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Kagan got me thinking.  He seems to have a way with that!  LOL  I grew up during the late 60s and early 70s.  I was going to concerts to see the Beatles (mostly only heard sreaming teen girls) Zeplin, Yes, The Who, Stones, Dead, Airplane, Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Cream, Boston, Cream, Santana, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Journey, Traffic, Tull, Kinks, Buffalo Springfield, CCR, Guess Who, Steve Miller, Genisis, Pink Floyd, Elton John (my first date AND first concert) Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Deep Purple, Moody Blues, Mountian, Seeger and just about every "classic rock" band you can name. 

Then there was some "glam" rock like Billy Idol, Wham, Bowie, and assorted others.  Then there was some new rock like The Firm with Page and some younger guys, Huey Lewis, Dave Mathews etc.

Then came some new rock like The Police, Traveling Wilburys (made up with a bunch of my old favs) Queen, ELO (though is probably more classic rock) Blues Travelers, Fine Young Canibals, Simply Red (even some Boy George).

Then I added some New Country, George Straight, Tim McGraw, Tracy Lawrence, Dwight Yokum, and old country like Hank Williams and Jr, of course Willie, Waylon and the Boys.

Then there is the blues, Allman Bros, Robert Cray, Tracy Chapman and a whole host of others.

Then there is the how to classify.  Bonnie Rait, Joan Jett, Heart, Joan Biaz, Eagles,Huey Lewis and the News, Michael Franti.

And there are probably another hundred or so we can name.

So where do our music tastes come from?

I think they come from wher our head and heart are at the particular point in time.

Who are your favs and why?

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January 26, 2011  08:52 AM ET

I grew up in the 90's, but my favorite radio show was always Country Gold Saturday Night when they would play classic Country.

So of course, I'm a big fan of Waylon and Willie, Haggard and Jones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, etc.

I also liked the Country of the early 90's.

Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Joe Diffie, etc.

I've been to a lot of concerts.

I got to shake the hand of George Jones, and Eric Church, Jamey Johnson and Hank Jr put on a hell of a show.

I didn't like the new music when Country became Pop(I blame Kenny Chesney).

So For new artists, I like Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Hank 3, and that's about it.

January 26, 2011  10:17 AM ET

Nice UBP
For me I guess it started from being the youngest of 5 - they grew up more in the 70's and my brother and I more in the 80's. So I've always been exposed to - it wasn't classic rock then, it was just rock.
I started playing guitar when I was 14, which led me to want to be a complete musician - taking in different styles of metal, rock, blues, classical and jazz. Also, I lived in Wyoming so I always had an oddball friend or two who were into country. Through those times I was mostly a big Van Halen fan, more than any other.
After high school I moved to the Bay Area and fell in with a group who went to Club 924 Gilman every weekend in Berkeley. It was a perfect time to be there - the late 80's early 90's. The punk/alternative scene was just in its infancy - I saw bands like The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX - Green Day were like kids the same age as me. The only reason we would go see Green Day was because for some reason there would be girls at their shows - a rarity for punk.
The band I played in was more like typical East Bay thrash - along the lines of Death Angel, Testament or Exodus. I knew and met quite a few of the people from that scene - although I burned through those brain cells almost as fast.
Then Nirvana happened. They changed everything. There wasn't much use for a heavy metal guitarist after that, and grunge I just didn't have the heart for.
Since then I just find groups here and there that I like. I rarely buy CD's, why do that when I can just download what I like for free? So since then it's just been a mishmash of everything. Most new music doesn't do anything for me, but every once in awhile I will hear a new band I like. Video game soundtracks, things like that - just by chance I'll get exposed to something.

January 26, 2011  02:14 PM ET

I grew up in the late 60's. Beatles, Stones, CCR, Who. Later Zep, Eagles, Marley. In the 80's I became a new wave fan, almost exclusively. Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, New Order, Ramones. Also liked U2 & INXS, probably because they sounded more like classic rock. From the 90's on I have had trouble liking any newer acts. To me Nirvana was just some guy with a bad voice screaming. Pearl Jam a little better. But today's big acts like Coldplay & Dave Matthews just whine, & the other acts all sound the same. I never know who I'm listening to. Exception: Arcade Fire-They are different & I'm glad i found out about them. Favs are still Beatles, Stones & U2.

January 26, 2011  02:58 PM ET

High school in the sixties had a lot of the usual, but we also had a nice period with Four Tops, Temptations etc.

