The first concert I ever attended was Papa Roach. I think (hed) pe opened or something.
The first CD I ever owned was a Bush CD. (I also had a Candlebox cassette before that...) Like a lot of others in this thread, I did grow up through the nu-metal era. Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Godsmack. Definitely nothing I could go back and listen to now...
Slipknot was my favorite band for a few years circa middle school. They helped get me into heavy music. I'm not ashamed of it, and every once in a great while I'll still throw on self-titled or Iowa and rock out. They were (and still are, for my money) a lot better than all of the other nu metal bands. I listened to those bands too (Korn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Godsmack, etc.), and I'm not quite as proud of that.
I didn't start really getting into "punk" until I went away to college in 2001 and my freshman year roommate showed me that music and bands existed outside the world of radio. At one point in my life (late 90's / early 00's) my favorite band was Creed. I still respect and like a good amount of the 90's bands that I grew up listening to, but I am pretty ashamed of that one, haha.
Coldplay - Rush of Blood
Switchfoot - Beautiful Letdown
Some lame Christian comp called "X" or something like that.
Yes! those x compilations also really got me into a lot of music. Mostly underoath.
But yeah, not to sound like a prick, but I'm not really ashamed of any of the music I listened to. I listened to most of the music mentioned in this thread, and linkin park was a big force that got me into music. But at the time I loved it, and even though I've outgrown it now, I'm not ashamed of it. I'll gladly fess up to how much I loved backstreet boys and nsync. and 98 degrees. ...and dream street and aaron carter.