Top 10 Albums That Influenced My Taste In Music

I have been challenged by @jhoey_gurl to post top 10 albums that have greatly influenced my taste in music.

No explanations, no reviews, just covers. "It would be interesting to see everyone’s classics." Before we get into it, I threw in a little twist.

The writer side of me won't let this pass without sharing how these albums greatly influenced my taste. And while we're at it, why not a little back story in chronological order. It would be interesting to know how these albums made it to my list, don't you agree? Let's begin.

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1. Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True

Oh the controversy. But this album is so good all of their songs were played on the radio. I composed a song in my head influenced by the track "All Or Nothing" while sweeping our front yard.


2. Francis M - Meron Akong Ano (I Have What!)

One of the first cassette tapes that I bought off of my school allowance. It took me a while to get a copy of a Francis M album. His first hit single "Mga Kababayan" was an all-time great. I recall passing around transcribed lyrics to his songs.



3. Guns 'N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction

Although this album was released almost 6 years before I got introduced to it, GnR was still making hits. I flirted on the idea that I could be Slash. As a young aspiring guitarist, I learned the famous intro of Sweet Child O’ Mine and that’s all I needed to learn to becomea bonafied rocker in High School.


4. Nirvana - Nevermind

Who wouldn't? The intro gets stuck in your brain. I started ripping my new jeans just because it was in. High school battle-of-the-bands was never the same. Every song-hit had 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on the cover!



5. Eraserheads - Ultraelectromagneticpop

I went to school one morning and everyone was raving about 'Pare Ko.' Their songs were played by guitarists at every corner in campus. Eraserheads changed the way I listen to OPM rock bands.


6. Eminem - The Eminem Show

My brother gifted this to me for my birthday. He introduced me to Eminem. "The first white rapper who doesn't sound like a typical white rapper." And I quickly jumped in the band wagon. 'Lose Yourself' was my all-time favorite. Still know the lyrics to it. 'His palms are sweaty, mom's spaghetti. Did I miss a line?


7. Linkin' Park - Hybrid Theory

Daym! A good one. If not for the chronological order this would be on my top 3. No song exceeded 2 good minutes. No song would prompt you to skip. Finally a band that fused two worlds of music I was into.

8. Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water

Next to Hybrid Theory this album catapulted rap metal to its pinnacle in my opinion. It was a trend-setter in pop culture. Wearing red baseball caps was an in thing. I think I wore one at some point.


9. Lifehouse - No Name Face

Jason Wades songs made me realize I had so much emo in me. Please take note on emphasis - past tense. I was able to write an album full of sentimentally melancholic songs. Insert artwork of The Marcus 2009 album 'Out Of Despair.'


10. Hillsong United - United We Stand

All my teenage life, I listened to Hillsong on a regular basis. Woke up and slept listening to it. But there was something about this album that captivated the young spirit in me. It was at that time relevant to my sense of musicality. #gamechanger