Seventies brought on what I call the "laurel canyon" sounds. Jackson Browne, Ronstadt, Croce, the Eagles (early 4), Poco, PPL, CSN and CSNY. Also, Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros, The Band, Dylan. NGDB, Marshall Tucker,

Look at how much early Dylan was done multiple times over for probably 25 years. and still is
Wild Horses
Forever Young
All Along the Watchtower
Blowin in the wind
So many by the Byrds

Then later, Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Journey, some others but then I started drifting into early country and bluegrass.

Now, guess what. Most of what I listen to is back to 72-78 timeframe. Saw Jackson Browne and David Lindley this summer.

I listen now and hear a song, then play a little game with myself to come up with how many others have done a cover version.

Tumblin dice: Stones/Ronstadt
Wild Nights: Morrison/Mellencamp
Watchtower: Dylan/Hendrix/Dave Matthews
7 Bridges Road: Eagles/ Alan Jackson/ dolly parton (yes.. dolly parton)
Midnight rider: Allman Bros/Willie

Its fun

January 26, 2011  07:01 PM ET

I'm wayyyyy younger than you guys so I can't say what it was like to live through the 60-70-80's but growing up in the late 90's and 2000's I can proudly say I don't waste my time listening to "Rap" or "Hip Hop".

Some of the bands I like Nirvana, Green Day, Skillet, Godsmack, and Saving Able. Those are some of the more modern "Rock" bands I prefer to listen too. I do like the older stuff as well, Led Zeplin, Gun's & Roses, ACDC, Whitesnake, Van Halen etc.

The older country is where it hits home for me though. The Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Ronny Milsap, George Strait, Clint Black's of the music industry got me interested in that type of music.

Where I got my musical interests were from my parents. Whatever they listened to I did.

January 26, 2011  07:56 PM ET
QUOTE:

I'm not a member of this group, but I felt the urge to comment on this blog just to provide some variety. I'm probably younger than most of you, except Assassin. I was born in the 90's and I have a very different musical taste than all of you. My favorites: *Third Eye Blind - Grew up listening to them. I could listen to their greatest hits album, Third Eye Blind: A Collection, over and over. So many good songs; Semi-Charmed Life, Motorcycle Drive-By, Blinded, Deep Inside of You, Slow Motion... Favorite song of theirs - Forget Myself. *Blink-182 - Exact same as 3EB. Grew up listening to them, tons of great hits that I could listen to all day. I'm glad their back together and can't wait for their new album. And I know that their music isn't very deep or complex, but I enjoy listening to it. Favorite song of theirs - Going Away to College. *Jimmy Eat World - The Middle definitely got me started listening to JEW, but once I started listening to more of their music, I knew they were my type of band. Very underrated. I often hear them called a one-hit wonder, and it's just ridiculous. Favorite song of theirs - Carry You. *Red Hot Chili Peppers - How can you not be a fan? They've been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. Favorite song of theirs - Can't Stop. *Motion City Soundtrack - This is a more modern band. I found out about them through a website that found bands similar to Jimmy Eat World and I loved every song of theirs that I heard. They aren't the manliest band, but I like them. Occasionally funny and often meaningful lyrics. Favorite song of theirs - Indoor Living or L.G. Fuad (Tie). *Cage the Elephant - Another more modern band. I find their style to be different and refreshing. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked is the one everyone knows, but they have plenty of other good songs. Favorite song of theirs - Shake Me Down. *The Killers - And a third modern alternative band. I've loved all of their albums. They have great versatility and are awesome live (first concert I've ever been to). Favorite song of theirs - For Reasons Unknown. *Matchbox Twenty - Again, not the manliest band, but they are one of my mom's favorites and she got me to be a fan. They were very popular when I first seriously started listening to music. Favorite song of theirs - Push. *Coldplay - Another band that my mom turned me into a fan of. They're more mellow than most bands I listen too and I think some of their songs are too slow, but they have plenty of good ones. Great lyrics. Favorite song of theirs - The Scientist. *Jack Johnson - A lot different from the previous artists I've mentioned, and I normally don't like this mellow, acoustic type of music, but there's something about Jack Johnson's songs that I love. Favorite song of his - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing. *My Chemical Romance - No, I'm not emo. I always get **** for listening to MCR and, I admit, some of their songs are just weird, but their most recent album is a change of pace for them and I like it a lot. Favorite song of theirs - Bulletproof Heart. *Kid Cudi - Yep, rap. Cudi only has two albums out, but they're amazing. I'm usually not a big fan of his style of music, but I love Cudi. I'm not really sure if I can explain why. His rhymes are awful, but his beats are amazing and he takes an unorthodox approach to his music. Favorite song of his - Scott Mescudi Vs. The World. Just thought I'd throw in a different opinion on what type of music is good.

