That's insane. But awesome.
My mom listens to typical radio rock and mainstream hip hop/pop. She used to listen to some amazing bands though. She saw Van Halen perform at a backyard party when they were still small in Pasadena and met Morissey and David Bowie backstage acting like it was no big deal. Now she just criticizes my music and wonders "what happened to me" and why I "don't listen to good bands like Rise Against" any more.
My dad is more open-minded, but he still prefers dadrock with his favorite artist being Bruce Springsteen. He likes some of the stuff I play though, like Husker Du, Frank Zappa, The Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, etc.
I always figured Zappa was part of dadrock?
I've always detested the term "dadrock" anyway. It's like the non-genre classic rock, only with even less meaning behind it.
I imagine in most instances dad rock strictly refers to blues rock, hard rock, and progressive rock from the late 60's and 70's. Psychedelic also sometimes applies.
Country rock and roots rock are probably the biggest ones, actually. I imagine The Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival are the epitome of dad rock.
Growing up, my parents taste definitely shaped an open-minded sensibility to some extent, but forums mostly made me actually openminded and eclectic. The link shows insight though.
But on to the current subject. Since my parents are in their 50s, most of the music they listen to would naturally be from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. So that would fall around stuff like The Who, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Animals, The Beatles, Neil Young, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Pink Floyd, and Genesis.
My dad in particular is more varied. He likes some big band music, a lot of folk (Nick Drake and Jim Croce in particular), and especially prog. He loves bands like Yes, Porcupine Tree, Marillion, Frank Zappa, ELP, King Crimson, and Wishbone Ash.
As far as the discussion about what music my parents are into, both aren't really into music a whole lot. my mom just listens to the radio whenever she's going somewhere and that's about it. My dad is a fan of Queen and "Bohemian Rhapsody" in particular because he's been playing piano for a number of years and can play it among other things.
Alright so maybe it's not dad rock which i agree is not a good term