The album I can't live without
Even after 40 years, Clive Sheridan still get shivers from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs.
While the lyrics may hint at nihilism, the song More Than This itself is deeply romantic, writes Aaron Spencer.
Listening to Don Mclean confirms that everything really has gone to hell, including us, writes Peter Richmond.
The album Jay Kerehi can't live without is Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Paul Wieland rates Beethoven's 7th symphony as the album he couldn't live without, for its overwhelming optimism and musicality.
The album is about five good friends diving headlong into the real world, Jeremy Arnold writes.
After realising how awful dance/trance/house music was, Kieran Steele wanted music with substance. Bob Marley filled that void.
Jagged Little Pill reminds Jessica Aaltonen of the simplicity of the 90s - a beautiful girl with long hair, singing on a guitar.
Julian Real has loved Pink Floyd's The Wall album for more than 20 years.
I know Born in the USA is not Bruce Springsteen's best album, but I think that it's still a great album, Mark Garland writes.
Ben Harper's Live from Mars album helped Stu Carruthers get through a difficult time in his life.
Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, sits above all other metal albums, writes Adrian Smith.
If you want to experience a true rock 'n' roll band at their most vibrant, listen to X In Search of Space before you die, Rory Hughes says.
Kim Forbes reflects on the album that changed his perspective on life - Deep Purple's Machine Head.
Before These Crowded Streets from Dave Matthews Band is quite simply the greatest album of all time, Phil Edgecombe writes.
The Talk Talk Talk album was like someone put a blowtorch down the collective creative undies of The Psychedelic Furs, Dave Smith writes.
Queen's A Night at the Opera is a pure art. It's so good to our ears and so good to our souls.
The AK-79 compilation was a record full of local bands that Dave Smith could go out and see playing live.
Elton John is a must-have in the car, on the iPod, and the turntable, Bart Couprie writes.
After hearing Deep Purple's 'Live in London', Keith Eleftherioujust wanted to be a bitchin' axe man.
What most attracts Andrew Johnson to Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti is the sheer diversity of the music.
There are no bad tracks to skip through on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, Paul Adams says.
What makes the Ok Computer album truly special is it allows you to connect with Radiohead on a personal level, Dee Kay writes.
Sarah McKenzie is still rocking out like she's 14-years-old again to Green Day.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik has been the one album Michael Rodie always goes back to.
Bruce Springsteen's The River takes you on a journey of love, despair, joy, and rock and roll, writes Patrick Wilson.
Kimo's album Surrender features real musicians playing well crafted songs that deserve to be heard and remembered, Dave Smith writes.
If Scottish punk rockers The Rezillos ever come to New Zealand, Dave Smith will be in the front of the queue to see them.
Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark is an album Alan Thomson would have to take with him to a desert island.
Forever Changes captured the spirit of the American counter-culture of the mid to late 1960s, writes Doug Thomas.
I sashay around my hotel room in Bangkok, singing with Dave Dobbyn: Welcome Home.
The band mixes metal, alternative and rock with grinding riffs, singalong choruses and angsty lyrics.
Greg Willson knows his Michael Jackson and he's keeping the faith with the gloved one.
Dave Smith loves kicking back to the sound of Kiwi music legend Andrew Brough's band, Bike.
Rachel Lafferty finds it hard to choose just one album, but would go with Jeff Buckley's album Grace.
I couldn't possibly name one album I couldn't live without, writes Patrick Doyle, but there are many he loves.
The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St helped Sophie Rizvi escape to another world.
Toni Childs' 1988 album Union is the one that I have consistently listened to since its release, writes Glenn Davy.
The Easy Rider soundtrack is a perfectly organised summary of life growing up in the 60s and 70s, writes Ewen Spark.
Martin Buck says Boz Scaggs is saved by the heavenly playing of guitarist Duane Allman.
A Finnish cello rock band led Emma Stevenson to find love and eventually accompanied her up the aisle.
While the albums that constitute Nigel Gregory's Desert Island Discs changes hourly, Heaven Up Here remains a constant.
Bob Dylan's latest album receives mixed reviews as he delves deep into tempestuous topics.
Craig Board's life in small town NZ was being ruined by country and western until Ziggy came to town.
Anthony Scadden says British pop group The Move pushed music on from the sound the Beatles created.
Alan Wheatley says The Hollies remain one of his pivotal bands of all time, helping launch is career in radio.
I was coming to the end of the weekly visit to the parents when I remembered to ask, "mum, have you still got the old records?".
New Zealand's great musical past is at risk of being lost and that's one bad tune, says Dave Smith.
Juistine Weaich discovered The Cure in the 80s when she was a teenager, and they are still dear to her heart.
Wendy Riddel loves the subtle messages on Lobo's album, A Simple Man, and keeps returning.
Phillip McNamara's first trip to Australia provided his introduction to Kanye West and he's very grateful.
Jimi Hendrix hits all the right notes for Johnny Andrews, who says Axis: Bold as Love is a masterpiece.
It took Roderick Stanley a little while to warm to the surreal Trout Mask Replica, but now he thinks it's a gem.
I was educated about the brilliance of Neil Young at a young age by my father.
Daniel McGrath loves French-indie band Phoenix and thinks you should have a listen too.
Kylie Lewis shocked her mum when Pearl Jam's Vs had its first play in the family car.
Chris Hormann knows exactly why he likes Fleetwood Mac and, in particular, Stevie Nicks.
Malcolm Dowding has owned In the Court of the Crimson King, by King Crimson, in various formats and keeps coming back to it.
Sometimes it is clear why we strike upon certain albums and promote them to feature as our personal soundtracks.
Season's End introduced Steve Hogarth as Marillion's new front man and along with the voice a new direction.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is the first time Sarah Hammond understood David Bowie's talent.
It is 43 years since Abbey Road was released. It closed the 60's and welcomed the new musical horizon. It is a classic.
D'Angelo was at the forefront of the neo-soul movement. This groovy monolith of an album separated him from the pack.
Grunge would have been lost without Alice in Chains and lead singer, Layne Staley, writes Emma Richardson.
Andrew Simms keeps returning to David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is the epitome of cool, writes April George.
Rigot Ormsby can taste and see home, a simpler life, when he listens to Songs from the Front Lawn.
Corduroy jackets, winkle pickers and cops keen on his booze, the 60s were a different time for Yogi Hansen.
Simon and Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme album caught the moment as the Vietnam war hotted up.
There are many albums and bands that I love.
This album represents so many things to me. It suits every mood with its mix of slow, medium and fast pace, sometimes within individual songs.
Darryl Kirk is brought to tears by an album that brings back memories of an old friend.
Emily McCaul says she made terrible music choices when she was younger - except for one album.
Kenny G made probably the best alto sax elevator muzak album ever made by someone with very curly hair.
Wow, this is an album I can't live without.