I don’t really listen to anything “not mellow.” I don’t have music I work out to because I’m so musically-minded that I’d pay more attention to the music than the weight about to fall on my foot.
I’m working on my undergrad degree in music (majoring in film scoring) so this is one topic I can really go on and on about. Some of my favorite composers are (definitely not in any order):
To name a few.
These are some of my favorite film composers (too many to think of, but here are a few):
John Williams (should be obvious)
As far as more “pop/rock” stuff, I really like:
Deathcab for Cutie
Joan of Arc
The Postal Service
Not really in any of these categories, but I really like M?rta Sebesty?n and Muszikas. Muszikas is a Hungarian folk group and M?rta Sebesty?n sings with them a lot. Really cool stuff. Tuvan music is awesome, and Tibetan chant is some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever heard. Ok, so any kind of music involving vocal multiphonics (singing more than one note at a time) is awesome in my book. Celtic music is great, and African drumming is pretty intense. Asian music, especially Chinese, is amazing.
Should I stop now?