25 Albums You Need To Hear Before You Go To College

Here are the absolute basics for future college students. Music 101. This is not a necessarily “cool” list. Making a “cool” music list is impossible as this list would have to be updated and changed everyday. This is simply a list of some of the most noteworthy albums of the last decade that many modern college kids are into nowadays. Use this as a jumping off point and eventually find your own tastes.

1. Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem

Song To Know: “All My Friends”

2. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Song To Know: “Untrust Us”

3. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

Song To Know: “Holland, 1945”

4. Bitte Orca - Dirty Projectors

Song To Know: “Stillness Is The Move”

5. Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

Song To Know: “Business Time”

6. The Singles Collection - No Doubt

Throw a No Doubt Party your Freshman year if you have the resources and everybody will love you.

Song To Know: “Hella Good”

7. Kid A - Radiohead

Song To Know: “Everything In Its Right Place”

8. Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective

Song To Know: “In The Flowers”

9. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Song To Know: “Monster”

Learn to rap the entirety of Nicki Minaj’s verse in “Monster” and you will find much success in life.

10. Teen Dream - Beach House

Song To Know: “Zebra”

11. Greatest Hits - Blink 182

Song To Know: “All The Small Things”

Super nostalgia.

12. Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear

Song To Know: “Two Weeks”

13. High Violet - The National

Song To Know: “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

14. iSouljaBoyTellem - Soulja Boy

Song To Know: “Turn My Swag On”

If you’re feeling down just blast a few of his hits and you’ll feel better in no time. Super-simplistic lyrics with ridiculously catchy beats goes a long way toward a great night.

15. Microcastle - Deerhunter

Song To Know: “Cover Me Slowly”

16. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Song To Know: “Oxford Comma”

17. The Fame Monster - Lady GaGa

Song To Know: “Bad Romance”

18. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

Song To Know: “My Body Is A Cage”

19. Ágætis byrjun - Sigur Rós

Song To Know: “Staralfur”

20. Is This It - The Strokes

Song To Know: “Last Nite”

21. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast

Song To Know: “Hey Ya!”

Outkast had extreme over-exposure a few years ago and smartly took some time off but in the last year Big Boi realeased an amazing album and people are ready to start dancing to this extremely talented band once again.

22. Come On Feel The Illinoise! - Sufjan Stevens

Song To Know: “Chicago”

23. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan

Song To Know: “C.R.E.A.M.”

24. Person Pitch - Panda Bear

Song To Know: “Comfy In Nautica”

25. I Get Wet - Andrew W.K.


Song To Know: “Party Hard”

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