23 Albums That Defined My Teenage Years (2006-2009)

Between the ages of 13 and 16, these were the albums that seeped into my adolescent psyche, forever to be associated with prickling pangs of nostalgia whenever I may think of/listen to them... πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ΏπŸŽ€πŸŽΆπŸ“€
  1. 1.
    Razorlight - "Razorlight"
    It's a shame Johnny Borrell apparently turned out to be a massive prick, and the band fizzled out, leaving only the drummer - Andy Summers - to carve out an interesting and successful career by his lonesome, because when I was younger, this album was THE SHIT.
  2. 2.
    Orson - "Bright Idea"
    Yet another band that dissolved pretty quickly after my time of liking them. Le sigh. The first three songs on this album are top notch.
  3. 3.
    Billy Joel - "Piano Man: The Best Of..."
    Why does everyone seem to hate Billy Joel? Did I miss a meeting? Did the memo get lost? Did no one listen to "My Life"?
  4. 4.
    The Killers - "Hot Fuss"
    COMIN' OUT OF MY CAGE AND I BEEN DOIN' JUST FINE...!
  5. 5.
    The Alan Parsons Project - "The Turn Of A Friendly Card"
    It's my mum's fault for foisting her fandom of this album onto me. It's my fault for enjoying the hell out of it. (Plus, it helped make that Alan Parsons gag in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" a lot funnier...)
  6. 6.
    Nickelback - "The Long Road"
    I know. I know. Let's just...not dwell on it... 😬
  7. 7.
    John Powell - "The Bourne Supremacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)"
    "Bim Bam Smash" is one of the most exciting pieces of music ever produced in the history of the known universe, and I will shaky-cam fight anyone who disagrees... 😁
  8. 8.
    Clint Mansell - "The Fountain (Music from the Motion Picture)"
    "Death Is The Road To Awe" slays me dead with its transcendent epicness. There are no words...
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    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard - "The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)"
    FUN FACT: I saw the film on the very day it came out, with a girl from school who would become my best friend, and was blown away by it, little knowing the monumentally seismic impact it would have on blockbuster cinema, the billion dollars it would gross, and the posthumous Oscar it would land for Heath Ledger, whose flabbergastingly incendiary and exceptional performance is precisely the reason why my username contains the word "Joker" in it.
  10. 10.
    Keane - "Perfect Symmetry"
    When I had my work experience week at (the now defunct) Borders, there were a few albums they played on a constant loop, because they were new out. This was one of them. (And thank god my namesake band made it a good 'un.)
  11. 11.
    Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"
    This was another of those constantly looped albums. (This was in the days waaaay before the title track got overplayed to death, I should add.) The other album they played was Katy Perry's first album, which DROVE ME INSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE.
  12. 12.
    Sigur RΓ³s - "Takk"
    Earth-shatteringly, bone-quakingly beautiful music that shook me to the core in all the best ways.
  13. 13.
    Jack Johnson - "In Between Dreams"
    During my time spent studying for my GCSE exams - the mock ones AND the real ones - I needed music to relax and chill my increasingly frazzled nerves. This helped.
  14. 14.
    U2 - "The Joshua Tree"
    "Where The Streets Have No Name" helped me stay sane through the crushing boredom of exams. (I mean, not by actually listening to it, cos music wasn't allowed in the exam hall, but rather through me just playing it over and over again in my head.)
  15. 15.
    OneRepublic - "Dreaming Out Loud"
    Heck to the yep.
  16. 16.
    White Lies - "To Lose My Life"
    My life is now markered by every year a new White Lies album comes out. They're THAT good.
  17. 17.
    Various Artists - "The Truman Show (Music from the Motion Picture)"
    FUN FACT: Philip Glass' track from "Powwaqatsi" (used in the scene where Truman starts to realise that things are very very wrong) is the song that played in my head during my last day of school, as everyone signed each other's t-shirts, took pictures, went home early, and nosedived into a deep existential abyss of anxious uncertainty about the future. (Or was that just me...?)
  18. 18.
    The Temper Trap - "Conditions"
    "(500) Days of Summer". "Sweet Disposition". 'Nuff said.
  19. 19.
    Green Day - "American Idiot"
    I have a ridiculous amount of this album's lyrics memorised from singing them out loud to myself, and I don't care if you don't, I don't care if you don't, I don't care if you don't care... πŸ˜‹
  20. 20.
    Foo Fighters - "Greatest Hits"
    I now have this on double vinyl. Why? Because THERE GOOOOES MY HEROOOOOO...
  21. 21.
    Editors - "In This Light and On This Evening"
    I'd loved Editors a lot by this point, but this album really cemented my love for 80's electronic synth soundtrack-y John Carpenter type music.
  22. 22.
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "F#A# (Infinity)"
    The most gorgeously apocalyptic album ever unleashed upon the world, with mushroom-cloud crescendoes that blow your brains clean out of your head. It's fucking AMAZING.
  23. 23.
    Radiohead - "In Rainbows"
    The first Radiohead album I ever bought and/or listened to. Basically the gateway drug that opened me up to all Thom Yorke-related ecstasy. And I'm still hooked on them to this day...