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

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

Some of us started with "On Top of Spaghetti" and ended up listening to Bart

Jim Merrill's picture

I started out with easy listening, graduated to pop rock in college, and have developed a taste for acoustic jazz in the past ten years.

Eric Wadley's picture

I've found that some of the music I disliked most as a child I find the most beautiful now.

John Parks's picture

From Disney to disco to punk to industrial, with classical, jazz, new age, world, trance, ambient, and a few others thrown into my playlist.

Steve Williams's picture

I used to listen to hard rock, then matured (?) into heavy metal. Now I listen to country music or swing.

Al Marcy's picture

I still like it good.

Peter Stockwell's picture

Started with Tommy Steele and Little White Bull at 5 years old . . . now I like Mahler, and music from the Mahgreb.

Joe Hartmann's picture

My interest in different music has broadened. Early interest in rock and classical has moved to jazz and even some pop (I recently purchased two Frank Sinatra CDs). Earlier I had some jazz recordings, but the exploration of rock new and old absorbed much of my time, as did chamber music (really, someone would review collections of Beethoven's string quartets, a constant source of joy for me). Then the classical area absorbed the next 30 years of my life. Now jazz is slipping in, as good recordings (LPs) become available.

KJ's picture

My taste in music is already quite schizophrenic. The one thing that has changed the last years is my sense of quality in music, which I do believe has improved (some might disagree, but so what).

mike eschman's picture

the older i get, the more music i find appealing. i am now to the point where anything but country and rap is interesting.

Brad, Atlanta's picture

I have opened up to more and more music each year, but I haven't outgrown much of it. I will listen to an old GBH (punk) CD, then put on Lyle Lovette or God Lives Underwater. If it's good music, I'll put it in my collection.

Rodney Gold's picture

I got older , my system got better . Jazz , classical and other more "mature" genres become more attractive and my setup is geared toward better recorded music. Whether my taste in music drives my system choice , or my more resolving system led me to explore new avenues is debatable(I think it was the latter) Popular Music these days is more about how much the artist is promoted than their abilty. Those artists that have stood the test of time will ALWAYS be popular.

yurko's picture

I started music my musical adventure with dire straits and sting; then i listened to alternative music, later i switched to classical jazz. at the moment i do not listen to popular music at all. from the very beginning i was interested in classical music, gradually the share of this increased. now i listen mainly to early music and baroque, sometimes to classical and contemporary. i have been motivated not only by estetic considerations, classical music in my opinion is recorded much more better than a popular one. besides, it is natural in sense that it exists not only in pre-recorded or electric waves form. thus, one can evaluate the fidelity of your system by comparing the sound of reproduced instrument with actually performed live one.

G.  Strausser's picture

From rock'n'roll/Top 40 of the '50s and '60s to almost anything that isn't rock, pop, or country.

Scot Forier's picture

I'm listening to more and more classic rock music.

Ed S's picture

I started my musical enjoyment hobby as an avid fan of rock instrumentals - the Ventures, Duane Eddy and Sandy Nelson were among my favorites. I have now grown into a rabid fan of what I would call traditional jazz, particularly small combos. I get much pleasure out of finding used LPs of various small jazz groups. My biggest frustration now (I'm a solid vinyl fan - the format is just so much more musical than even the best of the current CD format), is to find a winner only to get it home, clean it on the recrd cleaning machine (VPI), spin it and find the surface noise destroys my enjoyment. Oh well, half the fun of the hobby is the hunt for rare jazz gems on vinyl!!

KCSO's picture

I started out listening to a lot of nursery rhymes and music from Sesame Street. I now have a 3-year-old daughter who uses my system for Sesame Street. She also enjoys some jazz and Chopin and Bach. I recently picked up a mint LP copy of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon from a garage sale. My daughter really liked that, though she tells me the music sounds a bit "scary." I would say my music interests have expanded, but I still hang onto my original musical tastes.

