Music Recommendations, Using the “What I Like” Criterion

Ranking musicians in order of preference is too hard, so I’m going with alphabetical order with this. Apart from studio work by Bob Dylan, this should all be pretty easy to find on YouTube.

  • Lily Allen
  • Syd Barrett
  • The Beatles (especially the late period)
  • Beethoven
  • David Bowie
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ray Charles
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Albert Collins
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Dresden Dolls
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Doors
  • The Eurythmics
  • The Flaming Lips
  • The Fugs (so bad they’re good)
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • John Lee Hooker
  • The Indigo Girls
  • Jefferson Airplane (but later incarnations, such as Starship, are anti-recommended)
  • Janis Joplin
  • John Lennon
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Modest Mouse
  • Mozart
  • Murder By Death (now on tour; website here)
  • Muse
  • Amanda Palmer, in or out of the Dresden Dolls
  • Tom Petty, with or without the Heartbreakers
  • Pink Floyd
  • The Police
  • Pomplamoose
  • Queen
  • Radiohead
  • The Ramones
  • Lou Reed
  • REM
  • The Rolling Stones (especially early and middle periods)
  • Paul Simon / Simon & Garfunkel
  • Skin
  • The Strokes
  • The Travelin’ Wilburys
  • The Velvet Underground
  • The Violent Femmes
  • Weezer
  • The White Stripes
  • Wilco
  • Yes
  • Yoko Ono
  • Thom Yorke

2 thoughts on “Music Recommendations, Using the “What I Like” Criterion

  1. That’s quite an eclectic list! The haunting lyrics of The Doors’ “The End” echo down the halls of my soul. Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” reaches deep into my inner mind. Joplin’s “Summertime” still gives me goosebumps. And. Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” intimately touches the pain of misfortune:

    “In the clearing stands a boxer,
    And a fighter by his trade
    And he carries the reminders
    Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
    Or cut him till he cried out
    In his anger and his shame,
    “I am leaving, I am leaving”
    But the fighter still remains…”

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