How Dark Is Your Personality According to Your Music Preferences?

By: Talin Vartanian

How Dark Is Your Personality According to Your Music Preferences?
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About This Quiz

Human beings may be connected through language, food and spirituality, but there's a piece of this puzzle that we may often forget about: music. Song lyrics, instruments and vocals have a way of bringing people together under the same sky, whether it's music festivals, clubs, bars or concerts. Like many forms of art, music is entirely subjective and there are no right or wrong preferences. However, some artists and bands have impacted the world with their poetic songwriting skills and unique vocal cords.

There are many different genres. Some of the more popular ones include hip-hop, rap, country, and, of course, rock music. In fact, you're probably familiar with legendary rock bands like The Rolling Stones, Heart, Blondie and the Beatles. Certain songs have also topped Billboard's "Hot 100 Singles," such as "Physical" by Olivia-Newton John, "Hey Jude" by the Beatles and "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. But if you're not into rock or pop music, then perhaps some "chill-out" or "ambient house" music will relax you after a rough day. Whatever your preferences, we're eager to find out more about you with this musical quiz!

It's 5:00 p.m. and you're stuck in traffic, but that's OK since you're listening to ...
Iron Maiden
Nirvana
Nicki Minaj
Deadmau5

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Fill in the blank: You couldn't pay me $200 to listen to _________ music for an hour.
Jazz
Country
Heavy metal
Gospel

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When you're studying or doing some work, do you prefer to listen to music, white noise or silence?
Music
White noise
Silence
It depends on what kind of work I'm doing.

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Which of these classic bands would you have loved to see in concert?
Black Sabbath
Queen
The Beatles
Pink Floyd

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If you could spend an hour with one of these legendary musicians, who would you pick?
Eazy-E
Kurt Cobain
Jim Morrison
Andy Gibb

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Which of these instruments would you love to learn how to play?
Guitar
Drums
Flute
Piano

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You've scored some free tickets to a music festival of your choice! Which of these will you pick?
Lollapalooza
South By South West
Coachella
Pitchfork Music Festival

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Do you prefer to listen to remixes, acoustic music or original versions of songs?
Original versions of songs
Remixes
Acoustic music
I like all three.

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Choose one of these musical video games to receive as a gift for Christmas.
Rock Band
Guitar Hero
Thumper
Audiosurf

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If you were going to make a movie about your life, who would you hire to compose the soundtrack?
John Williams
Hans Zimmer
James Horner
Danny Elfman

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When you listen to music, do you care more about the lyrics, the instruments or the voice(s)?
The instruments
The lyrics
The voice(s)
Something else

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Which of these song lyrics resonates with your soul the most?
"Take your flame, ignite the world." - Seraphim - "For Today"
"If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?" - Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"
"If love's so easy, why's it hard?" - Wilco - "We're Just Friends"
"Now I think I understand, how the world can overcome a man." - Avenged Sevenfold - "Fiction"

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You can only listen to one of these American boy bands for the rest of your life. Which one will you choose?
Boyz II Men
One Direction
BTS
The Jackson 5

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Let's settle this debate once and for all: Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC?
Eww, neither
*NSYNC
Backstreet Boys
Both!

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There are many movies that have great soundtracks. Which of these movies has the best soundtrack to you?
"Black Panther"
"Interstellar"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Space Jam"

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Do you typically find new music through recommendations from friends or by accident?
By accident
Both
Through recommendations from friends
I typically find new music on my own.

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Imagine listening to your favorite song. What emotions are flowing through your soul?
Anger
Sadness
Happiness
Calm

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Which of these white noise sounds helps to calm your mind after a stressful day?
Heavy rain
Washer and dryer
Flowing river
Birds chirping

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You're having a rough day, which means it's time to drown your sorrows with which of these sad songs?
"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.
"Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse
"With or Without You" by U2
"Fix You" by Coldplay

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It's time for some upbeat pop music! Which of these pop artists gives you a burst of energy?
Lady Gaga
Michael Jackson
Beyoncé
Katy Perry

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Let's face it, the Beatles would not be as good without which of these key members?
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
George Harrison

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You're on a road trip with a friend who loves country music. Which of these artists will you listen to in order to make your friend happy?
Tim McGraw
Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Dolly Parton

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Techno music isn't for everyone, but how do you feel about it?
I can't stand it.
I've never listened to it.
It's just OK.
I love it.

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Which of these female bands could you listen to for hours without feeling bored?
Broadzilla
The Runaways
The Pussycat Dolls
The Pandoras

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Let's take a quick trip to the past with one of these '90s songs. Which of these resonates with you the most?
"Wonderwall" by Oasis
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
"…Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

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Music has evolved quite a bit through each generation. Which generation of music is your personal favorite?
'80s
'70s
'90s
​2000s

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Some people love Skrillex; others love Deadmau5. Who reigns supreme to you?
Both of them are pretty good.
Deadmau5
I don't like either of them.
Skrillex

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Would it be more fun for you to write music or create music with instruments?
Create music with instruments
Write music
Both
I'm not interested in either.

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If you were getting married, which of these DJ's would you hire to play at your wedding?
Armin van Buuren
Martin Garrix
Tiësto
Calvin Harris

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Iconic songs often make a movie more memorable. Which of these songs brings forth some movie magic for you?
"Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel ("The Graduate")
"Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees ("Saturday Night Fever")
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion ("Titanic")
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Jennifer Warnes ("Dirty Dancing")

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