From Entertainment Weekly:Twelve CDs Aimee Mann Says You've Gotta Get - By Any Means Necessary - Right Now!
1. Elton John - "Madman Across the Water"
This is the first album I ever bought. I had never heard of Elton John, but I liked the cover. Just goes to show the value of a great package.
2. Badfinger - "Straight Up"
I used to call the radio station and request 'Baby Blue' relentlessly--until someone there asked why I didn't just buy the record.
3. Randy Newman - "Good Old Boys"
Someone played this for me when I was a teenager, and I remember how great and shocking and sweet I thought it was.
4. Elliot Smith - "XO"
He's probably been the single greatest influence on my songwriting. I can't tell you how upset I was when I heard about his death.
5. Loud Family - "Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things"
I love the arrangements, I love the little bits between songs...just perfectly conceived all throughtout.
6. Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood to the Head"
There are songs here I can't listen to without bursting into tears.
7. Liz Phair - "Exile in Guyville"
This record was really a bolt from the blue and completely changed my perception about how honest one could be in a song and the topics one could deal with lyrically.
8. Elvis Costello - "Imperial Bedroom"
Classic Costello lyrics and endlessly entertaining production--some of his best songs ever.
9. Honeydogs - "10,000 Years"
[My husband] Michael Penn turned me on to this. It's a concept album [due in Jan.] about the second coming of Christ... Oh, if every rock opera could be this well conceived.
10. Frank Sinatra - "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim"
The quietest, slinkiest, saddest record ever. Reminds you why 'The Girl From Ipanema' is one of the greatest jazz standards of all time.
11. Neil Young - "Harvest"
My babysitter brought this record over one night when I was a kid and I was fascinated. It had such a haunting and mournful quality.
12. The Zombies - "Odessey & Oracle"
Produscer Jon Brion introduced me to this record. I still think Colin Blunstone has one of the greatest voices in rock ever.