Todd Arola's picture

Radically, indeed! I'm still young—28—and in the last few years my musical tastes have changed from heavy-metal-dominated music (Metallica, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, etc.) to almost exclusively classical music, with some jazz thrown in for good measure. That written, my tastes in classical tend more toward the dissonant and difficult (Bartók, Shostakovich, Ligeti, Mahler, etc.), so my wife still must leave the room occasionally. But I guess that my particular experience represents about as radical a change as is possible. Incidentally, my interest in high-end gear began at the same time I became interested in classical music.

T.A.  Lee's picture

I went from "theres never enough bass" to turning down the bass abit so that I could hear those gorgeous organ notes on Allman Bros. 'Where It All Begins'. I guess I went from quantity to quality.

Peter Klucken (Germany)'s picture

Only Jazz is music. Try it !!!

Terry R.'s picture

I was strictly a rock'n'roller for 20 years or so. The last few years I have been getting into classical, jazz, country. My purchases via CD are at least 50/50 now. LP buying is about 90% classical, and the rest old rock I missed the first time. I attribute this to a maturity in outlook and gaining appreciation for other music types through reading, dealer equipment auditions, Web forums, and actually attending live classical and jazz events. Rock concerts are easily reacted to "below the belt" or through raw adrenaline. Classical and jazz appeal to me emotionally and intellectually.

mikenificent1's picture

When I was younger I only listened to Pop, Rock and Hip Hop. Now in addition to those, I listen to classical, opera, country, alternative, punk, house, and classic rock. HiFi Audio is what opened my eyes to other music. There are some types of music that can only be appreciated on a high end system.

David L.  Wyatt, Jr.'s picture

I still love "Dazed and Confused," but I find myself listening to more jazz and classical, and I continue to seek out new music. An old Russian professor of mine once told me, 'If you aren't learning, you're forgetting." I don't want to refine my niche so much as expand my choices.

Niko Tomatsidis's picture

I always come back to the music I first liked.

C.  Simon's picture

It began with classic '70s guitar rock and now covers virtually all rock subgenres (i.e., hard rock, stoner rock, desert rock, Piano rock, alternative rock, psychedelic rock . . . ). Having said that, I'm only 25 years old—I'm sure there will be major changes in the future.

DC's picture

I've added to, but not subtracted from, my repetoire. I still listen to the same music I did when I was a kid but have added much more in the way of jazz and classical.

Jose Garcia's picture

As time went by and I got older, my taste in music changed with me—from rock music to jazz, from salsa to ballads, and so on. What didn't change is the love for good music; that is the unchanged fact. The medium has changed and evolved a lot these last 20-25 years. True music lovers still spin their LPs, we appreciate the convenience that CD offers, and will love if the new SACD/DVD-A comes out at last. Whatever the medium or the music, our hearts and minds will travel through all the years, from when we began to love music till the end of our lives. VIVA LA MUSICA.

Brian S.'s picture

Yes, my musical tastes have gradually evolved to include all types of music, although I still listen mostly to classical and jazz.

Doug Cline's picture

My tastes have definitely changed over the years (I'm a baby-boomer). The interesting question is if I can say they have "evolved"! My listening skills have evolved. My hearing has ?? "devolved" in both frequency response and dynamic range. My taste in music includes much more classical, much more jazz than 20 years ago, but having several teenagers in the house also includes a small amount of rap, a medium amount of current female pop singers, and some others, like Blue Rodeo and Crash Test Dummies, that I find hard to characterize. So has my musical "taste" evolved? I have always enjoyed variety, and find that visiting on the Internet and sampling the available tunes on MP3 will often get me something that I would not have thought to try otherwise. In past days it would have been an FM station or an audition at the local record store to make me aware of alternate music. Variety is, after all, the spice of life! Was it Darwin who said that?

Stephen W.  Sweigart's picture

I stopped listing to rock & folk in college 30 years ago, when I took music history; since then, only classical.

Glenn Bennett's picture

There are no really great pop music groups right now. The pop field has been taken over by teens and pre-teens. I spend most of my time going back to my jazz recordings.