In keeping with the Facebook meme as well as our peers, we have compiled lists of the ten most formative albums of our teen years. In the interest of consistency, we kept it between ages 13-17, and in the interest of honesty, we have not edited out anything we listened to because we retrospectively learned it was uncool. Please don’t make fun of us.

Rich Juzwiak

Kate Bush, The Dreaming

Mary J. Blige, My Life

Prince, The Hits/The B-Sides

Björk, Post

Blur, Parklife

Trainspotting soundtrack

Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly

Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life

Aphex Twin, The Richard D. James Album

Janet Jackson, janet.


Joanna Rothkopf

Cat Power, You Are Free

A Broadway Mix I Burned Myself (I only remember it had “My Strongest Suit” on it)

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greatest Hits

Moulin Rouge soundtrack

P!nk, Can’t Take Me Home

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill

Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music

Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

The song “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap

TLC, FanMail


Anna Merlan

The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Cure, Disintegration

Jawbreaker, Dear You

Jawbreaker, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly

Descendents, All

Alkaline Trio, From Here to Infirmary

Weezer, The Blue Album

Tom Waits, Rain Dogs

The Get Up Kids, Something to Write Home About


Madeleine Davies

Old 97s, Fight Songs

Weezer, Pinkerton

David Bowie, Best of Bowie

Andre 3000, The Love Below

The Detroit Cobras, Mink, Rat or Rabbit and Life, Love and Leaving

The Strokes, Is This It

Wilco, A Ghost Is Born

Sublime, 40 oz. to Freedom

The Rent soundtrack

The Moulin Rouge soundtrack

I don’t feel great about a lot of this, but I’m trying to be honest.


Clover Hope

DMX, It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot

TLC, CrazySexyCool

Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Janet Jackson, Janet

Usher, 8701

Erykah Badu, Baduizm

Eve, Let There Be Eve

Lil Kim, Hard Core

D’Angelo, Brown Sugar

Aaliyah, One in a Million


Ellie Shechet

The Bridget Jones’s Diary soundtrack

The Romeo + Juliet soundtrack

The Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack

All of The OC soundtracks

Michelle Branch, Hotel Paper

Rachel Yamagata, Happenstance

Radiohead, The Bends

Ryan Adams, Gold

Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous

Tegan and Sara, So Jealous


Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Dr. Dre, The Chronic

Bikini Kill, Pussy Whipped

TLC, Oooooh... On the TLC Tip

Mariah Carey, Emotions

Pearl Jam, Ten

Tsunami, Deep End

Björk, Debut

Velocity Girl, Copacetic

Babes in Toyland, Fontanelle

Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle


Kelly Stout

Spoon, Gimme Fiction

Sufjan Stevens, Illinois

Fiona Apple, Tidal

Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes

Guster, Keep It Together

A compilation of songs from the early ‘80s that my mom bought at Starbucks and I would love to find

The Shins, Oh, Inverted World

“Party 2K4...by LISA,” a mix CD that included a lot of R. Kelly

“Mix for Kelly” which included a lot of Death Cab for Cutie, Dashboard Confessional, and Incubus, made my friend Molly when we were first becoming friends

Death Cab for Cutie, Plans (Molly’s mix worked on me)