The Music I Listen To

 "Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends." 
~ Alphonse de Lamartine

I can't play any musical instruments. I no longer attend concerts and my music isn't continuously in my ears. I have dedicated over fifteen years to customizing my iTunes Library for my listening pleasure. I currently have enough music that I can listen for twelve days and not hear the same song twice. I had a few albums and a plethora of 45s as a teenager. The one artist that had a truly positive effect on a home life filled with disharmony was Tom Jones. I didn't start finding my musical saviors until I was 20 years old. That's when I allowed myself to listen and let the music influence my positive energy. That's also when I met my friend, Beth, who helped me tune my musical personality. I rarely listen by the artist because I like the element of surprise in my huge multi-genre playlists.

My favorite genres are alternative rock, indie rock, classic rock, rock, adult pop, and rhythm & blues. I have quite a few motion picture soundtracks, a little country, and some easy listening (smooth jazz and piano.)

I have three or more songs by the following artists

AC/DC, Adele, Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette, Alex Clare, Alexandre Desplat, The All-American Rejects, Amanda Marshall, Ambrosia, Arctic Monkeys, Aretha Franklin, Ashlee Simpson, Asia, Audioslave, Avril Lavigne, AWOLNATION 

The B-52's, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bad Company, Badly Drawn Boy, Band of Skulls, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Billy Squier, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, Blondie, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Bonnie Raitt, Boston, Boz Scaggs, Broken Bells, Brooks & Dunn, Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Bryan Adams 

Carly Simon, Carolina Liar, Carrie Underwood, The Cars, Carter Burwell, Celine Dion, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, Civil Twilight, The Civil Wars, Colbie Caillat, Cold War Kids, Coldplay, Corey Hart, Corinne Bailey Rae, Counting Crows, Crash Kings, Creed, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cyndi Lauper 

Dan Auerbach, Dashboard Confessional, Daughtry, David Bowie, David Cook, The Dead Weather, The Decemberists, Def Leppard, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Duran Duran

The Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Money, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Eurythmics, Evanescence 

Faith Hill, A Fine Frenzy, Five for Fighting, Fleetwood Mac, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters, Foreigner, The Fray, Fun. 

Garth Brooks, Gary Clark Jr., Gary Wright, Gavin DeGraw, Gavin Rossdale, George Benson, George Harrison, George Michael, Golden Earring, The Goo Goo Dolls, Gordon Lightfoot, Gotye, Grand Funk Railroad, Green Day, Griffin Peterson 

Hall & Oates, Harry Styles, Heart, The Heavy, Howard Shore, Howie Day, Hozier 

Imagine Dragons, INXS 

J. Geils Band, Jack White, Jackson Browne, James Blunt, Jane's Addiction, Jason Walker, Jeff Buckley, The Jeff Healey Band, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Jewel, Jim Brickman, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Joe Cocker, John Berry, John Denver, John Fogerty, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, John Waite, Journey 

KALEO, Kansas, Katy Perry, Keane, Keaton Simons, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny G, Kenny Loggins, The Killers, Kings of Leon, KT Tunstall 

Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Layup, Lewis Capaldi, Lifehouse, Linkin Park, Little River Band, Loggins & Messina, Lorde, Loverboy, The Lumineers 

Macy Gray, Maroon 5, Marvin Gaye, Melissa Etheridge, Mumford & Sons, Muse 

Neon Trees, NO, Norah Jones, Nothing But Thieves 


P!nk, Paper Tongues, Pat Benatar, Pat Monahan, Patti Scialfa, Pearl Jam, Peter Frampton, The Police 


R.E.M., The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Rascal Flatts, Ray LaMontagne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ringo Starr, Rob Thomas, Robbie Williams, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison 

Sam Smith, Santana, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, The Script, Seal, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, Shinedown, Sly & the Family Stone, Smash Mouth, Snow Patrol, Soundgarden, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Supertramp, Switchfoot 

Taylor Swift, Temple of the Dog, Third Eye Blind, Three Dog Night, Thriving Ivory, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tracy Chapman, Train, The Traveling Wilburys 


Van Morrison 

X Ambassadors 

You+Me, Younger Brother 

ZZ Top 

30 Seconds to Mars, .38 Special

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(rev. 12/24/2022)


Cyn said…
Ohhh noooo! (Cue Mr Bill!)
But V, I need titles! So many of these artists have catalogs that are enormous. Help?
Love Cyn
Virginia Hill said…
Cyn, I have over 4,000 songs so a spreadsheet is out of the question. Same for screen captures, I think. The only thing that comes to my mind at this moment would be to select the music label OR you can access them from the link at the bottom of this page’s body entitled, “All of My Music Entries.” If I think of a way for you to be able to see my entire library, I will see if you’d be interested. How’s that sweet friend?
Cyn said…
So how about Alanis Morissette, Alex Clare, Alexandre Desplat, The All-American Rejects, Amanda Marshall to start with? I'm familiar with Alanis but don't have any of her music, so that one I'd like to know more about. The others, I have not even heard of!
Thanks love.
Virginia Hill said…
Okay, Cyn, here is a spreadsheet with all of the songs I currently have by the artists you named.

I don't understand (or simply cannot believe) that you haven't heard of ANY of the remaining artists on the page though!

I've had the music you requested a list of for many years and have not kept up with any of their music that may have been released since. I was unable to purchase music for MANY years, as you know, and got drastically behind the times.

Cyn said…
Well okay, of course I've heard Alanis! I think I would have had to be living under a rock to avoid her, especially this album, it was huge. It's possible, even likely, I've heard some things by the other artists, and just don't recall their names. So--I wasn't expecting to see entire albums here, did these people (other than Alanis) have some songs that were, if not "hits", more popular than others? Around the time you downloaded them, I was listening to the SXM radio station The Loft, which played tons and tons of excellent music, so it's really likely I might have heard some of these there. Unfortunately SXM made the really crappy decision to kill The Loft and though it's still available by satellite only, it's no longer DJ-driven and therefore isn't near as good as it was back then. So--anyway--if you could narrow down the list to stuff you really like, or stuff they might have played somewhere?
Is this getting to be too much trouble? Please tell me if so, I don't want you to go to a big hassle!
Much love...
Virginia Hill said…
Well, let's see...

Alexandre Desplat is a composer of movie scores (

The All-American Rejects had a couple of songs that I heard somewhere on their Move Along album: Dirty Little Secret and the title song. I can't recall where I heard them but I thought they were catchy. I bought their album When the World Comes Down after hearing Gives You Hell, which I heard from several sources. Here is their YouTube Channel:

Amanda Marshall is a Canadian artist. I *think* I heard about her from an interview with the Canadian rocker, Jeff Healey, MANY years ago. Her debut self-titled album has several songs that I like a lot. I did a music meme back in 2011 and one of Amanda's songs fit the topic for one day.

Here is Amanda Marshall's VEVO channel on YouTube: