Top Ten Albums that Were the First You Owned of a Specific Genre

I think every person whose taste is not limited to one genre knows what their first impression of a certain type of music was and what album was responsible for that.

I became more open for different kinds of music with different target groups over the years, but I am still exploring certain territories in the music landscape. I am the kind of person to buy physical studio albums and then listen to them. And it has always been like this. I started collecting CDs ever since I was a young kid, around the age of 8. And this habit hasn't changed ever since, now owning thousands of CDs.

I still remember when I first got in touch with certain genres - often before I even knew what they are called.

Do you?

The Top Ten

1 Oceanborn - Nightwish (Symphonic Metal)

Compared to the other albums I originally listed on my original remix, me listening to this one was not as long ago. It must have been around 2013. I had recently watched this incredibly sad short movie "The Snowman" (as a child I owned a VHS casette and wanted to watch it again - as a kind I never found it all too emotional, but as a teen this hit me hard) and when I googled up the soundtrack song "Walking in the Air" I discovered Nightwish's cover version. I then actually bought both "Oceanborn" and "Century Child" at the same time, but I listened to "Oceanborn" first as it contains WITA. The rest is history: I bought all the other Nightwish studio albums and they became my absolute favorite band and still are. This is a beautiful record and remains one of my all time albums, and of course my mind was instantly blown. Nightwish songs have by far my favorite and lyrics - the only thing coming close in admiration is Rammstein - and the enchanting power of the music craft is ...more - Martin_Canine

For me it was Angels Fall First. I still slightly prefer that album over this because of the folk element the debut has. But the song "Gethsemane" is still one of my favourites of the early Nightwish era. - IronSabbathPriest

2 Nena feat. Nena - Nena (2000s Pop)

This was also the first proper album I ever owned in my life, not counting a few soundtracks of kids' shows - that was in 2003, when I was around 6 or 7. My mother originally bought the CD for herself, but when I loved it so much she gave it to me.
The album contains entirely re-worked versions of classic Nena songs, often with entirely different lyrics or melodies, and sometimes just as genre transitions. Back then, of course I didn't know her old songs.
Of course, since then, 2000s pop became the genre I know the most material of. And this still ranks among my favorite albums of all time.

Now for genre definition: in the 80s, Nena made Neue Deutsche Welle music. This was Germany's answer to New Wave, with a punk-ish attitude but making excessive use of synthesizers, and lyrics in German. These re-recordings are nothing like that. They are a mix of actual instruments such as guitars and percussion, and electronic devices such as drum kits and keyboard. They are more ...more - Martin_Canine

3 The Cookbook - Missy Elliott (American Hip-Hop)

I must say, I am far from being 100 percent sure if this was my first hip hop album or not, but browsing through my collection, it appears to be.
In 2005, being 9 years and watching the music T.V. channels (back then mostly VIVA, and also MTV Germany when it actually aired music videos), I was totally in love with thos "Lose Control" song. To be honest, I rarely listendd to hip hop back then. I was a pop listener, and everything harder than that left me unsatisfied.
In 2005, there was actually way more American than German hip hop that the major public knew. Sure, there were Bushido, Kool Savas and Sido, but that was about it. Nowadays, German hip hop constantly tops the German album charts and only few American rappers make it into the top ten.

Anyway, Missy Elliott had something that I liked, but I guess it was because I knew Ciara who was on this "Lose Control" song and because of the beat. That made it feel more upbeat and fun than other more sinister rappers trending ...more - Martin_Canine

4 Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (Traditional Heavy Metal)

This is the first heavy metal album I've ever bought, and it got me hooked to Iron Maiden.
I bought it a year ago, and I still LOVE this album.
Good riffs, Splendid guitar solos, Amazing vocals, Hardcore basslines, Awesome drumming, some of the best metal songs I've ever listened!
This is definitely one of my top 3 favorite iron maiden albums, and one of my favorite albums of all time.
Up The Irons!

5 Es Ist Juli - Juli (Indie Rock)

I got this album when it was released in 2004 and I loved several songs on it. They also had several hits off it that everybody knew, and it was cool to listen to them. Being a child, I could barely relate to lyrics like "have you believed, have you hoped it will all turn out for the better? / have you cried, have you begged, becaused it all became different? / Where's the time? Where's the sea? / it's missing and you ask me where it was left behind", in fact I thought their lyrics were a bit odd. This is a clear case of not having been mature enough for the music, but I still loved those melodies and sound of it all.

This album was a big deal in Germany in 2004. Because its impact formed the entire landscape of German music afterwards - and it can still be heard today. Wir sind Helden were the first who had notable chart success with their indie-style German language music, but Juli had the huge, big hits that made indie rock and indie pop one of the biggest genres in Germany ...more - Martin_Canine

6 On the Way to Wonderland - Sunrise Avenue (Alternative Rock)

The album by a Finnish rock band that is massively successful in German speaking countries was released in 2006 and I got it a bit later, sometime in 2007 when “Forever Yours” was a single and all over the music channels. I was about 11 back then. Even though I can’t tell for 100% if it really was the first record of the genre because the definition is so damn hard.

In 2007, I liked some of their songs really much. While in America alternative rock and similar genres were amazingly huge in the 2000s, barely any band like this had hits over here. Sunrise Avenue stood out of the masses of pop with their alternative rock style and that appealed to me, but then, I liked a lot of music back then but rarely dug deep into it. I was a kid and just enjoyed music superficially. They never were a favorite band of mine, and I didn’t feel the urge to buy another album in the years to come, until I became older and matured, taking a more diverse stand on music.

