1.) Back in Black- AC/DC
- I grew up listening to hair metal, but one album that always stood out to me for its unique qualities is Back in Black by AC/DC. I remember being 7 years old, blaring it on my CD player until it broke.
2.) Pyromania- Def Leppard
-Another staple in shaping who I am today. My parents raised me on MTV music videos. I remember seeing “Foolin’” off of the Pyromania album, and I was instantly hooked. Steve Clark’s stage presence as a guitarist has shaped my career into what it is today.
3.) Bleach- Nirvana
- Bleach was the first album I ever heard from Nirvana. I can’t remember how old I was, but I remember being instantly captivated by Kurt’s raspy vocals, and his off-color lyrical content.
4.) The Eminem Show- Eminem
- My mom and I used to drive around and blare this album. The nostalgia that I have tied to this album is insurmountable.
5.) Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin
- My favorite movie growing up was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. This album is mentioned. You figure it out.
6.) Put Yourself Back Together- Real Friends
- My angsty high school days were defined by pop punk. The lyrical content resonated with me more as I got older.
- 7.) Chasing Ghosts- The Amity Affliction
- The angst I had in high school was amplified when I fell into the metal core scene. This one was, and always will be my favorite metal core album from the early 2010s.
8.) Cosmo’s Factory- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- I was always drawn to the “hippie” movement of the 60s. During a rough point in my life, I discovered CCR, and my life was forever changed for the good.
9.) Suburbia, I’ve Given You All, and Now I’m Nothing- The Wonder Years
- Coming in at number 9 is an album near and dear to my heart. The Wonder Years got me through some of the worst times I had in high school. I still blare this album every chance I get.
10.) Enema Of The State – Blink-182
- I went on a huge blink binge when I was in my senior year of high school. Growing up with an older brother, I’d always hear the likes of Blink, Boys like Girls, Good Charlotte, and so many more. I was drawn to Enema of the State as soon as I heard “Adam’s Song”. Enema remains one of my top ten essentials to this day.