Music tastes shift

30 Mar

15-25 years old  – My faves

  1. REM – By far and away my favourite band as a teenager. Bought album after album. Had so many great songs over the years and i even enjoyed some of their later work like New Adventures in HI_FI and Accelerate. Automatic for the People is a near flawless album.
  2. Sheryl Crow – She used to be my favourite female artist with albums like Sheryl Crow and Tuesday Night Music club. To be honest though she does not make the same impression on me nowdays nor do i remember why i used to enjoy listening to her so much.
  3. U2 – U2 have so many wonderful tracks but not a single great album for me. I think my favourite album is POP closely followed by Achtung Baby. But if i had to think in terms of favourite songs i would go for some of their earlier ones.
  4. Nirvana – Nevermind for me is one of the greatest albums i own. I lent it to someone who never returned it and had to buy it again. No regrets. A flawless album.
  5. Xaris Alexiou – I fell in love with Charis during my first year at the university. Di’Euxwn was the first album i listened to. I was reading O Bios k Politeia tou Alexi Zorba while listening to her. I love that album, which like Nevermind, i consider to be a flawless album.

25-35 years old – My faves

  1. Johnny Cash – Oh he is great. I love his entire The American album series. He is one of the few artists i can listen to regardless of what i am doing and how i am feeling. Whether i am feeling down or excited. Whether i am driving or reading a book. Fucking love him!
  2. AC/DC – These guys are simply an awesome feel good hard rock band. I loved listening to them when i was cycling or playing games like Burnout! But a friendly warning, avoid them when you are doing some real driving. It’s easy to get carried away…
  3. Eminem – In my book Eminem is a genius when it comes to lyrics. Maybe it’s the racist in me that of all the excellent rappers/hip-hop singers out there my favourite is the white guy.
  4. Xaris Alexiou – I don’t listen to her so much in the past 4-5years but i consider the Di’Euxwn album one of the best albums in my collection. In fact she is the only artist who is in both lists.
  5. Dire Straits – This is a strange one. Although i adore their Best Of i don’t particularly like any of their individual albums. Very strange.

Current Listening Trends 

I listen to most of my music through tunein, either on the iphone/ipod or the media player. The choice of songs and artists is usually far superior to what i would choose on my own. I find it’s the best way to be introduced to new music and artists without requiring significant time investment.


Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Music


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5 responses to “Music tastes shift

  1. jameswharris

    April 5, 2012 at 23:20

    All my pop culture tastes have changed over the years – books, television, movies, music. I was talking to some friends who are my age about which groups we once loved but no longer play anymore. We all agreed on Led Zeppelin. I used to be crazy about Patti Smith, but I just can’t play her albums anymore. There are televisions shows I had to see when I was young that now embarrass me to mention now. Bob Dylan from 1965 and 1966 stands the test of time the best, as does the Heinlein juveniles. I still read Jack Kerouac from time to time. I still love oldies from the 1960s but I try very hard to keep listening to new stuff.

    • costastaliadoros

      April 6, 2012 at 11:31

      You are right that this change is not just in music. But i thought music would have been more resilient. It’s even changing now compared to my 25-35 preferences. I am also finding non-fiction more appealing than fiction nowdays. The biggest shift is with video games which i can’t seem to find the desire to get back into.

      But does it mean anything more than this? Is it just a lifestyle change or are we changing as people? Our personalities.

      • dinos

        May 11, 2012 at 14:18

        I find I’ve become more picky, more cynic, less tolerant of lazy mass productions. I don’t have time to waste on stuff which won’t stir my emotions, which are now also less easily stirred.

  2. dinos

    May 11, 2012 at 14:09

    I find it takes a lot more to get me excited about something nowadays. I’ve been delving into music lately, both recent and old, trying to find stuff that inspires me. Dylan, I agree, is timeless, as his songs are as relevant today as they were back then. Though from another planet, 2Pac is another. Like Dylan, his lyrics and music were borne of the revolutionary spirit.

    I guess, it’s what I don’t like, rather than what I do like, that determines the music I listen to. I have no time any more for anything that feels in any way commercial. I don’t want to be sold anything anymore. Been there, bought that. Enough!

    Maybe it’s a sign of age, or maybe just a passing phase, but I recently began exploring opera. It came by chance, randomly playing music on Youtube for my then 15 month old daughter. After watching Andrea Bocelli sing Funiculi Funicula (coincidentally, this was originally written as a commercial jingle), we were hooked. She must have listened to it a hundred times, every time running around the flat waving her arms, and taking the obligatory bow at the end. My reaction was slightly more muted on the outside, but it got to me. I have since began downloading/listening/watching opera, with mixed results. But like whiskey, it is an acquired taste, the more I listen to it, the more I understand that opera is not just a great cure for insomnia.

    Current favorites:
    Nessun Dorma sung by Franco Corelli – a class above Pavarotti
    Va, Pensiero (Nabucco) – impeccable
    Anything Maria Callas – video footage really does the legend justice

    • costastaliadoros

      May 14, 2012 at 11:54

      I think the music one listens to cannot be independent of any context. For example, the music i listened to while driving is usually quite differenct compared to when i am reading a book. It does not only have to do with rythm or lyrics but also with mood, time of day etc.

      In your case i think it matters that you are experiencing opera with your daughter. You are willing to explore opera not only because your daughter liked it but because maybe you find it less threatening to her development and even beneficial. I cannot imagine you would be so willing to experience hip/hop and rap or heavy metal with her even if she enjoyed listening to it. Listening to 50 Cent and Eminem together not be your idea of proper parenthood.

      This “acquired taste” issue is what is putting me off from not exploring the blues further. It’s probably the music i am most interested in finding more about. Don’t ask my why as i still don’t know what the attraction is.


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