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Do you listen to music? What are your favorite songs or albums?

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java602's picture

Bowling for Soup

The band Bowling for Soup probably reached the height of its popularity during the year 2004 when one of their singles, “1985,” received a lot of air time on the radio. If anyone has seen a lot of movies that take place in college, I think that they would come to the same conclusion that I have about Bowling for Soup: that the band has a very “college” sound to it, which is especially apparent on their most popular album, A Hangover You Don’t Deserve. For this reason, I think that college is a great time to become more familiar with the band and their music.

The lyrics tend to be very humorous and memorable. Many of them are a bit raunchy, too. The lyrics are really the strong part of the music because I do not really think that the instrumental segments of the band are particularly unique or revolutionary. But, the instrumental portions compliment the lyrics nicely despite this downfall.

I think that Bowling for Soup is worth listening to, although they are a little bit of an acquired taste. Even if you do not like the band itself, I think that everybody could find one or two songs that they like from the band’s catalog.

java602's picture

Deep Purple

Everybody who has listened to music at some point in their life is familiar with the guitar riff from the song “Smoke on the Water” recorded by the rock band Deep Purple. I happen to find this a little amusing because “Smoke on the Water” was originally recorded as a filler song; just something to add another track to the album and never intended for any kind of recognition or remembrance.

Deep Purple has recorded a lot of tracks, but they all have something in common: the music is surprising relaxing. I cannot even begin to count how many times I had to stay up late to write difficult essays or cram for an exam during my first year of college. I found the music of Deep Purple to be very soothing during these times and I found that it actually helped me focus on my work. There is something about the rhythm of the music that just seems to promote concentration in a way that encourages productivity.

Take my word for it: when you have to hit the books really hard, nothing will ease the pain more than a fresh pot of strong, black coffee and a play list full of Deep Purple.

java602's picture

Led Zeppelin

“Stairway to Heaven” is a song that is as familiar to the general public as the happy birthday song or “Jingle Bell Rock.” I happen to be a really big fan of Led Zeppelin, even to the point where I have days where I walk around humming “Communication Breakdown” and tapping out the drum solo from “Moby Dick.” I even have a poster hanging in my room with lyrics from “Stairway to Heaven” on it. I know that there are a lot of other people that are fans of bands like Queen and Guns ‘n’ Roses, that tell me that they have never really been able to get into the music of Led Zeppelin. I have never been able to understand this. In my opinion, as far as rock and roll bands go, Led Zeppelin is kind of the perfect band. I mean, not only are the instrumental segments fantastic, but the lyrics actually have meaning behind them and are not just strings of words that all rhyme at the end. If you enjoy listening to rock music, I would think that it would be a given that you would like listening to, or at the very least appreciate, Led Zeppelin.

java602's picture

Pink Floyd

In my opinion, there few things in college that are quite as enjoyable as really savoring what little down time you have. Whenever I want to, need to, chill out, I like tucking myself away in a quiet corner on campus and playing the music of Pink Floyd through my ear buds. The music produces a really calming atmosphere which is essential for relieving a lot of the pent up stress from a long week, or day of college work. It can be really hard to wind down after a rough week, but I find that listening to Pink Floyd always helps me become serene more quickly.

I remember one time in college, I had just finished my last days of finals and the campus was pretty empty because a lot of people has already gone home for winter break. I was just chilling by myself in the lounge area, listening to Pink Floyd, feeling the stress melt away while watching it snow outside. It was probably the most at peace I felt the entire semester.

I think that everybody should give Pink Floyd a chance. They are still very popular today so I’m sure you could borrow an album from someone you know in college.

jessi246's picture

No Way!

Whoa! That’s a surprise. Smoke on the Water was recorded as a filler song? I can’t believe that! Ha ha that is the only song I’ve heard by Deep Purple! That’s pretty amazing. I guess it’s just proof that inspiration and fame can strike in the most random places and times.

