This was a harder list to make than I thought it would be. This definitely isn’t a list of what I consider to be the top five best albums I’ve ever heard — that list would differ rather significantly from this one. This list is of the top five albums that have significantly altered the course of my life, my behavior, my interests, my hobbies, my style…etc.
5. Almost Famous motion picture soundtrack
4. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
This was the first CD I ever personally bought. That actually says a lot, as with my initial forays into popular music, No Doubt was the first band that I liked enough to want to be able to listen to them any time. I remember how my friends and I once listened to it rather excitedly in my room not long after I’d gotten it. I think that might have been one of the first times in my life where I felt either “cool” or “grown-up.” Because, obviously,all of the cool, grown-up people hang around with their friends listening to their new CDs.
3. Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse
2. Seven Nations – Big Dog
I was introduced to Seven Nations by a (now ex) boyfriend who had come by the band and this album at a highland games festival several years prior. I went on to become nearly obsessed with Seven Nation’s music. Of the albums on this list, this is one of two that spurred me to actively seek out live performances that I could attend. This album and the interest it spurred in the band also helped spur my interest in my Scottish heritage.