albums Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection  

Rebecca Shortall
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List Rules Vote up the album you'd be least surprised to encounter in a parent's CD tower.

Whether you're hanging at your best friend's house, taking a peek at your aunt's record collection, or rifling through the glove box in your dad's car, the results are always the same: you find those few albums every parent owns. It seems like the exact same mix of early 2000s albums and classic records filled up every CD tower and drawer. These guitar rock albums and soft contemporary hits probably provided the soundtrack to your childhood, before you got your own taste in music and had enough allowance to buy some discs yourself.

To be fair, some of the CDs in your parent's collection are probably among the greatest albums of all time. Who doesn't love Michael Jackson's Thriller, or the the Beatles' top hits? But some of these albums beloved by your mom or dad might make you cringe. Sure, you love them, but it's awkward to watch your parents throw on Abba and attempt some '80s-inspired moves.

How do these albums get into each parent's collection? Who knows! However they end up in that CD rack, it's time to celebrate the music your mom listens to and the CDs your dad loves.

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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

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256 58
Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Boston Boston

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145 15
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
The Wall Pink Floyd

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245 59
Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Highway to Hell AC/DC

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190 36
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

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187 36
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf

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204 63
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
The Cars The Cars

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153 33
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Foreigner Foreigner

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152 33
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Who's Next The Who

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168 47
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

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223 86
Gold: Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA

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146 42
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Scarecrow John Mellencamp

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184 73
Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
robmathews added Hi Infidelity REO Speedwagon

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176 70
The Grand Illusion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added The Grand Illusion Styx

Great Bands That Really Jumped the Shark with That One Album

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150 54
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
1 The Beatles

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140 48
Get Lucky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Get Lucky Loverboy

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114 39
At Budokan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
At Budokan Hospital Bombers

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70 11
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Back in Black AC/DC

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95 32
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Van Halen Van Halen

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97 34
Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Cuts Like a Knife Bryan Adams

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81 20
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

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101 58
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

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79 36
Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Destroyer Kiss

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79 41
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Get the Knack The Knack

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50 12
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Hysteria Def Leppard

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87 66
Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Born To Run Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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78 58
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

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38 15
Infinity is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Infinity Journey

The Best Albums of 2018

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22 4
Candy-O is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Candy-O The Cars

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20 6
Hair of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Hair of the Dog Nazareth

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61 69
Graceland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Graceland Paul Simon

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21 25
All Things Must Pass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
-------- added All Things Must Pass George Harrison

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31 43
Leftoverture is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Clayton Tidwell added Leftoverture Kansas

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3 0
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
IsacthegamerIsacthegamer added Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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4 2
Kix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Twiggsy added Kix Kix

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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106 197
Thriller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Thriller Michael Jackson

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8 19
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
JessicaSankar added Dirty Dancing

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48 97
Come On Over is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Come On Over Shania Twain

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94 188
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Purple Rain Prince

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56 202
Songs in the Key of Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Songs In The Key Of Life Stevie Wonder

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53 210
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman

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22 113
Repeat Offender is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Repeat Offender Richard Marx

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46 200
The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 Earth, Wind & Fire

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38 186
A Day Without Rain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

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4 42
The Colour of My Love is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
JessicaSankar added The Colour of My Love Celine Dion

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6 68
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A,... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
stevan-ognenovski added Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 Arranged for Two Clarinets by Tale Ognenovski

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19 196
Buena Vista Social Club is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club

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17 197
Discovery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Discovery Daft Punk

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15 181
Eaten Back to Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Michael Brunetto added Eaten Back to Life Cannibal Corpse

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11 193
Talk on Corners is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection
Talk On Corners The Corrs