I have to be honest, I’m continually amazed at how long this list can go on, without getting one single comment about Prince being at the top of my “Good Music” list.  It’s not that I put him there to generate blog traffic – I actually DO like his music more than anybody else on the planet.  But given his quirkiness in the public eye, I thought for SURE I’d get some verbal abuse. 


Actually, I did get one comment about him being on the list, but it was through email and it was my half-sister.  She just graduated from college with a BS in …um… well I’m not sure of the actual name of the degree, but she does a lot of work for lighting for any type of performance.  She doesn’t like Prince because she heard he was “a pain in the butt” (not her words) when it comes to working for him.  She may be right, she may be wrong, but it won’t stop me from listening to his stuff.  Anybody with first-hand experience here would be really cool to hear from!


As for some of the alternative bands and artists some of you have posted, I may listen to them if they actually make it to the public airwaves.  It’s not that I don’t wish I could listen to everyone’s suggestions, I don’t really have the time or energy to listen to artists that haven’t gone through a “decent” level of public scrutiny.  When I say “Pearl Jam” most people understand what type of music I’m talking about.  When I say “RedLightMusic” or even “Béla Fleck and the Flecktones” many, many of you will neither have a clue as to what they sound like, nor will you ever (unless you have some sort of freakish infatuation with my list of favorite artists).  So, if you do have recommendations, please let me know WHY you think I might like them.

Oh, and for today’s update, all I added was a few country artists to the end of the Good Music list, since one of the posts asked about them.  


BTW, my opinion on these matters is actually not opinion, but fact.

:b Tongue planted firmly in cheek

You’re oh so welcome,



The following list of artists represents the music I will continue to listen to because it's… well... good.  Following the “Good Music” list is another list of “Anti-music” that if listened to and enjoyed indicates a serious mental condition that should be immediately treated.  I'm very sorry.

I reserve the absolute right to change my mind at any time.  For example, Christina Aguilera, could have quite possibly ended up on the “Bad Music“ list after her first album.  However, her second album came through strong for her and earned her a place in the “Good Music” list.


Good Music (Other than Prince, the rest is in no particular order)

Prince, or “The artist formerly known as O+>“ or “The artist formerly known as 'The artist formerly known as Prince'”

This row has been intentionally left blank, in order to separate and honor the uber-artist (above) from the rest of the “good music” pack (below).

Dave Matthews Band

Fiona Apple

Sarah McLachlan


Outkast (Before Hey Ya, there was “The Whole World” and “Bombs Over Baghdad”)


Stone Temple Pilots 

The White Stripes

Foo Fighters

Pearl Jam


Christina Aguilera (yes, I think Stripped has some excellent music on it)

Nine Inch Nails

Stevie Ray Vaughn


The Beatles


Destiny's Child

Jimi Hendrix

Led Zepplin


Queens of the Stone Age

Temple of the Dog


Alice in Chains

Norah Jones

Tori Amos

Avril Levigne (so far, so good)

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Kid Rock

Guns ‘n Roses (See “Butt Rock” bands, below)

Alisson Kraus & Union Station (Ah’m not a big country fayan, but ah jus’ luv this stuff!  I’s thank this group’s stahl wood be classifahd as bluegrayss, which ah thank is pretty damn country, ain’t it?)

Garth Brooks (catchy tunes… Not sure about the “country” part though)

Shania Twain (see Garth Brooks)


“Not sure yet” Music


? Looking to be Good


? Just don't know yet


? Looking to be Bad


Strokes (-)

Jet (^)

The Hives (-)

The Velvet Revolver (^)

Anti-music aka Bad Music aka “Non Music”

John "ooo-look-at-me-I'm-Dave-Matthews" Mayer (His big song "You're Body is a Wonderland" has got to be one of the stupidest songs I've ever heard)

Barenakedladies (they just wore me down)

Incubus (I had high hopes, but a listen to their latest album put them in this category.)

Staind (eh.  Not good enough to be on the good list)

The Vines (Several more listens to “Highly Evolved” put them here)

Linkin Park

Britney Spears


Evanescence (I’ve been challenged on this one… Honestly, I’ll have to give them another listen).

Limp Bizkit

Justin Timberlake (ho-hum)

50 cent

The Darkness

Sum 41

Good Charlotte

Any “Butt Rock“ band from the 80's such as Bon Jovi, Poison, Cinderella, Motley Crue, White Snake, Winger, yes, all of these... except for Guns 'n Roses