I started listening to symphonic/orchestral music early in life consisting mainly of Baroque and Romantic works with a few movie soundtracks thrown in for good measure ("The Man From Snowy River","Chariots of Fire", etc.). This dovetailed nicely with the music I was playing to learn the piano which consisted mainly of sonatinas and excerpts from larger Baroque or Romantic works.
Then in 5th grade, everything changed.
I got a cd player three albums for Christmas; they were "R.I.O.T." by Carmen, "Jesus Freak" by DC Talk, and "Take Me To Your Leader" by the Newsboys. From there I moved rapidly through related groups like Audio Adrenaline, Tree63, By The Tree, and Jars of Clay. Before too long, my tastes developed beyond the alternative "sound" and into more esoteric genres like techno, game music (ocremix.org), and nerd rock (They Might Be Giants).
About the same time, I was introduced to Classic Rock through working at my dad's machine shop. The first songs I remember hearing were Bob Seger's "Hollywood