My recorded music collection has a pretty definite dividing line between vinyl and CD. When I was younger (until about 1985), I amassed the entire album libraries of Yes, Rush, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. I also had a smattering of Van Halen and David Lee Roth, Deep Purple, Frank Zappa, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, Kansas and Jethro Tull. Let's not forget my jazz albums - I have stuff from Larry Carlton, Allan Holdsworth and Stanley Jordan, among others.
In the CD era, I started with my favorite hard rock/heavy metal bands of the time: Bulletboys, Love/Hate, Scatterbrain, 24-7 Spyz, Motley Crue, Kiss, Tesla, Queensryche, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.
I have a fairly solid '80s and '90s mainstream rock collection, too: Talking Heads, Dave Matthews, Toto, Alanis Morissette, Spin Doctors, Barenaked Ladies, No Doubt, Garbage, 3 Doors Down, Poe and Thomas Dolby. My small collection from the oughts includes Scissor Sisters and Evanescence.
I also have every "Weird Al" Yankovic album and I never miss a "Weird Al" concert.
I like a lot stuff in my husband's collection: Steely Dan, King Crimson and Tower of Power spring to mind.
Then there are movie soundtracks. In the summertime, there's no better CD for a road trip than the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrack. Other good soundtracks: So I Married an Axe Murderer, Wayne's World and Charlie's Angels.
Of the newer bands out right now whose music I haven't yet purchased, I particularly like Disturbed and Nickelback. There are probably others, but I'm not very good about paying attention to the band names when I'm listening to the radio.
My husband is good about finding new music he likes on MySpace, but so far I've spent most of my time there promoting my own music projects.
Of course, I spend a lot of time listening to my own songs to help me write or perfect the lyrics. Now that I have seven new songs to work on, I've pretty much been listening to those tracks exclusively.
So that's the short list and it's far from complete. Suffice to say that I like music a lot!
Feel like jumping in? What do you listen to?