldn't believe the guy sold it to me. Favorite song: Gin and Juice
  7. Welcome to Our World by Timbaland and Magoo
    My friend Jeremy bought me this for Christmas (a gift that stood the test of time). It was the first time I had heard beats by Timbaland. I've loved everything he's worked on since, including Bubba Sparxxx.
  8. Souterhplayalisticadillacmuzik by Outkast
    I think I "acquired" this in cassette form from a friend of a friend. It might've been recorded on to a cassette. I don't remember. I just remember that it was incredible. I've also loved everything Outkast ever since.
  9. They're All Gonna' Laugh at You by Adam Sandler
    It made me cry laughing and was my first introduction to comedy albums. I used to listen to it in Spanish class. I later learned and forgot how to play the Chanukah Song.
  10. Heavier Things by John Mayer
    Say what you want, but John Mayer is an amazing guitarist and lyricist...and this album let me cry on its shoulder as an emotional 20-something. I've also liked all his other albums. Even Room for Squares has grown on me. Favorite song: Come Back to Bed