What type of music do you prefer to listen to? | Coursera Community
Coursera Header

What type of music do you prefer to listen to?

  • Music Community Leader
  • 847 replies
There are so many kinds of music. Music is as diverse and unique as we are. Let’s share some examples of the types of music you enjoy. You can describe what you enjoy or even post a video of it. It will be interesting to see what our community listens to. Thanks.

51 replies

Userlevel 1
Well, just to provide some context, I was born in 79, so I naturally grew up listening to music from 80,90, so I enjoy listening to radio stations that play that music. Now, I also play some instruments, I enjoy electric guitar, bass and also love keyboards sound like the Hammond, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Vox, that also means I enjoy music from the 70’s , I also love listening to guitar heroes of course, and admire fusion players. In general I like blues, rock, jazz and fusion, but it depends on the mood of the day, I can even choose some smooth jazz for work or even metal or hard rock to energize...
@Jworozco , I know that era of music well. How wonderful that you can enjoy this music by playing it too. Those incredible sounding keyboards helped define the music. Do you happen to own one of them?
I credit Guitar Heroes for introducing a whole new generation to classic rock and for inspiring so many to learn guitar too. Music seems like an important part of your life. My son, who is your age, used to love The Doors.

I agree that what music you listen to depends on your mood.
I will listen to classical music when I am very stressed and it will instantly relax me.
Mozart's 2nd Movement of the Eine Klene Nachtmusik is one such example.
I apologize for the ad you have to hear for a second or two before the actual music comes on.
Userlevel 3
Though I'm from India, thanks to the Internet, I had discovered musical artists like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Byrds, CCR, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd etc. about many years ago when I was in middle school and grew up listening to them. As I grew up, I also developed a lot of interest in blues artists like The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, SRV etc. So, I love to listen to music that has either bluesy guitar tones or wonderful melodies and hooks with interesting lyrics.
Here's my favourite song:
(CCR - Who'll Stop The Rain)

Here is also a very wonderful new artist - Mona Lisa twins. Their music is very similar to the style of 1960s-70s.
Here's their cover of The Beatles' When I'm 64 (very beautiful harmonies!):

@Adithya, thank you for sharing your music. It’s so wonderful that you were able to appreciate and enjoy some of these incredible musicians. I also enjoy the Credence Clearwater Revival song, “Who'll Stop the Rain”. It was so good to hear the song again.
India should be proud of influencing George Harrison whose sitar playing enhanced many of their songs, most notably “Within You Without You” from Sgt Pepper.
The Mona Lisa Twins are delightful! I enjoyed that too, hopefully others will as well.
Userlevel 1
@Judith thanks for your comments, that Mozart song is a beautiful classic, awesome playing by the musicians! I added it to my play list 🙂.
Regarding keyboards, I don’t currently any of the classics, but I got one that reproduces some of the vintage sounds(korg SV1), I am trying to learn some of the classic rock songs, hope some day my kids learn to play some of them with me 😉
@Jworozco , so glad you added the Mozart to your play list!
It’s wonderful that you have a Korg and can try to duplicate some of the vintage sounds.
I have had many fun times playing music with my kids! I hope you will too.
Userlevel 1
Hello everyone on the Forum,
I am Ravi ,67 and an avid music lover. I listen to all kinds of music which includes Indian Classical music, Western Classical music, Indian Film music of the 60s and 70s, Popular pop music of the 70s and 80s, country music .... probably in that order. I am a collector too. I have rare recordings of many masters in Indian Indian Classical music like Ravishankar, Vilayat Khan, Bismillah Khan and vocalists like Bhimsen Joshi, Bade Ghulam ali khan and the like. I also love to listen to old singers like Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond, Englebert Humperdick and Tom Jones. I also like Celin Dion and Stevie Wonder, Beatles and rolling stones,. I love Turkish music. Among the Western Classical musicians , I like Mozart ,Handel and Beethoven and also Andre Rieu for the grandeur of his programmes.
Music is my soul and I owe joy in my life to the world of music.
Userlevel 7
I love the variety of musicians and genres represented here so far!

