Albums that changed my life.

There are SO MANY albums, but I limited the list to records that I specifically remember making an impact on me, changed my thinking, introduced me to something new, challenged me... I tried to place them in order of when I discovered them, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  1. 1.
    The Monkees
    Have no idea what album. I just loved them to this day. Last Train to Clarksville is still my favorite.
  2. 2.
    Some Elvis compilation from the 70s that my mom had. (Elvis)
    I knew the words to every song. Elvis is King. Jailhouse Rock. Bluesuade Shoes. For some reason I still truly love (Let me be Your) Teddy Bear. Go figure.
  3. 3.
    Ghost in the Machine (The Police)
    First time I noticed the drums. Wow, Copeland's amazing.
  4. 4.
    Thriller (Michael Jackson)
    How could One record have so many good songs?
  5. 5.
    Purple Rain (Prince)
    The guitar solo at the end of "Let's Go Crazy" blew my mind, and annoyed my friends who just thought it was noise.
  6. 6.
    More (Mylon LeFevre)
    First time I heard REAL guitars on a Christian album. I was so happy. Still love it.
  7. 7.
    London Calling (The Clash)
    "I don't know what this is, but I like it." - Me at 13. Comes up regularly on my playlists.
  8. 8.
    Ping Pong Over the Abyss (The 77s)
    First exposure to what would become my favorite band. New Wave, Punk, Blues, all on one record. And Christians.
  9. 9.
    Under a Blood Red Sky (U2)
    Wow. And it's LIVE. AND they have songs ABOUT stuff. AND God. Probably on my Top 5 list.
  10. 10.
    God Rules! (Undercover)
    Christian Punk? Yup.
  11. 11.
    Songs in the Key of Life (Stevie Wonder)
    He does everything. Still listen to this regularly.
  12. 12.
    Romeo Unchained (Tonio K)
    This guy can WRITE. Dylanesque in his output, and ability to tell a story in song. His first major foray from punk to Pop.
  13. 13.
    Bash N the Code (Bash N the Code)
    Jesus & fun? Yes. Dance, Party-Rock? Yes. Seeing them live made my jaw drop. Greg & Rebecca Sparks are amazing songwriters and singers. What a duo.
  14. 14.
    The 77s (The 77s)
    I didn't think they could get better. Pearls Before Swine is amazing. Lust, the Flesh, the Eyes, and the Pride of Life is sublime. This album is still on regular rotation for me. My wife secretly booked them and The Choir for my birthday last year!😱 On my top 5 favorite albums.
  15. 15.
    The Turning (Leslie/Sam Phillips)
    Music can be... small? Officially broke any affinity I had for over-produced music. The honesty of her lyrics are still fantastic.
  16. 16.
    Russ Taff (Russ Taff)
    Changed the way I played guitar. James Hollihan is so nimble, and tasteful, and soulful.
  17. 17.
    The White Album (The Beatles)
    😳
  18. 18.
    The Secret of Time (Charlie Peacock)
    Amazing writer. Words, man. Words.
  19. 19.
    Circle Slide (The Choir)
    Just an unbroken string of great records. Peak Choir. (For me.)
  20. 20.
    Nevermind (Nirvana)
    Could. not. comprehend.
  21. 21.
    Squint (Steve Taylor)
    One of the greatest songwriters ever. Two of my favorite songs are on this record: Finish Line & Jesus is for Losers.
  22. 22.
    The 2nd Coming (Freedom of Soul)
    Hip hop album that started me producing hip hop. I liked hip hop before, but now i LOVED it.
  23. 23.
    Marquee Moon (Television)
    What? Nineteen seventy what? How were they not HUGE? Punk was growing up and getting more sophisticated. But, still rough around the edges. Been listening to it a lot lately for some reason. Still fantastic.
  24. 24.
    Legend (Bob Marley)
    Oh. NOW I get it.
  25. 25.
    Ok Computer (Radiohead)
    Rock would never be the same for me. EVERY SONG. So good. Top 5, for sure.
  26. 26.
    Soul Mission (Soul Mission)
    Gospel goes Motown. Renewed my love of Motown. Steve Cropper its fantastic. Another record that influenced how I play guitar.
  27. 27.
    The Inner Court (Fred Hammond)
    Never heard worship music like this before. Sung like this before. This was something else.
  28. 28.
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Lauryn Hill)
    Mind blown. I can listen to the record all the way through, and have, hundreds of times. Definitely on my top 5, all-time favorite albums.
  29. 29.
    Frank (Any Winehouse)
    And again. Another complete listen for me. Was excited that as an adult I discovered something new that no one I know had ever heard of. This album was an import years before Back To Black came out. Geez, my Top 5's getting crowded.
  30. 30.
    Life (Ty Tribbet & G.A.)
    So original. Taking Gospel somewhere new. Breaking tradition.
  31. 31.
    Neon Bible (Arcade Fire)
    Once again breaking perceptions of what you can/should do.