These aren't ranked because I'd be waffling around on that all day. I will also take this opportunity (grabs crate) to talk for a minute (steps up on crate) about how my musical taste was formed (cups hands around mouth) and why I LIKE THESE ALBUMS SO MUCH. @nathanveshecco, just remember you asked for this.
  1. As I've alluded to before (I Want It Thaaaaat Way: A Dance Story), I was raised in a pretty strict household when it came to media consumption.
    My parents had the best intentions. They also sheltered us so much that it was like we were growing up in a greenhouse.
  2. I wasn't allowed to listen to secular music.
    If you're like, "what is that word, what?", it means any music that's not Christian music (I.e. Hymns and/or songs forged in the bowels of CCM and explicitly reference God). Now try to imagine a small 8 year old girl wearing glasses quietly trying to tell you from the backseat of your minivan that she can't listen to The Bare NAKED Ladies because they are the secular musics. See it? That's me with the glasses and this really happened.
  3. I didn't hear Britney Spears or Mandy Moore or Christina Aguilera or Spice Girls or Hanson or N'Sync or Backstreet Boys
    Totally missed the boat on the N'Sync vs Backstreet fight so I don't know what side I would have been on. My childhood best friend was a N'Sync nut and had her room plastered in posters, so I at least knew what JC Chasez looked like.
  4. The first CD I ever bought was called "Shine" by the band "Shine".
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    They were the Christian answer to the Spice Girls, which was what I really wanted to be listening to.
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    Dear Mike, you can find it in my childhood bedroom. It's in a stunning purple and blue gel CD carrying case from 1998. If you'll PayPal me $599, I'm sure we could make you a very happy man.
  6. I continued on like this, going to my neighbor Lauren's house to listen to Hanson, picking up a little bit of B*witched from my cousins one summer, pressing my face desperately against the window of pop culture.
  7. Until one day, when I was nosing around my parents closet (I have always been👃🏼AF)
  8. And I found a black duffel bag.
  9. I unzipped it (Oooh dangerous) and found my dad's secret music stash.
    Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay's Parachutes, the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Pink Floyd's entire discography. That was when I found out my dad (ever the contrarian) did not like the Beatles like everyone else's dads. To be honest, this was more shocking than him hiding these CDs in his closet.
  10. I went tearing back to my room with Radiohead's OK Computer in my hot little hands and loaded it into my powder blue CD player
    I was 12 and at first I did not get this album at all. Was not into Airbag AT ALL. And then I heard Karma Police. And I knew. I knew there was so much out there worth listening to. I'm sorry if this sounds really Lloyd Dobler or like every other 80s teen star having a big moment. But I did. I heard "For a minute there I lost myself" and I felt big.
  11. Then Fitter, Happier happened and I turned off the CD player, put the cd back in the duffle bag and replaced it in my dad's closet.
    Still skip this every time.
  12. I didn't hear Lucky or No Surprises until at least 2 years later. 😓
  13. 💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽
  14. Something Burning, Deb Talan (2000)
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    Favorite songs: Wild Horse, My Favorite Coat, The Darkest Season, Tenderness
  15. Hadestown, Anais Mitchell (2010)
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    Favorite songs: His Kiss, The Riot, Wait for Me, Why We Build the Wall, If It's True
  16. Lumiere, Dustin O'Halloran (2011)
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    Favorite Songs: We Move Lightly, Fragile No. 4
  17. Set Yourself on Fire, Stars (2004)
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    Favorite Songs; Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, What I'm Trying to Say, One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead)
  18. Love Is Hell, Ryan Adams (2004)
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    Favorite Songs: Afraid, Not Scared, Please Do Not Let Me Go, Wonderwall, This House Is Not for Sale
  19. Wildheart, Miguel (2015)
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    Favorite Songs: Entire Album. ((((Ok fine my favorite is FLESH))))
  20. High Violet, The National (2010)
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    Favorite Songs: Anyone's Ghost, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, Conversation 16
  21. Alas, I Cannot Swim, Laura Marling (2008)
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    Favorite Songs: Old Stone, My Manic & I, Shine
  22. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac (1979)
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    Favorite Songs: THE ENTIRE ALBUM. ((((I would choose Beautiful Child at gunpoint))))
  23. In Rainbows, Radiohead (2007)
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    Favorite Songs: Weird Fishes-Arpeggi, All I Need, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Videotape
  24. Parachutes, Coldplay (2000)
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    Favorite Songs: Sparks, Everything's Not Lost, Trouble, Parachutes