Report What determined your musical tastes? in Music Discussion Posted August 2, 2006 · Edited August 2, 2006 by Guest I consider myself lucky to have grown up during a period when many styles were being played and intermingled; rock, blues, jazz, soul, funk, folk, reggae, country, and even classical. Scan through your Zeppelin albums, for example, and you will find elements of all those in there. The rigid classification/boxing-in of genres seemed less prevalent then imo. The net result for me were ears that were open to anything from arabian/indian/afican/celtic to the electronic experimentation of Brian Eno etc. Never let some journalist knocking out 'hype handles' for music limit your options, listen to all and decide what resonates for you. I tended to avoid 'chart shows' as they only illustrated what was currently being plugged or payola'd while the really good music was being played on more obscure stations. Older guys down the pub were a great reference library too.