Has your taste in music changed much over the years? Why?

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Some of us started with "On Top of Spaghetti" and ended up listening to Bart
Has your taste in music changed much over the years? Why?
Yes, radically
14% (23 votes)
Yes, quite a bit
46% (77 votes)
Yes, a little
22% (37 votes)
Not much
14% (24 votes)
Not at all
3% (5 votes)
Total votes: 166
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Ralph A.  Perrini's picture

Actually, my musical tastes have expanded! I still love the music I used to love back then (in the '60s), like the Beatles and the Stones, but now I also like jazz, folk, even a little classical. I also like a lot of modern rock bands like Pearl Jam, Barenaked Ladies, and Bush.

craig.ellsworth@ericsson.com's picture

Jazz, baby, jazz. And while you're at it, please make it acoustic and between 1950 and 1967. Okay, I like some of the young talent out there, but please play me some standards.

Graeme Forbes's picture

The older I get, the less I listen to anything except classical. In fact, right now (age 47) I DON'T listen to anything except classical. Never had a taste for jazz and have lost all interest in pop/rock.

Stevet Thomas's picture

My musical tastes really have not changed much at all, with the one exception that I am more discriminating. In other words, I like the same kinds of music I always have, I just choose who and what I listen to more carefully.

Mark D.'s picture

started with pop and metal and while I now listen to approved audiophile recordings I still prefer to listen to pop and metal when I want to here music and not my system

james Garrison's picture

yes, enjoy some pop and some classical. Believe most recording endeavers (pop)are more a financial quest than an artistic expression.The quality of the music and its recording generally are not to my liking. (Too compressed)

Ken Kirkpatrick's picture

I started out with rock. In my 20s I started to listen to some jazz, but not much. In my 30s, I moved into mostly jazz with some rock. Now, at 40, I split my time between classical, jazz, blues, with just a little bit of rock. Blues replaced my rock music. I never liked classical until I got a nice turntable. Hearing classical in good analog jolted me into classical. I do not like classical in the digital format. The strings hurt. Analog rules the day still.

Henry's picture

There has been quite a shift in the emphasis on what sort of music I mostly listen to, but I haven't altogether discarded all my early years' favorites. Nowadays I mostly listen to classical music (chamber, mostly) and also small jazz/blues combos. Not so many years ago (10, 15 or so) my favorites came from the heavy metal/hard rock segment.

T's picture

The more I listen to music, the more I like. Started with Slade and Status Quo in the '70s and now I listen to everything but hip-hop and techno.

Adam's picture

Rap and metal to alternative to classical and techno! Beat that!

Paul Quilter's picture

Started on a diet of Beatles & late-'60s rock groups, now still enjoying modern rock, but also blues, house, folk, female vocals, jazz, & some classical. Have found that the better one's system becomes, the wider the range of music that you can enjoy.

Ron G.'s picture

has expanded much over time. now major interest is Trad.Jazz and ragtime

Chriatopher Nicholls's picture

I started out in audio with walkmans and boomboxes from Aiwa and Yazumi etc. Back then I thought that things wrer just fine. I am embarrased to day when I listen to my system to think that I really enjoyed it. Actually it is rather funny. Over the years I have grown to appreciate the virtues of quality acoustic instruments well recorded. Much of the stuff seems to compressed and simply tampered with. Today I listen mostly to Classics, instrumental jazz and a select few religious pieces.

David's picture

I am now omnivorous.

Sean McPoland's picture

I was brught up listening to classica and Jim Reeves and Cliff Richard - Rock just came naturally

Kent Johnson's picture

It's a question of awareness. You don't look for other types of music when you don't know they exist.

Peter MacHare's picture

I remember being very disappointed as a 13-year-old kid when my Dad told me that I wouldn't like the same music when I grew up. What? Life without Zappa, the Stones, Howlin' Wolf? It didn't seem possible. Well, I still listen to the first music I ever loved—the Stones' "Little Red Rooster." Today I also listen to lots of jazz (especially Ellington), classic American singers, baroque (love Bach), and Renaissance music. It's not so much that my tastes have changed, it's just that I've been able to find out about more great stuff than when I was a kid.

Leroy Welk's picture

Yes, I used to favor Lawrence Welk and Montovani, now I like Run DMC and Tupac.

Perry Laventure's picture

Started listening to Motown, now I listen to mostly jazz and salsa.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Being a teenager was much different from being a middle-aged parent, to start with. I am impressed by how much I 've changed in terms of knowledge, understanding, lifestyle, and so on. Music is just a small aspect of all this.

Mark A.'s picture

In the 25 years or so of really enjoying music, I can see some definite changes. Classic rock and roll of the '60s and '70s is still great at times, but I've moved on to more blues and jazz these days (and a pinch of classical). The sad state of affairs is the pop, rap, and "new country" of the past 10 years.

Craig Copeland's picture

Have allways liked selected pieces from many musical genre. Classical, Jazz, Folk, some Country, very limited New Age, limited Opera, Broadway musicals until about the mid 80's. Only change is that pop music in most of it's forms and I parted company in the mid 80's.

Paul Jones's picture

rap came along, should i say any more

S.Manuel's picture

I am in my mid thirties, but in my teens following the poppy charts ie rock et al seems to be the way to do. But nowadays, i am more into jazz, whether traditional, modern or mainstream. Funnily, classical music was "ou of the question" in my teenage years ( perhaps not being fasionable?) but I have more classical music in my collection as ever before. I very rarely buy anything from the charts these days ( most reason one was by the Corrs). Must be getting old?

Donald Tu's picture

I switched from pop to classical music about three years ago. I've had no regrets since.

Eric McFrazier's picture

When I was young I grew up listening to R&B and Gospel music, thanks to my parents. As I began to discovered music on my own I listened to Men at Work and Husker Du. I went from Husker Du to D.R.I. to full-on thrash. For a long time I just listened to metal. Now jazz is my first love, as I was a music major in college. I also have a large classical library. But every now and then nothing can beat listening to CrowBar!

Doug Eicher's picture

I went from pop dreck as a kid to rock as a young adult to Duke Ellington's definition as I got older. My tastes now run from Amadeus to ZZ Top. Mostly blues and jazz, however, to fracture the Duke . . . "If it sounds good, it is good." Apologies to Peter Schickele. :^)

Lewis's picture

My tastes are broader now than ever before. I am 46 years old. I enjoy music dating from the '40s until today. And classical too. Thirty or 40 years ago it was rock or nothing at all.

Jim Naphas's picture

While I always did have somewhat varied listening tastes, I've found over the years that I've had a significant move from listening primarily to headbanging rock'n'roll to old fogey music--for Christ's sake I even own and listen to opera now. Perhaps not coincidentally, as my system has improved over the years so has the breadth of music I enjoy. I've come to the conclusion that the basic characteristics of your system drive your listening preferences, and vice versa.

Andrew Johnson's picture

Added a few of jazz and quite a few of classical. Mostly thanks to the superior sound quality, it's nice to hear dynamics, as opposed to rocks loudness.

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