We asked NME readers to tell us about the albums that’ve changed your lives and, judging by the thousands of responses, the power of music is pretty potent. We’ve collected 50 of your suggestions, starting with ‘Danger Days’ by My Chemical Romance, which inspired Henry Bond “to come out to my family when I was 15 .”
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ is “a masterpiece that sums up perfectly growing up into the real world and all the difficulties that come with it,” writes Joel Gehler.
Wajeeha Abbasi goes for ‘Under The Iron Sea’ by Keane for her life-changing musical moment. “This album is full of classics. It’s dark and dingy yet has such a powerful sound and probably one of the best albums lyrically. It sounds incredible live!”
Meat Puppets’s ‘Up On The Sun’ changed Sam Read’s “perspective of good song-writing forever.” “Meat Puppets changed my life,” he says.
Franck Boulay is one of the many who chose Oasis’ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’. He remembers a ”perfect feeling at the perfect moment.”
Radiohead’s ‘Hail To The Thief’ showed Francesca Carpineti “perfection in art” for the first time.
Harold Marraud picks out the ‘Whatever’ EP by Oasis, writing, “first record bought, first musical slap.”
The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut changed everything for Mark Rayner: “before that I was into nothing but hip hop, this album opened my eyes.”
Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’ altered Stephanie Durkin’s life. “I had never heard music like this before in my life, it was like a wave of the most incredible sounds crashing over me! The first song I heard was rebellion, and it just made me feel like anything was possible. I wanted to run away and join Arcade Fire immediately. I have adored them ever since.”
“Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘By The Way’ got me interested in music in the first place,” writes Grant Halliday. “Every song I’ve listened to, album I’ve bought, gig or festival I’ve been to can be traced back to hearing that album.”
Stephen Fantinel picks Madonna’s ‘Erotica’. “One of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard, it’s at the musical forefront of being adventurous, pushes the boundaries of self expression and plants the message of loving yourself and your body. The Queen of Pop slays!”
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for Destruction’ blew Ryan James Brucass’ mind. “It features some of the songs that got me into rock music and made me want to play guitar.”
Massive Attack’s Blue Lines opened Piotrek Czarnecki’s ears to a new world of hip-hop, electronica and soul.
Ana Santos goes for Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ as the record that changed her life forever. “It is still and will always be from out of this world. Heaven on Earth.”
Jono_Molyneux picks Andrew Jackson Jihads’ ‘Can’t Maintain’ “because of its really raw and honest lyrics and sound.”
‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ is “the most complete album and it made me fall in love with music & more importantly Pink Floyd. Best. Album. Ever.” So says @EdwardSumner96.
Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’, writes @dale_wilson3, “has very relatable lyrics and themes and incredibly catchy and memorable songs.”
@RyHarrison14 praises ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes for taking me out of “that horrible chav phase most kids go through – #propermusic.”
@BigJeffJohns goes for Trans Am’s ‘The Red Line’ “because it opened my ears to the possibilities of mixing guitars and electronics together!“
It was the lyrics that hooked Grant Hendry on ‘The Holy Bible’ by Manic Street Preachers. “Lyrically, probably one of the finest albums of all time,” he writes.
‘Blood On The Tracks’ by Bob Dylan rescued Kim Sarkovas from the “darkest time in life. I still remember the soothing peace it gave me during these times.”
“Believe it or not but ST ANGER !!!” writes Jordan Knox. “It introduced me to Metallica and I’ve never looked back since.”
‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Joy Division is “an absolute masterpiece full of emotion and fantastic bass courtesy of the wonderful Peter Hook,” writes Izzie Dyer.
Lukas Taylor goes for ‘Tourist History’ by Two Door Cinema Club, “because that album was the first that made me want to see live music.”
Buying INXS’ ‘Kick The Fist’ was a significant milestone for Wayne Terence Bowen. “I bought it on my own with money I made from car washing and I knew then I was getting independent.”
