Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Listal logo
Avatar
Added by ranna on 27 Mar 2010 05:35
6259 Views 12 Comments
63
vote

20 life-changing albums

Add header image

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 20 items
Rating: List Type:
People who added this item 1338 Average listal rating (949 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
OK Computer - Radiohead
I remember hearing Paranoid Android from Music Television, when the album had just come out in 1997 and it snapped something permanately inside my head. OK Computer was the first record I ever bought (after saving my allowances for a while).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szdWPWnnNls
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Aura - CMX
The second album I ever bought. This one gradually lead to years of pathetically fanatic fandom, seeing the band live more than fifty times and crashing their afterparties many, many times with my best friend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtBkWRs-_IQ
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (224 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Mezzanine - Massive Attack
Music Television clearly had a profound effect on the development of my taste in music (it was pretty much my "babysitter" from 1995 to 1999"), since I found Massive Attack via their Teardrop-video while watching the channel. I can't deny finding the singing fetus somewhat disturbing, but I loved the song. After buying Mezzanine I started getting into the trip-hop genre.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG8eQBSp9Ao
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
Homogenic - Björk
Music Television, again. Heard Jóga, bought the album, you know the drill.
What Björk really changed was my perception of music videos, since her's are like little pieces of art. My favourite is All Is Full of Love by Chris Cunningham (, who by the way is the greatest music video director of all time).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89a1fN-2H5k&feature=related
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 235 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
All I'm going to say is fuck yeah.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8p9JpDuQ-o
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 192 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
At the beginning of lower secondary school I was really into metal. In addition to Iron Maiden I listened to Slayer, Judas Priest and some random Finnish crap I really don't want to discuss here. Then someone recommended me Black Sabbath and I fell instantly in love. I still adore all the albums they made before the hideous Technical Ecstasy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SH2DNAB0Qo
(This one should be A National Acrobat, but I didn't find it in decent quality.)
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 737 Average listal rating (562 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
After Sabbath Bloody Sabbath I wanted to hear other cool albums from the 70's.
And I read a CMX interview, where one of the band members said this is one of the greatest records ever made (do not underestimate the power of teenage fandom).
My first prog-rock album, after that I basically became a bearded middle-aged man. Mentally at lest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZSWAkJ3h8E
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 0
The bearded man continues his journey. I also started listening to Yes, Marillion, Rush, Van der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant and Jethro Tull (which I kind of can't stand anymore) to name a few.
But I always liked King Crimson the most. They were seriously ahead of their time with this album and the way they combine different elements is just pure genious. One of the best records ever made.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TrtwQXezaU
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Angel Dust - Faith No More

