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

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Mary J. Blige, My Life

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Prince, The Hits/The B-Sides

Björk, Post

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Blur, Parklife

Trainspotting soundtrack

Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly

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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

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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

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P!nk, Can’t Take Me Home

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill

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Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music

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Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

The song “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap

TLC, FanMail


Anna Merlan

The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

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The Cure, Disintegration

Jawbreaker, Dear You

Jawbreaker, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

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Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly

Descendents, All

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Alkaline Trio, From Here to Infirmary

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Weezer, The Blue Album

Tom Waits, Rain Dogs

The Get Up Kids, Something to Write Home About


Madeleine Davies

Old 97s, Fight Songs

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Weezer, Pinkerton

David Bowie, Best of Bowie

Andre 3000, The Love Below

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

The Strokes, Is This It

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Wilco, A Ghost Is Born

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Sublime, 40 oz. to Freedom

The Rent soundtrack

The Moulin Rouge soundtrack

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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

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TLC, CrazySexyCool

Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Janet Jackson, Janet

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Usher, 8701

Erykah Badu, Baduizm

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Eve, Let There Be Eve

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Lil Kim, Hard Core

D’Angelo, Brown Sugar

Aaliyah, One in a Million


Ellie Shechet

The Bridget Jones’s Diary soundtrack

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The Romeo + Juliet soundtrack

The Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack

All of The OC soundtracks

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Michelle Branch, Hotel Paper

Rachel Yamagata, Happenstance

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Radiohead, The Bends

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Ryan Adams, Gold

Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous

Tegan and Sara, So Jealous


Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Dr. Dre, The Chronic

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Bikini Kill, Pussy Whipped

TLC, Oooooh... On the TLC Tip

Mariah Carey, Emotions

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Pearl Jam, Ten

Tsunami, Deep End

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Björk, Debut

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Velocity Girl, Copacetic

Babes in Toyland, Fontanelle

Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle


Kelly Stout

Spoon, Gimme Fiction

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Sufjan Stevens, Illinois

Fiona Apple, Tidal

Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes

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Guster, Keep It Together

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

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The Shins, Oh, Inverted World

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“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)