Thought I better start draftmas before it was too late!! I have a LOT of drafts
  1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
    I stole this album from my brother and listened to it in secret at the grand old age of 10. I had no idea at the time about the social themes that run through this album which make it so brilliant; I was just excited to be listening to 'Rock' music with swearing and northern accents. It led me to discover more of AM's work and then indie, and it shaped my teenage years. It's one of the best debut albums ever (I will stand by this huge claim) and I will always love it.
  2. (When I finally saw Arctics live in 2014, I cried)
  3. What was yours?
  4. The No Doubt Greatest Hits album
    A friend showed this to me in 6th grade and I fell in love with Gwen, reggae-ska, great breakup songs (Don't Speak is honestly one of the best since anything on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)... Truly my gateway out of Radio Disney and into real world music.
    Suggested by @mattan
  5. A Lesson in Romantics by Mayday Parade
    I think I heard this first in 7th grade from my older sister. It was the first album I really fell in love with and wanted to show all my friends. Led me to discover a whole lot of other bands I never would've listened to before.
    Suggested by @chloeabzzz
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle Vol. 1
    My mom played this constantly when I was growing up & I knew every word. Then as I got older & started to discover music on my own, Mayday Parade was my first real love.
    Suggested by @EmilyAnnA
  7. The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
    I listened to a lot of Cher and Celine Dion as a kid and loved it, but music wasn't very important to me. I just listened to the same thing. I heard "Tusk" on the radio when I was in high school and my dad's excitement over it made me interested. I stole this CD from my stepmom and listened to it all. It opened a whole new world to me. I started with classic rock and then expanded. High school me would never believe I would be here listening to different types of music and it be important.
    Suggested by @nervesofscared
  8. Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix.
    Thanks dad.
    Suggested by @shaista
  9. Mariah Carey
    8 years old, I played that cassette over and over again! I couldn't get enough. I finally saw her live last year. I got a bit teary when she played a couple of the old ones!
    Suggested by @duckstar85
  10. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
    You could say my first love was MJ's Thriller, which I played to death on my Fisher Price record player - but I didn't yet understand those feelings. When Siamese Dream came out, I was just the right age for falling in love. I heard just one song, and I knew I was toast. I am realizing I have so much to say about this I need to make a whole list about it. Great topic! ❤️
    Suggested by @AlissaT