That’s really cool that Deep Purple is relaxing music for you. I, too, listen to quiet music while I’m studying or doing homework. It really helps me to take the stress of study down to a minimum. I’ll have to try Deep Purple for sure!

java602 wrote:

Everybody who has listened to music at some point in their life is familiar with the guitar riff from the song “Smoke on the Water” recorded by the rock band Deep Purple. I happen to find this a little amusing because “Smoke on the Water” was originally recorded as a filler song; just something to add another track to the album and never intended for any kind of recognition or remembrance.

Deep Purple has recorded a lot of tracks, but they all have something in common: the music is surprising relaxing. I cannot even begin to count how many times I had to stay up late to write difficult essays or cram for an exam during my first year of college. I found the music of Deep Purple to be very soothing during these times and I found that it actually helped me focus on my work. There is something about the rhythm of the music that just seems to promote concentration in a way that encourages productivity.

Take my word for it: when you have to hit the books really hard, nothing will ease the pain more than a fresh pot of strong, black coffee and a play list full of Deep Purple.

JamieS86's picture

 I got into classic rock

 I got into classic rock around the time I started college. High school was all about Seattle grunge, and college was an abrupt shift into Jefferson Airplane. As soon as I got to grad school I found that EVERYONE was into older music, but some people were into 60s rock and some into stuff from the 80s. Needless to say, the battle has been raging ever since.

 In high school I was at least vaguely aware of what music was currently popular, but since then my awareness has dropped to zero. It's not that I think it is bad or anything, it's just that the newest music in my ipod is still over twenty years old. Favorite artist is probably BOC.  

java602's picture

@Jamie

I just have to say that you have excellent taste in music.  I love Jefferson Airplane; the first time I listened to Surrealistic Pillow it completely blew my mind.  My favorite song by them would probably have to be Greasy Heart, simply because Grace Slick’s vocal performance on the track is beyond amazing. 

Blue Oyster Cult is definitely one of my favorite bands too.  They still are still actively touring and I would love to see them before they retire.  It’s a little personal dream of mine to see them live, playing Dragon Lady.

What other bands do you enjoy listening to?   

JamieS86's picture

 Hey Java,  Glad someone

 Hey Java,

 Glad someone agrees with me on Jefferson Airplane! Favorite has to be White Rabbit, that one's a classic for a good reason.

As far as the classic stuff goes, I've been getting more into Hendrix lately. I didn't appreciate his stuff much when I first listened to it, but I am beginning to see the light ;-).

 Of my more contemporary music, my favorite is Over the Rhine. Their style has changed a lot over the years, so whenever I recommend them to someone I always tell them to start with their album Good Dog Bad Dog, which was recorded in their basement and puts most studio albums to shame.

 In a totally different category, I also like Irish pub music (NOT so-called "Celtic" bands), which I got into just hearing people play live in Killarney pubs.

 Do you have any other recommendations??

java602's picture

Do you like listening to any

Do you like listening to any kind of heavy metal music?  I really love Black Sabbath, too.  However, I would recommend listening to Rainbow.  It is a band that Ritchie Blackmore, the guitarist from Deep Purple, put together in the ‘70s.  The band went through a lot of different lead vocalists, but my favorite will always be Ronnie James Dio.  See if you can find a copy of Rising; it is such a great album.  One of the songs, Stargazer, is even Dee Snider’s (from Twisted Sister) pick for the greatest metal song of all time.  Also, go Hendrix!  Listen to Remember and Highway Chile!

bandella's picture

Over The Rhine!

JamieS86 wrote:

Hey Java,

Glad someone agrees with me on Jefferson Airplane! Favorite has to be White Rabbit, that one's a classic for a good reason.

As far as the classic stuff goes, I've been getting more into Hendrix lately. I didn't appreciate his stuff much when I first listened to it, but I am beginning to see the light ;-).

Of my more contemporary music, my favorite is Over the Rhine. Their style has changed a lot over the years, so whenever I recommend them to someone I always tell them to start with their album Good Dog Bad Dog, which was recorded in their basement and puts most studio albums to shame.

