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22 People Tell Us The Stories Behind The First Album They Ever Bought

'Cause nobody ever forgets their first…album.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the first album they ever bought. Here are some of the albums they bought, along with their memories of them:

1. Let Go by Avril Lavigne

Sony Music

Avril Lavigne's Let Go was the first album I ever got. I was only 7 years old, and my parents thought I was in some type of young rebellion phase with the "hardcore" Avril music. I guess I'm still in that phase because I've kept that CD case in mint condition, and it's one of my favorite possessions!



4. Pure Moods

Virgin Records/

Oh, and you bet I bought that beaut with a chest full of pride. What a mature choice I had made! And the choreography I did for it — timeless (if you think timeless is a 12 year old flopping and falling down to the X-Files theme song). That album introduced me to a legend named Enya. It was an epic year.


5. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin


Led Zeppelin was the first album that I bought. I was like 13 years old, and I was bored of all the "pop-crap" playing in the radio, so I asked my dad what I should listen to. Thank God I followed his advice because they completely blew me away. Since then my music taste is made up of 80% classic rock.

6. Best of Bowie by David Bowie

I was 12, and going through a massive David Bowie phase after seeing Labyrinth. It was $16, and I didn't understand how tax worked at the time and basically cried when it came to $18 after being rung up — the cashier took pity on me and paid the remaining $2.


7. It's Dark and Hell is Hot by DMX


The first album I bought was DMX’s It's Dark and Hell is Hot, in 1998. I was 11, and shouldn’t have been able to buy it, but my friend’s cousin was a cashier at Sam Goody. Side-note: oh, how I miss Sam Goody.



8. Metamorphosis by Hilary Duff


The first CD I bought was Metamorphosis by Hilary Duff at Best Buy back in the day. After a week, my mom bought me a CD Walkman because she was so tired of hearing it.

—Cody Taylor, Facebook,

9. ...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

Sony Music

I bought it from HMV in Victoria, BC Canada, and it was the first CD I’d bought for myself. I think I saved the receipt for about a decade — because 10 year olds think that’s necessary on such an important purchase!


10. Middle of Nowhere by Hanson


The first album I ever bought was Hanson Middle of Nowhere and "MMMbop" was my jam. I would spend hours in my room listening to the album on repeat. I took it every where with me! Now when I want to feel like a 12 year old again, I put the album on my Spotify!


11. Big Willie Style by Will Smith

Sony Music

"Getting Jiggy With It"! "Just the Two of Us"! "MIAMI"!!! The Men in Black theme song!!! I was 10 in 1997, and I said to my parents, "I NEED THIS CD." I felt like a cool kid listening to the Fresh Prince's latest album on my boom box. What a time to be alive.



13. Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt


When I was in third grade I tried to use some allowance money to purchase a copy of TLC's CrazySexyCool, but my mom shut that down real quick (too sexy for an 8 year old???). Instead, I had to settle for No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom. I had never heard of them at the time, but it was on display at Sam Goody and I was intrigued by Gwen Stefani’s look on the album cover. Needless to say, I loved it and still know every song by heart over 20 years later.


14. Now That's What I Call Music! 6

Sony Music

The first CD I ever got was Now...6. I had been lucky to experience Now... 1-5 while on a cruise with my parents and was hooked on the idea that all my favorite songs could be on one CD. I listened to it for years and years until my cousin sat on it in the back of my mom's minivan. RIP Now...6. You had so many bops on you.


15. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis

Sony Music

I watched their video "Roll with It," loved it, and bought the cassette immediately. Fell in love with the album and end up buying the CD too. Still one of my favorite albums of all time. Oasis got me into Britpop.



16. The Spirit Room by Michelle Branch


I bought Michelle Branch's The Spirit Room at the giant Virgin Megastore in Denver. Eight-year-old me thought my selection was pretty cool and mature. (I listened the shit out of that album and thought the lyrics were so deep.) Ah, the good old days of 2002.


17. Space Jam Soundtrack


The first CD I ever spent my own money on was the soundtrack to Space Jam. I was 11 years old, and adored the movie. There were jams from Seal, Monica, and Quad City DJ’s title track “Space Jam.” No shame then, no shame now.


18. C.M.B. by Color Me Badd


Mine was Color Me Badd’s debut album! I was about 10, at the time and my mother humiliated me in line by questioning what kind of CD I was buying with a song called “I Wanna Sex You Up.” She still laughs about it 25 years later.


19. The Lizzie McGuire soundtrack

Hollywood Records

I very clearly remember popping this bad boy into my karaoke machine after I bought it at Limited Too! My dog was a great audience and very participatory in my dance routines, bless his soul.



20. The Hannah Montana soundtrack


I was only allowed to listen to Christian music when I was very young, but I was allowed to buy my first secular CD at the age of 12, and it was the Hannah Montana soundtrack. I'll never forget my gay tween self belting out the lyrics to "If We Were a Movie."

—Josiah Coulter, Facebook

21. Spice by the Spice Girls

Sony Music

I was about 4 or 5 years old, when my mom took me to the mall and let me pick out a CD. I had a blast letting my Spice Girl dolls put on concerts for Barbie and her friends or using them to recreate stiff, plastic versions of scenes from Spice World. Looking back, the lyrics were wildly inappropriate for a kid my age. But, to this day I still know all the words to the songs that got me through kindergarten, haha!



I bought From Under the Cork Tree about a month after I turned 14, and it’s my favorite album ever written to this day. I even got it autographed by Fall Out Boy in 2016, when I saw them live for the first time. What’s even better is I met my best friend at that concert in line for the meet and greet. I can definitely say that album is the best thing that ever happened to me. I’m so glad they’re still putting out music. I met my favorite band AND my favorite human being. Believers never die❤️


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