First record I ever bought
SIMON, 52: “Horse with No Name” by America. It’s still a favorite.
NICK, 48: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I was 10 years old and convinced David Bowie was, in fact, an alien.
ROGER, 50: “ABC” by the Jackson 5. I was drawn to this amazing kid that was like my age and this cool band of brothers.
JOHN, 50: I’m a nerd. The first record I bought was for my mummy: Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.”
Song that inspired me to become a rock star
JOHN: If “Anarchy in the U.K.” by the Sex Pistols hadn’t been written, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
NICK: Exactly. I remember sitting at home watching them on television. It really felt radical and that was hugely attractive.
SIMON: “Sound of Thunder” was the first song we wrote together after I met the band. Up to that point, I thought I’d be an actor.
Song I sing in the shower
SIMON: According to my wife and family, it’s the most annoying song ever written: “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real.
ROGER: I’m not a very good singer-I’m the drummer! But I admit I sing sometimes in the shower. Something like [Sinatra’s] “My Way.”
Song my kids played that drove me nuts
ROGER: “Who Let the Dogs Out” [by Baha Men]. You’d scream, “Turn that record off!” You suddenly realized you were a parent.
JOHN: They played “Poker Face” [by Lady Gaga] a lot. But all of our kids have got pretty good taste, actually.
Best breakup song
SIMON: “Cigarettes & Alcohol” by Oasis, because it is all about moving on to the next thing.
JOHN: I like the pity party. I’d want to play “I Want to Know What Love Is” [by Foreigner] again and again.
My favorite workout song
JOHN: Kanye West‘s “Monster.” It’s the best, most uplifting groove track of the last 12 months.
SIMON: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot for the obvious reasons.
NICK: I go walking a lot. You don’t want ambient droning; you want something that’s got a little energy. I like Sly and the Family Stone’s Fresh.
My musical guilty pleasure
SIMON: “Goodbye to Love” by the Carpenters. People like me are not supposed to like songs by bands like that.
ROGER: I used to secretly listen to ABBA. Now I’m quite happy to have that blaring out of my hotel room.
JOHN: “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov is so romantic and sentimental, I could never share the experience with anybody. But I don’t wear women’s clothes like Roger does when he listens to ABBA!