Some bands grab you right away, and never let go. The Beatles, say.
Others are hard to ignore but take a little longer for you to appreciate. For me, bands like CCR and The Band fall into that category. They were there, in your face, all the time. I just took a long time for me to realize how much I dug them.
Other bands, though, barley registered in my consciousness, and they sort of slipped on by while I was busy enjoying the music I was already committed to. After all, you can only buy so much music, right? Remember buying?
Anyway, every once in a while, I go back and explore bands that I had been vaguely aware of, but never really paid attention to. Often, the rewards have been richly rewarding.
These days, I’m just as likely to put on Savoy Brown as Led Zeppelin. And when I do, I always ask myself how did I miss these guys the first time around? Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth and Status Quo are other bands I really enjoy now but more or less ignored until they were all but gone from the scene.
Your list will differ, but exploration definitely has its rewards.