The album I couldn't live without

Idiot and proud of it

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Green Day's American Idiot made me who I am today. And I'm going to get a tattoo to celebrate it.

Why Kanye West is a genius

Kanye West

Either Kanye is a delusional maniac or a bona fide genius. Shilo Kino argues for the latter.

Unassuming powerpop

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RICHARD PORTEOUS

I found all my vague schoolboy anti-authoritarianism being channeled by Green Day's 2004 album.

Out of the closet

Trapped in The Closet

R Kelly’s groundbreaking hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, is a true tour de force through the events in his life.

A forgotten jewel

Jewel album

While spring-cleaning a few years ago I uncovered a forgotten jewel - Pieces of You by Jewel.

Pink Floyd is an art

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MICHELLE HSIEH

Listening to Wish You Were Here is like viewing a well-portrayed picture in an art gallery, writes Michelle Hsieh.

The defining Beatles album

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DAVID MCLACHLAN

The Beatles were the ones that brought modern music to wide public attention around the world, writes David McLachlan.

A real love of music

Strap

Putting music ahead of commercialism, Scott Armstrong's album was an important moment in his life.

'I can't thank Madonna enough'

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Madonna's 1998 album Ray of Light helped this reader at a time when it felt like no-one understood.

An album of rock and roll vision

The Who Tommy

Tunes from 'Tommy' are enough to give Don Marriott goosebumps - covering him like a mighty wind of sand.

An album of angst

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NIK SMYTHE

As a teenager in the mid-80s, Nik Smythe became obsessed with The Who's album Quadrophenia.

Crazy about Madonna

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COREY HENDERSON

Madonna's album Like a Prayer influenced a whole new generation of pop stars, writes Corey Henderson.

Album I can't live without: Dirt

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ANT HAWKINS

Ant Hawkins thinks Alice in Chains' Dirt album is the greatest album ever made.

Great music can be disturbing

Aqualung

Favourite music isn't always a soothing, exciting or loving tone, sometimes it can be what scares you.

Neil Young's peak album

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ANDREW FIGGEST

Neil Young's second album was a rarity - it lived up to its reputation, Andrew Figgest writes.

Morrissey's finest lyrics

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The Smiths' 1984 debut has their strongest set of songs and Morrissey's finest lyrics, David Finley writes.

My appetite for destruction

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AARON NORGROVE

Guns n' Roses' album Appetite for Destruction was the essential backdrop to Aaron Norgrove's teenage years.

Lauryn Hill saved my life

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HINEARI NOM

The lyrics on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill gave Hineari Nom the strength to leave a toxic relationship.

Album the changed my life

Windfall

ELLYN MACPHERSON

Ellyn discovered her favourite album while looking through a second-hand bargain bin.

MacColl at the top of her game

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JANELLE KENNEDY

Kirsty MacColl's 1989 album Kite is made up of wonderful, witty songs that haven't dated.

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