View Full Version : Is your musical taste "off the beaten path"?

July 5th, 2011, 9:19 PM
Basically, the title means "Do you listen to music that most of your peers don't listen to?" This applies to me.

My preferred genre of music is Latin Pop, preferably in Spanish. I took 5 Spanish classes in high school, so I speak Spanish rather well. My favorite singer is Luis Fonsi, who just released a new album this past June 28, called "Tierra Firme." My favorite band is Reik, who also just released a new album, "Peligro," today. Other artists/bands I like include Chayanne, Alex Ubago, Black:Guayaba, and Camila. Some of these singers (including my two claimed favorites) have done cross-overs to English, which Reik just did with their new album today. My taste may be uncommon around me, but in Latin America and Spain, all of the aforementioned singers/bands are very popular.

Anyway, discuss here if you also have a musical taste that is "off the beaten path."

July 5th, 2011, 9:30 PM
AKA "Are you a hipster?"

Yeah, I listen to a lot of death metal... which is obviously not the most popular thing in the world.

Erik Destler
July 5th, 2011, 9:34 PM
Not really. I listen to pop music. The only ~off the path~ genre I listen to is Showtunes, for the most part. :D

July 5th, 2011, 10:38 PM
A lot of my peers listen to the same sort of music I do...although this is only because I'm constantly sharing it with them. One of the most common questions I'll ask of my friends is what sort of music they listen to, and then I'll make a few recommendations to see what they think.

That said, my music tastes do cross over with a lot of people's: whilst a couple of my friends listen to some symphonic metal, they don't listen to it quite as much as I do, and they listen to the more "mainstream" bands of the genre. Nobody I knows listens to classical though, which is a real shame.

July 5th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Some off the beaten path music I listen to are music from Kazaksthan and Mongolia.

July 5th, 2011, 11:51 PM
Let's see... My school had a rock craze and my best friend was a member of our schools band. Everyone loves pop, the black people liked pop and rock too.
I basically only listen to rap, and I'm a white male who has never experienced a ghetto or poverty etc.
And my friends say I'm too white for rap lol
I would say that I'm pretty far from what's popular :D

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
July 6th, 2011, 5:48 AM
I mostly listen to 80's love songs when most of my peers are into rap or rock. I guess that makes my tastes out of the ordinary, at least among my age group.

July 6th, 2011, 7:38 AM
I notice some of you have mentioned rap, which a lot of my friends listen to. However, I, in almost all cases, don't consider rap to be real music because the vast majority of it is vulgar and "not poetic" like more or less all the music I like. This is another way I my musical tastes are vastly different from my peers.

Gold warehouse
July 6th, 2011, 12:46 PM
Beaten path?

Well no, I just listen to anything I enjoy; which branches into every genre (yes that INCLUDES country and hip-hop). I like to keep an open mind.

July 6th, 2011, 1:56 PM
Well, besides my close friends, there are probably about 3 people my age who listen to grind and mathcore within several miles, and this is coming from somebody in a freaking massive school district (each graduating class is around 600 people) so...

July 6th, 2011, 2:25 PM
While I do enjoy mostly every type of music, only one of my friends is into a handful of the same deathcore/metalcore music I mainly listen to.

Other than that, yes, my musical choices are unique in comparison to all my friends, seeing as I'm still in the everlasting metal era.

July 6th, 2011, 5:55 PM
Well, yeah. I only know of one of my friends who listens to Renaissance choral music.

However, it doesn't really matter to me whether my friends listen to the music I like or not. If I like it, I like it. Mainstream or not. Modern or ancient. It doesn't matter, at all.

July 6th, 2011, 6:01 PM
You guys probably won't believe this, but I have a natural swag. So despite my friends listening to rock and such, I get away with listening to Ke$ha & Rap without them saying anything about it. It just seems normal to them I suppose.

Eliminator Jr.
July 6th, 2011, 6:07 PM
No, most of what I listen to has many fans around the world my age. There's tonnes of indie kids who listen to the hipster bands I like, there's a whole lot of people who listen to old blues music (the good blues, there are lots of bad blues artist), there's many post-rock and noise-rock fans. Pretty much everything I listen to has a decent fan base.

