What Musical Albums Did Your Parents Play When You Were Growing Up?

The conversation started with Phantom of the Opera.

I was talking to a few friends about New York. One of them has never been, and she said she’d like to go to a Broadway show. I nodded and said, “Yeah, I’d like to see Phantom of the Opera someday.”

There was a moment of silence, followed by another friend saying, “What?” You see, I’m not all that musically inclined. There are a few bands I love and will gladly see in concert, but I’m not one to seek out symphonies and musicals.

So I explained that my parents went to see Phantom when I was around 10 years old, and they returned from their trip with a CD of the music. It must have played hundreds of times in our house. Imagine three kids (10, 9, and 5) running around singing “The Music of the Night.”

There were a few other albums that my parents also played for years. I might be forgetting one, but I’m sure that each of these got significant airtime in the Stegmaier household:

  • Amy Grant’s Christmas album: We listened to this so much that I assumed everyone listened to Amy Grant at Christmas. Like, to the point that Amy Grant = Christmas in our minds.
  • Pretty Woman soundtrack: I’m not exactly sure how or why this happened, because us kids weren’t allowed to watch grown-up movies, but we definitely watched Pretty Woman as a family a number of times, and the soundtrack–which is excellent–competed with Phantom for most plays.
  • Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band): This is my favorite because we had absolutely no idea what the lyrics meant. In fact, I didn’t find out what they meant until I watched the Arrested Development episode where several of the characters learn what it’s about. I think my parents went to college with some of the members of the band, so they had a personal connection to the song (I don’t remember the rest of the album, just this song).

What about you? What are the albums or songs that your parents played the most when you were growing up?