If it's good, it's good. I generally lean towards more popular and well-known bands, simply because most of what I listen to is from reccomendation from others. However, ZO2, a virtually unknown independent hard rock band from Brooklyn is among my favorite bands of all time.
I will not remove this until Badmotorfinger is offered as full-album DLC.
I don't think you used a good term. I think everyone should be familiar with 'pop culture', yes, but I don't think the music is itself that important, rather you should try and be aware of the influences of whatever movements are in question. That said, listening to a track by one or two bands never hurts, just to get an idea.
Well, everyone, prepare to have your guts kicked out by folk singers...
I just listen to what I feel like listening to regardless of how popular it might be or how many other bands have been on more "must-own album" lists.
We were once so close to heaven
Peter came out and gave us medals
Declaring us the nicest of the damned
The answer to the question is No.
Does anyone chart anymore? le sigh.
Troll Radiohead fans, meet friends, eat pie: