No particular order. Self explanatory.
1. Big Parade – Harry Connick, Jr. (1994)
This was the first album I ever remember listening too. My dad brought it home and tracks like Big Parade, Whisper Your Name, and She are still constant plays on my iTunes. Timeless white boy funk.
2. Gemstones – Adam Green (2003)
Meaningless drug induced lyrics, ridiculous musicianship and the rebirth of the 2 minute pop song. This guy is insane and his music reflects it, but you cant help but realize the genius in his Leneord Cohen inspired lunacy.
3. MXPX – The Ever Passing Moment (2000)
This was the first time I scared my parents with a music purchase. I was pretty much the man in 8th grade. Not.
4. Doolittle – The pixies (1989)
I was 2 years old when this album came out but I wish I had been 17. I didn’t discover this album until The Pixies got back together to play a show for Boston Best Music Poll my Junior year of High School. Just a ridiculously original album.
5. Figure 8 – Elliott Smith (2000)
I didn’t know about this guy until a year after he died. I still remember being told about him and checking him out that night and just being blown away. This is hands down the best album of the past 15 years.
6. Summer Teeth – Wilco (1999)
I could put every Wilco on this list, but I feel like this album sums up the band for me. She’s A Jar is one of my favorite songs of all time. At one point this album owned 12 of my Top 25 Most Played playlist on iTunes.
7. Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind (1997)
This is the first album I ever bought with my own money. I sang Semi-Charmed Kind of life at Karaoke a couple months ago. That has to count for something.
8. I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder (1967)
I remember hearing the title track on a greatest hits CD my mom had when I was like 12 years old and it made me realize that girls were for something other than being in the way. Stevie is the funkiest dude ever.
9. Oceans Will Rise – The Stills (2008)
Every album by these guys is awesome. This just happens to be the best. There is not a single bad track.
10. The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner – Ben Folds (1999)
Is there even a need to write about this? I’ll keep it as brief as possible. This album single handedly broke up my favorite band ever. I think deep down they knew they couldn’t write anything better. It’s that good.