In my house the normal scheme of things is reversed with my kids shouting at me to turn the music down.
This is because I can only cook if I am listening to music. I have a whole load of CDs(out of their cases for easy access) which sometimes get messed up and which I wipe clean with a tea towel. Some are irreversably damaged, and I know which ones they are and wait for the hiccup in the music. So some tracks for me are forever associated with sudden unexplicable breaks in the melody.
Classical music doesn't do it for me. It doesn't have much of a beat, though some of the Strauss Waltzs are quite rhythmic. I do like rhythm and blues music and have a collection of tracks complied by Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones are brill. I like 'Brown Sugar', which has a suitably culinary title, especially if you are making cakes. I like English music with intelligent lyrics like 'The Kinks', Jarvis Cockers 'Pulp' and 'Madness', and am quite into my daughter's 'Barbie' CD, which is bubble-gum pop, sad to say. I like 'New Order' and am partial to a bit of punk, or punk-lite like 'Ian Drury and The Blockheads'. It inspired me to read his biography, and what a charismatic frontman he was, though not possessed of the pop star good looks, in that he was shorter than average and had a leg damaged by polio.
As a child of the eighties I like Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. I also possess a CD of the music of Ennio Morricone, which I got free in a paper, who wrote the soundtracks of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' is so evocative of outlawry in the Mexican desert with its dischordant and dangerous sound effects that it even provoked the curiosity of my son who opened the kitchen door for once and asked me what on earth I was listening to.
Sad to say, if the kitchen door is open I adjust my music to make a good impression on any neighbours who may be sitting in their gardens. To appear sophisticated and eclectic in my musical tastes I might play a bit of Ray Charles, or to give the ambience of cool and laid-backness I might give Bob Marley a spin.
Also sad, I give myself soundtracks to my life. For instance when my sister and I were helping each other out I used to play 'Sister Sledges' 'We are Family' a lot, and when things are going well I like to play The Maverick's 'Dance The Night Away'.