Now knowing ...more - Martin_Canine

7 Like a Virgin - Madonna (80s Pop)

You know, this one is extremely hard. In 2007 my Madonna craze started. I bought all of her albums - and I don't mean just her studio albums, everything from EPs to live albums, and best of compilations because they included two new songs - things I'd never buy today no matter how much I love an artist. It was the first time my fascination for an artist was so big I wanted to own everything by them. Of course, my love for Madonna's music back then as a kid only went so far that I listened to her music all over again. Nowadays this is different: I stil consider her one of my top five favorite artists of all time, but because I see the biggest amount of creativity and ambition in all of pop music history in her. No matter how great others might have been, Madonna expanded the boundaries of pop, made it an art form, equal to more "respected" genres in songwriting, diversity and ideas.

That being said, this side of Madonna started with her third album "True Blue". "Like a Virgin" ...more - Martin_Canine

8 The Adventures of Ch!pz - Ch!pz (Bubblegum Dance)

In 2005, this Dutch group made German kids very happy. So happy they entered the top ten with a genre that has died after the 90s in most countries, with several bands suddenly emerging imitating their happy style and one (Banaroo) actually managed to top the German album charts. I loved Ch! pz and their adventurous music videos when I was 9, and my memories are just the best.

What do I say nowadays?
This is the best album for a kid to listen to. The songs are built up like different adventures, in one song they are fighting aliens, in another they are cowboys, in another they are in space. There is one song set in a haunted house, which was and still is my favorite of the album (it has an INSANELY CATCHY melody in minor) but if they perfectly understand English it might be spooky for your kid (the main song is harmless, just horror stereotypes like werewolves and Frankenstein's monster, but there is a Thriller-like demonic narrator voice). The songs are imaginative fun for ...more - Martin_Canine

9 Erotica - Madonna (90s Pop)

I bought this album in the same Madonna craze that got me "Like a Virgin". In fact, I still remember that I got it when I was sick and my mother bought it, knowing I didn't already have it (back in 2007, that was still possible to find out, now ten years later my mother would need to check through closets full of CDs).

From my recent point of view, "Erotica" is a good Madonna record with very diverse musical visions and styles. The title track is purely building up sexual tension (THIS is how you do a sexual song. Not simply being in-your-face explicit but using your voice, the beat and perfect wording to create a mood), "Rain" is a beautiful ballad, and several of the other songs have a certain disco groove combined with 90s drums and sampling. - Martin_Canine

10 Inhuman Rampage - Dragonforce (Power Metal)

For once, I can't tell when I got this album. But it must have been sometime between 2007 and 2009, rather the latter.

Specifically in my school class there were a few rock bands trending, even though outside of my class harder rock genres weren't all that popular except for a few like Linkin Park. Now, in my class, Dragonforce was a thing (even though they didn't chart or have a hit, I assume it was word-of-mouth) and even though I barely liked what my classmates liked, I somehow totally digged Dragonforce for a short period of time, even though I kind of had a problem with the tempo, but oh, did I adore the melodies.

Nowadays, I do still like them, but I barely listen to them. I am not at all a metalhead, so I don't have any bias towards them, and I still have the same opinion: their melodies are my favorite aspects, but I'd rather hear those over an instrumental half as fast.
I ended up owning two of their albums, and occasionally, I like to tune in to them ("Cry ...more - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park (Nu Metal)

One of the first albums I actually owned. The album to start the spark for my love for heavier music. - cjWriter1997

First album I owned.
I remember when a friend gave me a copy of this album because I really loved Linkin Park. - wrests

The first Nu Metal album I ever owned.
This was when Linkin Park was really good.

12 Comeback - Tic Tac Toe (German Hip Hop)

I got this album when it was released in 2006, I must have been around 10 - and I know what you will say, this is too young for a hip hop album that contains explicit lyrics. But I knew the facts of life much earlier. My family isn’t prude.

Initially, I didn’t like the album at all. I knew some of the group's earlier songs from the 90s, which were poppier, more melodic and relied on singing as much as on rapping, and this is what I really loved. “Comeback” is more rooted in modern hip hop rather than pop rap (Germany's equivalent of oldschool hip hop), and instead of catchy melodies we get harder beats and constant rapping. It wasn’t my cup of tea. Back then, I only liked pop music and this album’s tone was a bit frustrating for me.

Now, here's my recent opinion:
“Comeback” is a mixed bag. Two thirds are simply awesome, the rest is some of the weirdest material I ever heard on a German hip hop album. What has to be said is that even though in the ...more - Martin_Canine

13 Riot! - Paramore (Pop-Punk)
14 Back in Black - AC/DC (Hard Rock)
15 10,000 Days - Tool (Progressive Metal)

I'm pretty sure I'd consider this a life changing album. Truly one of the biggest albums to me at the time. - cjWriter1997

16 Kid A - Radiohead (Art Rock/Experimental)

Another album I would consider life changing. - cjWriter1997

17 Weezer - Weezer (90s Alternative)

One of my absolute favorite albums. Fun Alternative rock that has much more going for it, the more you dive deeper into the album. - cjWriter1997

18 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (Hardcore Hip Hop)

My first taste of Hardcore Hip Hop - it was awesome.

19 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park (Nu-Metal)
20 The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost - Insane Clown Posse (Horrorcore)
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