Bell bottoms are back in vogue...... Don't you have yours yet ?
No really- Granite would be your best choice for kitchen counters. Marble is too soft & pourous. Soapstone is another option, but is etches somewhat & can leave watermarks & you have to re-oil it quite often. There may ba a few other choices, like limestone, concrete, but I imagine there's alot of maintenance there also. Plus $$$$$
Once granite is sealed after installation there 's virtually no maintenance, you can cut on it (it'll dull your knives), put hot pans out of the oven, it is stain resistent w/ the sealer, nothing will penetrate that. It just needs to b resealed every couple of years maybe not for 10 years, fepending on the sealer. The popularity & availabilty of granite in recent years has risen greatly. Therefore the price of granite has gone down significantly. But the value is still there, because of the natural beauty & durabilty , granite will not only last forever, but look great and stay classic & fashionable for years & years.