In a totally different category, I also like Irish pub music (NOT so-called "Celtic" bands), which I got into just hearing people play live in Killarney pubs.

Do you have any other recommendations??

I LOVE Over the Rhine! I thought I was the only one. Glad to hear otherwise! If you like them, you might also like Fisher and The Hush Sound. Beautiful stuff. 

By "Irish pub music," do you mean stuff like Dropkick Murphy and the Pogues? You might want to check out The Levellers, then. It's not exactly that raucous kind of pub music, but it's definitely fun and interesting. My favorite band right now and which could maybe kind of qualify (even though they're Scottish) is The Fratellis. SO much fun. It's impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to them.

bandella's picture

My crazy music library.

I have the iTunes library of a schizophrenic, really. My all-time favorite band, hands down, would have to be The Beatles. They accomplished so much in such a small amount of time, and they were constantly evolving. There's a reason they're still legends.

Aside from that, though, pretty much anything and everything is fair game. I listen to metal (mostly old Metallica), 80s glam rock (Queen being my absolute favorite of the genre), top 40 pop (I love Britney Spears and I am not ashamed to admit this, even though I probably should be), even a tiny amount of country (Carrie Underwood, yay!). Just about anything goes, though.

After taking a brief look through iTunes and seeing what I listen to most, I present, in alphabetical order:
A Fine Frenzy
A Perfect Circle
Adele
Aerosmith
Breaking Benjamin
Britney Spears
Christina Aguilera
Damien Rice
Daughtry
Elton John
Evanescence
Fiona Apple
Franz Ferdinand
Garbage
Howie Day
Imogen Heap
Justin Timberlake (shut up!)
Kaiser Chiefs
Kate Earl
Katy Perry (shut. up.)
Kelly Clarkson
Lady Gaga (shut up. again.)
Mariah Carey (her older stuff, anyway)
Maroon 5
Meiko
Metallica
MoZella
Muse
No Doubt
Over the Rhine
Phantom Planet
Pink
Pixie Lott
Queen
Radiohead
Rihanna
Rilo Kiley
Robbers on High Street
Rufus Wainwright
Sara Bareilles
Sara Evans
Sarah Blasko
Sarah McLachlan
Sarah Slean
Stone Temple Pilots
The Beatles
The Exies
The Fratellis
The Hush Sound
The Levellers
The Pretty Reckless
The Vines (if Nirvana and The Beatles had a baby, this is what woudl happen)
Thea Gilmore
Three Days Grace
Tool
Tori Amos
Travis
Weezer
Within Temptation

And finally, anything oldies, especially CCR and Three Dog Night

jbluefoot23's picture

I am so out of touch with

I am so out of touch with current music, I expected to be completely clueless in this thread, but you guys are talking about good old classics.  I listen to a lot of vinyl (which is either old fashioned and dorky or cool and retro depending on who you ask), and I like the old stuff quite a bit.  I actually have a fondness for pre-1960's stuff, back into the 30s.  And for me, there's something about the little pops and hisses of a vinyl record that makes the experience more real than listening to an mp3 or CD.

bandella's picture

Josiah -- This might be due

Josiah -- This might be due to my M.A. thesis eating my brain (about WWII), but I'm a big fan of music of the 1940s, especially swing. Jo Stafford is one of my very favorites. Her voice just gives me chills. Lately, I've also been getting into 30s and even some 20s-era torch singers. Since you're already familiar with this period, any suggestions? I love Ella Fitzgerald, if that helps at all. I'm also wanting to explore the "boogie woogie" genre, just because it's so fun. Any ideas there, too?

Alex1017's picture

Get the Led out!

