"Most importantly, for me, my taste in music has grown much wider than it was when I was younger. For example, two of my favorite genres at the moment, Hip-Hop & EDM, were my two least favorite types of music when I was a kid. I attribute the sudden change of heart mostly to the fact that I’ve grown up less than an hour away from San Francisco/Oakland, and the rave scene in SF and West Coast Hip-Hop finally caught up to me in my post-high school years.
However, my favorite genre still revolves around the ““hardcore”” subgenres. In the early 2000s, I got my first tastes of Rock/Metal through bands like Linkin Park, Slipknot, Staind, All That Remains, In Flames, etc. This obsession eventually gave way to the Emo movement around 2005-2006 (thankfully, just my taste in music and hair) when I started getting into bands like My Chemical Romance, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, Silverstein, A Static Lullaby, etc. Fast forward to ~2009, and Post-Hardcore was the next big thing. Bands such as Dance Gavin Dance, Enter Shikari, Of Mice & Men, and others quickly grabbed my heart and never let go. I still listen to DGD & Enter Shikari on an almost daily basis. 2011 was my first ““real”” concert I’d go to - Warped Tour. I went to see some of my favorite Post-Hardcore bands, and left with a huge appreciation for Metalcore, where bands like The Word Alive, Attack Attack, Woe, is Me, and others excited me on an almost unnatural basis. I fell in love with live hardcore music, and ever since then have attended shows on at least a once a month basis.
Nowadays, I’m big on Melodic Hardcore, essentially a blend of Hardcore Punk, Pop-Punk & Post-Hardcore with a bit of Emo influence thrown in. Being As An Ocean, Capsize, Defeater, Stick To Your Guns, and others are my current favorites of the genre. I also listen to a bit of Metalcore (Beartooth, Vanna, Northlane, The Color Morale, The Amity Affliction), Post-Hardcore (Issues, Dance Gavin Dance, Enter Shikari), Pop-Punk (Neck Deep, Title Fight, Knuckle Puck, Still Living), Emo Revival (Joyce Manor, Have Mercy, Modern Baseball) and some Alternative (Paramore, Emma Louise, PVRIS, Lydia).
I have a Google Play Music subscription, so I pretty much download anything that catches my eye and if it’s good, I’ll listen to it. Unless it’s country music, which gets a big fat NOPE/10 from me.
TL;DR - Nu-Metal -> Metal -> Alternative Rock -> Emo -> Post-Hardcore -> Metalcore -> Melodic Hardcore/Pop-Punk/Emo Revival. I also listen to Hip-Hop & EDM. No Country.
Edit: P.S. If I sound like a hipster… it’s probably because I’m a closet hipster"