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The List: 15 influential albums

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 2:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 2:44 p.m. CDT

On my drive home from work the other night, I listened to the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John.

While I tend to listen more to new music, I like to go back in time every now and then. And "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" still is one of my favorite albums.

A remastered version of the album was released recently, so I gave it a listen. Sounds great! But when I thought about why the remastered version was being released now, I realized it was because "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is 40 years old! Wow, did that make me feel old!

Anyway, listening to the album reminded me of one of the very few shared Facebook lists I've participated in. It was one in which friends were asked to list the "15 albums you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

I will admit that I didn't necessarily go with the first 15 that came to mind. I gave it a little more thought than that, but not much. I went with the 15 albums that most influenced my listening habits over the years. Obviously, those 15 would be among my favorite records for that reason.

So here's my list of the 15 most influential albums. Keep in mind I did this more than 3 years ago, though I'm not sure anything's been released since that I would add to this list. This list is not meant to be in any particular order:

1. The Police, Outlandos d'Amour

2. Pixies, Doolittle

3. Queen, A Night at the Opera

4. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

5. AC/DC, Highway to Hell

6. New Order, Substance

7. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes

8. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend

9. Kiss, Alive 2

10. U2, Joshua Tree

11. Arcade Fire, Funeral

12. Coldplay, Parachutes

13. Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bullocks

14. Electric Light Orchestra, A New World Record

15. The Who, The Who By the Numbers

(A little time after I finished the list, it dawned on me that I probably should have included London Calling by The Clash.)

What would be on your list?

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