If you could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Rock. Definitely rock.
Within that one genre is the full spectrum of human emotion and experience.
Happy, sad, up, down, political, silly -- all there!
I'm sure others can/will say the same about their chosen genre.
Haha, you seem pretty sure. I suppose rock does have all spectrums of humanity. I never thought of it that way, thanks!
Rock on mighty mom ... AC/DC or Bon Jovi or something else?
Definitely heavy metal, including all of its subgenres of course. I have to say this based primarily on the diversity of the music. It is also very emotive, with a great range of feeling put into the music. Finally, it is a genre that is often (though not always) complex... both structurally and instrumentally.
Hmmmm.... I don't have any heavy metal. Any bands you suggest to start with?
Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Edguy for pure melodic classic heavy metal, but there's more ...
I agree with Craig Hartranft. If you want to go further try: Dream Theater, Carcass, After Forever, Moonsorrow, Wintersun... They may not be the most obvious bands, but they will show you the diversity of the genre. None of those bands sound alike.
Rock, more specifically classic rock.
There was so much variety in that single structure of music
You're so right, I wish I listened to more classic rock.
One of my top 3 favorite songs of all time, right here
Jimi Hendrix- bold as love - rare instrumental version
Classic rock ... well ... rocks But there are many bands doing the same right now ... contact me for more info ...
Country music. I like stories and no other genre could tell a story like a country music song. Contrary to the rumor, the songs really aren't all about drinking, cheating, partying and pick up trucks. OK, most are, but the stories vary per artist
It would have to be the Blues. There's a huge spectrum within the Blues genre, it's the only true American music form, and it is the root of rock.
Traditional music - Celtic, English and American and world folk. Music which has survived for 100 years or more because it is good. It has stood the test of time and is not reliant on image, fashion and popular culture for its appeal. Diverse, because it spans the world, emotional and poignant, calming and beautiful. It won't be the most popular genre among these answers because most people just don't get to hear enough of this kind of music unless they actively seek it out. But that's my choice. Alun.
That's exactly how I feel about classical music. Pop music today is all about image and money, not about quality. I wrote a whole hub on it.
http://hubsy.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Class … -Professor
Since I write music reviews about hard rock and heavy metal, you would guess these would be my first choices. I'm not sure. I might go for classical music ...
Old hymns. I know there is no radio station for that but that is the most uplifting music ever made.
By world music, do you mean folk music? Thanks for answering!
No. World music contains a bit of style from different countries, especially African type rhythms. I think Simon & Garfunkel were the first to popularize it in the US with their album "Graceland."
Count me in as one more vote for hard rock and heavy metal. It would be hard for me to give up rap, though.
The same genre of music I've been listening to since I was 15, Classical. Nonetheless, I've played popular music here and there at times - I play piano
It would have to be the classics from the folk era and a few who came a little later. This includes Peter, Paul and Mary; Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, the lyrics of Bob Dylan (he cannot sing), John Denver, and I throw Jim Croce into that mix. He came later, but his music was certainly part of that genre. The music told a story, sent a message and entertained. You cannot ask for much more than that. Those that are too young and did not experience it, should find those old songs, 1960-1969. You might that your opinion about favorite music has changed.
R&B! It can sooth, make me happy, sad, hopeful! It does it all for me. At it's core, it's very much like country music - The stories drive the music. It's like the first time I really paid attention to Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." The story was just like Jasmine Sullivan's "Bust The Windows."
Both ladies were fed up with their men, decided to end things and showed it by hurting not the guys, but their car.
R&B all the way!
R&B, especially if its classic Motown from the 60's and 70's ... this white boy grew up with that
I agree msLarayne. Country and R&B overlap so well and I enjoy a good story. Great idea!!
