The 5 Albums That Shaped My Music Taste Today

I’d say currently, my taste in music is the most eclectic, vast and inclusive it’s ever been. I listen to a range of genres and don’t exclude anything based on ‘artistic merit’ or the like, whilst previously all pop was ‘trash’ to me for simply being pop music. I’ve matured and like what I like, but there was a journey to get here!

  1. Greenday- American Idiot

This was the first album I properly bought myself. This came out in 2004, so I was about 9 years old and beforehand, without the influence of an older sibling, had only listened to what went round the school- things like Busted. American Idiot was revelatory to me. Punchy lyrics that, to 9 year old, seemed anarchistic, politically loaded and adult, without sacrificing catchy choruses and just general ear-pleasing sounds. This was my first foray into rock, and I probably listened exclusively to this album until 30 Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie came out one year later.

2. Slipknot- All Hope is Gone

As I Just mentioned, I was a huge 30 Seconds to Mars fan, and the album had a few screams but generally was just a great rock album. However, at the time, a few of my friends were getting into heavy metal, and the classics didn’t really do it for me. But, when Slipknot released the single Psychosocial I fell in love. I delved through their back catalogue and found more and more I liked, and when the album dropped it didn’t disappoint. I ended up seeing them on this tour, and it was my first ever gig. I was 12, and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. Fiercely intense, celebrated by thousands in a chaotic venue.

3. Blink 182- Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

Nonetheless, the majority of heavy metal didn’t really appeal to me. Slipknot opened live music to me, so I can’t exclude them, but Blink 182 is where my music love became an obsession. A friend at school lent me their entire catalogue, and they quickly became the only band I listened to. I loved all their albums, but this one was the best for me, with a few more emotive songs like Stay Together for The Kids which I adored. In a beautiful coincidence a couple of years after really getting into them, Blink 182 reformed and played at the o2 arena on the Neighbourhoods tour, which I was lucky enough to go to. It was maybe my 4th gig and I flipping loved it. Still have the fondest memories of that night. This was also a golden age of music, around the time Paramore released Riot, and My Chemical Romance released The Black Parade, so my love for American pop punk emo rock was in full swing.

4. Two Door Cinema Club-Tourist History

As my taste got progressively less heavy I became aware of ‘indie’ music. With a few exceptions like The Strokes, the indie that I was hearing was very much British, a farcry from the American pop punk, which meant I could see the bands tour far more easily and so my taste developed into this genre, and still, at it’s core lies there today. Two Door Cinema Club’s debut was the album that got me hooked in, with it’s catchy songs and memorable riffs. It all developed from there, even if I don’t think of the album as incredible.

5. Kanye West- Yeezus

I’d never given rap a chance, with the exception of a few Eminem songs. But when Yeezus came out I was o b s e s s e d. I’ve rinsed that album for every last listen. It blends rap with rock perfectly, with heavy synthesised beats, emotive lyrics and kanyes trademark samples. I guess this is the album that developed the whole hip hop side of my taste, and I now bloody love Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Blood Orange, Young Fathers and a whole load more who don’t fit in one genre bracket.

So, all in all, my tastes started with one particular ‘conventional’ album, and sort of spread from there. Now I love loadssss, and listen to loadssss.

Let me know which albums shaped your tastes!

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