Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Names His Top 5 Albums of All Time

All musicians once started out solely as music fans, including Jacoby Shaddix. In a new interview with AXS TV, the Papa Roach frontman named his Top 5 favorite albums of all time.

The segment is part of AXS TV’s Stranded video series, where artists pick the five albums they’d choose to have with them if they were stranded on an island. We recently heard Dee Snider‘s five favorites, which featured Queen and Led Zeppelin, among a few others. The Twisted Sister frontman’s selections were quite a bit different than Shaddix’s, but every artist has their own select range of influences.

Shaddix may not love that Papa Roach are often considered a nu-metal band, but the rap-rock elements are certainly there, so it’s no surprise that Shaddix’s list of favorites would feature albums by hip-hop artists, rappers and other artists who had a strong impact on the formation of the nu-metal genre. That isn’t to say he’s limited to those, though — there are a couple of surprises on his list as well. And there are all artists and records that we can thank for Papa Roach’s existence today.

Check out the vocalist’s interview below, and jump to see the list of albums he chose underneath the video.

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Names His Top 5 Albums of All Time


These are his ‘stranded on an island’ choices.

Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (2022)

“I just feel like this is a super special album for Kendrick. So deep, musically, texturally, it’s a journey, it’s a wild ride. What I really love about this album is the lyrics. I just feel like I get this super deep look into his life and his thoughts, and he’s just like laying it all out there — the good, the bad and the ugly.
“I love hearing records where people are just completely vulnerable and are willing to admit their faults, but then also try to grow. There’s growth in this, and he’s telling his story about his life and the streets. I feel like I’m getting educated, honestly, on black culture.”

The Beatles, Revolver (1966)

“I love The Beatles, I have this album in my truck, I have a CD player in my truck. It’s the only album that’s been in that CD player in my truck for the last three years. Everytime I get in that car, I throw ‘Taxman’ right off the riff. I go to ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and it just makes me feel good.
“This moment in The Beatles’ history, when they’re really starting to like delve into the experimental and into the psychedelic a bit, and really kind of break down a lot of creative walls and barriers that they had early on in their career. It’s awesome to see, and they continued to do that. It was like The Beatles started as if they were like The Backstreet Boys and then ended as if they were Radiohead, and this record’s somewhere in the middle of all that.”

Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

“One of my favorite groups early on, really inspiring to me. I put this record on and it’d just take me to this place. It’d take me to East Coast, New York City, the five boroughs, and it would paint this picture for me. It just had such an interesting way of involving this kung-fu element, this Shaolin monk element, to New York street life and hip-hop and I just felt like it was a really dope cross-section of art and culture and reality.

“It’s just one of those albums that continues to inspire me to this day. It’s like I’ll go back and I’ll listen to it and I’ll find something new and different about the album that makes me want to go back into the rehearsal space, wanna go back into the studio and create again.”

Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine (1992)

“What I love about this album is it’s so raw. It’s just four guys in a room playing super, uber, duper inspiring music. You can hear it in the way he’s hitting the snare drum, you can hear it in the way Timmy C’s playing that bass. Tom Morello, an innovator of styles on the guitar, still to this day one of my favorite guitar players… I love what he does, I love what he stands for and just what an awesome human he is.
“And Zack [de la Rocha], the vocalist of Rage, you can hear the anger and raw emotion, it’s just visceral. You can hear his vocal cords just tearing into pieces as he’s screaming. [It’s] an album of rebellion and it inspired me to question reality, question authority and dig deeper and educate myself. It really inspired me to learn, honestly. I still listen to this record. It gets me off, it gets me motivated.”

Kings of Leon, Only by the Night (2008)

“Another really raw album sonically. It just takes you to this place. I’m really into the musicianship on these albums, and I really like the way that this drummer plays. He’s got a really unique sense of rhythm and timing and syncopation. He’ll take what will kind of feel like just a basic four-chord progression, and make it feel funky and odd and different. And I love bands that approach four chords and the truth with a little twist and a quirk to it.
“Their bass player as well, really writes some awesome basslines on this album. It’s got a little romantic edge to it and a little sex appeal that just makes me feel. It’s inspiring, top-to-bottom, first song to last song, it’s a no-skip album period.”