R&B does tell stories. I recently wrote a hub called "Water Themes & Musical Styles" that includes an old blues song about the Mississippi River flooding.
http://watergeek.hubpages.com/_17i4x3d2 … s-in-Music
any middle of the road pap like JLS ... it would make life seem verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry long lol
Classical. I think I would get sick of any other genre of music, but classical is so timeless. I don't listen to it often, but when I do, it almost becomes an obsession. That's why I have to limit myself to small doses. If it was the only thing I could listen to, then I'd have no problem listening to it all the time.
Love classic music, especially Bach, Beethoven, and Sibelious ...
Awesome, I love classical music. I wrote a whole hub on why classical music is so amazing. Could you read it and give me some feedback? I like to get feedback from people who I know are experienced clsasical music listeners.
The one choice would be to listen to Carnatic (Indian origin) music for the rest of my life.
I would love to listen to country western too and many many more the list is endless!!
Gospel. Old, new, contemporary, hymns. Just good ole gospel will do, thank you.
What I love most about what's going on here is the variety I see. Music is such a reflection of human diversity!
That said, I'm with my friend John Sarkis on this one: classical all the way. No music has ever moved my soul the same way.
You are so right, this question is so fun to look at because there are so many different answers! I choose classical too, and I wrote a whole hub on The Genius of Classical Music. Could you check it out and give me your opinion?
Electronica!! Because it's soothing and sometimes riotous, sometimes chaotic, but can bring you at peace. Also because you have some lyrics to it too... Thought I'd attempt the most original answer possible...
It would have to be Heavy Metal or any sort of metal! lol! saying that, my favorite group is Scorpions, followed by Night Wish and Metallica! But I do love the rock symphonies too.
Classical. It encompasses by far the widest sonic, historic, and stylistic variety, and so would allow the most variety of mood, and just generally be the least 'exhaustible.'
But I'd sure miss some of the other genres, anyway! So I'm glad this question is a hypothetical one.
Doc, I'm so glad you like classical music! You would love the hub I wrote on it. Please read it and comment, I love to get feedback from fellow classical-lovers.
http://hubsy.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Class … usic-Like-
I am a big fan of the oldies style music, but I love listening to gospel, country, and classical music too.
Bossa nova. Did you see the hub I just wrote, by chance? I had to take Latin Jazz (bossa nova) out of it, unfortunately, because it was too long.
I love R&B of any type- blue eyed soul, classic soul, doo-wop, funk, hip-hop mixed. It has so many layers and encompasses so much of the human experience. And to me from a historical perspective it's like the crossroads of where gospel and spiritual music began and the roots of rock so there's so many ways you could enjoy it. But in all honesty I love music so much I would find some way to make it all one genre so I could have all my cake and eat it too!
Christian. I love many genre's of music but when there is only one choice, I choose the One!
for me it definitely be Jazz. You can't get tired of Jazz since it tends not to follow fixed keys and notes. There is always something interesting going on with the music.
I'm playing Rhapsody in Blue right now on the Piano and I love it, I wish I played more jazz piano. Thanks for answering!
I like Latin jazz - Astrud Gilberto et al - the easy listening type. Can't stand big band jazz or really any instrument that just goes off for show. I prefer moody, romantic, rhythmic music.
Haha, what a coincidence, I just wrote a hub on pop music vs. classical music. You might be interested in checking it out..
http://hubsy.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Class … -Professor
I would listen to "old country". A lot of the older artists did a lot of gospel too which I like.
Classical/Opera. I make my living as a musician. I love all kind of music, but Classical music has the most variety and emotional intensity.
Probably classical music - there is a lot of variety and I don't think it would ever get old.
Awesome, me too. I wrote a whole hub on it. I'm so happy to see so many others who love classical music, I've linked my hub like a million times on this page because I keep thinking that I won't find anybody else who loves classical music to read it.
I would listen to rock music because there are so many distinct periods. Classic rock, 80's, 90's alternative, etc. Not to mention the numerous bands and styles to pick from.
Only one genre? That would be a drab existence. I guess I'd go with straight out rock. It would really be an awful world without variety though.
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