In my younger days the loud guitars of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, and Guns and Roses appealed to me. I was turned on by the blues, especially the electric Chicago Blues. But as much as liked the grittier music I also liked the softer songs such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Neil Young kind to capture both sides. However, in my teen and young adult years I was introduced to the songs of Pete Seeger.
I used to sing and play his song "Where Have All The Flowers Gone." His influence on people, who could play music who I knew, really pushed him up in my book. You know the real people in your life, who influence your taste in music and never have a clue they have.