"Are you the kind of person who appreciates multiple genres of music?
Being familiar with the classics in any genre is a factor in one's overall cultural awareness. In jazz, there's Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight." In country, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." In R&B, everyone should know Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia." Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" is a hip-hop classic; Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" is one of the greatest pop songs of all time..."
"...10. Ann Southam: Glass Houses
Everyone should know some Canadian classical music, and Ann Southam's Glass Houses, a set of solo piano pieces composed in homage to minimalist composer Philip Glass, is the perfect introduction. Southam's style of minimalism is more intricate and ornamented than her American counterpart's. While the music is complex, it falls easily on the ear.
Pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico has recorded the full work and, with the composer's permission, released a revised version in 2011."