A riff on the classic ranking your desert island discs formula, it induced a full-on office meltdown when posed to the editorial team. We love a meme, but no one wants to choose between Kanye records. Or Avril Lavigne ones, for that matter.
What are 7 albums that define you?
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Still, we tried our best, and like to think the brutal honesty present here (Shrek soundtrack; The Essential Bob Dylan) is indicative of our music critic credibility, rather than lack thereof.
Below, in no particular order, the PAPER team's painstaking, Gwen Stefani-heavy lists. Don't judge too harshly!
Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne The Essential Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan Chuck - Sum 41 Music From the Motion Picture Juno - Various Artists The Year of Hibernation - Youth Lagoon Bury Me at Makeout Creek - Mitski CTRL - SZA
The Flying Club Cup - Beirut Blond - Frank Ocean Treats - Sleigh Bells Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones Chronicle: the 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival Dying Is Your Latest Fashion - Escape the Fate The Velvet Underground & Nico -The Velvet Underground & Nico
Let Go - Avril Lavigne Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan Yeezus - Kanye West Mid-thirties Singles Scene - Scott & Charlene's Wedding
David Waxman Pres. Ultra Electro - Various Artists Manners - Passion Pit Worlds - Porter Robinson Platform - Holly Herndon PC Music Vol. 1 - Various Artists The Suburbs - Arcade Fire Yeezus - Kanye West
Is This It - The Strokes Let go - Avril Lavigne The Stylistics (Debut Album) - The Stylistics Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Blackout - Britney Spears Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette Cold World: The Sideline Story - J. Cole 1975 - 1975 blink-182 - blink-182 good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar Frank - Amy Winehouse Light Me Up - The Pretty Reckless