Ahh, the teenage years. My high school memories are so often linked to a song or a band or a school dance. Sitting on the bus listening to my disc man, listening to CD's with friends, in my room doing homework, in the basement playing my sister's ghetto blaster (so loud my mom or dad would inevitably slam the door upstairs), at video dances at school or youth group dances in town... Yes, music played a big role in my growing-up years, and it's fun to take a look back on the albums that defined me.
When I started making my list of singers/bands that made me think of my teen years, I ended up with a list of 28. TWENTY-EIGHT artists that I felt were a huuuuge deal to me from the ages of 13-19. Trying to whittle that down to a list of 10 was preeeetty much impossible. You would think setting the guidelines of the albums must have been released between 1995-2000 would help, but dudes, there's a TON of music from that time period!!
But I did it. So here are the 10 albums that shaped my adolescent years, in no particular order:
1. I Mother Earth - Scenery and Fish (1996)
I'd have to say, I Mother Earth was one of my very first musical "obsessions". I saw them perform on some little Canadian live-music concert show (can't even remember what it was called), and I literally fell in love with lead singer Edwin. I was the loser who wrote "I LOVE Edwin" on chalkboards in classrooms in Grade 7. I had pictures of him plastering my school agenda. Edwin was my man. I followed him right through his little solo venture several years later, but I have no idea what ever happened to him since. Even so, he's a big memory from my teenage years.
2. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy (1997)
3. The Tragically Hip - Phantom Power (1998)
Fave tracks: Poets, Bobcaygeon, Fireworks
4. Bryan Adams - 18 Til I Die (1996)
Fave tracks: 18 Til I Die, We're Gonna Win, I Think About You
5. Shania Twain - The Woman In Me (1995)
Fave tracks: Any Man of Mine, Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under, No One Needs to Know
6. Alanis Morisette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Fave tracks: You Oughta Know, Hand in my Pocket, Ironic, Head Over Feet
7. Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl (1998)
Fave tracks: Slide, Black Balloon, Broadway, Iris
8. Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind (1997)
Fave tracks: Semi-Charmed Life, Jumper, How's It Going to Be
9. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Fave tracks: Stan, The Way I Am, The Real Slim Shady
10. Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys (1996)
And just as I had my rap phase, I could not be a teen of the mid-to-late '90's without going through a boy-band phase as well. Most of the girls back then were N'Sync-ers, but I was always a BB girl. This album in particular takes me back, to Kenny and Bucky's garage, when the neighbourhood boys actually made me pay to watch them lip sync to Backstreet Boys songs. Ah, the good ol' days...
Fave tracks: We've Got it Going On, Get Down, Quit Playin' Games With My Heart
Well, there we have it... my teenage years in 10 albums! There are so many honourable mentions, I can't even begin to tell you. The Counting Crows, Better than Ezra, TLC, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre, Foo Fighters, Collective Soul, Oasis, No Doubt, Spice Girls, Barenaked Ladies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matchbox Twenty, Fastball, Blink 182... the list could go on and on. And we can't forget that compilation albums were also huge at the time, so I got lots of play out of my Big Shiny Tunes CD's (particularly the 2nd one) and the Frosh CD's.
So when you sit down and reminisce, what albums shape your teenage years? What songs take you back? Who was your first concert? What singer was your first love? Please do comment and share! :)