It took me some time to get into led Zeppelin at first.  Like you mentioned in your post, I was one of those guys that was all about Guns n Roses and sometimes even heavier bands like Metallica and Megadeth.  I must say though, maybe your tastes get better as you get older -- but I came into college listening to alot of hard rock and heavy metal and now finishing up my college career i find myself listening to more Led Zeppelin and other classic rock bands.  I love Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Rock n Roll, Misty Mountain Hop....the list goes on and on.  

onlinerewardz's picture

fan of hiphop,rap and rnb

Well, one thing that I always like to do, in fact, that I do everyday is listening to music. I love Hip-Hop, RnB and Rap music. The reason why I love this three types of music is that they always make you feel happy and wanna to shake your body when you listen to them. You cannot be hearing Rihanna singing and not finding yourself in the mood to shake your head or hear Eminem's rapping and not wanting to tap your feet. So, it is just like a correspondence, that when there is good Hip-Hop music,then there is happiness. My favorite Hip-Hop artists are:

Beyonce

Kelly Rowland

Jayzee

Eminem

Rihanna

Akon

Tavai Mcoy

 

Alex1017's picture

hip hop

Anyone listen to heavy metal when growing up?  I got my first Metallica CD when I was in third grade and I never looked back haha. After Metallica, I started looking into other Thrash metal bands like Testament, Megadeth, Slayer, and Overkill.  I also enjoy listening to power metal bands like Iron Maiden.  I listed to metal almost exclusively up until my junior year of college... now in my senior year I am beginning to branch out and broaden my horizons.

Now, I find myself listening to almost anything and everything.  From Hip Hop and RnB to classic rock and heavey metal.  Ill go from Rihanna to Metallica in a heartbeat.  There is lots of great music out there, keep your ears open!

Alex1017's picture

Grunge and Alternative

Anyone into the popular grunge and alternative rock bands from the early 90s?  I find myself listening to a lot of Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, and of course Nirvana recently.  My favorite of the bands mentioned above is definitely Alice in Chains.  Layne Staley had an incredible voice - it is a real shame that he got addicted to drugs and that this addiction eventually took his life.  For the years that he fronted Alice though, he was a force to be reckoned with, not only did he have a strong and unique sounding voice, but he also had an excellent vocal range.  Check out the songs Rooster and Would?

Alex1017's picture

Live Music or CD/MP3s

Do you all enjoy listening to live music more or would you rather just pop in the CD or your ipod?  I find that I personally enjoy going to concerts in some circumstances and in others I would rather just listen to the CD.  Some bands bring an energy to stage that just cannot be beat.  I really enjoy the release that you get at a hard rock or heavy metal show - I usually enjoy going to these types of concerts.  For Rock and Roll or softer bands, I would rather just listen to the CDs - there are exceptions of course but generally I enjoy hard rock/metal shows the most.

Anyone else have a preference?

zwright55's picture

Anything that sounds good, is good...

Personally, I love any type of music. If it sounds good, it's good music to me. I  always have some sort of music in my ear, whether it's washing dishes to doing homework. That's why lately I've caught on to the Korean wave and have been interested in a lot of Korean music lately. Some artist that I find pretty good are, 2ne1 an all girl hip hop orientated Korean group,  Big Bang a hip hop boy group. Do you see a trend? Korea has quite a few f boy band and girl band groups and I think that is why Korean music is oh so popular now all over the world. Other artists like Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, and a lot of oldies I love as well. 

Capslock077's picture

Oh music music music

I love music. All different types of music.  I am a sucker for nickelback.  Truly anything written by them I tend to enjoy.  One thing that helped me throughout college was listening to classical music.  I stopped doing this around my junior year but it was awesome for concentration and accomplishing things.  I do not know why I ever stopped.  One funny thing is that now when I play my favorite video game it has a classical song play.  My wife will watch me and she noticed that when the classical music would play I would do outstanding.  Never even mess up. Totally weird the way our brains work better with certain distractions.

