41 Albums That Are Defining Our 20s

Since we range in ages from a few months into our 20th year to grasping at our last days of 29, we decided to put together a list for this Twenty-Something Tuesday of our “Top 29 Albums of our 20’s.”  The rules are that the album had to be released since you turned 20 just to prove that despite all assertions, the album is not dead!

Some of these will decidedly age us (Jay Z juuuust made the cut) whereas our poor young’un darlings had much slimmer pickings. They’re a bit all over the place, much like we are, and not in any particular order, but without further ado, here are our top albums and our favorite tracks off them for your listening pleasure.

1.) Adele’s 21: Favorite Track: “One & Only”

 

2.) Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More: Favorite Track: “Sigh No More”

 

3.) Regina Spektor’s Begin to Hope: Favorite Track “Hotel Song”

 

4.) John Mayer’s Continuum: Favorite Track: “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”

 

5.) Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience: Favorite Track: “Mirrors”

 

6.) Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone: Favorite Track: “People Got A Lotta Nerve”

 

7.) Beirut’s The Rip Tide: Favorite Track: “East Harlem”

 

8.) The Lumineers’ The Lumineers: Favorite Track: “Slow it Down/ Stubborn Love”

 

9.) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist: Favorite Track: “Same Love”

 

10.) Fun’s  Some Nights: Favorite Track: “Out on the Town”

 

11.) Maroon 5’s Overexposed: Favorite Track: “Beautiful Goodbye”

 

12.) Peach Kelli Pop’s  Peach Kelli Pop II: Favorite Track: Panchito Blues

 

13.) The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow: Favorite Track: “Poison & Wine”

 

14.) Taylor Swift’s Red: Favorite Track: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

 

15.) Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations: Favorite Track “Knights of Cydonia”

 

16.) Metric’s Fantasies: Favorite Track: “Gimme Sympathy”

 

17.) Milo Greene’s Milo Greene: Favorite Track “1957”

18.) Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois: Favorite Track: “Chicago”

 

19.) Fiction Plane’s Left Side of the Brain: Favorite Track: “Fake Light From the Sun”

 

20.) Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ride: Favorite Track: “County Line”

21.) Brand New’s Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me: Favorite Track: “Jesus Christ”

22.) Polica’s Give Me the Ghost: Favorite Track: “Amongster”

23.) Tegan and Sara’s The Con: Favorite Track: “Back in Your Head”

24.) Stars’ Set Yourself on Fire: Favorite Track: “Your Ex-Lover is Dead”

25.) Los Campesinos!’s Romance is Boring: Favorite Track: “This is a Flag. There is No Wind”

26.) Elliott Smith’s From A Basement On The Hill: Favorite Track: “Twilight”

27.) Johnnyswim’s Heart Beats: Favorite Track: “Heart Beats”

28.) Matt Nathanson’s Some Made Hope: “Still”

29.) Jay Z’s Black Album: Favorite Track: “99 Problems”

30. ) Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book Favorite Track: “All Night”

 

31.) Florence + The Machine’s Lungs Favorite Track: “Cosmic Love”

32.) John Moreland’s High on Tulsa Heat Favorite Track: “Cherokee”

33.) alt+J’s An Awesome Wave Favorite Track: “Breezeblocks”

 

34.) Grouplove’s Never Trust a Happy Song Favorite Track: “Love Will Save Your Soul”

35.) BØRNS’s Dopamine Favorite Track: “Past Lives”

34.) Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface Favorite Track: “Lane Boy”

 35.) Halsey’s Badlands Favorite Track: “Control”

 

36.) The Wind + The Wave’s The Wreckage Favorite Track: “With Your Two Hands”

37.) The Winter of Mixed Drinks’ Frightened Rabbit Favorite Track: “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”

38.) The Lone Bellow’s Self Titled Favorite Track: “You Never Need Nobody”

 

39.) Brandon Flowers’ The Desired Effect Favorite Track: “Can’t Deny My Love”

40.) Beyonce’s Lemonade Favorite Track: “Formation”

 41.) Adele 25 Favorite Track: “When We Were Young”

42.) Hamilton Cast’s Hamilton: An American Musical Soundtrack Favorite Track “My Shot”

What’s YOUR top album of your 20s? Tweet them to us @litdarling and we’ll share them with our readers!

Grace Carpenter

Grace Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Virginia Class of 2015. She’s currently living in Munich, Germany, where she’s writing her blog, Our Millennial Mind (www.ourmillennialmind.com), and finishing her first novel. She’s a camera nut with a sweet tooth and an affinity for very thick sweaters, and she dreams of someday dancing onstage and opening her own bakery.

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