Ten Albums - The Teen Years

I saw this thing floating around Facebook a few months ago and saved it as a blog idea. The prompt was to list ten albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager. You can only use one album per band or artist. You're also supposed to do it quickly, just off the top of your head. In order to narrow it down, I didn't include the soundtracks I adored (Romeo + Juliet, Forest Gump, Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording) or albums that I got into as a teenager that were released way beforehand (Licensed to Ill, Abbey Road, The Doors). Here goes...

In Pieces by Garth Brooks (1993)
In my pre-teen years my family somehow got into country music. Maybe because we got cable, which included the now-defunct country music network TNN? I don't know, but wasn't that era of country music the  absolute best? I still remember memorizing every word to Ain't Goin' Down and Callin' Baton Rouge with my sister and cousin by rewinding the tape over and over. Garth Brooks will forever be my favorite country star.  

Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt (1995)
I was a junior in high school when I saw the video for Just A Girl and it kind of annoyed me. Gwen was so peppy compared to my faves at the time (Hole, Garbage, The Cranberries). My dad bought the tape (yes, tape, because we didn't have CD players in our cars yet) and once I heard Don't Speak, I borrowed it and never gave it back. Excuse Me Mr. is probably my favorite song ever to sing. They are my all-time favorite band. Sadly, they're probably over. 

Sublime by Sublime (1996)
I liked previous songs like Boss DJ, Date Rape, and Smoke Two Joints because I hung out with a bunch of stoners and this is what they were into, but didn't really get into Sublime until What I Got and Santeria. My guy friends listened to this album on repeat all summer in '96. It still reminds me of shenanigans with them. RIP, Bradley.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis (1995)
The moment I heard Wonderwall, I was in love. I had a babysitting job that paid $15 every weekend and bought this CD the very next day. My boyfriend was a HUGE Beatles fan and initially thought the Gallagher brothers were rip-offs, but after getting him to listen to it a few times on long drives, he agreed that it was pretty great. Wonderwall is still one of my favorite songs ever. A flood of nostalgia rushes over me when I hear the first few strums of Noel's guitar. 

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995) This album reminds me so much of my first love. I played Head Over Feet on repeat for weeks when I realized I was in actual love with him. Not The Doctor was when I was feeling smothered. You Oughta Know when we broke up, obviously. And You Learn when I was finally over him and could look back with a clear head. And then there's the rest of the album, which I may not relate to as much, but is still so damn good. 

Garbage by Garbage (1995) I still can't believe this was their debut. It's so great! Shirley's deep, calm voice was so different than other female singers I had liked up until at that point and I could identify so much with their amazing lyrics. Milk, Vow, Stupid Girl, and Queer are all perfect, but Only Happy When It Rains will always be my favorite from this album. 

Dude Ranch by Blink-182 (1997) This album came out the summer after high school and I was the first of my friends to discover it. I also had a new boyfriend and this was something we could listen to that didn't remind us of our exes. It just reminds me of being young and free and hanging out every single day. I still really like Mark and Tom's unpolished punk voices and sophomoric humor. I've seen them in concert eleven times, more than any other band!

Pieces of You by Jewel (1995) Jewel has never done anything better than her debut, in my opinion. This album has such great songs! I first bought the CD single of You Were Meant For Me and listened to it on my Discman on repeat, while lying in bed, mending my first broken heart. So dramatic! But I soon bought the entire thing and fell in love every simple, but beautiful song. Near You Always is still one of my favorites.

Razorblade Suitcase by Bush (1996) I liked Bush the second I saw the video for their first single, Everything Zen, even though I still have no idea what their lyrics mean. Gavin was (and still is) so hot and I put a poster of him on my wall immediately. Glycerine is my favorite Bush song, I'd have to say their second album had more impact on me. Greedy Fly, Mouth, Insect Kin, and Cold Contagious are fantastic, but I have vivid memories of driving around at 1:00 am with my boyfriend and his friends, looking for the last party of the night, while singing Swallowed at the top of our lungs.

...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears (1999) And then I took a turn for pop music. What? How? Well, I worked at a daycare through college and the school age kids were allowed to listen to music on the playground, but only Radio Disney. So it was a lot of very early BSB, NSYNC, Christina, and none other than Miss Britney Spears. It was fun and happy and I was hooked on all of it, but especially Godney. I bought all the pop CDs and brought them in for the kids to listen to commercial (and AM radio static) free and never looked back.


Kelly said...

Oasis, Garbage, & Jewel are definitely on my list as well. And also the first Cranberries CD. I can't remember what it's called but they are all sitting on the couch... I'm sure you know the one. :-)

Marie said...

Oh back in the day I use to listen to Alanis Morissette all day long. I still can't get over that she use to be married to Ryan Reynolds. I'm off to listen to Jagged Little Pill.

P!nky said...

I had half of these albums. Wow, what a throwback.

Audrey Louise said...

Hahaha- I like the total left turn with Britney ;)
My teenage years started in 2003... I know Fallout Boy, DMB, and Linkin Park would be on that list. Lol

Misty said...

I have to go with all of these except Sublime, Blink-182 and Bush. Jagged Little Pill will forever be at the top of my list. It's just so good. And I'm with Kelly, I'd have to add The Cranberries No Need To Argue. I'd also have to add Silverchair's Frogstomp. I was obsessed with that album. Lastly, I'd go with The Presidents of the United States of America's self-titled album. I'm such a little weirdo. LOL

I'm going to save this and might end up sharing my list later. Or not.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I was in college when most of these came out but I enjoyed them all. Well, not Britney. But all the others.

Jo said...

Oasis! Brad & I have both been relisting to them a lot recently ... (until I started listening to Christmas music). Tragic Kingdom was my first CD. Loved Blink 182 and Bush and AeroSmith 9 lives