This is a cruel request and the second hardest list to make, first being "favorite songs of all time." (But low key thank you @nathanveshecco. I love talking about music. This seriously took me forever to write because I'm pretentious as all hell.) Not ranked, that would be impossible.
  1. 1.
    Where the Light Is Live from Los Angeles | John Mayer
    This is probably #1 and always will be one of my absolute favorites. My go-to road trip album, my go-to heartbreak album, my go-to "have you heard that song off the live album, though?" album. Always calling you out, @john. The DVD and CDs are extremely loved and have been since 2007.
  2. 2.
    A Rush of Blood to the Head | Coldplay
    Ever since I could remember, Coldplay has been a huge part of my life. It's always hard for me to pick my favorite out of their discography, but this just has all the stand-out tracks. I wouldn't be who I am now without this band.
  3. 3.
    Torches | Foster the People
    This album kind of helped me launch myself into the contemporary-music-loving-self that I am now. A really fun and festival-y vibe over all. A huge part of my high school life.
  4. 4.
    Come Around Sundown | Kings of Leon
    The first album that made me cry, not even out of sadness or because of lyrics, but because I finally really understood how powerful music is to me. 2010 was kind of a huge year for me and my transition into becoming a music junkie until my life ends.
  5. 5.
    City of Black and White | Mat Kearney
    Another huge part of my transition into developing my own music taste and finding a sound that I enjoyed without the influence of my parents or my friends. This album makes me cry, too, tbh.
  6. 6.
    19 | Adele
    Who wasn't obsessed at first listen? Holy shit, this album broke hearts and changed lives - including mine. I love this lady.
  7. 7.
    Take Care | Drake
    Lyrically one of the greatest/most honest rap/R&B albums I've ever heard. A sophomore album that broke records and changed lives. Drake deserves everything he receives and works so hard. I love this man.
  8. 8.
    By The Way | Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Growing up, this was one of my favorite bands because my older brother would play tons of chili peppers while I was very tiny. I grew up listening to all of their albums and singing along without knowing what I was saying. "What is a zephyr?"
  9. 9.
    Graceland | Paul Simon
    Happiest album on this planet. King Paul was the voice of my grade school years. In the backseat jamming to You Can Call Me Al.
  10. 10.
    Joy of Nothing | Foy Vance
    Beautiful, beautiful album. Features Ed Sheeran and is so calm and perfect for rainy days and coffee filled mornings.
  11. 11.
    Into the Morning | Ben Rector
    One of my favorite home-grown artists to ever live on this green earth. This album has so many great stand-out songs that remind me of my high school years and how music got me through my teenage years.
  12. 12.
    Motion in the Ocean | McFly
    My boys. My heart. This British band has been a favorite of mine since I was in elementary school and started getting into music that I thought made me so cool because "no one else had heard of them." Just a cool rock group of great guys.
  13. 13.
    Grace | Jeff Buckley
    I first listened to this album when I was itty bitty and then rediscovered it because I just typed in my name on Spotify and now it will forever be a go-to study album of mine.
  14. 14.
    The Way It Was | Parachute
    There are like two or three songs on here that change my life every time I listen to it. I've probably seen Parachute live more times than I've seen some of my distant family members.
  15. 15.
    Live on the Resolution Tour | Matt Corby
    This man's voice could cure sadness, turn frowns upside down and make you want to save the world. So soothing, mesmerizing and absolutely gorgeous.
  16. 16.
    Some Nights | fun.
    I fall really hard for concept albums and this one was a truly special album. Nate's voice is a unique one.
  17. 17.
    The Hurry and The Harm | City and Colour
    Beautiful. I don't have words for this one.
  18. 18.
    Remember Two Things | Dave Matthews Band
    Dave is my mom's favorite and that rubbed off on me. I used to fall asleep listening to this album every night on my Disney themed boombox.
  19. 19.
    Every Kingdom | Ben Howard
    The lyrics, the music, the arrangements. This album is just beautiful.
  20. 20.
    Mumford and Sons | Wilder Mind
    Usually I would never call an album under a year old an "all time favorite" (I hardcore believe in seniority when it comes to music) but this one definitely proved itself to be worthy. I will never be the same after this album. Definitely changed my life.
  21. 21.
    The Chaos and the Calm | James Bay
    Another youngin' that's under a year old, but James Bay is unlike anyone I've ever come across. This album broke my heart and then mended it all in like fifty minutes. A timeless record.
  22. 22.
    I'm Alive | Jackson Browne
    One of my dad's favorite artists that he passed down to me. I've been listening to Jackson Browne since I was in the womb. Literally. A week before I was born, my parents saw Jackson Browne live and he's pretty much been a constant in my life since then.
  23. 23.
    Born Sinner | J. Cole
    My entire 2013 summer was this song played over and over and over. Hip hop became a pretty regular part of my life in the early 2010's and J. Cole was a big name in that process.
  24. 24.
    Early in the Morning | James Vincent McMorrow
    Another beautiful voice that changed my life when I first listened to his track "If I Had a Boat" for the first time.
  25. 25.
    Man with a Movie Camera | The Cinematic Orchestra
    No words, just music. Sometimes that's what you really need. This is a great study album and it has been a huge part of my college career.