10 of the Most Influential Albums of My Teenage Years
This list includes the music I listened to from middle school up through my senior year of high school (roughly 1993 -1999). These are the albums that have stayed with me more than others. I may add some honorable mentions soon that didn't quite make the cut.
- •Green Day - DookieLikely the most influential album of my teenage years. This album is single handedly responsible for my love of punk rock.
- •Nirvana - NevermindMy friend Adam Huff introduced me to Nirvana in 8th grade. My life was never the same afterwards.
- •Five Iron Frenzy - Upbeats and BeatdownsFirst ska album I ever owned, and still one of my favorites. I saw FIF a few days ago and 20 years old, this band is amazing and I love them so much. FIF also had a profound influence on my political outlook with their insightful lyrics.
- •MxPx - Life in GeneralFirst "Christian punk" album I ever owned. Similar to FIF, 20 years on this is still great music.
- •Weezer - Blue AlbumThis album needs no discussion. It was a hard choice between this and Pinkerton for me. I got Pinkerton the day it came out and listened to that CD on repeat.
- •Blink 182 - Dude RanchPerfect album to wallow in my post-breakup teenage sadness. Seriously, that happened.
- •R.E.M. - MonsterThis album and new adventures in hifi cemented my love for R.E.M. These days I prefer Automatic for the People but R.E.M. were my introduction to indie rock.
- •Starflyer 59 - The Fashion FocusI love SF59. This band has been an enduring presence in my life and this is the first album of theirs I bought. I ended up buying their entire catalog. SF59 are also responsible for my love of indie rock and The Beatles. Before Fashion Focus I listened to strictly punk, grunge, hardcore, and alternative rock.
- •Huntingtons - High School RockSince I was heavy into the Christian punk scene, this was my version of Screeching Weasel. Huntigtons were my introduction to the Ramones. They remain one of the best (and proudest) Ramones rip-off bands.
- •Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessDuh. The white album of the 90's.