They are not ranked in any particular order, nor are they listed chronologically. I grouped some for ease of explanation only. These are 25 albums that helped shape me.
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller. This one is a no-brainer. I was 12 when it was released, and can remember each single, each video, each magical moment as if it was yesterday (ok, sorry for the cliche). I remember watching Motown's 25th Anniversary, where Michael debuted the moonwalk - my friend Andrea was having a sleepover party and we all screamed and danced and sang and laughed.
8. The Beach Boys - Endless Summer. I grew up listening to the Beach Boys in the 8-track, and later cassette, player in my Dad's car. Drives out to the sailboat were always done listening to the Beach Boys. I think I knew the lyrics to almost every song before I was 3 years old.
9. Weezer (self-titled/blue album). Not only is it a great album, but every time I hear "My Name is Jonas" I think of Ken, who every time he walked in the door would select that track and play it at full volume.
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication. Another album I've played to death. Love it. Loves me some Chili Peppers.
18. Duran Duran - Rio. I lapsed into Duran Duran-fanhood at about 13 years old. Still love their music, actually, but back then it may have been more about how cute they all (most) were.