1. Idler Wheel - Fiona Apple
    Every track is the ultimate feels song. Nough said. I promise I'll learn the full title sometime soon.
  2. Revolver - The Beatles
    Just the best, at least for me. One of my favorite bands greatest accomplishments.
  3. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
    Bowie is a chameleon and therefore often hit or miss for me, but HD is such a home run it's crazy. Life on Mars?, Changes, Oh You Pretty Things. It's all pure Bowie, whatever pure Bowie might be.
  4. Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest
    The rap/hip hop album that most affected and informed me. Groovy, soulful, all while a bit heavy and meaningful. Best debut ever?
  5. Transformers - Lou Reed
    Lou Reed was a bad man and he made great music. This album is the vinyl I most wore out during high school and I still notice new things about songs while re-listening.
  6. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
    I don't remember first listening to this album, but I remember first thinking it was funny to make fun of hipsters and call things hipsters like dumb which is what I did. But it's a powerful tone poem that's lyrical and affecting all while approachable enough for your average type fan.
  7. O Brother Where Art Thou
    The first songs I remember listening to are these. My dad played them on road trips and it's just the best soundtrack ever. Better than most movies, better than most songs, just better and better and better.
  8. License to Ill - Beastie Boys
    The album that marked my transition from kid to (wait for it) Teenager. Rebellious, rowdy, and totally timeless.
  9. Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? - The Unicorns
    Lo Fi didn't mean anything to me before a friend recommended me this and now it means everything. How good are The Unicorns guys.
  10. Dig Me Out - Sleater Kinney
    Sleater Kinney is the best thing to ever happen to music right? Anyone say otherwise. Tough choice of their best, but Dig Me Out is as good as anything else. Sleater Kinney forever.
  11. Doolittle - The Pixies
    Not a whole masterpiece like some of these others, but Hey may be the best song ever, at least it was when I first heard it and still is. Not everything lands but the highs are legendary to say the least.
  12. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan's still someone I feel like I should know more about even though I've loved his music for years. Blonde on Blonde is peak Dylan. And this was just the start.
  13. Lola Versus Powerman and The Money-Go Round - The Kinks
  14. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
    Almost too thick to truly grasp. It's sad and deep and the only Springsteen I've ever really 'gotten.'
  15. The College Dropout - Kanye West
    Kanye West is a name. That's all he was to me until I gave his debut a chance and boy did it pay off. School Spirit, We Don't Care, Jesus Walks. A monument of rap and rebirth.