It took me a while to cut this down to 3,500 characters, haha.

January 26, 2011  08:00 PM ET

Some bands I had to cut out: Pearl Jam, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty.

January 26, 2011  08:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Some bands I had to cut out: Pearl Jam, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty.

Your input is welcome. I don't see any reason you couldn't join the group. It seems to me that people with varied taste in music are pretty tolerant...

January 26, 2011  09:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Some bands I had to cut out: Pearl Jam, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty.

Pearl Jam & Tom Petty are great.

January 26, 2011  10:50 PM ET

Nice UBP but I can't believe that you put "Wham" in the same sentence as David Bowie and Billy Idol. Thats just not right. I listen to Bowie and Idol.

I was born in '64 so I missed the whole hippie "make love not war" era. Fortunately, my older brother didn't miss that era. I can remember him playing some Bread, Three Dog Night, America, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and obviously the Beatles and Stones. I really didn't start getting into music until I was about 12, 13 somewhere around there, you know Junior High, sorry, they call it Middle School now. And of coarse I got hooked into the Kiss army. Got a job and bought every single album they had out at the time and made my older brother take me and a bunch of other Kiss soldiers to a concert. I had to wash his car for the whole summer for that one, and I had to buy his flipp'n ticket.

Then, thank god, High Schoool came around and i started to hang out with a bunch of people. who are still my best friends to this day, who got me back on track listening to the older stuff again. Stones, Doors, Zepplin, Skynard, Clapton. Cream, Derek and the Dominos, John Mayal and the Blues Breakers, Blind Faith, Traffic, The Who, CSNY, CSN, Neil Young, etc, etc.

Since then i pretty much listen to anything and everything, Alternative/College from my college days...The The, The Cure, REM, Violent Femmes, Wall of Voodoo, Smashing Pumpkins, The Replacements, Smithereens,... Classic Rock, Blues. I am from Chicago, you have to listen to the blues. When you are a Bears fan, you have to listen to the blues. When you are a Sox fan you listen to the blues. When you are a Cubs fan, you put a rope around your neck. Just kidding. We use to hit the Blues clubs quite a bit back in the late eighties early nineties...Kingston Mines, Blues Etc., Buddy Guys, Fitzgeralds, and really got into the local blues. Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, Son Seals, Lefty Diz, Eddie "the chief" Clearwater, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, and of coarse, the late great Koko Taylor.

I will be back to talk some more later.

Great group, Thug.

January 27, 2011  08:58 AM ET

I think your musical tastes usually come from your background--what you've been exposed to. I grew up during the Motown period. For me, soul music was where it's at. My favorites were the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Enchantment. I eventually 'graduated' to Jazz. Every now and then the question wil arise; "what's the 1st album you ever bought with your own money." Mine was Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain." Over the years, some of the names have changed, but the genre remains the same. I hate hip-hop and rap with a passion. Other than that, I listen to just about everything from Gino Vannelli to Frank McComb to David Sanborn to Brian Culbertson to Boney James. Excuse me while I turn this up.

January 27, 2011  12:37 PM ET

My favorites:

*Third Eye Blind - Grew up listening to them. I could listen to their greatest hits album, Third Eye Blind: A Collection, over and over. So many good songs; Semi-Charmed Life, Motorcycle Drive-By, Blinded, Deep Inside of You, Slow Motion... Favorite song of theirs - Forget Myself

*Blink-182 - Exact same as 3EB. Grew up listening to them, tons of great hits that I could listen to all day. I'm glad their back together and can't wait for their new album. And I know that their music isn't very deep or complex, but I enjoy listening to it. Favorite song of theirs - Going Away to College

*Jimmy Eat World - The Middle definitely got me started listening to JEW, but once I started listening to more of their music, I knew they were my type of band. Very underrated. I often hear them called a one-hit wonder, and it's just ridiculous. Favorite song of theirs - Carry You

*Red Hot Chili Peppers - How can you not be a fan? They've been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. Favorite song of theirs - Can't Stop

