Albums that changed my life: Rock Albums

The amount of music that has influenced my life can't be written into one list. So I'm going to break it down into very generally based genres. So the first will be Rock... I guess? As I started making this lists I kept adding and adding albums. I stuck to one album per band or group , and I'm leaving out solo artists. Lastly there is no order.
  1. 1.
    The Doors: LA Woman
    This was the final bow of Jim Morrison and what a way to go out. The Doors have plenty of great albums but this one always sticks to me. It was the first vinyl and doors record I bought. Nothing beats it.
  2. 2.
    The Beatles: Revolver
    This is the evolution of the Beatles going from pop to psychedelic to hard rock, whatever you want to call it Beatles. Songs like Taxman to for no one its hits every aspect the Beatles ever were. And the song "and your bird can sing" is one of my favorite. If you know someone who's never listened to the Beatles or in other words "crazy people" this is the album for them to buy.
  3. 3.
    The Eels: End Times
    This album introduced me the The Eels. Who are amazing if you know nothing about Mark Oliver Everett or the man they call E look him up he's fascinating. He also makes beautiful music that can help you cope with anything that happens in your life. But songs like "a line in the dirt" and "on my feet" always stick in my head and make me remember a very sad time in my life that I'm glad the Eels got me through.
  4. 4.
    The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
    This is the quintessential Stones album. It's not full of hits or anything but it is hard, bluesy, rough, and has such an amazing story behind it. It has the aura of the Stones. Nothing beats throwing on this album and having a glass or a whole bottle of Jack Daniels.
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    The Black Keys: Rubber Factory
    This was the first black keys album I bought. The only reason I bought it was because I went and saw black snake moan, and the song when the lights go out was in that film and I loved it's raw and simple beat. Even after listening to all 8 of their albums this still ranks up there. Brothers is a close second.
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    Arctic Monkeys: AM
    The way Alex Turner sings is hypnotic. This album has some kind of loose, laid back feel I've never felt listening to an album. It's a perfect album to rock out too but also put on and let sit in the background while having a party. The rhythmic almost hip hop style beats just make the songs feel like a beatnik story telling that you never want to end. I love it.
  7. 7.
    Foo Fighters: In Your Honor
    Foo Fighters have too many great albums, but this one always takes the cake. This double album is what you want a really hard rock disc one and a melancholy acoustic masterpiece for disc two. It's always been that album that made me want to make music because it has everything in it.
  8. 8.
    Foxy Shazam: Foxy Shazam
    Eric Nally is a genius. He's an amazing singer and songwriter. And this album proves it. I was lucky enough to come across Foxy Shazam as they were getting booed opening up for Slash. Nally "dared" the crowd to come up on the stage and kill him then proclaimed a song called "yes, yes, yes" was just about how much he loved pita bread. He then went backstage got pita bread and threw it at the crowd. I loved it, and I have loved everyone of Foxys albums.
  9. 9.
    The Killers Hot Fuss
    The Killers to me are one of the best 4 pieces in a very long while. All of their albums our majestic and fantastic. Brandon Flowers is an amazing singer, and when your third album is literally B-sides from the first two albums you know the music is good. They keep breaking up and getting back together but everything these 4 guys put out is awesome. From Brandon Flowers solo to Big Talk. The album is perfect top to bottom but I love the song "midnight show" it's very 80's and seductive.
  10. 10.
    Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand
    From song one "Jacqueline" Franz Ferdinand got me. The minimal acoustic guitar and the amazing lyrics. Obviously everyone knows "take me out" but that's probably the worst song on the whole album. This is one of those albums to put on and relish in 2004. You can hear Glasgow in their music. Alex Kapranos makes very interesting beautiful lyrics and very catchy guitar riffs.
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    Patto: Hold Your Fire
    Pat to is one of those sad rock stories where they were on the verge of becoming the next big band in the US and then their lead singer died. Mile Patto is amazing every song on this album is amazing their other albums are just as good. There's so much talent in this band and it's sad it had to go away so quickly. I was lucky to come across them after seeing the movie Observe and Report. Which is also a great film so listen to Patto and watch that.
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    Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris
    Josh Homme created the best post punk rock band ever, and This is a perfect example of it. It has a vibe of driving through the desert... and you're about to run out of gas.... and have no way of getting home. I know I think of weird things when I listen to music. The fast pace of songs like "3's and 7's" to the haunting "make it wit chu" it's ecliptic sound makes me feel so many different things from fury to sadness.
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    Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers: So Many Musicians to Kill
    This is one of those bands that only got in a commercial but this is such a cool album. It's basic generic rock but I love it and I feel that it was a very underrated band that dissipated into nothing. There's something about it that reminds me about how much I love music and angst.
