You know that feeling you get when you hear a magical album for the first time and realize you’ll never be the same again? That’s happened to me more than a few times. In this post, I talk about 5 albums that absolutely changed my life. In order of discovery:
I have fond memories of hearing this album for the first time when I was a little girl. I remember sitting at my family’s computer (before the lovely days of people having little computers in their pockets)
and turning this album louder than I probably should have. Hearing “I’m only happy when it rains” blew my little eight year old mind. I had never heard a song quite so gritty, and quite so satisfying. This album has always been on my playlist, always will be, and “I’m only happy when it rains” remains one of my top 10 songs to this day. I’m hoping to see them perform someday.
2. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Before the days of Viva La Vida, I knew Coldplay well. “Clocks” to this day is still one of my favourite songs, along with “In my Place”. Picking my favourite Coldplay album is extremely difficult, because they all have special meaning to me, but “Viva La Vida” is my favourite. The song, “Life in Technicolour” is an absolute gem of a track and I tend to prefer the version without vocals. It’s the perfect song to start off an incredible album. They’re in the Top 3 concerts I’ve ever seen.
3. Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
The first time I ever heard a Muse song was during the movie Twilight. Yes. You read that right. 😛 From the moment I heard the opening Guitar riff on “Supermassive Black Hole”, I fell in love. I remember immediately going home, running up to my computer and looking for THAT song. And once I discovered the sheer size of their discography, I realized that they had DOZENS of songs that were just as epic. I now own their entire discography, have seen them in concert (and screamed so loud I lost my voice), and truly consider them one of my biggest inspirations. MUSE has inspired me to be different, and helps me aspire to be a better musician every single day. They’re also in my Top 3 concerts I’ve ever seen. Proud to say I’ve performed two songs off this album at my show- Live in Space!, “Supermassive Black Hole” and “Starlight”. How fitting 😛
4. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
I can’t quite explain what this album makes me feel. Part pure wonder, part nostalgia, part love. Simply put, this album makes me feel things. I first heard “Outro” during a movie trailer, and halfway through the trailer I completely forgot what I was watching, because I was paying such apt attention to the song in the background. I immediately went out in search on the internet and found M83. I’m lucky to say that I saw them on their last world tour and was completely blown away. That concert experience took me to another level and changed me as a musician. I didn’t want it to end. I’ve always been a sucker for big, dramatic songs, and M83 just absolutely nailed it during their concert. They’re also in my Top 3 concerts I’ve ever seen. That whole show is a hazy memory of pure joy, but I’m sure I cried from happiness a few times.
5. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to discovering David Bowie. I had heard of him, but never really listened to any of his songs. Then came the day when I randomly ran across “Starman”. I fell in love and boy…I was invested.I probably listened to that song 25 times in one day. Then next came “Moonage Daydream”. No turning back after that! “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” is a phenomenal work of art, heck, even the name is a work of art! And not even just this album. David Bowie was a truly incredible, talented man who saw beyond the music. The world lost a true artist when he passed. He will never be forgotten.
So those are my FIVE life changing albums! What albums have changed your life? I want to know all about them! Sound off in the comments below!