I've been trying to find new music but I haven't found any good automated music recommendation. So I figured I'd ask here.
In roughly descending order, this is what I think I like:
Symphonic and/or unusual sounds in rock music
Not sure how if there's some sort of umbrella category here. Basically any rock music that makes prominent usage of non-standard instruments, with a preference for an atmospheric background.
Music I recognise
Most of the time I discover something "new" that I listen to a lot, it's actually something I may have heard on the radio years ago. Most of this stuff was what I listened to in my parents' cars before I more or less stopped listening to the radio, so that's about the early to late 90s. They listened to fairly mainstream stuff, so it's a matter of songs mainstream enough to fit into here and the first category.
Music with interesting lyrics
I find my view of a song can drastically change based on more careful interpretation of its lyrics. Banal and/or romantic lyrics are a negative. For instances, Nights in White Satin
by The Moody Blues is the sort of song I would probably like a lot if it wasn't for its "I love you" chorus. Cryptic, artistic lyrics are good. Best of all are lyrics with a hidden or double meaning. For instance, Got to Get You Into My Life
by The Beatles is something I would never like had I not know that Paul was singing about marijuana. Song 2
by Blur is meant to be a satire of grunge - I don't even think it's good satire, but it makes me like the song a lot more.
Some songs I like
An attempt at getting a small, relatively representative sample:
by Led Zeppelin Probably my favourite song of all time.
by The Verve - Probably helped by its 1997 release date
Every Breath You Take
by The Police - Decent song in its right, put over the top by the fact its lyrics are stalkerish while a lot of people think it's a typical love song.
Movie themes - Due to their atmospheric qualities I tend to like a lot of them, but Ennio Morricone's themes for 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
and 'For A Few Dollars More'