‘Bonkers’, the happy hardcore compilation by DJs Hixxy and Sharkey, changed Scott-Patrick Brady’s life. ”I was young and silly and this was just something I could zone out to.”
‘Songs For The Deaf’, the third studio album by Queens Of The Stone Age, did it for Scott Mckeown. “It was the first time I can ever remember actually being blown away by an album and just playing it non stop.”
Warayu Natasiri says that Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ made him want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.
The Dead Milkmen’s ‘Big Lizard in My Backyard’ taught Brice Sullivan to “just enjoy life and not take everything so seriously; to live a life of joyful chaos.”
Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ was the “soundtrack of my youth,” writes Adam Lyall.
Alex Sil’s sister bought him the vinyl of Blur’s ‘Parklife’ and it soundtracked his childhood from then on.
Ena Kukić goes for The Last Shadow Puppets’ ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ “Every single song was like a soundtrack for some part of my life, or rather about me at some point in my adolescence, and each one of the songs reminds me of some special people that lost themselves on the way through our relationships.”
Greg DiStefano remembers hearing The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ when he was 13. “It changed my taste in music and helped me appreciate the creative songwriting and harmonies of all the Beatles catalogue. And to realise how many bands have been influenced by them since…”
Louis van Langenhove goes for ‘Sublime’ by Sublime, because it “made me understand that you must play the music you enjoy and not the one people will like.”
‘Freedom’ by Rage Against The Machine changed ‘Guillame’s life. “Classic and genuine,” he writes. “Raised by the system they fought through with lyrics.”
The Kinks’ ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ is “one of the catchiest, most thoughtful and intelligent albums of its time,” writes Nick Solish.
“’Nevermind’ by Nirvana “turned me from a teenage metal head into the discerning chap I am today and made me stop buying Kerrang! and Metal Hammer and start buying NME and Melody Maker (RIP),” writes Stuart Conway.
Spencer Swart picks a classic. “If it wasn’t for ‘Astral Weeks’ by Van Morrison, I’d never be listening to rock/pop right now and I definitely wouldn’t be a musician.”
“The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s trio of albums from 1996 opened my ears to how chord progressions can be,” writes Trey Knarr.
The Meng found his old man’s old vinyl of ‘Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Live at Fillmore East 1970’ under his bed. “It blew my 13-year old bonce apart!”
“’Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore East’just changed everything I thought about Aretha,” writes Sharon Bialkowski. “Live music at its best, as it should be.”
“It may not be cool but Paul Simon’s Graceland,” reveals Emily Taylor. “I feel every emotion listening to that album and makes me feel very close to my Da’ and my family as we listened to it on every car journey EVER!! Epic….”
“Leonard Cohen’s ‘Songs Of Love And Hate’ opened up a whole new world which had lain hidden from me and I was eager to embrace it,” says Stephen Pyzer.
Martha N. Amaya picks out ‘First Impression of Earth’ by The Strokes. “The lyrics of every song are magical, they’re all genius. Admire them.”
‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ is the second album Kaiser Chiefs and the record that changed Rebecca Gardner’s life. “That was the band that got me into music and the first band I ever enjoyed listening to and “Ruby” is mine and my dad’s song.”
Lee Thomas doesn’t get too complicated about André 3000’s ‘The Love Below.’ “It’s just a great funky hip hop/modern day romantic album and André is the shit!”
Paula Hart tells how ‘Violator’ and ‘Music For The Masses’ by Depeche Mode “opened my eyes to a whole new world of great music.”
‘Hearts of Stone’ by Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes is the record that changed everything for Mark Hardwick. “Such an underrated artist and a friend of Springsteens,” he says. “Came with all of that ‘Jersey-sound’ in the ’70s and was one of the best.”
Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ is songwriting perfection according to Heather Young. “I first heard ‘River’ sung by one of my teachers at school and thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. Now a complete Joni addict!”
Another example of Oasis’ swaggering life-changing powers. “ I sang along to ‘Cast No Shadow’ as a toddler and that set me off on a good path of music taste,” reveals Macauley Patrick Kenneally.