I do have a very diverse (albeit selective) music taste, but there are countless people around the world who listen to music based on its merits so it's not really that unique.

July 8th, 2011, 5:56 PM
Yeh, but "off the beaten path" changes definitions relative to your crowd. My preference for mid-90s death metal and phlegmy black metal isn't anything unusual around my social scene. I do like punk from the Balkan area (especially Croatia & Slovenia) and traditional Indian music, which I guess could be considered odd.

July 8th, 2011, 7:32 PM
I listen to classic rock, and compared to how it's became normal for your average teen to be listening to hip-hop and rap, I would guess so.

July 9th, 2011, 1:34 AM
My taste is off the beaten path, as I am a fan of classic rock and metal. Most people that I know around my age listen to heavily autotuned music and electronic, which I am not a fan of. I do also like video game music too, and people seem to think it is very strange to have it on your mp3-player for some reason. Video games have great music too you know!

July 9th, 2011, 2:36 PM
In other words "Do you listen to chart music?"
My taste falls under the status of my mood. Pop music is just regurgitated and driven by money so I avoid listening to it. But other than that, it's silly to suggest there is a "beaten path", and it's a irrelevant question, since music isn't about how many people listen to it. I listen to classical, melodic metal, acoustic, but I mean, I don't tie myself to a genre, nor do I really care how many people listen to it. Makes no odds to me, I like what I like and I appreciate music that sounds good in my ears. There's no particular deeper meaning. I know music "means" something to people, but it means something to everyone, else it would be depreciated. So saying you listen to a genre for a profound reason is irrelevant, it's music and it's something that appeals to your senses. It'd be much like saying that you eat potatoes for a profound reason or that potatoes are "off the beaten path", other than they taste nice.

July 9th, 2011, 3:56 PM
AKA "Are you a hipster?"

Yeah, I listen to a lot of death metal... which is obviously not the most popular thing in the world.

^ This.

I had a bunch of friends in Arizona that listened to the same music as me, but now that I moved back to Jersey, I'm like the only one that listens to post-hardcore/metalcore/death metal/deathcore. That'll probably change once school starts.

July 9th, 2011, 5:04 PM

Yeah, I listen to a lot of death metal... which is obviously not the most popular thing in the world.

Be my new best friend. Doit!

July 9th, 2011, 5:42 PM
Most of my friends listen to the music which is "in" now >: Like idk, I don't really like it, the only modern artists I prefer are Nicki Minaj, Rihanna (Love! <3) Gaga and a bit of Brit now and then.

Although my preferred is 80's/90's/Early 2000 music <: My friends are like "duh wat is tis?2!?!"

I also love showtunes, which gives me a nice a label of "gay" which I couldn't care less about, someone's music taste doesn't reflect their sexuality >: I also love listening to glee, which isn't a genre, but is "off the beaten path"

Otter Mii-kun
July 9th, 2011, 9:44 PM
I guess most of you could say my favorite kind of music is "off the beaten path". Most of the time I listen to oldies, and I particularly like songs from 1955-64 (pre-British Invasion), (which most "oldies" stations sadly won't even play anymore). I'm talking about stuff, for example, like "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets (1955), "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day (1958), "The Twist" by Chubby Checker (1960), and "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore (1963), as well as many of the songs appearing in the 1973 film "American Graffiti" (which plays "Rock Around the Clock" during the opening credits).
Most "oldies" stations have evolved over the recent years into "classic hits" stations, by dropping everything from the 1950s and most 1960s titles, while adding material from the 1970s, 1980s, and even early 1990s.

In fact, I'll listen to just about anything made before the 1970s. My favorite genres outside of what I mentioned above are vocal pop from the 1940s and early 1950s, and "big bands" from the 1920s and early 1930s. (I have several songs falling under these categories on 78 rpm records, and also a few major hits from the 1960s falling under the categories I mentioned in the first paragraph on their original 45s.)