Holy sh*t this album. Now admittedly I wasn't huge into Say Anything at this point, I had heard a few of their tracks like 'A Walk Through Hell' but never listened to them. I still remember the first time hearing 'Alive With The Glory Of Love' on Fuse (or was it Much Music then?) it blew me away. The sound was amazing, it just rocked, the lyrics were clever and snarky. I wasn't quite able to fully appreciate it at this point but I knew it was something awesome. Again as I said I wasn't huge into them at this point so I didn't really listen in depth to the rest of the album but this song was on repeat.
2. New Found Glory - Catalyst: All Downhill From Here
I only knew New Found Glory from the over playing of 'My Friends Over You' and 'Head On Collision' at this point but I knew I liked them. The whole Pop-Punk thing was definitely for me. When I saw the video for 'All Downhill From Here' I was hooked, it was much harder and louder than what I had heard from them, the video was visually awesome, there was nothing not to love. It did get over played in the end but I still loved it.
3. Emery - The Weak's End: Walls
The first time I heard this song was because it was someone's Myspace song, remember those? Yeah I was hooked from the second the discordant guitars and screaming exploded through my speakers, through the electronics, soft vocals, emotional lyrics, to the explosive end. This was right around when I realized I liked this 'screamo' music, and this was perfect.
4. Chevelle - This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In): The Clincher
Another song that had me at a loss for words. I only sort of knew Chevelle at this time, I knew the song 'The Red' and the song 'Send The Pain Below' which was way overplayed. This was first time I really took a listen though. This song was just so heavy it was like a ton of bricks. It also showed me that a band didn't have to scream to be heavy. This is still my favorite song by them and probably my favorite album as well.
5. Jimmy Eat World - Futures: Pain
'The Middle' was a pretty cool song and the first time I had ever heard the band (yes I am aware they have been around for a long time before that) but it never really hooked me and after hearing it for the 1000th time I was put off by the band. Then I saw the video for 'Pain' and was left wanting more. It was darker and a bit harder than what I had heard before. Not to mention the video was pretty cool. It was the first time I found myself looking back into their discography.
6. The Exies - Head For The Door: Ugly
The perfect song for the angsty teen. With lyrics like "Are you ugly? Ugly Like me?" Just what you need when you have extremely low esteem, and I don't mean that sarcastically at all. It was a very identifiable song lyrically. Musically it felt like something Nirvana may have done if they had still been around. That raw, grungy, dirty sound.
7. Orgy - Punk Statik Paranoia: Vague
Orgy hit the mainstream radio with their controversial cover of New Order's Blue Monday. Personally I loved the cover, Jay Gordon's monotone voice and their style of synth breathed new life into the song for me. This album isn't particularly my favorite but the song is. Lyrics about drug use made me feel edgy (I wished I was one of the cool kids), the beat had me hooked.
8. Green Day - American Idiot: American Idiot
I'm not even going to stoop as low as making the obvious joke here. I liked this album when it came out, that faded fast. That's all I'll say.
9. Rise Against - Siren Songs Of The Counter Culture: Give It All
I can still remember seeing this video. It came on at 2am, I was up because I was puking my brains out sick. I had no idea what 'punk' music was, to me at the time it meant bands like Green Day or Fallout Boy. Then I saw/heard this, and I started my journey to discover what punk actually is. Yes Rise Against aren't quite pure punk and this album was their push into the mainstream, but still at the time this was me dipping my toe in the water before jumping into bands like The Descendants and Minor Threat.
10. Every Time I Die - Hot Damn!: Ebolarama
Well this is the perfect song for today right? Back then when I first heard Every Time I Die I knew they were something special. They weren't like any band I'd heard before. I'll admit my only thought process was "They scream so they're cool" but I knew I liked this song I just couldn't put my finger on it. It's catchy as hell while also being just so off putting if you're looking for any sort of repetition or easy to follow pattern. There's a reason this band is a permanent part of me, and it started here.
11. Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder: Sometimes
The title track off this album had me running out to buy the album, but Sometimes is the song that had me hooked. It's a bit cheesy but the balance between the mesmerizing acoustic guitar and the heavier parts was perfect in my mind. Honestly I still like it to this day and this album as whole. They toned down the whole nu-metal/hardcore thing they had going on the last album, there's a lot more experimentation but it's also poppy, it's worth a second look.
12. The Used - In Love And Death: All That I've Got
Back then 90% of my reason for listening to it was the awesome video. The mix of live action and animation, the story it told, it was every 'emo' kid's wet dream. It definitely got over played and after a while became a bit annoying. It's easier to listen to it today but not one of my favorites by them. The video still kicks ass though.
13. Franz Ferdinand - Self Titled: Take Me Out
I think this band really got lost amongst similar sounding bands at the time like The Killers and The Strokes, but this song got me hooked on the them enough to put it on my Sansa and enough to check back every so often to see what else they've been putting out. The song saw play on rock radio stations and music TV. I never really thought it got over played which probably helped it stay in my mind since I wasn't actively trying to forget it. As for the video all I can say is it's weird.
That pretty much covers 2004 at least. So what were you all listening to 10 years ago? Do you still listen to the same music or have your tastes changed? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter!