I've been organizing my music into playlists so it's easier to pick what mood I want without making new playlists CONSTANTLY, and I realized that in many cases, the easiest way to categorize my music is by what character would listen to it. Sure, I have some lists like "1960s" or "New Wave" and a few random selections like "On the Lonely Road" (that's American-flavored music that makes you feel slightly melancholy or disturbed) or Coppola-scape (that is music from Sofia Coppola movies or music I think COULD be from a Sofia Coppola movie) but otherwise it's all Arestin/Hidden Lands characters.
Alfred is totally my indie boy but he also likes some older music; he is particularly famous for listening to Simon and Garfunkel when he is sad, although mostly he only listens to music when he is bored sitting in transportation of some kind, and then falls asleep.
The Killers, The Shins, Simon and Garfunkel, Hefner, Goldfrapp, plus everything George likes.
Anubis doesn't actually really listen to music, but I associate him with one band and one band alone: Of Montreal. Especially their older stuff. Because if Anubis became a songwriter he would write adorable yet sad things like "Happy Little Bumblebee."
Desmond and Lucy make me think of anything playful, youthful, and/or French.
Vintage lounge music, Stereolab, Amelie soundtrack, 60s French pop, Syd Barrett at his less-creepy, Supertramp.
Det does NOT like to rock out, he is all sophistication and he mostly thinks the advent of rock n' roll destroyed music. Funny for a guy who shares a birthday with Elvis.
The Velvet Underground, Astor Piazzolla, Xavier Cugat, David Bowie (mostly Station to Station and Heathen albums only), Dave Brubeck Quartet, Gotan Project, opera.
George likes the 80s, his favorite band is Devo, and he probably also listens to a bunch of cheesy hair bands and stuff I don't even have in my playlist.
Devo, Talking Heads, Foreigner, Weird Al Yankovic, Van Halen.
Gideon is totally mod/punk/glam, although, I think Gideon is also the most open to anything (that is probably also true with him as far as fashion, people, and most other things).
The Small Faces, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Who, T.Rex, David Bowie, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch sountracks.
Leo's taste is a lot like Gideon (which is why they are oddly good friends) except a little angrier in some ways and a little more sophisticated in others. Also music is probably more important to him than any other character I have ever created, like...he would die without it. Actually Leo is kind of intense about everything, come to think of it.
Roxy Music, Smashing Pumpkins, The Stranglers, Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Velvet Teen, The Cure, Iggy Pop.
Leslie likes dance-pop stuff (which is mostly not my thing) from the 80s up until now, and anime music/j-pop and basically anything that is fun. I'm not up on my j-pop or my American pop so who knows what she's listening to nowadays.
ABBA, Madonna "before she got all kabbalah or whatever", Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Bow Wow Wow, Judy and Mary.
Ril has this huge collection of vinyl and I think he likes some pretty weird stuff, like, he is that guy that if you went to a party at his house he'd be like, "Man, listen to this crazy thing", but his favorite stuff is from the 60s and 70s because that was his heyday and for some weird reason when writing about him I used to listen to this channel that was mostly ladies of the 60s. I'm sure he listens to other stuff, too, I think it's more that he is the only character I have who *would* listen to this stuff, so that's what he gets. On one hand it seems like he should listen to something more badass, but on the other hand...why not?
The Mamas and the Papas, Petula Clark, Nancy Sinatra.
Stan is my folk/bluegrass nerd with a banjo. He is also my oldest character after Det and Leslie, and I totally associate him with the mid-90s when I first created him, so whenever I hear "Brick", "Wonderwall", "Closing Time", "If You Could Only See", "Welcome to Paradise" and a slew of other 90s songs I think of him. Sorry Stan. You'll never shake it.
Arlo Guthrie, The Beatles, Bill Monroe, old country and blues acts, Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds, Oasis.
Thessia, like Alfred, is an indie girl, only she likes girlier indie than Alfred. She LOVES Florence and the Machine, I'll bet, even if I don't (I just don't get all the echoing...).
The Decemberists, Neko Case, Arcade Fire, a lot of mostly female bands I only have one or two songs from.
Veruvisa is a priestess so she gets all the priestess-y music. Although I don't think she'd agree with Det that rock ruined music.
Enya, Libana, Sheila Chandra.
Yeah, I could be working on an actual manuscript, or sleeping, instead this is what I'm doing. *blush* Sooo...do you make playlists for your characters and think about what music they'd like?