Thanks for the LR @veshecco! So difficult to choose, but here's a few favorites (in no particular order) from several genres I enjoy
  1. Jazz & Blues:
  2. Chick Webb (& His Orchestra)
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    A dancer's musician. He often played at the Savoy in Harlem and was a favorite of those dancers who created the style that came to be known as Lindy Hop
  3. Ella Fitzgerald
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    BOW. DOWN.
  4. Fats Waller
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    Many of his songs are silly, but he's also a solid musician.
  5. Cab Calloway (& His Orchestra)
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    What I wouldn't give to see him live... He was true performer. Singer, dancer, & band leader, whose band was full of top notch musicians
  6. Howlin' Wolf
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    That Voice. Damn.
  7. Skip James
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    Again, that voice. Basically the opposite of Howlin' Wolf's, but still perfect. And he's a damn good guitarist.
  8. Rap, Italian:
  9. Fabri Fibra
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    Kind of ridiculous, a fascinating character study.
  10. Caparezza
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    Ridiculous for different reasons. Excellent lyricist. Argenti Vive is my favorite rap song of all time. An absolute masterpiece.
  11. Rock (broadly):
  12. Rush
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    Sometimes complex music is difficult to listen to. I find it's not so with Rush.
  13. Frank Zappa
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    Another musical genius and interesting person. If you've only heard his "weird" stuff, try Strictly Genteel
  14. Tom Waits
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    I know he sounds like he's choking on gravel and cigarettes. It works for him.
  15. Greek Fire
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    I think of them as a representation of the adult my post-hardcore listening teenage self turned into. Their shows feel like a celebration of life and it's beautiful.
  16. Linkin Park
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    Even if I don't listen to them much anymore, they were very important to my middle school/early high school years, and they will always be a favorite
  17. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
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    Magic. With synthesizers and keyboards.
  18. Instrumental:
  19. Hans Zimmer
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    Movie Soundtrack Master
  20. Antonín Dvorák
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    Never met a piece of his music I didn't like.
  21. Anyone from the Baroque period
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    Particularly Bach & Telemann
  22. Terry S. Taylor
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    Go listen to The Neverhood soundtrack. You're welcome.