5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Pat Monahan of Train

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Name Pat Monahan, singer of Train

Best known for My juggling bananas and, of course, my show on SiriusXM The Pulse.

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Current city Issaquah, WA

Really want to be in Issaquah – I love it there.

Excited about Getting back out on the road for our tour this summer and performing some live shows again. Also, our upcoming album. Not sure if I have a name for it yet. It might be called What If.

My current music collection has a lot of My current music collection is basically streaming, but I listen to a lot of hip hop and Khalid on Pandora is my jam. I love it.

And a little bit of I think the genre of music for this next record for Train is going to be more a more Motown thing than hip hop.

Don’t judge me for I don’t think of there as being guilty pleasures. You either like it or you don’t. I’m not embarrassed about anything that I might like.

Preferred format Streaming is just easier for me by a longshot.

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without


Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin


It meant a lot to me as a kid. It means a lot to me as a grown-up. It was kind of the album that made me want to sing in a rock band, like with guitars and loud and drums – it was so important to me. Maybe the biggest for all the albums for me.


Off the Wall
Michael Jackson


I have six brothers and sisters that all loved so many different things, and when I found Michael Jackson, he was my thing. Actually, singing Michael Jackson in a car ride from basketball practice when I was in the 7th grade had a lot to do with why I am a singer today. My peers recognized that I could sing and that meant a lot to me because I was terrible at basketball.


Greatest Hits
James Taylor


That record was and still is just magical. I can listen to it any time of the day, any day of the week. James Taylor is an incredible artist. I got to meet him once – what a great honor that was.


Breakfast in America


I don’t know how I got this cassette tape when I was a kid, but I used to fall asleep to it – I don’t remember how old I was, maybe I was in the fifth grade or something – but I couldn’t believe that humans could make such perfect, beautiful sound together. That was such a magical album.


Kind of Blue
Miles Davis


Tied with…

Stan Getz and João Gilberto


It’s hard for me to decide which one is more important, but I need them both. I can’t live without any of them. Sorry that it was six albums, but, you know, there’s a lot more where that came from.

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