25 Albums that Changed My Life


My friend Josh Mock inspired me to post this:

Think of 25 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world.

Edit 3/20/2009 12:30pm: Yes I’m aware this list isn’t very trendy, but that wasn’t the point. I’m not going to lie and say that Refused’s “The Shape of Punk to Come” was on the list because the truth is that only “New Noise” was really revolutionary – and you know it.  My only regret is that I was limited to 25. What I thought was going to be a fun half-hour project turned into an excruciating evening. The whittling down of my picks took hours and so I sought the help of my best friend from high school (and musical soul mate) and this is what he helped me come up with. (I did find it amusing that we agreed on almost EVERY band, but picked different albums…) Maybe eventually I'll expound more upon albums that had affect on me.



And like Josh, I will list them in autobiographical order...

1.    DC Talk – Jesus Freak

2.    Dave Matthews Band – Crash

3.    Van Halen – 1984

4.    Bush – Razorblade Suitcase

5.    Staind - Dysfunction

6.    P.O.D. – Live at TomFest 1997

7.    Project 86 – Project 86

8.    Incubus – Make Yourself

9.    Living Sacrificed – Reborn

10.  Zao – Where Blood And Fire

11.  Training For Utopia – Plastic Soul Impalement

12.  John Mayer – Room for Squares

13.  Deftones – Around The Fur

14.  Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence

15.  twothirtyeight – Regulate The Chemicals

16.  Hopesfall – No Wings to Speak of EP

17.  Extol – Undeceived

18.  P.O.D. – Satellite

19.  Dashboard Confessional – Swiss Army Romance

20.  Thursday – Full Collapse

21.  Thrice – Artist in the Ambulance

22.  MxPx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo

23.  MeWithoutYou – [A→B] Life

24.  Converge – Jane Doe

25. Coalesce – 0:12 Revolution In Just Listening


Edit 3/20/2009 10:00am Check out what I listen to nowadays... http://www.last.fm/user/djspike


by Ben Pike