It seems that over the weekend, you couldn’t escape it. Social media feeds were nothing but a sea of your friends and loved ones recalling the music of their youth. The culprit: a list asking users to detail their top ten favorite albums from their teenage years. It seems like everyone was participating, so we decided to keep our readers included and asked a few local musicians to take part in the festivities publicly on I Heart Local Music. The cherry on top is that some of them included photos from their teenage years to accompany their lists. Here’s what some of the heavy-hitters from the local scene were listening to during the adorably angsty years of their youth:

Katlyn Conroy (La Guerre)

Katlyn Conroy (of La Guerre)
Katlyn Conroy (of La Guerre)
  • Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors
  • Grandaddy – Sumday
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  • Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things
  • Camera Obscura – Let’s get out of this Country
  • Azure Ray – Hold on Love
  • The Decemberists – Castaways and Cutouts
  • Cursive – The Ugly Organ
  • Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope
  • Page France – Hello Dear Wind
  • Stars – Set Yourself on Fire



  • Del – No Need For Alarm
  • Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  • Biggie – Ready to Die
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The 36 Chamber
  • Aceyalone – All Balls Don’t Bounce (Thank You Brother of Moses)
  • Pharcyde –Labcabincalifornia
  • Fugees – The Score
  • DJ Quik – Safe + Sound
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
  • Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside

CS Luxem
CS Luxem

CS Luxem

  • The Beatles – Abbey Road
  • The Billions – Treasure & Trash
  • Leonard Cohen –Songs From a Room
  • Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
  • MxPx – Life In General
  • Damien Rice – O
  • Josh Ritter – Come and Find Me
  • Shakira – Laundry Service
  • Temptations – Greatest Hits
  • Rufus Wainwright – Poses

Liz Weiler of Vedettes
Liz Weiler of Vedettes

Liz Weiler (Vedettes)

  • REM – Reckoning
  • Xanadu Soundtrack
  • ACDC – Back in Black
  • Def Leppard – Pyromania
  • Foreigner- 4
  • INXS- The Swing
  • Missing Persons – Spring Session M
  • The Clash – The Clash
  • The Go-Go’s – Beauty and The Beat
  • The English Beat – What is Beat?

Nicholas St. James
Nicholas St. James

Nicholas St. James

  • David Gray – White Ladder
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  • Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
  • Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
  • Howie Day – Australia
  • Dave Matthews Band – Crash
  • Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings
  • 2Pac – Greatest Hits
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood
  • Nelly – Country Grammar

Carlos Calderon of Pale Tongue
Carlos Calderon of Pale Tongue

Carlos Jose Calderon (Pale Tongue)

  • Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
  • Radiohead – OK Computer
  • The Killers – Sawdust
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
  • The White Stripes – Elephant
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
  • Chairlift – Does You Inspire You

Fally Afani
Fally Afani

Fally Afani (Editor of I Heart Local Music)

Editor’s note: I struck a deal with some of the participants that if they shared their lists and photos, I would do the same and that mine would probably be far more embarrassing. Having started my teens just a couple of years after moving from a country that heavily censored music, I consider myself lucky to have even gotten access to any music in high school (God bless you, House of Sight and Sound Record Store).

  • Radiohead – OK Computer
  • Beck – Mutations
  • Green Day – Dookie
  • No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
  • Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
  • Fugees – The Score
  • La Bouche – Sweet Dreams
  • Fat Boy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
  • Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing
  • The Verve – Urban Hymns


Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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