The V Editors Share The First Albums They Ever Owned

The V Editors Share The First Albums They Ever Owned

Whether you were a Britney or a Mandy, there's no shame in the musicians that shaped your upbringing.

Whether you were a Britney or a Mandy, there's no shame in the musicians that shaped your upbringing.

Ian David Monroe, Associate Editor: Missy Elliott, Under Construction

I was in 5th grade and needed a CD to play during a school field trip to Washington, DC. I thought I was the coolest one on the bus because I was rapping "Gossip Folks." I didn’t realize until years later that it was the “clean” version and I didn’t actually know a single lyric. I definitely didn't understand what "And stop talking bout who I'm sticking and licking jus mad it ain't yours," meant. Oh, naivety.

William Defebaugh, Digital Editor: Mandy Moore, Mandy Moore

No one is as undervalued in the cultural canon of the early aughts as Mandy Moore. A less exaggerated version of her Saved character, Moore was the brown-haired, good girl next door alternative to the rebellious Miss Britney Spears. Her eponymous third album showed the singer at her sweetest, with lovelorn melodies that spoke to my innocent 11 year-old heart (take "Crush" and "Cry" for example). But for me, the real revelation was the album's opening track, "In My Pocket."

Hannah Huffman, Digital Producer: Aaron Carter, Aaron's Party (Come Get It)

I was maybe 10 or 11 and I asked for Aaron's Party for my birthday in December... Cut to baby me listening to Aaron and driving around looking at Christmas lights. I thought Aaron Carter was just the cutest. Boy bands were so much better back then.

Adair Smith, Social Media: Dream Street, Dream Street

The most underrated boy band of the early 2000s—their song "It Happens Every Time" is still a classic. As devastating as it was when they broke up after only one album, Jesse McCartney's solo career came out of the breakup so I can't really be that mad.

Amira Rasool, Fashion Assistant: 3LW, 3LW

Although I was only 5 when 3LW's album came out I somehow related to their despair over playas and shady friends. I was pretty much already sick of my no good boyfriend before I even had one.

Joshua Lyon, Senior Editor: Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Both the music and lyrics to “New Moon on Monday” hit me on a really primal level when I was a kid—the song felt so mysterious and pagan, and created a recurring fantasy about dancing around a bonfire with Simon, Nick, and John, all of us waving torches up at the night sky.

Joseph Akel, Editor: The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

I was deep in the throws of my adolescence when the Smashing Pumpkins released their double-cd and it quickly became the soundtrack to my high school experience. Boundless angst and ill-founded romances are Corrigan's leitmotif and "By Starlight" became my personal anthem.

Wyatt Allgeier, Production/Marketing: Hanson, Middle of Nowhere

I was deeply in love with Hanson. The long-hair, the vulnerable androgyny, that warm-autumnal cover art of Middle of Nowhere—how could little me (6 years old) resist? Fun note, they were also my first live concert, and even though it rained the whole time, I sang and danced to every word. I am solidly not embarrassed to admit any of this. They got a lot of shit for being vacant, bubble-gum peddlers, but at the ages of 11-16 they wrote the following: "Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose/ You can plant any one of those/ Keep planting to find out which one grows/ It's a secret no one knows/ It's a secret no one knows." Case closed!

Erin Meagher, Design: Britney Spears, Oops!...I Did It Again

Being 8 years old at the time, I'm unsure if I actually purchased the CD or begged my parents for it- Most likely it was the latter. We were in the middle of a move and, in the many car rides that ensued, I forced my dad to listen to the complete album on repeat... multiple times. I'm sure he knows the lyrics to "Lucky" better than I do!

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