I have an affinity for African music (especially West and Southern) – some of my favorites are Amadou & Mariam (Mali), Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda), Lucky Dube (South Africa), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), and Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa).

If you're in an upbeat mood (or would like to be!), try listening to "Dougou Badia" by Amadou & Mariam:

If you're in a more introspective mood, try listening to "River Jordan" by Vusi Mahlasela:

Userlevel 1
Some fascinating music which I like
This is a hundred string instrument.
Userlevel 2
Badge +1
Music is something that depends on my mood, and tends to change with time. When I was around 16-20 years old, I used to listen alot to 70's music. Before that point I listened to EDM styles, which I don't really enjoy anymore. As a music producer, I find my place in the atmosphere of the 80's era. For me, it's the ultimate mix of instruments, the then new synthesiser and compostion.

Apart from that, when I want to relax, I tend to listen to Lofi beats, or Asian instrumental music
@Music my life , the santoor is a beautiful instrument.100 strings! Wow! Can you tell us anything else about it? It seems to be struck, rather than plucked to make its sound, but I couldn’t tell. I enjoyed the video, thanks.
@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?
Userlevel 2
Badge +1
@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?

When I was 10 years old, I started playing drums. A friend of mine was playing electric guitar and listening to big names from the 70's and 80's (ACDC, Kiss, Deep Purple, Status Quo and many more). I got mostly into this kind of music because of him, but actually I liked Beatles, when I was about 6 ( we played it on tape in the car on the way to France). In secondary school, there was this thing called Jumpstyle, which got me into Hardstyle, and music production itself. This slowly faded away when I grew older. I went back to the 70's era again, listening mostly to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws (southern rock and such). This southern rock reminded me of my dream of making a road trip through the USA.

After that era, there was this period of dubstep, which I also really don't enjoy anymore, except for 'organic' dub/reggae ones. A few years later, there was stoner rock, which I also enjoy.

As said before, this is my 80's era. We'll see what comes after
Userlevel 7
@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?

I came across Vusi Mahlasela's music when I lived in South Africa. I think a friend introduced me to the music of Amadou and Mariam. Just to clarify, the musicians are from different cultures in countries that are 3,500+ miles apart. Amadou and Mariam combine "traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion" (Wikipedia). Meanwhile, Vusi Mahlasela's music has been strongly influenced by Apartheid. I myself am not a musician and I've never taken any music courses; I just know what I like to listen to! If I were a musician, I could probably describe their unique musical styles with more grace. 🙂
@Laura , thank you for your explanation about the music. I had wondered how you knew such musicians, not realizing you have lived there. I didn’t realize the musicians were from different cultures, good that you explained this to us.
I don’t know enough about world music and am hoping that people here will help me and others to learn and understand more about it.
For example, what is a “traditional Mali sound?”
You don’t need to be a musician to know what you enjoy. Sometimes knowing too much ruins the pleasure. You find yourself over analyzing what you hear when you simply should just take it in and appreciate it.
@Laura thank you so much for sharing these. I , too am something of a fan of African music and it is hard to find in this country. I depend on word of mouth to learn about new artists and am always glad to learn of new ones. (Sorry, I was trying to embed this video further down and I don't know how to fix it at this point -I am still learning this system. 😃 )
I have been a fan of Johnny Clegg since my teens, when I first heard him at an otherwise dreadful party, and got the chance to see him with Savuka on the Heat, Dust and Dreams tour. I think he is probably what started me down this particular rabbit hole. To my sorrow I learned today that he passed away.
Then I discovered Youssou N'dour by accident, browsing in a local record shop. They had the EP Imegres on cassette tape and it was on the clearance rack so I bought it. To this day it remains one of my favorite albums and the song Pictche Me is one if my favorite all time songs.