Capslock077's picture

Preferences

I tend to be more towards country.  It happened about 10 years ago everytime that we went on a road trip when I was young my mom would listen to country.  I would fall asleep with it playing and about 5 years after that I, out of nowhere, started listening to country.  I hate concerts.  I don't know if it is because of the amount of people there or what, but I have gone to one concert and made it to the parking lot of the other. I have become, recently, addicted to napster. I am on the road alot and it is extremely nice to have to pay one fee for a whole year and then you can download and listen to whatever, whereever.

allin121's picture

About music

I like to listen to music songs from Hollywood. My favorite album that I have listened most is "Recovery of Eminem", in which the songs I like are: Love the way you lie, Eminem not afraid, Eminem space. I have to say Eminem is the king of rap, and no one can beat him. He is also the fastest, even though he is not faster than Bhusta Rhymes. Many people like Eminem rap in India, and therefore Eminem has become a huge music star from the past years.

My second favorite is Lil Wayne. He has his own style, and he is also running his own group, known as Young Money Bird. His step father who is also running a group, known as Cash Money. Their groups related to money, because they have a lot of money.  They are best in rapping, and they have so many music stars in his group like Jay Sean, Drake, DJ khalid, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, etc. So these are the best rappers I have ever listened.  And talking about singers, my favorites are Mike Posner, Jay Sean which is also NRI.

Thanks

 

Rizvi11's picture

Bollywood Music

I love Bollywood music. Some Bollywood music can make you mad! Ya, it's real. At this time, Bollywood music is very popular in many countries of the world.

Bollywood music has many tastes. What do you want? Rock, Jazz, Classic, Romantic? Just tell what you want. Bollywood music is a total package! It is like all in one!

Bollywood music means the music which comes from Bollywood (The industry of Indian Movie), Mumbai.

Now, there are many intelligent music directors in Bollywood. From them, we are getting many nice songs. A.R Rahman is one of them. He is Oscar's winner ( for Slumdog Millionaire) music director.

Bollywood music is now very popular to all ages of people. The intelligent music directors are giving us many songs in different subjects. The funny thing is that total Indian music industry is based on Bollywood music!

Now, Bollywood movies are very famous in most of the countries of the world. Music directors are giving many interesting works from these movies.

If you want to hear something new every time, just listen Bollywood music. You'll get all taste from Bollywood music.   You can visit www.songs.pk to download Bollywood movie songs.

Rizvi11's picture

Radio Program Scheduling

Radio Program scheduling is a work of some very creative and intelligent people. I think so. Because, if you are not creative and intelligent, you cannot understand the choice of the audience, and you cannot arrange the programs as the choice of the audience. Audience is the soul of a Radio Station.

First, you should think that you are also a student. What do you want to listen? Ask yourself. I'm sure that you will get your answer. If you don't find the answer, then ask the other people what they want to listen? It must give you the solution. Then arrange your programs, as they want. It'll make the Radio Station more interesting to the audience.

As a program scheduler, you have to have a good sense of song selection. As an example, most of the audience wants to listen to soft music in the morning and at midnight. They want to listen to Rock/Jazz music in the afternoon. This is just an example. You can change this, but you should keep the audience choice in mind. You should listen to songs as much as you can.  Radio program scheduler is a challenging work. 

Rizvi11's picture

Effects of Music

Music is the mirror of mind, who said this? I don't know but I always say this, and I also believe this. Music can be very effective for human mind. It will be clear, if you think that the choice of every person is different. I'm giving a very useful example for you. Who is your favorite person? Your father? Your mother? Your friend? Whoever, ask him what his or her favorite song is. If he/she indicates a song, just think about the song's lyrics and about the theme of the song. If that song is a sad song, your favorite person feels the sadness very much! It is true!

People want to listen to a different song at different moment. It varies on the moment. You can check (with permission) your friend's mp3 or i-pod's song list to know more about him or her. If many of your favorite songs and your friend's favorite songs are the same, then I can tell that you and your friend's character may be very similar. It is examined.

A song can be very effective for the people. For the example, I can use Bangladesh's independent war (in 1971). In that time, many singers sang songs for the freedom fighters. That made them more confident.

