The Crossroads of the Aether
And I suppose I should start - hardly fair for me to ask others, if I'm not willing to share. :) As it is currently, I'm really into Daft Punk and Make-Up and Vanity Set. The electronic side of music has become increasingly interesting to me as of late, because it opens up possibilities that were not necessary available before.
However, I am pretty well-versed in classical orchestra and band literature, due to my background and area of study in college. ;D Currently, "Music for Prague: 1968" (I think that's the proper year, though I can't recall) and "Ecstatic Waters" are two of my favorites...as is "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna".
Opera, I am not familiar with, though I can enjoy some of the shorter ones. ;)
The Protomen are one of my favorite rock groups from this decade, though I can enjoy easily The Beatles, The Monkees, etc., and Elvis, though he's moreso blues.
So, what's your favorite non-SP music?
I like all kinds of music! I'm a child of the 80's and still listen to that once in a while....Def Leppard, WHAM, Bananarama, Bon Jovi, etc. The 40's, 50's, and some of the 60's music is great too. I also love classical, medieval madrigal, Irish folk and modern, modern Christian pop, old hymns, anime music, Broadway musicals, & opera too. I don't really listen to too much mainstream music these days, though.
My perennial favorites would be:
The Andrew's Sisters, Count Basie, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Tokens, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi, Bing Crosby, Queen, Dead or Alive, Michael W. Smith, Tom Lehrer, Harry Connick Jr., Mr. Mister, Simon & Garfunkel, anything classical, broadway musicals, tv theme songs, and movie music, Toby Mac, The Judds, Celtic Thunder, Steven Curtis Chapman, Aqua, The Jonas Brothers, and....okay, this list could be several pages. I'll spare you the ramblings...
Currently I'm obsessed with anything by composer Yuki Kajiura and the band OneRepublic (who I think is mainstream but I just stumbled on them a month ago).
I would echo Lady Beatrix...though I don't really listen to much opera...
I have very eclectic tastes and I will listen to and appreciate most anything, though I hate most rap. Then again, I don't really consider rap as music, so take that as you will. :) I've been more into electronica, techno and synthpop of late, though my go-to music continues to be country or rock and pop in general...from the 50s to the 90s, mostly. I LOVE big band and swing, though I don't listen to them as much as I did when I was in college.
I am an eclectic sort of person..I like older rock bands such as Led Zep, Black Sabbath, The Doors, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, The Who and Jimi Hendrix to folk singers like Sandy Denny, Clannad, Loreena Mckennit, Bob Dylan, any sea shanty sort of singers and low profile folk singers out there..to Johnny Cash....and then theres the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Gary Numan, Eurythmics, Joy Division, to Prodigy, Placebo upto Ladytron, Die So Fluid, Birthday Massacre, Marilyn Manson. I love classic music especially Baroque such as Bach and Vivaldi and Pacabel.
There is so much I love out there.
I, also, have way too many musical tastes to narrow down any favorites. Why should I narrow myself into any one genre or band. If anyone saw my CD/mp3 collections they'd be scratching their heads. Too eclectic. I could listen to Donovan one minute then pop in my Iron Maiden CDs next. Or go from Dimmu Borgir to Tegan and Sara.
I will admit that I have been listening to more dance/club/electronica lately. Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue, etc. But I love classical and opera. And can be very much a headbanger at metal concerts or listening to my CDs, etc. Think everyone should listen to Cradle of Filth at least once.
Favorites, though, I don't like to guess at or say even if I did have them. Don't want people to think that's all I listen to.
...........YEAH, I'M THAT SIMPLE.
Oooh. Yes. I would love to see a Steampunk The Magic Flute.
I'm also an eclectic. Willie Nelson (particularly his early stuff), The Highwaymen (Willie, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson), Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Santana, Mozart, Sarah Brightman, Journey, Chicago,
Edgar Winter . . . I don't know what all. Depends on my mood.