October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

1 NEIL YOUNG Harvest 1972 (Reprise) ”’The Needle and the Damage Done’ changed my whole world?that you could have such sad lyrics with such happy music.”

2 BOB DYLAN Blood on the Tracks 1975 (Columbia) ”I needed to somehow not go into therapy, so I started writing songs, and Blood on the Tracks taught me to play guitar.”

3 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The River 1980 (Columbia) ”I’d never heard music like this. I came from the Caribbean, so I’d been raised on calypso music — white guys in pain (Young, Dylan, Springsteen) was just a total revelation to me.”

4 BLONDIE Parallel Lines 1978 (Chrysalis) ”The first album I ever bought. Don’t worry, though, I’m not really that cool, ’cause the first single I bought was ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ [by Little Jimmy Osmond, 1972].”

5 KELLY JOE PHELPS Shine Eyed Mister Zen 1999 (Rykodisc) ”I love these songs, all these stories with weird, dark characters.”

6 VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks 1968 (Warner Bros.) ”The sound that comes from the production on this record kind of evokes a feeling of just lying on your back in the middle of a field, looking up at the sky.”

7 JEFF BUCKLEY Grace 1994 (Columbia) ”He spoke of all this stuff that I didn’t understand, and yet I never felt patronized by his lyrics or his music. I always felt included, you know?”

8 THE POLICE Outlandos d’Amour 1978 (A&M) ”This is what was on back when I was putting on teal eyeliner and my leg warmers.”

9 WILCO Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 (Nonesuch) ”They’ve been through it, you know? They’re battle weary, and they make music. I think there’s something just amazing about that.”

10 GUNS N’ ROSES Appetite for Destruction 1987 (Geffen) ”I looked like Slash when I was younger — a one-woman hair band.”

11 SON VOLT Trace 1995 (Warner Bros.) ”’Tear-Stained Eyes’ is one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s just so sexy and so brilliant.”

12 GILLIAN WELCH Time (The Revelator) 2001 (Acony) ”She comes from Orange County, which was sort of faintly devastating when I found out. I really thought she came from some sort of small wooden structure in the backwater of Nashville.”

The actress-turned-songstress’ debut album, Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket, is out now.

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