Inspired by the many "best of the 2000's" lists, like "The Decade's 50 Most Influential Recordings" from NPR, I came up with my own list. But rather than list the top 10/20/50 albums, I immediately thought of the single album that most shaped my musical experience in all the decades that I've been listening to modern rock & roll.
These are the albums that either ignited or re-ignited my passion in new music. I would not have discovered (or re-discovered) many other of my favorites without them. And each new discovery fuels the search for the next one.
The list was mostly a no-brainer for me, until I discovered that my picks for the 70's and 80's were actually released just before those decades. However, I'm sure that the impact of those records for me (and for most others) was mostly in the decades for which they are listed.
White Blood Cells
The White Stripes
Led Zeppelin II