I know that when I was in school people who didn't know me generalised me as a metalhead, because I had long hair and hung out with people who actually did listen to a lot of metal. Those people were and are surprised to learn that the bulk of what I like isn't really like that.
I'm a big fan of 80's pop songs and have a lot of radio stuff in my library. I grew up on oldies and classic rock, found my own sound in 90's hip-hop/R&B, then as I grew older and got past the nu-metal that was so popular when I was in middle & high school, I began to gravitate towards melody again. That's ultimately what led me to covet bands like Green Day, blink-182 and Foo Fighters in such high regard. Those tastes expanded with every passing week, as I made it a goal to discover and listen to everything that appealed to me. Most of what I still love today did come during the time I was listening to Limp Bizkit & Staind -- and I suppose it was nice to have a balance in the midst of listening to chaos & notoriously disliked bands.
Good to see you back!