A man’s taste in music says a lot about his personality and frankly –about his character. No genre of music is completely unfit for a gentleman to listen to, but there are certain types of music to help you more fully live up to your potential as a gentleman.
If you’re a gentleman, you tend to also be a renaissance man – accumulating different hobbies, skills, crafts, or trades, fine tuning each one with care and precision. When it comes to music, there should be no difference. Each genre of music has its own distinct feeling and emotion, each containing the souls and the culture of those who created the music. Each is unique and can help enhance any moment in a gentleman’s life: in times of sadness and pain, happiness and romance, and even in times of calm and relaxation.
Having a knowledge of several genres of music and knowing when each is best played can help you stand out as a gentleman and enhance your life and the lives of those you share it with.
Don’t be the guy who only knows the music on the radio. Have some class. Listen to a little Jazz or folk, classical or R&B. Even some rock music will expand your horizons and bring out feelings and emotions only felt through this outlet of music.
Here are the top 3 musicians/artists in the major genres all gentleman should be familiar with. Also included is a popular song by the artist that is a must listen to. Understand there are many genres of music and even all the genres listed have many artists fit for a gentleman. This list should help you get started.
We’ve created a Spotify playlist so you can have easy access to all these songs. Go and start listening, you’ll start to become a finely tuned Gentleman.
Swing/Big Band/Easy Listening
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
Benny Godman – Sing, Sing, Sing
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes off of you
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
Ella Fitzgerald – It's Only A Paper Moon
Loui Armstrong – La Vie En Rose
Miles Davis – So What
Charlie Parker – Yardbird Suite
Herbie Hancock – Dolphin Dance
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Etta James – Something's Got A Hold On Me
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – You Really Got a Hold On Me
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer
Al Green – Lets Stay Together
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Willie Nelsen – Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
James Taylor – Carolina In My Mind
Rock n’ Roll
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
The Beatles – Come Together
Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
Jimmy Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Slight return)
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