I was fifteen when I bought this. I don't think there's a better time in one's life to start listening to Faith No More.
I still idolize Mike Patton and everything he does. Except for his solo albums. And the new Tomahawk was crap as well.
..But you get the picture.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIRCutbaOmY (couldn't recist!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZXbESUQT24
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Doolittle - Pixies
Pixies kind of introduced me to the so called indie rock genre, at least when it comes to the late 80's - early 90's artsyfartsy stuff.
Plus they made some of the greatest pop songs with some of the greatest lyrics ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mCoOlUjhlc
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Lateralus - Tool
I remember the afternoon I was watching a Finnish music program, Lateralus had just come out and they showed the video for Schism. It was the first time since Paranoid Android something really grabbed me by the balls (if I had a pair, that is).
Tool is probably still my favourite band ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhjG47gtMCo
ranna's rating:
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Joy Division is the band that made me love new wave pop, it was also the perfect soundtrack for my years in Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts (sounds a lot fancier than is was!).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4liMrj1_m8
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
Ah, Tom. This album made me realise that there's a whole new way of making music. It also taught me the meaning of lyrics. As much as a love Pixies' pop culture references, Faith No More's sense of irony and Tool's.. well everything, it was always more much about the music.
(It was hard to find material from this album, so I'll go for Rain Dogs):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVaEPx_VyXs
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
Hounds of Love made me appreciate the 80's pop sounds, for which I'm a complete sucker these days. It's an all-around perfect album that really fills your heart.
(And words cannot describe how much I loathe that fucking Placebo cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRHA9W-zExQ
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
The Colour of Spring - Talk Talk
Mark Hollis' voice is one of those things that really go under my skin in a good way. I love Talk Talk's pure 80's pop albums (The Party's Over, It's My Life) and the latter experimental semi-ambient albums (The Spirit Of Eden, Laughing Stock), but The Colour of Spring remains my favourite. It's something in between their two phases, a focused and structured album with great tracks and strong artistic ambition.
"Music for socially disrupted theology students."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V6CdsAMGYk
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Ágætis Byrjun - Sigur Rós
The last two albums Talk Talk made actually sound a bit like post-rock, but Sigur Rós is the band that introduced me to that genre and Ágætis Byrjun is their best piece of work.
Without Sigur Rós I probably wouldn't be listening to God Is an Astronaut, 65daysofstatic, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky.. etc.
(Or even Isis, Pelican and Red Sparowes, but I'm not getting into that "it's post-rock/post-hardcore/sludge/sludgecore/post-metal" -debate. It's really, really annoying.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ZtT4Th9Ys
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 9.1 IMDB Rating 0
Secrets Of The Beehive - David Sylvian
One of the most beautiful and flawless albums ever made.
I don't even want to write about it, since it would feel somewhat degrading.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dgMNm64Mg
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
De-Loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta
In addition to OK Computer and Lateralus this is the third "holy fucking shit"- musical experience in my life. I rememer hearing Eriatarka from the radio in 2003 and literally running to the nearest record store after the song ended.
I've had the chance to see the band live twice now, but I seriously think that seeing them at least once per year should be considered as my basic human right.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egFCHJC7TWg
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Destroy Erase Improve - Meshuggah
My first reaction to this album was pretty much "what they hell are they doing, and why does the drummer think that he's in a completely different band than rest of those guys."
After Meshuggah I started getting into other math metal/technical metal (I hate genres!) bands.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_tSyJBsRQ
(Not from the same album, I know. But I'm utterly in love with this video!)
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom
People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Silent Shout - The Knife
Rate:
Owned Wanted Heard Custom

The Challenge: "Think of 20 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. When you finish, tag some others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!"


-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Just to make it clear - this is not a list of best albums ever, that one would be completely different.
These are the albums I feel changed and molded my perception of music the most. In an autobiographical order.

Added to

5 votes
Oh (9 lists)
list by creature of the wind
Published 3 years, 4 months ago



Related lists

20 Life-Changing albums
20 item list by NDMirskov
4 votes 1 comment
Top 20 metal albums
20 item list by metallizombie
18 votes 3 comments
15 Albums That Changed My Life
15 item list by djprojexion
2 votes
25 Albums that Changed My Life
25 item list by Dino
18 votes 1 comment
Albums coming to life
34 item list by The Flagship
81 votes 12 comments
Albums that changed my life
8 item list by martinalostgirl
16 votes 3 comments
20 Memorable Albums
20 item list by the giraffe
4 votes 1 comment
Impactful, potentially life-changing
31 item list by siphus007
3 votes
Pitchfork's 20 Greatest Albums of the '00s
20 item list by The Flagship
3 votes 2 comments
Top 25 Albums
25 item list by BlackLabel
1 votes

View more top voted lists

People who voted for this also voted for



More lists from ranna




Comments

Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at Jun 18 23:19
Great list!
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jun 23 0:40
nice taste
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 15 3:11
VERY impressive!
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 15 3:29
Como siempre, me quito el sombrero ante tus listas... muy chingona :)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 15 3:42
Decent list. Silent Shout is an absolutely brilliant album. Also, kudos for Pixies and Sabbath.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 17 7:39
why no john mayer album mentioned?????? ;(
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Sep 16 8:11
Tom Waits is a star amongst a black sky!
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 19:55
I like your style!
Avatar
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Apr 30 1:00
Wow, I agree with most of these, especially with the Tom Waits, Radiohead and Massive Attack albuns.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 23 0:31
dammit, this list shoulda been mine! .)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 23 17:48
Nice choices. Seeing The Mars Volta annually should be a basic human right for me as well.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 10 0:33
Pretty eclectic taste.

Better than the average ear than most users seem to have on here.

http://www.listal.com/list/most-consistent-artists

Post comment


Insert image

drop image here
(or click)
or enter URL:
 link image?  square?

Insert video

Format block