Can We Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Music?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Music?
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About This Quiz

While many people develop new musical tastes as they age, or fall in love with the songs of another era, most of us retain an affinity for the sounds of our youth. Let us guess what those sounds were for you!
How long is a good song?
4 minutes
2 minutes 30
5 minutes with a 20 minute music video
3 minutes

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Does real music use auto-tune?
Sometimes
I don't know.
Of course
Absolutely not

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How many albums do you own?
1,000
300
How would you "own" an album?
500

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Do you go to live gigs?
All the time
Sometimes
I can't afford to.
Often

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How authentic do you like your feminist music?
Not very
I don't hold with that.
Very
Not much

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How do you find a new song to listen to?
I ask friends.
I go to the record store and talk to human beings.
I let the algorithm decide.
I let Amazon recommend things.

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Do you miss the golden oldies?
A little, sometimes
So much that I bought them all.
I have the best of them on my playlist, so no.
I do when I am traveling and they are never on the radio.

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How do you store music?
On various drives
On shelves in my living room
In the cloud
In booklets in my car and house

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Would you consider it cheating to lip-synch a performance?
I can't tell when they are.
Obviously
No
Usually, yes

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What instrument does the best music include?
Synth
Sax
Guitar
Piano

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How weird should music be?
Fairly
Not at all
Extremely
Middling amounts

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How do you feel about synth?
I love it.
It ruined the world.
I can't tell it apart from real instruments.
It's OK in moderation.

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Do you listen to a lot of music on your own?
Yes, in the bath
Yes, or with my boo
Yes, or with a friend on the other ear bud
Yes, driving

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Which genre of music is spoiling kids these days?
Probably metal
Definitely rock n roll
No genre is spoiling it.
Definitely rap

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Which is the greatest band of all time?
Led Zeppelin
Bill Haley and the Comets
One Direction
Beatles, duh.

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Is rap actually music as far as you are concerned?
Yes
No
Obviously it is.
I thought not but then I saw "Hamilton" on Broadway.

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Who is Beyonce to you?
God
Who?
Super God
That nice young lady who was in that band

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How do you dance to music you love?
I twerk - I know it's not for me but I love it so.
I lindy hop.
I don't dance.
I rock out.

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What's up with hip-hop?
It has come a long way.
God knows.
It's awesome and getting better.
It's white noise to me.

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How do you feel about Motown?
It's OK.
It's the only modern music I can bear!
It's a little old-fashioned.
I love it.

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What sort of shoes are your dancing shoes?
3.5" heels
Suede soles
I don't dance when I'm being watched, so no shoes.
2" heels

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How do you feel about disco?
It's OK.
It's corruption.
It's hilarious.
It's the best.

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What's top of your Spotify playlist?
Queen
I do not know what that is.
Adele
Diana Ross

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What musical radio station is your default setting in your car (if you have a car)?
Rock
Country
Pop
Classic rock

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How many backup singers is enough?
6
3
15
4

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What kind of headphones do you use to listen to music?
Over ear wireless
I use a grammophone.
Ear buds
Over ear plugged in

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How do you pay for music?
iTunes
I buy records.
I have a Spotify subscription.
I buy it on Amazon and it ships to me.

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How new does jazz feel to you?
It depends if it is old or new, obviously.
Very
Jazz is old, dude!
It feels a little old timey.

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How do you listen to music?
iTunes
Vinyl
Spotify
CD

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What song structure suits you?
Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, chorus
AABA, borrowed from musical theater
Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus, chorus
Intro, verse, chorus, verse chorus, bridge, chorus

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