An anti-list for a change. I like an awful lot of music of all kinds, but there is some that simply leaves me cold.
Broadly speaking, it falls into four kinds. There's the genre known as arena-rock, populated by bands such as Journey, Styx, Bad Company and their ilk. There's the jam band, a particular dislike being the Dave Matthews Band, but others such as Phish and much (but not all) of the Grateful Dead's output leave me equally unimpressed. Thirdly, there's easy-listening jazz, most typified by Kenny G. Finally, there's what I call the NPR(National Public Radio)-kind, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Riverdance and Yanni. Ugh.
Note that there is a common thread to much of this music. It tends to be cross-genre and blandly smooth. I prefer my cross-genre jagged and my smooth to be interestingly ambient.
This music is popular and hard to avoid. It puts my teeth on edge. As it happens, a lot of the music I like (e.g. Captain Beefheart, Ornette Colman, Albert Ayler, Karlheinz Stockhausen) puts almost everybody else's teeth on edge.
C'est la vie. I have learned to live with this.
At parties where my pet dislikes are played, I smile, nod, and reach for the bottle when told how wonderful the music is. I can tune it out for a little while. If it's a particularly long exposure, an antidote of something noisy, loud and upsetting (i.e The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray) works wonders once I get home.