I love all music from experimental rap to blues and jazz, however, rock is by far my favorite genre, because of how wide the spectrum of rock is.
I have always liked Van Halen, however in recent years my liking has grown a lot more, and it was listening to Eddie Van Halen solos that got me playing guitar, as well as being interested in other forms of making music. Its the kind of music that makes you happy no matter what.
Mark Knopfler and his band achieved worldwide success with Money for Nothing, but it doesn't stop there. His incredible style that no one can perfect makes their songs so different from any other rock band in the 80s. I try to covey some of the bluesy rock riffs Knopfler perfected into my beat making.
Sublime was a Ska band in the 90s famous for their rock take on reggae. Although a short lived band, their music has had an impact on me to embrace more types of music. I try to bring in the great bass lines and ska drums in my music.