1. The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years (Elvis Costello)
    The first time I heard "Alison" changed my goddamn life.
  2. Brothers (The Black Keys)
    The first few drumbeats of "Everlasting Light." And when Auerbach's guitar kicks in. Perfection.
  3. Yellow Submarine Songtrack (the Beatles)
    The first album I ever owned. My mom wouldn't let me watch the movie.
  4. News of the World (Queen)
    My now-husband introduced me to this album. My dad listened to "A Night at the Opera" ad infinitum when I was little, so when Jacob reintroduced Queen into my life, it sparked a new obsession.
  5. London Calling (The Clash)
    "Spanish Bombs." "Lost in the Supermarket." The most beautifully orchestrated expressions of alienation and political frustration ever recorded.
  6. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (David Bowie)
    "Starman" made me cry the first time I heard it.
  7. x (Ed Sheeran)
    I fought Ed Sheeran so hard for so long. Then I heard this. It was a...reawakening.
  8. Rent [Film Soundtrack]
    My mom gave it to me for Christmas. It was the first time I ever heard about heroin. Or AIDS. Or half the things in "La Vie Boheme."
  9. Werewolves and Lollipops (Patton Oswalt)
    My first standup album. The most perfect and insightful George Lucas impression.
  10. Modern Vampires of the City (Vampire Weekend)
    Put this CD into my car stereo on a rainy day on my way to work while in the depths of some of the worst depression I've ever experienced. It became my way of coping and understanding.
  11. Honorable Mentions:
    •500 Days of Summer [OST]•What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? (The Vaccines)•Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)•Rocky Horror Picture Show [OST]•Flood (They Might Be Giants)•The Best of Talking Heads (Talking Heads)•First Impressions of Earth (The Strokes)•Poses (Rufus Wainwright)•Begin to Hope (Regina Spektor)•