I’mma Let You Finish, But These Are My Top 35 Albums of ALL TIME! (Part II)

Here’s part 2 of my Top 35 Albums of all time (Click HERE for Part 1). As a refresher, this is a PERSONAL list, and essentially spans the time from 1993-2009, and I speak only for myself.


  • Ranked by the impact/significance they had on me, and NOT by what I like the best. (This is hard to differentiate, at times)
  • Note: since this list is ranked by impact, they do skew towards albums from my younger, formative years. (sorry, Taylor Swift)
  • Must be from ONE SINGLE album.  (Some albums suffered from this: Dave Matthews Band, BSB, Britney, Relient K, etc)
  • Can only choose ONE album per artist. (Runner-Up Albums Will Be Listed)
  • Can not be from the last 2 years.  (You need some time to properly process music, and give appropriate perspective)
  • Must have at least 3 meaningful singles.  (Just because you REALLY love one song on the album doesn’t count).
  • No greatest hits albums, and no album soundtracks (unless the soundtrack has original songs).
  • Note: singles do not have to be RADIO singles. They can be single songs that you enjoyed a lot.

For those of you who have Spotify, I’ve added part two to my playlist for this event.  Listen along!  If you’d like Spotify, let me know, and I can give you an invite!

21. The Rocket Summer – Do You FeelThe Rocket Summer - Do You Feel
Like Seven Places, The Rocket Summer is one of my favorite albums that people might not be aware of. The Rocket Summer is one guy who plays every instrument on the album: keyboard, drums, guitar. He’s super-talented, and can sing well (although his voice is slightly higher, which might bother some). He had some mild success in the mainstream audiences, and one unique memory of the album is that I was studying at Coffee Bean when his song came on the store speakers, and it was the same exact song I was listening to at the time through my headphones. It was kinda trippy. He identifies as a Christian, but his music is not meant for general audiences. Definitely an album I can listen to straight through. But seriously, if you haven’t heard him before, check it out. NOW!

Notable Singles:

1. So Much Love 6. Do You Feel
2. Break It Out 7. Waiting
3. Save 8. Hold It Up
4. Run To You 9. A Song is Not A Business Plan
5. So, In This Hour… 10. High Life Scenery

20. Robyn – Robyn is HereRobyn - Robyn Is Here
Seriously, I think time kind of forgot about Robyn, although she has 2 marginally successful club singles at the moment (“Call Your Girlfriend” and “Hang With Me”). She had 3 HUGE singles back in the end of the 90’s. All three of them were pretty epic, and I have secretly been waiting for the past 15 years for her comeback. (And then she comeback with a new techno-ish sound that is just kinda whatevz). I enjoyed her voice and music greatly.  To be fair, I think I rank her higher on my list because most other people under-appreciate her.

Notable Singles:

1. Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)
2. Do You Know (What it Takes)
3. Show Me Love

19. Coldplay – ParachutesColdplay - Parachutes
Runner-Up Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y
Coldplay’s First album was a pretty grand debut album, but to be honest, I didn’t expect them to become the huge success that they ended up becoming. It was a very mellow album (perhaps it’s a lot harder to be emo after you get married to Gwyneth Paltrow). “Yellow” was such an epic song. And interesting story is that I obtained a random burned copy of this album that had a song that I really loved on it, but it turned out to not be a Coldplay song, so I never was able to find out who sang it. Oh wait! Now there’s Shazam! If i can find my burned CD somewhere, i should figure it out who actually sang that song.

Notable Singles:

1. Yellow 5. High Speed
2. Spies 6. Don’t Panic
3. Trouble 7. Shiver
4. Sparks 8. Parachutes

18. Owl City – Ocean EyesOwl City - Ocean Eyes
Owl City quickly secured a spot on my list when I first heard his music. “Fireflies” is an amazingly catchy and beautiful song. I have a thing for well-done techno-pop, and I had been waiting eagerly for another album like Postal Service to come along. While he might not be as complex and musically gifted as Postal Service, I like the simple happiness of his music. Not to be outdone, Adam Young (of Owl City) is also a believer, who lists John Piper as one of his primary influences. His most recent album did not meet my high expectations, but I listened to Ocean Eyes to the bone.  I still listen to it every once in a while, and it takes me to a happy place.

Notable Singles:

1. Fireflies 7. Tidal Wave
2. Hello Seattle 8. Cave In
3. Meteor Shower 9. On the Wing
4. The Bird and The Worm 10. Umbrella Beach
5. Vanilla Twilight 11. Dental Care
6. The Saltwater Room

17. Jars of Clay – Jars of ClayJars of Clay
This album probably defined Christian music for a generation. Song after song are such huge classics. “Love Song for A Savior” is probably one of my most favorite Christian songs. I think they set such high expectations with this album that they were never really able to live up to them afterwards. That, and they just were not that great live. Also, I’m still baffled as to how “Flood” made it to #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. That song was not that good.
Notable Singles:

