The Bloodshot Staff's Top 10 High School Albums


January 17th, 2017 by bsradmin

Everyone is doing it. And Peer Pressure™works! Our friends and fans have been posting their top 10 high school albums all over the web, listing off the records they spun the most in their teenage years. It got our memories jogging (or "yogging" - it may be a soft "j") and we couldn't help but share our favorite teen obsessions, no matter how embarrassing, dated, or nerdy they are. (Some of us (ROB!) don't have to worry about that. Look how cool his picks are. Though his music taste probably got him beat up in high school. All the nerds come out on top eventually!) And yeah, in case it's not obvious, we have a generationally diverse staff. 

Complete with audio! Have fun listening to our collective awkward phases. 

Co-Chief Nan Warshaw (a hippy-activist-turning-punk, yet on the Dean's List)

These dozen are my most listened to albums from ages 14-17 (I graduated high school at age 16, so I included the next year here).

Patti Smith Horses

David Bowie Hunky Dory

John Hartford Aereo-Plain


John Prine John Prine


Grateful Dead American Beauty


Shel Silverstein Freakin' At The Freakers Ball


Human Sexual Response Fig. 14


Lene Lovich Stateless


The Mothers (Frank Zappa) Just Another Band From LA


The Who Quadrophenia


Elvis Costello Our Aim Is True


Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables


Co-Chief Rob Miller (the quiet punk kid)

Look, I’m not trying to play it too cool for school with this list, but I really DID NOT listen to music with anything other than a glancing interest until I picked up a Devo record; before that it was all comedy records and my own dark thoughts.  I guess you could put “important” albums like Dark Side of the Moon and whatever fucking Zep record had “Stairway to Heaven” on it, cuz I found it all to be sooooo boring I turned off the radio.  In hindsight, they had value.

The Cramps  Songs the Lord Taught Us

The Gun Club Fire of Love

Otis Redding/Jimi Hendrix Experience  Live at Monterey


Chuck Berry  The Great 28


X Wild Gift


Black Flag Damaged


Dead Kennedys  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables


George Carlin Indecent Exposure


Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks


Devo Are We Not Men?


Publicity Pirate Josh Zanger (the marching band geek)

Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut

Weezer Weezer (Blue)

Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle


The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love


Braid frankiewelfareboyagefive


Primus Frizzle Fry


Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five


Sunny Day Real Estate Diary


Blue Meanies Full Throttle


Shellac At Action Park

New Media Maven Mike Smith (the in-betweener)

This was nearly impossible for me to whittle down to 10. And jeez, didn't I listen to any female artists? This is a dude-fest. I'm also realizing that most of the traditional punk music I listened to was in middle school. Weird. I didn't consider that any sort of "roots" or twangy music was worthwhile until college.

At The Drive-In Relationship of Command

Atmosphere Seven's Travels

Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album

Guster Keep It Together

The Honorary Title Anything Else But the Truth

Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder

Jimmy Eat World Futures

Jurassic 5 Quality Control

Minus the Bear Menos El Oso

Thrice Vheissu

Radio Wrangler Elise (the outcast)

Fresh from my CD binder.

Alkaline Trio Goddammit

Gorillaz Demon Days

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell


Brand New The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me


Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere


Black Flag Damaged


Cursive The Ugly Organ


TV On The Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes


Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy


Aesop Rock Labor Days

Retail Ranger Pete Klockau (the chain wallet guy)

Beck Odelay!

Gwar Scumdogs of the Universe

White Zombie Astro-Creep 3000

Amazing Royal Crowns Amazing Royal Crowns

Slayer South of Heaven

Primus The Brown Album

The Cramps Bad Music for Bad People

Misfits Collection 1 & 2

Reverend Horton Heat Smoke 'em If You Got 'em

Bloodhound Gang One Fierce Beer Coaster (you know you had it, too, 90’s people.)

Warehouse Warrior Justin Hertner (the metalhead)

Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical

Norma Jean Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child

The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, and Nothing Is Bleeding


Blindside Silence


August Burns Red Thrillseeker


At All Cost It’s Time To Decide


ZAO The Funeral Of God


The Blood Brothers Crimes


My Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge


The Faint Wet From Birth

Promotions Purveyor Nina Stiener (the class president)

Cheers to honesty and my horrible early music taste.

Taylor Swift Red

Green Day 21st Century Breakdown

Mumford and Sons Sigh No More


Kanye West Graduation


Adele 21


Mat Kearney City of Black and White


Lady Gaga Born This Way


Eric Church Chief 


Paramore Brand New Eyes


Beyoncé 4

Incredible Intern Max Abner (the theater kid)

Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks

Tom Waits Mule Variations


Pixies Doolittle


Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps


Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Van Morrison Moondance


Randy Newman Sail Away


David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


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