Top 10 Albums That Impacted me In High School ( Plus 10 More)

A week ago I saw a few of my friends’ post the top 10 albums that influenced them while in high school. The rules of post are simple. 10 albums without repeating artist with little thought. I put a lot of thought in to making my list.

Here are the 10 albums that have impacted me while I was in high school, as well as 10 honorable mentions.

1.      Circa Survive – Juturna (2005)

When this album came out, I was already a fan of lead singer Anthony Green because of his time in Saosin. After I saw the video for the song “Act Appalled” I had to hear more from the band. The next day after school, I took the bus to the mall and bought the album. I made sure I had my Walkman on me so I could listen on the way home. It was the only album I listened to for a week. By the end of May, all of my notebooks had lyrics from the album written on them.

Favorite Tracks: “In Fear and Faith” “Oh, Hello”

2.      Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

American Idiot was the first album I bought while in high school. It came out a few weeks after I started my freshman year. I became quick friends with the other girls who were fans of the band. I don’t listen to the album as much as I do now but whenever I hear a song I am immediately reminded of turning fourteen.

Favorite Tracks: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Jesus of Suburbia”

3.      Sex Pistols – Never mind the Bullocks Here are the Sex Pistols ( 1977)

I had heard the song “Anarchy in the UK” at least 100 times before I listened to the Sex Pistols entire album. I would heard it all the time on the radio and liked the song a lot. It was not until I was home on Saturday when I saw the documentary “The Filth and the Fury” that I finally listened to the entire album start to finish. It has became a staple in my playlist.

Favorite Tracks: “Holiday in the Sun” “Pretty Vacant”

4.      The Clash – London Calling (1979)

I would hear songs by the Clash on the radio all the time. I had loved the band for a long time before I started high school but one day when I was a sophomore I gained a new appreciation for the band. I was listening to the bass line in “London Calling” and fell in love with every bassline bassist Paul Simonon wrote. This album may be the most iconic on my list not only for the songs but for the album cover.

Favorite Tracks: “The Guns of Brixton” “London Calling”

5.      Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me (2006)

My favorite music show while I was in high school was Steven’s Untitled Rock Show (2004-2008) which was a show that played alternative bands on Fuse. One day I was on Fuse’s website and there was short video of Steven at his desk talking about an amazing album he just listened to. The album was The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. I had no idea Brand New had a new album out and had to go out and listen for myself. He was right; it was amazing. I fell in love with it.

Favorite Tracks: “Sowing Season” “Degausser”

6.      Folly – Insanity Later (2004)

Folly was one of the many New Jersey bands I discovered while listening to WSOU. Their style was so different compared to a lot of the other bands I listened to. The lyrics to their songs are amazingly clever. I loved Folly so much and I loved the fact not many of my friends knew who they were. That was the beginning of my support for local artist.

Favorite Tracks: “Please Don’t Shoot the Piano Player, He’s Doing the Best He Can” “Serenity Now”

7.      Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)

I have loved Nirvana since as far back as I could remember. In 2007, MTV released a DVD of their unplugged performance. It was the first time I actually saw the entire performance. I had heard a lot of the songs from the album before then but after watching it the album took knew meaning for me.

Favorite Tracks: “Lake of Fire” “The Man Who Sold the World”

8.      Thursday – Full Collapse (2001)

The first time I saw Thursday perform was at Warped Tour. After I saw them, I had to go back and relisten to every album they had out. I would sit in my room with my headphones in listening at the highest volume screaming the songs at the top of my lungs. For a solid three years I would listen to Full Collapse every Thursday.

Favorite Tracks: “Understanding in a Car Crash” “Cross Out the Eyes”

9.      Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (1986)

The Beastie Boys are one of those bands I have always loved. I would watch their videos on MTV all the time like most people. Their greatest hits album came out while I was a sophomore. After listening to it, I decided to listen to Licensed to Ill again. I gained a new appreciation for the album and the band. I loved Beastie Boys so much I used “No Sleep till Brooklyn” as my background music when I was on the air at WSOU. It was also the last song I ever played on the air.

Favorite Tracks: “No Sleep till Brooklyn” “Slow and Low”

10.  Bad Brains – Bad Brains (1982)

In high school my love of punk and hardcore grew to a whole new level. I would research bands and the bands that influenced the bands I loved. That is how I discovered Bad Brains. I was watching the Henry Rollins Show and he talked about how he first saw Bad Brains before they were “Banned in DC.” All the New York Hardcore bands I loved also praised the live performance of Bad Brains. After hearing for months about how great they were I finally listened to them and fell in love. There was a two month span that I only listened to this album

Favorite Tracks: “Attitude” “Banned in DC”


Honorable Mentions (because I needed to list more)

11. Taking Back Sunday – Where you Want to Be (2004)

12. My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)

13. Flyleaf – Flyleaf (2005)

14. Alkaline Trio – Crimson (2005)

15. Stone Temple Pilots – Core (1992)

16. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

17. Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors (2000)

18. Paramore – All We Know Is Falling (2005)

19. Descendents – Milo Goes to College (1982)

20. Death Cab for Cutie – Plans (2005)

What are the albums that impacted you in high school? 

