If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.
There are a lot of ways to listen to music these days and most of them are online, but I don't really know of a good way to link to a single-band playlist that doesn't involve setting up a site membership or something. Hence, all I got for you is Wikipedia links, sorry. I'm not great at talking about music, either, so whatever I think to write for each one will probably be mostly autobiographical.
Frequent radio play in my teens. I got into fights over the meanings of their lyrics. Got choked up whenever I heard the opening of "The Dolphin's Cry".
Discovered through friends in Oregon. You've heard them in an episode of Buffy but seek further; they have much better songs. Btw, cello.
Discovered through friends in Oregon. I would place them higher but it turns out I'm just really, really obsessed with two of their songs, which I've played until I can't hear them.
Frequent radio play in my teens. They've released both crap and utter masterpieces. Saw them live along with Live and they played everything at this maddeningly slow tempo.
Frequent radio play in my teens. Canadian geek rock. I've seen them live somewhere between one and five times and I honestly can't narrow it down more than that.
Frequent radio play in my teens. Music for hot weather, romping with dogs, and illegal activity. Or just naughty activity. Oh, and voodoo.
Constant presence, refined my interest in them later in life. I felt so silly buying "The Dark Side of the Moon" in college because wtf, was I trying to be a cliche?
Constant presence, never really refined my interest, but didn't really need to. It's the Beatles! Remember Beatlemania? That was cool.
Discovered through friends in Oregon. It's the Band with No Genre, but it's biting and weird, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. (Nearly always profane, which I could do without, but whatchagonnado.)
Constant presence, refined my interest in him later in life. I've probably only ever heard like a quarter of his songs, but I can't recall ever hearing one I didn't like.
Frequent radio play in my teens. I was kind of surprised to realize how much I still like them nowadays. Ben Folds' solo career didn't really do it for me, unfortunately.
Constant presence, refined my interest in them later in life. My husband loves this band so much it's kind of hard to separate them from him in my mind, like, is it wrong to not give them top billing?
Constant presence, refined my interest in him later in life. Music for yellow countryside and contemplating the passage of time. Love that plaintive crooning voice.
Discovered through friends in Oregon. She sing with so much power and radiance that I imagine her in a crown, wielding a flaming sword. She made the world a better place.
Frequent radio play in my teens. I love her voice and her smothered rage and her friendship with Neil Gaiman.
Discovered through friends in Oregon. The classical musicians in my life have a severe animosity toward him, which I find hilarious. Forty years of cigarettes and you can have a voice like his, too!
Constant presence, refined my interest in them later in life. Short-lived 80's superband but there are too many of my favorite songs on one album to leave them out.
Discovered through friends in my teens. Surrealist lyrics to the beat of...honestly, it could pass as children's music. Sometimes there's a glockenspiel. So indie it hurts.
Discovered through friends in Oregon. Possibly the most misleading stage name ever. When I saw him live he broke a guitar string in the middle of my favorite song and it was still one of the best and most emotional shows I've ever seen.
Frequent radio play in my teens. This is The One, the band I called my favorite for many many years, the one I've never stopped enjoying or even grown tired of. Ben Wyatt knows what's up.
Frequent radio play in my teens (of one of their singles, which I followed to more). I can't say for sure this is my favorite band, but I feel like it's the most representative of the kind of music I like: miserably sad, cynical vocals, recognizably alternative. Eeeeeels.