So I've always been curious as to what type of music atheists listen to. I realize I am trying to quantify a large group, however, I have found that most critical thinkers tend to look past the top 100 charts to find their music, and usually have an affinity to art music (Classical, Jazz, Metal). So what genres of music do you listen to listen to? What are some of your favorite bands? Who are some of your favorite musicians/composers? Who are some of your favorite atheistic or freethinking bands/musicians?

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The only radio station I'll listen to (when I can actually get it to tune in) is WXPN, University of Penn. Outside of that I listen to a lot of Japan Pop and Rock (L'arc-en-ceil, Gackt, Orange Range, Mai Yamane), singer-songwriter (Kate Bush, Pink, Rick Kureck, Brother, Richard Thompson) and 'artsy' bands that cross genres like Gandolf Murphy and the Slamobovian Circus of Dreams.

I'm not into jazz but I do like classical (years of chorus and school choir, I suppose) and I like listening to techo, dance and also hearing what different producers can do to a song. Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas can get amazing things out of pretty near any piece of music he places his hands on.
I saw Sonata Arctica in concert recently, in September in Baltimore, MD. They were supposed to open for Nightwish, but, alas, Anette was sick, so Sonata Arctica did a free show. It was cool. :)
David Bowie. He's explored pretty much every musical avenue, except perhaps metal.

Nine Inch Nails. Awesome.

I like "numetal" - Godsmack, Disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, White Zombie

I like "real" metal - Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Slayer, Poison

I like industrial - Rammstein, KMFDM, Ministry, Skinny Puppy
I'm uploaded some of my film score collection to my space.

You are all welcome to drop by and have a listen and leave with whatever you like.

RH.

I used to be a punker, but as I got older it got to be too harsh for me. The last "punk" cd that I bought was Jesus and Mary Chain's Darklands; I was 26 and even then, they were just too grating for me. Interestingly, I just found that cd and have been playing it in my car, trying to get that feeling back, and at 46 it just isn't there anymore.
I've gotten online and tried to put together some playlists that would have been a dream come true for me back then, but these days they're just too annoying, so I guess I've just "lost my hard-on" and I need to move on to some other type of music.
I usually stick to the genres of Afrobeat and Classic Rock but sometimes venture into techno.
Ever listened to Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra?? They put on an incredible live show if you ever get the chance to see them.
Rock based music, the group right now (for the past couple years) has been The Mars Volta. they just tend to bleed different genres together with some really odd lyrics. And of course as a bass player anything that les claypool does is a must.
Todd Rundgren -- check out "God Said" from his Liars album
Ben Folds -- "Jesusland" was in Religulous.
I listen to anything except disco & rap.
Hey, I'm new. (I didn't see a "post here if you're new" thread, but then again I didn't look very hard.)

I love music. A lot. Some bands that have been on heavy rotation lately, and their genres if you've never heard of them:

Bettie Serveert - My favorite band. Indie-rock. I have all their CDs including the rather rare Venus in Furs, their CD of Velvet Underground covers.

Neko Case - Alt-country. I have four of her CDs. Neko Case has, in my opinion, the best female voice I think I've ever heard. I want to see her live so badly.

Le Tigre - Electro-punk. I have to admit I didn't really like the first CD I bought by them at first, but when I listened to it a few times it grew on me and I love it now. I bought another of their CDs about two months later.

Hawksley Workman - "Cabaret and glam rock" according to Wikipedia. I can't find any of this guy's CDs in the States (at least none that don't cost thirty bucks) so I have to listen to him online.

Otis Redding - Soul. I am just getting into him, really, so I only have one of his CDs. Love it though.

AA Bondy - Folk/singer-songwriter. He only has one CD out right now. It's one of those CDs that just gets better and better every time I listen to it (although, like the first Le Tigre CD I bought, I didn't really get into it right away, it grew on me).

Chitlin' Fooks - Americana. The side-project (with Pascal Deweze of the band Sukilove, one of who's CDs I also have) of Carol van Dyk of Bettie Serveert. I have both their CDs, which are apparently very hard to find in stores (I got them both at Everyday Music in Portland). In fact I sometimes email Carol van Dyk on her personal MySpace (she's very nice), and I told her I'd found both Chitlin' Fooks CDs and she said she was surprised that I found them, as "they were only a small release!"

The Decemberists - Indie. Another band by which I have all the CDs, my favorite, I think, being Castaways and Cutouts.

The New Pornographers - Indie. According to my last.fm (http://last.fm/user/mysticalchicken) the CD that I listen to the most is Twin Cinema. I also have Mass Romantic. I love the New Pornos so I'm going to get the other two CDs they have as well. I saw them live in September of 2007 and it was fantastic. I didn't have any money to buy anything besides food though. Pleh.

That's all I can think of that I've been listening to a lot lately, although of course I'll pull out a CD that I haven't listened to in a while and stick it in my laptop.
My favorite genre is rock (everything from oldies up to current alternative stuff). I also like classical and some portion of most other categories except country, bluegrass, rap and opera. Some of my favorites include Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Idol, Rammstein, Social Distortion and Prodigy. One classical piece I fell in love with on first listen was Georges Bizet's L'Arlésienne. The Minuetto of Movement 2 is so hauntingly beautiful....

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