- Brit

Consistency is Key

Consistency is a value I consider important. I strive to be consistent in both my words and actions. One of my goals for this year is to be consistent in both my personal and professional life. One way I have noticed that I am consistent is in a way many people would disagree with which is I no longer post “Thoughts and Prayers” post on my social media when a tragedy happens. “Thoughts and Prayers” post are when people post immediately after a terror attack or accident that their “Thoughts and Prayers are with the victims of insert tragedy.” That may sound insensitive but I have a legitimate reason for why I do not want these post on my social media. The reason why I do not post “Thoughts and Prayers” tweets is because if I miss one tragedy there will be a backlash from people who feel I am ignoring the tragedy and that I consider one tragedy more tragic than the other. I also believe that my post cannot change what happens. I rather pray in private for those victims without broadcasting to those I follow on social media.

The ways I remain consistent with my actions are on a more personal level. I create schedules for myself so I can have consistent actions. I create weekly schedules for when I go to the gym to work out and for posting podcast for The Brit List. Sticking to a simple schedule will help me when I develop a stricter schedule. This is my way to train myself to be more productive.

 It is important for me to remain consistent in my words because it would ruin any credibility I have. Reading that I loud, I realize how silly that may sound. Why do I need to remain credible? Because I would like to grow my social media following with my podcast. I want those who read my post and listen to my podcast to trust me. There is no point in having a show and posting online if the people I interact with do not trust what I have to say.

I hope that I demonstrate my consistency and trustworthiness to everyone who reads my post on social media and those who listen to my podcast. I remain committed to being my best self and I want those reading this to be their best selves as well.

What are ways you remain consistent in life? Is consistency a major key in your life?

Best Chance 2017

It is officially 2017 and people are making resolutions they have no intentions of keeping while posting the same strategically posed pictures with the hashtag “New Year New Me.” I do not want to be a new person in 2017; I want to continue my growth to be my best. It is very easy to become complacent waiting for opportunities. I truly feel one can create their own opportunities and achieve their dreams with hard work. I recently tweeted #BestChance2017 which means I am opening myself to doing my best. I know there will be roadblocks in the way but I will do my best to stay on path. Here are five things I have done in the past that helped me give myself my best chances:

1.      Set Goals

I gave up making resolutions several years ago because I knew there was no way of completing them over the course of the year. I replaced resolutions with goals. By setting both short term and long term goals, I was able to achieve a lot the things I set out to do. Each day I worked a little harder to get to where I needed to be until I was able to accomplish my goals. Some of my goals are still out of reach but I have not given up on them. Even though I haven’t completed all of them I am a lot farther then I was on day one.

2.      Create a Plan and Get Organized

I bought a planner in 2015 and it was one of the best purchases I have made. I was able to organize my weekly schedule and weekly task. I stopped forgetting things I was supposed to do and became a more efficient employee. Seeing my weekly task written down made completing them less overwhelming. I also learned how much I can complete and whether or not I can take on more work during the week.

3.      Hold Yourself Accountable

 It is so easy to blame others for our downfalls but by holding yourself accountable you can fix any problems you have. By writing down my weekly task, I could see what I did accomplish. If I didn’t complete my task, I would ask myself why and try to change within myself. Constantly blaming others, will deter you from personal growth.

4.      Ask For Help

There is nothing wrong with asking others for help. No one can do everything on their own. I can be very stubborn sometimes but I know if I ever need advice I can talk to my father.  Sometimes listening to advice will help you view a situation in a different way.

5.      Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Failure is not the end of the world. In order to succeed, I had to accept that at one point I may fail. I had to accept that I will fail more than once and that is okay. Wallowing in self-pity is not. Once I stopped being afraid of failure I was able to focus my energy on the goals I wanted to accomplish.

I hope everyone learns from the lessons 2016 taught us. It may not always be easy but the New Year is providing everyone with a chance and it is up to each and every one of us to make the best of it.

Top 10 Albums of 2016

I could not think of a better first post then my Top 10 Albums of 2016. There were a lot of great albums that dropped in 2016 but these are the records that got the most spins in my life.


10. Pixies- Head Carrier

It is hard to judge a Pixies album. Head Carrier is an enjoyable album. Black Francis may not be able to replicate the band's original greatness but they are still good.


9. O’Brother – Endless Light

Endless Light may not be as great as Disillusion but it is still an amazing album. O’Brother’s sound is evolving and they took a creative risk that succeeded.


8. David Bowie – Blackstar

David Bowie’s final album is the perfect goodbye to world. Blackstar is a creative powerhouse and David Bowie’s talent will be missed.


7. Deftones- Gore

The band’s sound evolves with ever album. I can listen to all their albums start to finish and Gore is another great.


6. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost is an album with so much emotion. I feel it really captured the headspace I was in most of 2016.


5. Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

The Descendents has been one of my favorite pop punk bands since I first heard Milo Goes to College as a kid. Their catalog is full of albums that do not disappoint and Hypercaffium Spazzinate is an instant classic.


4. Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

I have no real way of describing Dillinger’s sound besides absolute awesomeness. Dissociation will be the go to album for years to come.


3.  Saosin- Along the Shadows

This is the first full length album since Saosin reunited with Anthony Green. No explanation needed why it is on my list.


2. A Day To Remember - Bad Vibrations

Bad Vibrations was a highly anticipated album for me that exceeded expectations. It might be my favorite A Day To Remember album since Homesick.


1. Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere

This album is my most listen to album of the year. To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is their first album since their hiatus and it is amazing. Dustin Kensrue’s voice is hauntingly beautiful on the album’s final track “Salt and Shadow.” This album has to be my unexpected favorite of the year!