Like many of you, I love music. I really, really love music.
Over the years, I have gathered much of my favorite genres of music: classic rock and hard rock/metal, often with a progressive twist. Add to that my 80s pop obsession and smattering of other things … and I find that my iPods and 1000+ CD rack are quite full. And I feel like looking through it all today.
So let’s play a game.
For each letter of the alphabet, I will give you the artist with the most CDs in my collection—which will almost always be a classic rock or hard rock/metal artist.
Then I list the artist that I’d choose from that letter if I could only keep the music of one artist per letter. (If the most frequent artist already is my favorite, I choose my next favorite from that letter.)
Finally, I’ll give you one of the artists I have from that letter that stands out as the greatest contrast from the first one. Maybe it’ll be cheesy 80s pop, perhaps something entirely different.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves two things:
(1) Tell me the letters for which you’d choose my unusual, contrasting pick instead of my most common or my favorite one.
(2) Tell me which letter you’d choose if you could only have the artists of ONE LETTER on your iPod. For example, I’d probably choose G—I’d enjoy the variety of Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Godsmack, Gordian Knot, Great White, GTR, the Guess Who, and Guns N’ Roses, among others.
Here goes! (Reminder: The first artist listed is the “most represented,” the second is my favorite if the first isn’t, and the third is my “quirky” CD pick.)
A: AC/DC; Aerosmith; Afro Celt Sound System
B: The Beatles; Black Sabbath; Bell Biv Devoe
C: Phil Collins; Collective Soul; Chemical Brothers
D: The Doors; Dream Theater; Terence Trent D’Arby
E: Emerson, Lake & Palmer; ELO; Everlast
F: Finger Eleven; Fates Warning; Frankie Goes to Hollywood
G: Genesis; Peter Gabriel; Laurent Garnier
H: Steve Hackett; Heart; Harvey Danger
I: Iron Maiden; INXS; Information Society
J: Judas Priest; Journey; Stanley Jordan
K: KISS; King Crimson; Kruder & Dorfmeister
L: Led Zeppelin; John Lennon; Little River Band
M: Dave Matthews Band; Metallica; Wynton Marsalis
N: Nine Inch Nails; Night Ranger; N.W.A.
O: Ozzy Osbourne; The Outfield; Outkast
P: Prince; The Police; Michael Penn
Q: Queensryche; Queens of the Stone Age; Queen
R: Rush; Ratt; Rusted Root
S: Sting; Stone Temple Pilots; Seafood
T: Tesla; Tool; Andy Taylor
U: U2; Uriah Heep; US3
V: Van Halen; Velvet Revolver; Vangelis
W: Whitesnake; The Who; Stevie Wonder
Y: Yes; Y&T; Young MC
Z: ZZ Top; Rob Zombie; Zebra