So in re-reading the dune series, and especially Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune, I have had flashes of music either in my head, or older songs that have come up on my iPod that have taken me back to the 80s. And then I began to think of the different kinds of music that have pretty much described different parts of my life.
Until I really started listening to my own music, I was surrounded by Oldies and Pop music. Mom and dad would have one of those stations going in the car and in the background all of the time. Oldies I especially came to associate with moving, and putting up wallpaper and painting. Or scraping the ceiling of sprayed plaster.
The first really unique music I got into was Soundtracks, and that started with the "Star Wars" soundtrack.I played the LPs of the double album over and over on the turntable I had. Over the years in California, I added "Superman, the Motion Picture," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "The Black Stallion" to the rotation.
When I moved back to Kentucky, I was starting to get interested in modern music, and so a lot of things in the background for me were MTV. But when I think of playing games (especially the Ultima series) on the old Apple II+, I hear Genesis. Almost always "That's All" or "Illegal Alien" because they were in heavy rotation.
Moving to Maryland, I was big on Dire Straits thanks to my friends from Kentucky. Also there was a little of the new Invisible Touch album from Genesis. But still a lot of MTV, and getting into The Alan Parsons Project.
Then for my Senior year of high school, Peter Gabriel, Huey Lewis, and Sting dominated the music.
College became a blend. I still listened to soundtracks, but I had a seed that had been planted in early high school, and I made a personal discovery of Def Leppard.
After college, that blend continued, and now with my iPod, I have music from the Beatles to 30 Seconds to Mars.