1. Love Song for a Savior 4. Liquid
2. Worlds Apart 5. Sinking
3. Like a Child 6. Flood

16. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed AmericanJimmy
Along with Owl City, Jimmy Eat World also really captured me immediately as a band I’d expect to be one of my favorites for a long time. Unfortunately, they both were unable to impress me as much with follow-up efforts. (I do still listen to their new efforts, in hope that I’m wrong) But I loved this album! “The Middle” was actually my voicemail music for a short time (back when people put music as their voicemail recording). One of my favorite lyrics from this album is from “if You Don’t, Don’t.” – “We once walked out on the beach, and once I almost touched your hand.” So sad, haha! Story of my life.
Notable Singles:

1. The Middle 7. Hear You Me
2. Sweetness 8. Bleed American
3. Get It Faster 9. Cautioners
4. If You Don’t, Don’t 10. The Authority Song
5. A Praise Chorus 11. My Sundown
6. Your House

15. The All-American Rejects – The All-American RejectsAAR"
I really liked the All-American Rejects debut album, and I was not very impressed by their follow-up efforts. I listened to this album straight through many times. This album has one of my favorite 30 seconds in CD history, which I describe as how heaven must sound. Click here to listen to it! Does anybody else think the lead singer looks like Clark Kent from Smallville?  For a little while, I literally thought that they were the same person.  It makes me sad when good-looking people are talented in other things as well.  ::jealous::
Notable Singles:

1. Swing, Swing 7. My Paper Heart
2. One More Sad Song 8. Don’t Leave Me
3. Why Worry 9. Time Stands Still
4. The Last Song 10. Drive Away
5. Your Star 11. Happy Endings
6. Too Far Gone

14. High School Musical 3: Senior YearHigh
Well, this is embarrassing. Although I think I’m too old to say this, I actually really enjoyed the HSM series, and HSM3 had the best soundtrack and highest production value of the three movies. Definitely, the scene for “Can I Have This Dance” was pretty awesome. If you want to disagree with this choice, watch the movies first… Then we’ll talk.  I do have a strange man-crush on Zac Efron (i wish I could be him), and a true normal crush on Vanessa Hudgens.
Notable Singles:

1. Can I Have This Dance 5. Now or Never
2. Just Wanna Be With You 6. Senior year Spring Musical
3. Right Here, Right Now 7. I Want It All
4. We’re All In This Together (Graduation Remix) 8. Just Getting Started

13. Chris Tomlin – Not to UsChris Tomlin Runner-Up Album: See the Morning
Just as David Crowder defined Worship music that sounds awesome on cd but impossibly difficult to translate to actual praise, Chris Tomlin defined Worship music that translated quite easily into the church service. Though I hear he’s kind of a tool in person, God has definitely gifted him with the ability to craft excellent worship music. Also, I think he has an ideal voice for leading praise. “Enough” is one of the best praise songs ever.
Notable Singles:

1. Enough 5. Everything
2. Wonderful Maker 6. Unchanging
3. Not To Us 7. Come Let Us Worship
4. Famous One

12. Superchick – Last One PickedHigh
Runner-Up Albums: Regeneration
Superchick is a personal favorite band of mine that I first found out about by seeing live at a Christian conference (Acquire the Fire). They have been consistently good throughout their career, although they haven’t become household names, even in the Christian industry. Unfortunately, they have a really dorky band name, and they actually consist of 2 girls and 3 guys. I describe their music as a combination of Linkin Park, Blink 182, and female vocals (i know.. crazy combination, but they have a DJ like LP). “Song 4 Tricia” is a cute song written by the boys in the band to their lead singer (Tricia) about not giving up hope in all guys, and Iincluded it on pretty much every mix cd i’ve made for any girl i’ve liked, back in the day. -=) While Regeneration (their next album after this one, primarily of remixes) solidified their sound, I think this album was the one that got me hooked. In hindsight, their songs are somewhat juvenile, but I was younger then.
Notable Singles:

1. Song 4 Tricia 6. High School
2. Na Na 7. Real
3. Wonder If She’ll Get It 8. Hero
4. I Belong to You 9. Rock Star
5. So Bright 10. We All Fall

11. NSync – No Strings AttachedBSB - NSync
Runner-Up Albums: Celebrity, *NSync
As a huge BSB fan, I still have much appreciation for NSync. Up until this album, they had merely been a joke next to BSB. However, after switching to Jive Records (home of BSB and Britney Spears), the songwriting and marketing powerhouse revolutionized their career. “It’s Gonna Be Me” is probably my favorite NSync upbeat song, and “This I Promise You” is arguably my favorite slow NSync one. (I do love “God Must Have Spent” and “Drive Myself Crazy” too) And really, EVERYBODY can recognize the “Bye Bye Bye” dance (and has tried it secretly in their room next to a mirror).
Notable Singles:

1. It’s Gonna Be Me
2. This I Promise You
3. Bye Bye Bye

2 Responses to I’mma Let You Finish, But These Are My Top 35 Albums of ALL TIME! (Part II)

  1. jenshih says:

    robyn?? really?? hahah. i think that’s an album that surprised me. so i thoroughly enjoyed reading your music favs. good music taste. i totally agree how songs can bring you to a period of time in your life and that’s a big part of why we do/don’t like a song 😀
    what’s top 10? and you have to explain this spottily thing next time i see u!

  2. Pingback: I’mma Let You Finish, But These Are My Top 35 Albums of ALL TIME! (Part 3) « Ahn My Mind

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