When I got into playing guitar, I learned of the guitar player from Timbuktu by the name of Ali Farke Toure who was absolutely amazing. He has passed away now, too, but his son Vieux Farka Toure is playing now.
Anyway, feel free to suggest anyone you hear of, I am always open to new artists
@Music my life I grew up on Neil Diamond, played the groves out of my mom's copy of Stones. I look forward to learning more about the music of India from you, that is one I know almost nothing about.
Userlevel 3
@Judith, I'm glad that you enjoyed the music by Mona Lisa Twins! They do 60's covers very nicely. They also compose their own songs remeniscent of 60s style which is also very good.
Here's some more of theirs:
If I Fell cover:

This Boy cover:

You're Gonna Lose That Girl cover:

The Last time cover:

Bus Stop Cover:

And here is their recent original song - Once upon a time:

Userlevel 7
@Laura thank you so much for sharing these. I , too am something of a fan of African music and it is hard to find in this country. I depend on word of mouth to learn about new artists and am always glad to learn of new ones. (Sorry, I was trying to embed this video further down and I don't know how to fix it at this point -I am still learning this system. 😃 )

Yes, @Halla! I also love Youssou N'Dour and Ali Farka Ali Farka Touré!

And yes, I found it sadly ironic that I read about Johnny Clegg's passing just after I made this post here. Music was a powerful force fighting Apartheid in South Africa. I'm thankful for the white allies like Johnny Clegg who contributed to this fight.
Userlevel 3
Badge +1
Hi to all,

I enjoy listening to classical music and to movie soundtracks. 🎶

As I like a variety of classical music, here is a list to illustrate some of my favourites (I've got too many!):

And, here are just a few of my favourite movie soundtracks:

Hope you'll enjoy them too! 🙂
Thank you Clarise for sharing these beautiful pieces of music. Your classical preferences all have such lovely melodies.
I play in a town band that is performing Friday night. Our theme for the night is Movie and TV music. We are playing Charioteers as one of our pieces. We will also be playing Goldfinger, Gonna Fly (theme from Rocky), Mary Poppins, Mancini, Star Wars, to name a few. We will have a contest. Whoever can name all the movies we will play from, will get free movie tickets. I wish you could be there!😀
Userlevel 3
Badge +1
Wow, you're playing Goldfinger and Mary Poppins! 😀 Those are also some of my favourites! 🙂 And the Charioteers is such a nice piece to listen to; I've watched video clips of marching bands playing Parade of the Charioteers from Ben Hur and it is so thrilling.

Your band sounds like a lot of fun, I wish you great success and an appreciative audience. Now, I'm going to try to guess what other music pieces you'll play. Maybe the E.T. theme, Jurassic Park theme, Indiana Jones theme, a piece from The Sound of Music (1965) or from My Fair Lady (1964)? 🤔😉
You are so good! We are playing My Fair Lady and the Indiana Jones theme too!
Yes, playing in this group is so much fun. Are there community bands where you live?
We usually get a good audience. There are over a hundred people in this group so when we play the Star Wars theme, for example, it sounds so powerful and exciting!

You really know your show music!
Userlevel 3
Badge +1
Yes! 😁 I got 2 right! 😀 No, unfortunately, there aren't such bands where I live. I'm glad your band attracts good audiences. I'm sure they love it! 🙂 Wow, over a hundred people in your band! Definitely, such epic theme songs will sound great with so many talented musicians playing. 🎶

Thank you! 😊
@Clarise , I just got an e mail from our Band Director, that we need to have an encore piece of music ready to play in case the audience claps too much...Guess which he just chose?
Sound of Music! ( the Farewell song)
So you guessed 3 now!
I’m excited to be playing all of these wonderful tunes too.

This is such a special group. The Director is a professor at U Mass University, so many music majors from the school are in it. But as they graduate and become music teachers, they have summers free and all seem to want to come back to play in this band. Along with these talented people are community members, several retired music teachers as well as just excellent musicians. Having played in other community bands, this one is one of the best because of how many career music teachers it seems to attract. Sometimes when an instrument has a solo, I get drawn into it and forget to count my music! The tenor sax player who plays the Pink Panther theme, for example, sounds so good I start to hum along and have forgotten to come in to play my part a few times!
What also makes this so special is that we do many performances, so we are constantly needing to learn new music in one rehearsal. I enjoy such a fast pace. You really have to pay attention and learn your music quickly!