Country, rap and rock and roll...pick your format and now think about your favorite artists.   Now for the math.   What year were you born?  Add thirteen years and ON AVERAGE, the music you loved at thirteen is likely when you first heard your all-time favorite band.

For me (gosh I'm getting old) that would have been 1965 and according to Billboards year end charts the top ten songs were:

1"Wooly Bully"Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
2"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"Four Tops
3"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"The Rolling Stones
4"You Were on My Mind"We Five
5"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"The Righteous Brothers
6"Downtown"Petula Clark
7"Help!"The Beatles
8"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat"Herman's Hermits
9"Crying in the Chapel"Elvis Presley
10"My Girl"The Temptations

With this top ten as my guide I would have to say that I fall out of the"average".

Those are all great songs and I remember them well, but outside of the Stones I wouldn't list any of the artists as among my all time favorites.

During the 70's my tastes ran to Deep Purple, UFO, T-Rex, BTO, Boston, Scorpions, Dire Straits, Heart, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk and especially AC/DC.

With the 80's came the hair band rockers like Cinderella, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Van Halen.

But as great as they all are my all-time favorites are the multi-guitar featured Southern Rock band like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top and Black Oak Arkansas.

Many fans consider their favorite band as an important part of their identity and according to ticket selling platform TickPick which surveyed over 1,000 people on their experiences with music, the average participant recalled hearing their all-time favorite band for the first time at age 13. The data also shows that friends were the biggest influence on music taste, followed by the radio, films, parents, TV  and other sources.

Also, 64 percent of parents said they tried to influence their offspring's musical tastes. You know, cut that hair, turn it down, find something with lyrics that make sense, etc.

Sounds like what i yelled at my kids 25 years ago!  Music-part of the circle of life! (thanks Elton John)