I was born in 1978 so a little bit older than the target audience for the question. When I first started really discovering and enjoying music for myself, I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd and Led Zep (beforore my time), Metallica, Nick Cave, Beasts of Bourbon (bands who started before my time but were still current in the 90s). The 90s were an incredible time for music and I discovered a lot of bands to love - Young Gods, Sonic Youth, Ministry, Faith No More, Mazzy Star, Prodigy to name a few. At the same time I was finding more older music - Black Sabbath, The Stooges, The Birthday Party, Hendrix, Jean Michel Jarre. I grew up listening to 80s pop radio and I didn't much like it, but in my 20s I heard more 80s underground/alternative which I really loved - Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Propaganda, as well as reaching back further - The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Eddie Cochran. I've only listed a few bands here but I heard hundreds (as I'm sure we all have). I think music is about making a personal connection to the audience and it can transcend time and culture. As far as current music goes, I don't listen to as much of it but there are still great bands / acts around. One issue is I have nowhere near as much free time now as I did in my 20s to discover underground music. Second issue is that after listening to hundreds of bands, it is much harder to find something new and different.