If anyone feels sadness, he must not want to listen to rock song at that time. Similarly, if people are very happy, they do not want to listen to a sad song. It proves that music can be very effective for human.

Rizvi11's picture

The King of POP

I love Michael Jackson. Who does not love him? The dance of Michael makes me crazy. He is my Hero. When I dance, I just follow him. The songs of Michael are all very nice. I dare to judge his songs, because I think he is the king of Pop songs.

I heard the "Beat it" song first. From then, it is one of my favorite songs. Michael wanted to express something by his songs. There is something special in his songs. I love all his songs. I think I am one of his biggest fans!

Who does not love the dance of Michael? He is not only the king of Pop, but also the king of Dance. Maybe, every dancer follows Michael Jackson as their hero. Whoever saw his dance can never forget it. He was like a real king. Every time, his performance touched us. He knew how to win people’s heart.

Although Michael is dead, but I think he is dead only in "body". He will always alive in our minds.  Michael Jackson, this name could create a lot of  things. We love you, Michael.

betterintheory's picture

Modest Mouse

Everyone listed some great music, everything from Michael Jackson to Metallica, but my favorite right now is Modest Mouse. They have been around since the nineties and seem to keep getting better and better with each album. Frontman Isaac Brock is a wild man, a loose cannon, making it somewhat of an adventure to listen to. You never know what might happen next. If you are not at all familiar with them, here's my list of albums to check out first.

The Moon and Antarctica - We were dead before the ship even sank - Good News for People who Love Bad News

Aitiustus's picture

Think long

Modest mouse is definitely always a good choice. Think long has always been my personal favorite. Usually, I'm a big fan of the instrumental groups like GSYBE, Explosions in the sky, and my newest favorite Emancipator - Soon it will be cold enough. The last one is kind of like winter preparation, as Matt Pond's - Summer is coming is... you get the idea. Anyway, good alternative stuff there.

wedge1020's picture

An eclectic range...

Music is one of those art forms that, like dance, drawing, or cooking, has that ability to unlock boundless energy and potential within our soul. What that combination is to achieve such mental states in each individual varies, hence why we each tend to have varying preferences. And over time, even our unique individual preferences can change.

My favorite songs include:

"Telstar" by the Tornadoes
"Beach Baby" by The First Class
"Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny
"Canon in D" almost all reproductions and reimaginings
"I Got A Name" Jby im Croce
"Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens

What's really neat about a favorite song is how when you start researching it, how it can introduce you to genres and other work by the same or similar artists. The songs listed above pointed me in the direction of "Instrumentals", "Surf Rock", and "Bubblegum Rock", which I have found considerably more material I find enjoyable listening to.

I tend to have a thing for the Rock/Pop chords, which find themselves in most major hits.

Other enjoyable groups:

The Moody Blues
John Williams and any of the Star Wars soundtracks
Jerry Goldsmith (Star Trek movie soundtracks)
the Lord of the Rings soundtracks
Adiemus
Swirl 360
Smash Mouth
Moxy Fruvous
Beach Boys
The Carpenters
Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross soundtracks (Yasunori Mitsuda)
Anamanaguchi (retro 8-bit NES music)
Mini-bosses (Megaman 2!)
Squirrel Nut Zippers
SR-71
Lux Lisbon
She & Him

"Alegria", "Icare" by Cirque Du Soleil

Ah, so much... I think I've barely scratched the surface.

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Music

I like to listen to a wide range of music as I sit and do my homework. Sometimes, I like to plug-in for hours, as I design something on the computer. Some of my favorite heavier bands are Avenged Sevenfold, Rammstein, and Otep. I also like speed metal, like Stratovarius and Rhapsody of Fire. If anyone on here has a Pandora account, a nice leisure station is to type in "Feel Good Inc." by the Gorillaz. You'll get a lot of nice bands like Sugar Ray and Blink 182. It really brings me back. Sometimes, I like to listen to older 80's music to set me in the mood.