My son had a post about the Favorite Albums From Teenage Years trend. He gave his list, two per year plus also-rans, considering it a point of honor to be honest about this, not padding his resume by pretending he never liked some bands or was an early discoverer of others.
I decided I wasn't going to do it myself, but thoughts kept coming into my head, and once I had put "7th Grade - Mamas and Papas" I couldn't let it go. This is a purely personal exercise of no value to others. I think I will predate it to bury it back in the pack, actually. The main criterion is that I played the album incessantly for a time - couldn't get enough of it. What is interesting is that I had a difficulty narrowing the list to two in the early years, but trouble finding two in the later years. I imagine there is something about the early teen years that lends itself to such obsession.
Looking for reminders, I was hampered by the difference in organising the material: I remembered the albums by school year, and moved a summer favorite in either direction; online lists are by calendar year. Also, I didn't necessarily get obsessed with something when it first came out. I might not have discovered it until later. Fads came later to NH anyway. Not like those with-it people down in New York.
I listen to very little of anything now, and only when I'm alone.