OurFavoriteAlbumsSideImageMusic is involved with almost every aspect of our lives. A lot of times it’s in the background and we do not really even pay attention to its presence until a song we love comes on. Then we listen and some people (who are more daring than I am) sing out loud with the song. We all have music that moves us and that means something to us. Maybe it reminds us of a certain time in our lives or of somebody special. As I spent time thinking about the impact music has had on my life, I began to wonder which albums would I put in my top ten list. I’m an album guy, I can’t listen to the radio. It was really hard to come up with a list. Then I asked myself, “What albums are always on my phone?” I guess these would be my go-to albums–the ones I can listen to anytime, anywhere. So, after I put together my list, I asked others here at Teton Guitars what albums are always on your phone/ipod/6-disc CD changer/vinyl shelf, etc.

First is the list I came up with and following will be other people here at Teton Guitars with their lists.


Jimmy Eat World – Clarity

Paul Simon – Graceland

Bob Schneider – Lonelyland

Avett Brothers – Four Thieves Gone

Fun – Some Nights

Pinback – Autumn of Seraphs

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Radiohead – OK Computer

Pearl Jam – Vitalogy



Joe Satriani – Crystal Planet

Dream Theater – Images and Words

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia – Friday Night in San Francisco

Animals as Leaders – Joy of Motion

King’s X – Ogre Tones

Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom

Amaranthe – The Nexus

Steve Vai – Real Illusions: Reflections

Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale – Breathing Under Water

Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies


Jenn:  I just want it noted that this was near impossible for me to narrow down to 10. My list started with 22 albums and even that was difficult!

Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs

Alkaline Trio – Agony and Irony

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk

Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

Chris Bell – I am the Cosmos

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – From Below

Everclear – So Much for the Afterglow

LP – Forever for Now

Sixx:A.M. – The Heroin Diaries

Fun. – Some Nights



Led Zepplin – Houses of the Holy

Paul Simon – Rhythm of the Saints

Tame Impala – Currents

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Black Keys – Turn Blue

Beatles – White Album

Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

Nujabes – Modal Soul

The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Tool – Aenima



Beatles – Abbey Road

ELO – Out of the Blue

The Cars – The Cars

John Cougar – Nothin’ Matters and What if it Did

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

ELO – A New World Record

AC/DC – Back in Black

Foreigner – Foreigner

Boston – Boston

Beatles – Rubber Soul



Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

Van Halen – Mean Streets

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Ozzy Ozbourne – Diary of a Madman

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

King’s X – Tape Head

Soundgarden – Superunknown

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Dream Theater – Images and Words

Joanna Newsom – Milk Eyed Mender


Teton Artist; Ben Truman of Truman Brothers:

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life

John Mayer – Continuum

Weezer – Blue Album

New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too  

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night


Teton Artist; Chad Truman of Truman Brothers:

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life

John Mayer – Continuum & Born and Raised

Weezer – Blue Album

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

Billy Joel – The Stranger


Teton Artist; Hope Leigh:

I love love love “sleeping at last” and “johnnyswim” and “Nate Ruess band


Teton Artist; Edward Hernandez:

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

311 – From Chaos

Silverchair – Diorama

The Beatles – Let it Be

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds


Teton Artist; Kenny Lee Young:

1.) I fell in love with The Bright Light Social Hour from Austin, TX. One of the bands I was in had the pleasure of opening up for them the first time they came through Colorado about 5 years ago. Every single one of their tracks on their self-titled album is a showcase of their energy and talent. They have this sweet take on southern blues rock with a psychedelic twist that is in your face and groovy.

2.) I’m still a sucker for Jeff Buckley’s song “Lover You Should’ve Come Over”. My sister introduced me to him and his Chicago blues style when I was a senior in high school. The build-up throughout the song and lyrics are painfully heavenly. Every time I hear this tune I feel like I have to belt out these falsetto vocal lines he does towards the end. It also contains one of my favorite lines in the second bridge  – “It’s never over, All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter. It’s never over, She is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever”.

3.) Pearl Jam’s album 10 is an ace in the pocket to me. Jeff Ament and Stone’s guitar licks and riffs give this “Even Flow” throughout all the tunes exposing these lightning-fast picking phrases and also catchy laid-back melodies at the same time.  And, of course…they have one of my all time favorite singers. You might already know his name.

4.) Young Blood Brass Band has this stunning, funky jam called “Brooklyn“.  It immediately puts me in a great mood every time I hear it.  With this type of power group behind their instruments, there is no need for lyrics.  If you decide to listen to it, you should watch the live footage of them playing this piece at High Noon Saloon or at the 2005 Big Chill Festival. You will not be disappointed….uhhh, so good!

5.) I wish I could express my affinity for the Avett Brothers eloquently, but all I can say is that they are life changing to me. All of their albums front to back are candy for the ears. The songwriting is therapy and the music is a hot home-cooked meal. My fiancé and I decided to take a trip a few years back with no destination mapped out. The goal was just to drive for a few days, and that’s when we discovered their album I and Love and You.  This easily became the soundtrack for our trip and those memories are forever inscribed in my heart.