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    Van Halen: Van Halen
    Eruption! Alex! Eddie! Holy shit! Roth! Even Anthony! These four together made incredible music. I was lucky enough to see three of them together and hear the music in person and David might not be able to belt it like he used to but the music is still the exact same.
  15. 15.
    The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth
    This was my first strokes album I bought it because I heard the song you only live once but ask me anything is still probably my favorite song by them, And my favorite song on the album. Their New York sound shines and Julian Casablancas made an amazing band work very well.
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    Stone Temple Pilots: No.4
    The reason I knew about STP was I started watching the show undeclared and Down was the first song in the show and I wanted to know who it was, when I found out I bought this album and then all the other STP albums. They easily became one of my favorite bands and it still really hurts to know I will never see them in person again RIP Scott.
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    Pink Floyd: Meddle
    This album is a very underrated album for Pink Floyd. I really got into this album after watching Live at Pompei. I always loved "fearless" I thought it was such an uplifting song. The way the album is progresses is so different than most albums and the way it ends with the 23 minute long "echoes" there's not one Pink Floyd album that I feel has this same atmosphere of allusiveness and solidarity. It always puts me in a good mood.
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    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Howl
    Howl is such a different album compared to any other BRMC album. It's got a hint of country, gospel, & acoustic rock mixed with slow piano jams that you can't do anything but love. The heartache in their lyrics are real, and you feel it. Also the EP howl sessions that goes hand in hand with this album. songs like "restless sinner" and "shuffle your feet" just sit in the back of your mind and get stuck in your head. It's one of those albums that help you realize you're not alone.
  19. 19.
    Arcade Fire: Suburbs
    I had always heard one or two songs by arcade fire but I wasn't impressed until I heard this album. After I heard it I listened to it over and over. It perfectly describes the feeling of being an ambitious person living in a secluded, protected area of the world and trying to find a way to get out of it. Or in other words it perfectly describes being. Teenager in the suburbs and how it feels there's no way out. I wish I had this album a couple years earlier when I was a teenager.
  20. 20.
    The Heavy: Glorious Dead
    The heavy is one of the coolest new bands that is out there. They are rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, all rolled into one. All of their albums have a theme to them and this one is perfect. It has a great sound, and Kelvin Swaby is like no other vocalist around. Songs like "curse me good" and "blood dirt love stop" are perfection and not only I thought so, when they were on Letterman he had them play a second time because he loved them so much. They were the only band to do that ever on his show.
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    Nirvana: In Utero
    I know, I know. Everyone thinks nevermind but I think in Utero showcases the full bands potential and where nirvana was going to go. Not to mention Steve albini did an amazing job producing the album and adding Pat Smear also gave a bit of an edge. Songs like "Heart Shape Box" "Rape Me" and of course "All Apologies" are great but the whole album is great especially "serve the servants" and "gallons of rubbing alcohol flow through the strip" ( it's a bonus track but one of my favorite songs)
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    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II
    Some albums need explanations, I don't think this one needs any at all. Most of us are in agreeance that Zeppelin 4 is the best hit wise, but this is the best album. Cmon "Whole lotta love" "Ramble on" "heartbreaker" it's just amazing everyone in the band clicked plants vocals are perfect, page is page, jones is spot on, and this to me is the album that him into the all time best drummers list.
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd: "(pronounced 'leh-'nerd 'skin-'nerd)"
    Free Bird!!! Not really but that song is on this album. For me this is a perfect mix of country and rock that is enjoyable. The first side of the album is so good with songs like "gimme three steps" "Tuesday's gone" and "simple man" but even the songs that weren't hits like "poison whiskey" and " I ain't the one" are good. Out of the 8 songs 4 are easily top 4 songs by them. And the rest are close to rounding out their top 10. It's a perfect album to put on and have a few beers with.
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    Queen: A Day At The Races
    This to me is the essential Queen album. You get every aspect of them. Also this is the first queen album I bought after hearing their hits. It also has my favorite songs "somebody to love" and "good old fashioned lover boy" but overall it has every single thing when you think about Queen it has it! Great Brian May guitar in "tie your mother down" and of course beautiful, powerful lyrics and singing from Freddie Mercury. It always makes me feel good to pop on the album and jam out.
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    The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
    Being from the Detroit area the white stripes are pretty engrained in rock culture. Everyone has stories of jack or Meg around town. White blood cells is easily my favorite album by them. I still remember watching MTV and seeing the "fell in love with a girl" video. But once I bought the album I realized that was nothing compared to the rest of the album. "Hotel Yorba" "dead leaves and the dirty ground" and "we're going to be friends" it's such a good album I could listen to everyday.