On Wednesdays we wear pink. Okay, no, that鈥檚 Mean Girls but on Thursdays, we do take a look back at all the throwback tech of our pasts and get all nostalgic and stuff. This week, we鈥檙e going to talk about music. Specifically, CDs. There was a time when there was nothing better than going to your local Tower Records or wherever after school, scoring the newest album from your fave singer/band/Spice Girl, then taking it home and listening to it on repeat until you have every lyric in the little CD booklet memorized. CDs aren鈥檛 in the very distant past 鈥 just a number of years ago, we were still using them on the reg, but man, technology sure moves fast. With a blink of an eye, suddenly that most prevalent form of getting our tunes from the 鈥90s to 鈥00s is a relic, which of course makes me think about the first CD I ever owned.


I鈥檇 inherited plenty of CDs from my older brother before, but Sixpence None the Richer鈥檚 eponymous album was the first one I got for myself. It was released in 1997, but when 鈥淜iss Me鈥 became the theme song for She鈥檚 All That, the band entered my world. While Freddie Prinze, Jr. is the love of Sarah Michelle Gellar鈥檚 life, Zach Siler was mine. This got me asking other Brit + Co editors, music industry insiders and tastemakers what their first albums were and man, the answers are definitely a trip down memory.

Lisa Raphael, Editorial Director, Brit + Co


鈥淢y first CD was Janet Jackson鈥檚 Design of a Decade (I was also a decade old) and the most-played song was either 鈥楻unaway鈥 or 鈥楴asty鈥 鈥 which I would create elaborate dance routines to and make my five-year-old brother sing the fella鈥檚 parts.鈥

Aniyia Williams, Founder + CEO of Tinsel


鈥淚 remember this vividly 鈥 the first CD (my parent鈥檚 bought for me 鈥 I was 10) was Mariah Carey鈥檚 鈥楧aydream鈥 album. Ohhh, I played that to death. I almost always listened to the whole album but my favorite song was 鈥業 Am Free鈥. I loved singing the ad libs over and over. That was how I first started to practice 鈥榬uns鈥 when singing鈥 we all know Mariah had runs for days!鈥

Kate Puhala, Senior Style Editor, Brit + Co


鈥淢y first CD was No Doubt Tragic Kingdom. I listened to 鈥楽unday Morning鈥 OVER AND OVER AND OVER and dreamed of being a bleached blonde one day. When I met Gwen Stefani at Beauty Con, I told her that it was my first CD I ever bought and she was like, 鈥楢www, I love that!'鈥

Jordan Wolosky, General Manager, AG Artists (Sean Mendes, Rockie Fresh)


鈥淭he first CD I ever bought was Queen鈥檚 Greatest Hits. I used to sit in my mom鈥檚 car listening to the classic rock station for hours waiting for 鈥榃e Will Rock You / We Are The Champions鈥 to come on until I realized I could solve the problem with my own copy of the album.鈥

Beth Wiscnia, Associate Editor, Brit + Co


鈥淢y first CD and on repeat song was Britney Spears鈥 鈥樷aby One More Time.鈥 The first thing I ever spent money on in my entire life was that CD! My sister and I put our money together in third grade. I remember it so clearly.鈥

Kristen Shaw,聽Celebrity Hairstylist


鈥淔irst CD I ever bought was Break Every Rule by Tina Turner!! I was obsessed with her afro and outfit and dance moves! As a young girl in Illinois dreaming of having an afro and an amazing voice, this find for 50 cents at a garage sale was a hit. My most played track was 鈥榃hat鈥檚 Love Got to Do With It.'鈥

Victoria Haas, Channel Marketing, Brit + Co


鈥淚 had both Spice Girl CDs but 鈥楽pice Up Your Life鈥 was definitely my go-to. I totally choreographed dances to that jam in my garage. The audience? My stuffed animals. Costumes? My old Halloween costumes.鈥

J Boogie, Musicologist, Pandora


鈥淔irst CD I ever owned was Herbie Hancock鈥檚 Future Shock. 鈥楻ockit鈥 was on repeat as I practiced backspinning and doing the worm on a piece of cardboard.鈥

Cortney Clift, Associate Editor, Brit + Co


鈥淚t鈥檚 so embarrassing but the first CD I owned was Trisha Yearwood鈥檚 album Songbook which I think was a collection of all her hits. I remember listening to 鈥楬ow Do I Live鈥 on repeat, which could have been because I a very angsty child or because it was the first track on the CD鈥 I have no idea how that CD came into my possession. I think I probably just liked the album cover while I was at Best Buy.鈥

Francesca Bean, Marketing Manager, Brit + Co

鈥淢y first album was 鈥楴ow That鈥檚 What I Call Music Volume One.鈥 There were SO MANY GOOD ONES on repeat but its a three-way tie between 鈥業 Will Buy You a New Life鈥 by Everclear, 鈥楩lagpole Sitta鈥 by Harvey Danger and 鈥淪ay You鈥檒l Be There鈥 by the Spice Girls.鈥

Dahni Piro, Singer/Songwriter + Frontwoman for End of Ever


鈥淭he first full album I remember was Revolver by The Beatles. My brother sent it to me for Christmas. He being 12 years older than me, I was heartbroken when he moved away so I treasured the CD. 鈥楨leanor Rigby鈥 was on repeat.鈥

Angela Velez, Community Editor, Brit + Co


鈥淢y first CD was Shakira鈥檚 Pies Descalzos when she was the Latina Alanis Morissette. My cousin Gaby gave it to me! She was (and continues to be) a million times cooler than me, and she wanted me to hear Shakira鈥檚 girl power message. I listened to 鈥楨stoy Aqui鈥 on repeat and dreamed of writing letters to boys. (I was nine years old).鈥

Claire Cook, Strategic Account Manager, SNP Communications


鈥淭he first CD I bought on my own was Backstreet Boys Millenium. I bought two copies of it in case one got scratched, which was smart as I played 鈥業 Want It That Way鈥 on repeat for about a year. I hid this purchase from my parents as I was a classically trained opera singer and they did not want my training to be influenced by pop music. This boy band rebellion against my parents ultimately lead me to become the product manager for One Direction鈥檚 first two albums, which is the source of many Cook-family jokes.鈥

Andrea Kasprzak, Assignment Editor, Brit + Co


鈥淭he first CD I owned is difficult to remember but Ace of Base鈥檚 The Sign is coming to mind. The song I had on repeat was 鈥楾he Sign.鈥 Such a classic. I kind of want to listen to it now.鈥

What was your first CD? Do you have any throwback tech stories to share? Tell us in the comments below!