A Collection of Albums That Changed Our Lives

Music, as a whole, is a powerful thing. Its very existence has done so much good within our world. Whether it’s being used to score a movie or the musician is trying to make a political statement or its someone’s personal diary of life events; music has a way of majorly impacting us each as individuals and as a society. Here, at MDRN MAG, we’ve been reflecting on which albums had the biggest impact on our so far. From teaching music appreciation to building self-confidence to providing a friend in this big and scary world, music has done a lot for us.

So, here it is.

A collection of albums that changed the lives of the team here at Pop Sundae HQ.

David Bowie
June 27, 1986

Jace: This album and movie are what made me fall in love with music. The music is so magical, fun and captivating. It’s very David Bowie but with this majestical twist. The album has fun upbeat songs like “Magic Dance” and “Underground” as well as ballads such as “As the World Falls Down.” This was what got me into David Bowie, and since then he has been my idol. He has broken gender stereotypes and has NEVER been afraid to be himself. His music is awe-inspiring and beautiful. Only he would be able to write such an amazing album literally on his death bed. He is forever a legend.

American Idiot
Green Day
September 20, 2005

Celine: I remember saving up my allowance money to be able to purchase American Idiot, it was the first album I got with my ‘own’ money. It’s one of those albums I can listen to front to back without skipping any songs. As a kid it was my escape from reality, as an adult I understand the themes of the characters Green Day created. Certain songs just take me back to the careless kid I once was. Others, have helped me in darker times in my life.

March 13, 2007

Maeve: This album changed everything for me. I discovered it when my sister’s music was accidentally downloaded onto my iPod touch. I had grown sick of listening to the same songs over and over again on my way to school so I decided to listen to “That’s What You Get” on a whim. I was instantly hooked. I would soon listen to the album religiously and download all the Paramore songs I could get my hands on.

This album also introduced me to one of my future role models, Hayley Williams. My red hair was something that I didn’t like about myself because it made me different and I was an easy target for bullying. But seeing Hayley rock that red hair in the iconic “Misery Business” music video was the confidence boost my 12-year-old self needed to start accepting herself. Today, both my red hair and Paramore hold a special place in my heart and that’s all thanks to Riot!

Demi Lovato
September 20, 2011

Krista: I was just a kid when the album came out, but listening to it gave me a friend — if that makes sense. And as I got older, experienced and learned more, I’ve kept the album close to my heart. When I need a sad ballad to cry to, or something to dance to, or anything in between, I’ve got options. My sister bought me the album for Christmas the year it came out, and it gave me a connection to my favorite celeb. To this day, Demi’s still one of my favorite artists, and her music helped me through quite a lot. Not to mention, it was a record based on her recovery, and that’s always been important to me, too.

Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
October 4, 2011

Kaiti: I accidentally happened upon this album years ago when “Stay” auto-played on YouTube. The video and the song had me in tears. I needed to hear more, so I looked up the band and album the song came from. Which led me to Mayday Parade’s self-titled album. This was my first real introduction to the pop-punk scene. For so long, for whatever reason, bands and people from within that world freaked me out. (Hello, 100% teeny bopper Disney boyband fan.) Upon discovering self-titled, I full-on submerged myself into MP’s music and began working my way through any band they worked with. I also added their Pandora station to my phone, which introduced me to a whole slew of new poppunk bands.

This genre of music became a home for me. It gave me friends and experiences and a life that I don’t think I could have had without it. I’m forever grateful that YouTube randomly played “Stay” for me all those years ago. And, to this day, it’s still my favorite Mayday Parade song.

Take Me Home
One Direction
November 9, 2012

Leeanna: The Take Me Home album by 1D changed my life in a positive way. I think it opened my eyes to appreciate music a little more. The album is full of bops and it definitely kicked my boyband obsession into full force. If One Direction can change my life in a positive way, then it can do the same to you. If you haven’t listened to this, I highly recommend you give it a listen. It’ll make you think more, make you dance more. And most importantly it would leave you feeling better than ever!

The Summer Set
April 16, 2013

Anna: Music has always been a huge part of my life, a way to escape when I didn’t want to be present in my own life. However, it wasn’t until February 27, 2014 that I realized music was more than an escape, it was a place that I fit in and was accepted. I was seeing The Summer Set play their new album Legendary in full in a venue that held 200 people. The venue was small and packed, but that’s the fun of an intimate. Right before they played the song “Rescue,” lead singer Brian Dales told everyone to look to their right and to their left, to put their arm around a stranger and welcome them into our family.

Five years later, that random stranger I put my arm around is my best friend. I learned that music is more than a rescue, it’s the place to turn to when you are in desperate need of a friend in the eye of a storm. If it wasn’t for Legendary, I wouldn’t have learned that the strongest friendships are the people who share the same love of music as you do.

5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
June 27, 2014

Ashley: At the time I was dealing with a lot of bullying, I was feeling down a lot and when this album came out it was like it told me it’s ok to not be ok, that it’s cool to not fit in. I was at my lowest of lows. So when this album released I’d have my headphones on for my walk to work. Of course, I’d be singing loudly. That band has kept me out of the very dark place I used to be in. I’ll forever be appreciative of that.

Sounds Good, Feels Good
5 Seconds of Summer
August 23, 2015

Susie: This album had songs that helped me realize other people felt the same genuine pain that I did. These songs were, and still are, important to me because they are mature and understanding and unique songs that showed me these people, who are touring the world and doing what they love, they feel the way I feel sometimes. My pain, my brokenness, isn’t just mine, it’s theirs too, and they can overcome it. It’s possible that I can too.

J Cole
April 20, 2018

Gabby: I was going through a pretty dark time during this time, and I felt that most of the music on here spoke to me. He’s always known for rapping about social issues and dark things people go through, and I could relate to it (No I don’t mean the drugs, but the other messages within the album).

June 2, 2018

Justine: It was the first time I really listened to this group & they became such a positive impact on my life where I can hear any of their songs & instantly have a smile on my face.

There you have it!

These are the albums that changed our lives, but which ones changed yours the most? Feel free to share with us and let’s send out some recognition to the wonderful musicians who created these amazing pieces of work. It’s difficult to think where we’d all be without them and their contributions to the music industry.

Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photo: Vinyl Radar

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