I was challenged by one of my friends in one of those Facebook challenge things to post 20 albums that have affected my life or have shaped my taste in music. I don’t often participate in these kinds of things, but this one got me thinking back over my life. Instead of posting album covers for the next 20 days on my personal Facebook page, I thought I would share them all here. As I look back over my life, there are so many songs that come to mind that I loved or that remind me of a specific time in my life. As you will see from the list below, my taste in music is kind of all over the place. Being from the south, I grew up on country music as that was what my parents always listened to. There was a time in my youth, though, that I tried to rebel against their taste in music and listened to more pop music. I even tried to say that I hated country music and would die when my parents would put it on in the car. However, if you were to ask me today what my favorite genre of music is, it would most definitely be country mixed in with a little contemporary Christian music.
When I met my husband, I was pretty much back to being a country girl, but he had the total opposite taste in music than I did. He has opened my eyes to a lot of music over the years that I may have never listened to if it hadn’t been for his influence. However, I will also say that a large majority of the music he listens to, I really hate. The rap, alternative, and heavy metal music, as well as some of the newer pop music that he loves gives me a headache or gets on my nervous tremendously. On the flip side, he can’t stand to listen to what he calls my “Jesus music.” He is much more a traditional hymn kind of guy. While he did turn me on to some of my now favorite bands like Sister Hazel and Counting Crows, I was able to turn him into a country music fan. When we were dating and first married, he used to love playing this game with me where he would say that he would give me a dollar if I could tell him who was singing a particular song on the radio. Of course, I very rarely got it right since I didn’t grow up listening to the same music. However, it definitely made me more aware of songs and artists in ways I had never thought of before. I used to just like songs and not really care, or sometimes even know, who sang it. That wasn’t as important to me as it was to him. Now I do pay more attention to particular artists and styles of music. I would say that we have complimented each other musically pretty well over the years.
I am not going to give you a reason why I have chosen each of the albums below other than to just simply say that they all remind me of a specific time in my life that was important to me and who I am. I know that some of these may surprise you and some may not. Some may even date me, but that is ok. I actually thought it would be hard to find 20, but I ended up with more than that and am going with 22. It was really cool to think back about some of the songs from these albums and what was going on in my life when I was listening to them on repeat. I do think this is a good representation of where I came from and where I am now, though. Here are the 22 albums that have played throughout my life.