top ten//ALBUMS PUT ON REPEAT

We've all been there before, though now it's not quite as common. You get excited about a new album and you listen to it and before you know it, you've let it start over, never skipping a song or beat. These are the albums that never seem to get old. No matter what! It was hard to put these in an actual list because they're all almost equal in my eyes, even though they're from many different genres. And, with the iTunes and mp3 age we're in, it's rare to listen to an entire album alone, which is why most of these date the the years at the end of high school and during college for me. That was the time I spent driving back and forth the most. It was the perfect time to blast a favorite CD with the windows down, not a care in the world.

10. OCEAN AVENUE, Yellowcard
The mainstream debut of this Florida band was a huge hit thanks to its title song, "Ocean Avenue", and the brilliant "Only One". While those, plus "Way Away", remain the best tracks on the album, the entire thing is infused with the perfect flow of a angsty lyrics, punk/rock beats, and a few string instruments thrown into the mix. The album was a commercial hit when released and the band will celebrate it's 10 year anniversary this year with an acoustic album based on the hit record.

9. A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, Coldplay
While "Clocks" was arguably the bigger hit from the album, Coldplay's "The Scientist" remains to this day one of the best songs of all time. This album defines Coldplay's inspiring sound to the note. Chris Martin's airy voice and the clever lyrics of each and every phrase made this the "thinking" album for every young person. Put it in during your creative time. Put it in when you're going for a drive. It has a sound everyone can relate to. This is the reason Coldplay can sell out arenas now.

8. THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 
During the emo revolution, My Chemical Romance was the pop/punk force for all things "goth" and MTV. Their signature sound, which in reality isn't that different from other emo/pop/punk forces, led to some pretty stellar singles and an album full of tough emotion and lyrical genius. I know you're probably think, "really?", but give the album a try. I think you'll be surprised. "Helena" and "The Ghost of You" are the best tracks.

7. FALLEN, EVANESCENCE
Another one of those albums that even surprised me when I couldn't stop playing it, Evanescence's Fallen is the album that spawned "Bring Me To Life". Amy Lee became every guy's dream girl for a quick moment, until they realized she wasn't really that appealing, but her voice was ridiculous! No one could deny rocking their head to the "edgy" music making it into the Top 40 realm. The album flows together perfectly and the lyrics are a toss up between uber-spiritual and darkly perfect.



6. I'M LIKE A VIRGIN LOSING A CHILD, MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA
Ha. So, when I was done being an angsty, emo teen, I moved to become an angsty, indie adult. Atlanta's own Manchester Orchestra is an incredible mix of rock music with alternative indie cred. The sweeping lyrics and vocals tell stories that are clearly inspired, even if they don't make clear sense to the listener. The entire album takes you on a journey. "Where Have You Been" and "I Can Barely Breathe" have become two of the most played songs on my iTunes.

5. O, DAMIEN RICE
This album was introduced to me by a college friend while we were studying in Greece (yes, I'm bragging here). I was hooked the moment I listened to it. It's another album that takes you on a journey you're not quite expecting. Each song is its own incredible testament to the musicianship that is Damien Rice. "The Blower's Daughter" is the most famous track from the album, but I challenge you to listen to the entire thing. I could list of each song that's incredible, but that'd be listing off the entire track list.



4. MMHMM, RELIENT K
So, I guess it's safe to say that my formative years were based in the same type of music. This album was a huge hit (or, at least it was to me), mostly for its clever hooks and catchy lyrics, with deep meaning included at no extra charge. Relient K had plenty of great albums and tracks, but mmhmm remains the definitive collection of songs in their canon. "Be My Escape" and "I So hate Consequences" are pure, catchy genius.

3. AWAY FROM THE SUN, 3 DOORS DOWN
I want the record to show that I owned this album before "Here Without You" became a crossover, Top 40 hit. While this is another band that hasn't quite held up to its name over the years, Away From the Sun was the perfect answer to the success of their debut hit album The Better Life (which came with their first hit, "Kryptonite"). Away From the Sun is the perfect album to throw in when going for a long drive. Head-banging rock anthems and melodramatic ballads await.



2. HYBRID THEORY, LINKIN PARK
This album takes me back to riding in the bus to basketball games (yes, I played basketball in high school) and driving around in my first car when I was 16. This album was so perfect that I remember listening to it while driving to college to move in. While "In the End" will always be their biggest hit, Linkin Park scored with this incredible mix of rock music that introduced fans to a whole new version of the genre. Again, I could list each of the good songs, but I'd just be copying down the entire track list. This album is good for anything. An angry drive. A workout. Background music. You name it, this album works.

1. THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN, SWITCHFOOT
It took me a while to figure out which album belonged in first place, but it's hands down The Beautiful Letdown by Switchfoot. Never had an album defined me or my life so perfectly. To this day the best-selling album is still worthy of the praise it gets. I actually loaned this to a friend in college and they never gave it back and I'm still holding a grudge for that. "Dare You to Move", "Meant to Live", "This Is Your Life", I can go on and on. Jon Foreman is a lyrical genius. Another good front-to-back album. I don't think it's possible to wear this one out.

I had to leave out some favorites, so here are the honorable mentions:
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Garden State, Various Artists
A Beautiful Lie, 30 Seconds to Mars
Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Outkast

What are the albums you put on repeat? 

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