Albums That Changed My Life

So much music so hard to pick... Decided on the albums I listened to from start to finish (rarely, if ever, skipping a song) AND I continue to listen to today. Listed chronologically when these albums came into my life.
  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Parents were big Beatles fans. While growing up, this album was played every Saturday.
  2. Purple Rain
    Parents asked "what are you listening to?" When Darling Nikki was playing. They bought the cassette for me, Christmas of 7th grade. They had no idea what they were giving, this was before explicit labeling.
  3. Violent Femmes
    Another gift from my parents. Again, they had no idea.
  4. The Swing
    INXS
  5. Standing on the Beach
    The Cure. Holds up to the test of time.
  6. The Joshua Tree
    U2. My first concert. The crowd singing "40" as we found our way to our cars from the Cleveland stadium, gives me goosebumps just remembering.
  7. Licensed to Ill
    Beastie Boys. Played over and over in a friend's car.
  8. It Takes Two
    Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. Yes, the whole album. I know, I know...
  9. Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
    Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians. Listened to this cassette nonstop freshman year. I was trying out the whole hippy, art student, bohemian vibe. More like Bohemian-lite, I was your average college kid.
  10. Led Zeppelin II
    Roommate played throughout finals week thesis writing Freshman year. Always takes me back to those college days.
  11. Ten
    Pearl Jam
  12. The Singles
    The Pretenders. Hometown pride and listened to most nights in college.
  13. Moondance
    Van Morrison. Into the Mystic, ❤️.
  14. Uprising
    Bob Marley & The Wailers. Of course. Redemption Song, ❤️.
  15. The Harder They Come
    Jimmy Cliff. Just makes me happy.
  16. Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
    Maxwell. Sumthin' Sumthin' 😏😉
  17. Marvin the Album
    Frente!
  18. It Means Everything
    Save Ferris. All happiness, Spam 😄
  19. Giant Steps
    John Coltrane
  20. Tourist
    St Germain. Introduced to me late 2000 and became a standby for dinner parties and small gatherings in my late 20's. I notice that the inception of MP3s and MP3 players totally changed my music listening habits. While I was always into mixed tapes, having this huge bank of songs and multiple playlists deterred the act of getting out and playing the CDs.