*Motion City Soundtrack - This is a more modern band. I found out about them through a website that found bands similar to Jimmy Eat World and I loved every song of theirs that I heard. They aren't the manliest band, but I like them. Occasionally funny and often meaningful lyrics. Favorite song of theirs - The Future Freaks Me Out

*Cage the Elephant - Another more modern band. I find their style to be different and refreshing. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked is the one everyone knows, but they have plenty of other good songs. Favorite song of theirs - Shake Me Down

*The Killers - And a third modern alternative band. I've loved all of their albums. They have great versatility and are awesome live (first concert I've ever been to). Favorite song of theirs - For Reasons Unknown

*Matchbox Twenty - Again, not the manliest band, but they are one of my mom's favorites and she got me to be a fan. They were very popular when I first seriously started listening to music. Favorite song of theirs - Push

*Coldplay - Another band that my mom turned me into a fan of. They're more mellow than most bands I listen too and I think some of their songs are too slow, but they have plenty of good ones. Great lyrics. Favorite song of theirs - The Scientist

*Jack Johnson - A lot different from the previous artists I've mentioned, and I normally don't like this mellow, acoustic type of music, but there's something about Jack Johnson's songs that I love. Favorite song of his - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

*My Chemical Romance - No, I'm not emo. I always get crap for listening to MCR and, I admit, some of their songs are just weird, but their most recent album is a change of pace for them and I like it a lot. Favorite song of theirs - Bulletproof Heart

*Kid Cudi - Yep, rap. Cudi only has two albums out, but they're amazing. I'm usually not a big fan of his style of music, but I love Cudi. I'm not really sure if I can explain why. His rhymes are awful, but his beats are amazing and he takes an unorthodox approach to his music. Favorite song of his - Scott Mescudi Vs. The World

Just thought I'd throw in a different opinion.

My comment was deleted, so I got rid of the "offensive" language and reposted.

January 27, 2011  05:17 PM ET

I was born in 88 but listen pretty much exclusively to music made before then: i have a record player in my room currently and prefer listening to old records then most most the **** that's on the radio nowadays. I will listen to just about anything besides country, and i can only tolerate some rap.

ELO
Pink Floyd
Led Zep
Bob Dylan
Grateful Dead
Otis redding
beatles
traveling wilburys
petty
rollling stones
the doors
and many more classics

the only bands made after my time that i listen too:

Dave Matthews: though not the new **** and most of his fans are complete ********
Matchbox 20: king of gay, but nonetheless ok
Oasis
Counting Crows
Smashing Pumpkins
jack johnson / matt costa
radiohead

and anything Jack White is involved in: he's the closest thing to the rock legends of the past IMO

January 27, 2011  06:03 PM ET

LOL Sox, wasn't meant as a ranking, just as they randomly popped into my head...

January 29, 2011  11:01 PM ET

I like a lot of different stuff... my favorite is probably modern rock (alternative) but mostly from the 1990s and early 2000s (with some new stuff). I like a lot of classic rock, especially from Woodstock and the 1960s/1970s. I'm a hippie, so I like that kind of music a lot. I also like rap music, mostly from the late 1980s (NWA, Eazy E, Ice Cube) all the way to the early 2000s (mostly the 1990s, though)... and I believe that the stuff they play today and that's popular is the worst stuff ever. I don't listen to the radio unless I'm listening to a local alternative radio station, which is playing "Smells like the '90s" radio weekend, which I'm listening to

February 4, 2011  10:03 PM ET

I grew up in the 80's on hair bands and Motley Crue. I was a freshman in college, high as a kite the first time I heard Janes Addiction sing "Three Days" and the world changed. Right then Nirvana blew up and all the crap we'd been listening to became irrelevant. Thank God. I listen to a lot of different stuff, new and mostly old. Metallica is probably my favorite band, Floyd a close second. Gimme Shelter is my favorite song. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Cake, Police, Killers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty, Cream, AC DC, The Who, INXS, Eagles, Guns, Reverend Horton Heat, U2, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Duran Duran (really), Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Godsmack, where do you stop. As soon as I press enter I'm gonna remember 12 other bands I wanna list

 
July 12, 2011  05:03 PM ET

for me.....love all kinds depending on my mood! Don't particularly care for country, but some is nice. The music I like is Rock, all kinds! But most of my favorites are from the 80's

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