The Top 15 Music Albums I Was Listening To At 15

Further to yesterday’s blogpost where I listed my top 15 albums of all-time (on the 15th of this month), I thought it would be fun to piggyback on Boppin’s post from yesterday where he listed his top 15 albums he was into at 15. Thanks, Boppin, for the inspiration!

For me, age 15 fell in between 1989 and 1990. During that time I was listening to many of bands I listen to today.

It was around this time in my life where my Mom loosened her standards on what music I bought and listened to. This was likely due to the obvious generation gap between us in age and music tastes. I was growing up and was able to formulate my dissent if she criticized my music. We were also both experiencing our own physical “hormonal shift” that saw us often at each other’s throats  during that time. Puberty and menopause – what an explosive combo! (It’s all good, and we both laugh about it now.)

Unlike my top 15 on the 15th where many of those albums were first owned on a maxell tape, I am happy to say almost all of the below were store-bought on cassette, and some later replaced with a CD.

Without further ado, here it is, my top 15 albums I was listening to when I was 15, in alphabetical order, sorted by artist:

Crowded House – Temple of Low Men (1988)

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The Cure – Standing on a Beach: The Singles (1986)

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Deee-lite – World Clique (1990)

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Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)

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Fine Young Cannibals – the Raw and the Cooked (1988)

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The Grapes of Wrath – Now and Again (1989)

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INXS – Listen Like Thieves (1985)

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Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)

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Led Zeppelin – IV (1971)

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Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust (1987)

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Peter Murphy – Deep (1989)

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New Order – Technique (1989)

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The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs (1987)

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U2 – War (1983)

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Yaz  – Upstairs at Eric’s (1982)

What top 15 albums would your fifteen-year-old self’s list have on it?

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46 comments

  1. Wow. Great group of albums. I think we’re about the same age(I turned 16 in December of 1989), and while I like quite a few of these albums now at 41, when I was 15 I was putting a steady diet of Rush, Joe Satriani, Megadeth, and a million guitar shredders that I can’t remember a single one of their names(okay, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Ritchie Kotzen, and Greg Howe, to name a few.)

    I didn’t begin to appreciate the alternative 80s until about 25 years after the fact.

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    1. Turned 16 July 1990, so we are around the same age. I’ve always been into this stuff. The heavier stuff started showing up around this time as well. But, no Megadeth for me until about 8 years ago.

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      1. Nice list. Many of those I have recently added to my collection. I just need time to listen to them.
        I haven’t heard of the Grapes of Wrath in years. Time to give them a spin and try to find some Peter Murphy.

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  2. I turned 15 in 2005.

    Those were weird times for me. Just about to finish high school and super delighted at the prospect. However I was pretty new to metal and rock at the time. Soon I would discover prog rock/metal.

    Weird times indeed.

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            1. Yes, the Orange boxed set is still in great shape. I also have the remastered three CD set with the black edging and the crop circles in multicolored squares on the cover.

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    1. I think we might have, Mike. I hung out with people from all social groups. I didn’t say in my post that no one in my high school circles liked my music. Jenny B went to a different high school than me, and that is where I would get my alt music from.

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      1. At least in my school there was very little co-mingling. We had the rockers and the wavers. I was kind of unique as one of the few metal heads in advanced, so I had to hang out with my buddies in the smoking area during recess or ‘bag off” class.

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        1. It was rare for people to convince in my high school too, but my public school time was such help…No friends…That high school allowed me a new opportunity to meet new people. I am pretty accepting of people, so that helps.

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        2. holy crap, autocorrect totally got my response wrong!
          Public school was HELL (not help), I had no friends. and it was rare for people to co-mingle (not convince) in my HS too. But, I managed to make friends in most social circles.

          Man that’s the last time I comment using my phone!

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  3. Some great albums there, Sarca. I didn’t discover the riches of some of these (Led Zep IV and The Cure, Crowded House and The Smiths) until much later. Like Geoff, there’s a few I’ll be listening to when I’m a bit older!

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