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50 Albums That Mean a Lot To Me
August 22, 2019

A co-worker was recently asked what would seem to be a simple question but is actually pretty complicated: What is your favorite album of all time? He didn’t have a simple answer and I wouldn’t either.

I tend to connect albums to very specific memories or phases in my life. Some of my favorite albums are ones I haven’t touched in years just because they don’t appeal to my current taste, but I don’t love them any less.

I tried to make a list of my top 5 albums. Then my top 10. Then my top 25. I finally settled on 50, divided up into different phases of my life. And yes, I did put way too much thought into this list, thanks for asking.

You may also notice that I stopped listening to new music once I got out of college in 2011. Yeah, well… whatever.

(Note: I didn’t include compilation albums or soundtracks in this list. That’s… that’s a whole nother list.)


Pre-High School

Savage Garden
Savage Garden

Saturday People

Spice Girls
Spice Girls

Laundry Service

Sixpence None the Richer
 Sixpence None the Richer

  • Savage Garden was my favorite band for a long time. Good shit.
  • Prozzäk’s Saturday People is super fun and underrated.
  • What 90s girl DIDN’T love the Spice Girls?
  • Laundry Service is a sick album.
  • Sixpence None the Richer deserves better than the ‘one-hit wonder’ title they now have. This album is gorgeous.


High School

No Doubt
Tragic Kingdom

No Doubt
Return of Saturn

Bif Naked
I Bificus

Jack off Jill
Clear Hearts Grey Flowers

The Distillers
Coral Fang

Live It Out

The Dresden Dolls
Yes, Virginia…

The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls

A Rush of Blood to the Head


Version 2.0

Bleed Like Me

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Show Your Bones

Norah Jones
Come Away With Me

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie
The Photo Album

The Killers
Hot Fuss

As you can likely tell, I discovered female-fronted rock in high school. I still listen to a lot of these albums.



Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

Dan Mangan
Nice, Nice, Very Nice

The Beatles
The White Album

Be Your Own Pet
Be Your Own Pet

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Ashtray Rock

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Down at the Khyber

Of Monsters and Men
My Head is an Animal

Rah Rah
Going Steady

Rah Rah
Breaking Hearts

The White Stripes

My college years, especially the first two, were defined by the live music I went to see. I listened to a lot of Plaskett, a lot of Arcade Fire, and a lot of Rah Rah. And Dan Mangan’s album “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” was on repeat for a good amount of time.



Wolf Parade
Expo 86

Hooded Fang

Dan Mangan
Oh Fortune

Amy Winehouse
Back to Black

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
Theatre is Evil

Fleetwood Mac

Patti Smith

The Pack a.d.

Body Talk

Breakfast in America

David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Scrappy Happiness


Mother Mother
O My Heart

Celebration Rock

C.U.L.T. Too Young to Die


These albums are the ones that have stood the test of time within the confines of my life. I still listen to a lot of these albums because not only do they remind me of different moments of my life, they also just sound good. I don’t do much adventuring when it comes to finding new music anymore. I usually just end up listening to what the husband recommends to me or bands that come up under “also liked” sections of streaming services.

Do you like any of these albums? Now that you know my taste in music, do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

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