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There's a new meme running around Facebook about 25 albums that have shaped your musical tastes. Unfortunately, I don't know if I can even name 25 albums... and then there's the fact that since I got iTunes, I haven't bought anything but single songs.

There's also the fact that this kind of thing isn't all that fun for me... as I've stated previously, I am hopelessly whitebread in my music tastes. Compared to my brother (who tagged me with his list), and all his tragically hip friends, I may as well just stop this post right here and save everyone the embarrassment of reading it.

I'm also irritated by the fact that I have to post this list here instead of on Facebook, because Facebook's note-importing feature apparently dies after manually entering a note. Stupid Facebook.

Anyway, I guess I'd better stop complaining and get to it. Oh, and there won't be any mention of the entire year I spent listening to Pink Floyd (other than this mention), because I now hate their songs with a passion and can't bear to listen to more than a few notes before changing the station. OK, Learning to Fly isn't so bad, but the rest drive me into a rage with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns.

Um... where to start...

High school (1985-1989):
Huey Lewis and the News, Sports

college (1990-1991):
Prince, Purple Rain
Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet

post-college (1992-1995):
Metallica, the "black" album
Nirvana, Nevermind
Guns & Roses, Appetite for Destruction
Rush, 2112
Queensryche, Empire

Detroit (1996-2000):
Blues Traveler, Four
Ted Nugent, Hunt Music
The Offspring, Smash
Aerosmith, Big Ones
Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell (best. album cover. EVAR)

Oklahoma (2001-present):
U2, The Joshua Tree
Third Day, Offerings
Rich Mullins, Songs
MercyMe, Almost There

I know that's not 25, but that's all I can think of. The rest of my music collection is singles. In keeping with my Johnny Whitebread Top 40's dreck collection, I have stuff from 3 Doors Down, Maroon 5, and the ultimate in godawful vanilla-as-they-come white boy rock, Nickelback. Let the jeering begin.