I'm not too sure about genres. I listen to a variety of music, and I don't know the genres of all of them. It also depends on my mood. I don't think theres a genre in which I won't find a few songs that I like, and there probably isn't one of which I'd like most.
I listen to a lot of music, but predominantly to various subgenres of metal, alternative and progressive rock, darkwave, celtic, new age/world music and trance(?) (e.g. Infected Mushroom).
But for many things I don't even know which genres it belongs to.
I have a broad taste in music but generally I like it quiet while programming. However; if it is too quite, every little noise can become distracting. Under these circumstances I reach for the 'Hippy s**t', some nice ambient rain and thunder storms, or bird song by a babbling river, or some traditional Japanese Folk music. Something to break the silence but not distract me from programming.
Just to retort Luc Lieber's anti-country post.... there's good country, but it's few and far between.
Some of the Dixie Chicks are pretty good. Sin Wagon in particular is worth a listen. (edit: actually, Dixie Chicks are more dixieland than country, but I find that people tend to not really make much a distinction between the two)
Beck isn't really country country, but he does have heavy country influences. I'm not really a huge Beck fan, but he's alright.
Ween made a whole album that was basically making fun of country music, but some of the songs were actually pretty good.
Anyway the point I'm trying to make here is... that to dismiss an entire genre and flat out say there are no exceptions is pretty closed minded. There's good and bad in just about everything. Even rap and country.
to dismiss an entire genre and flat out say there are no exceptions is pretty closed minded.
Unless the things you don't like about songs from that genre are what DEFINE that genre.
I can't stand country, I dislike the whole sound of it. From the style they play the instruments to the canonical vocal twang. I very much dislike it. And before someone says there are some artists and songs that aren't that twangy, that doesn't matter because I just plain don't like the twang.