Justify Your Love

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One might say, "Why is later-period Metallica worth loving? Simple, no more Jason Newsted." Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Jason Newsted

One might say, "Why is later-period Metallica worth loving? Simple, no more Jason Newsted."

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No matter what I think about someone's taste in music, one thing I never cease to appreciate is a well-thought-out argument defending one's contrarian views.

Okay, so you love late-period Metallica? WTF? Why?! But if you can convince me that there's a valid reason to love Metallica after, say, 1993, then more power to you. I may not end up in agreement with you, but at the very least, you'll earn my respect.

In lieu of this week's conversation about musical taste and intelligence, I think it's fitting that we stick up for our less-than-popular, not-so-respected musical loves.

So here's the deal: In the comments section, and using fewer than 200 words (sometimes less is more), give us your best argument as to how you can justify the seemingly unjustifiable. Point us in the direction of a song, an album, a fact or a moment that makes this artist the real deal. For instance, in the above example of Metallica, if someone simply said, "Why is later-period Metallica worth loving? Simple, no more Jason Newsted," then I might have to agree that you had a point.

Extra kudos if you can change someone's mind, though good luck trying to do that with Nickelback or Limp Bizkit.

If someone does change your mind — or you test their theory and realize that, hey, Alan Jackson does have one good song — please share that revelation with us, too!

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