What Does Your Taste in Music Say About Your Taste in Men?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Does Your Taste in Music Say About Your Taste in Men?
Image: Unsplash by Spencer Imbrock

About This Quiz

Human behaviour is simultaneously terribly predictable and incredibly chaotic. Reams exist, written on the subjects of human cognition and decision making. Philosophers and scientists spent thousands of years attempting to define and explain how and why humans do what we do. Still, no one has yet accomplished this task sufficient enough to accurately predict choices as simple as which color of identical candy one will pick.

What can be said with some degree of certainty is that certain choices correlate directly with other choices. The decision to get a facial tattoo, for example, never coexists with the decision to go into investment banking. Understanding and predicting human behavior is something we have evolved to do, but rarely are the tools we use subconsciously put to use deliberately and scientifically.

Taste is one of the least predictable parts of human psychology. Rather than attempting to predict taste by watching the predictable choices one makes, seeing one creative choice seems the likelier path to predicting other decisions made with the heart. Films may say something about how one views morality. Clothes say something about one's feelings of self-worth and how they want to be seen. Music remains one of the most personal and least explicable taste choices humans make, and we believe that with some information on your tastes with regards to music, we can say what it says about your taste in men.

1 music Everyone has their favourite nook to relax. Where do you like to listen to music?
I listen at work.
I listen on my couch, at home.
I listen in the park.
I listen at the gym.

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2 spice girls How do you feel about The Spice Girls?
They're completely inoffensive to me.
I was never really a fan, but they never bothered me.
I hate them and everything for which they stand.
I used to love them, but now I need new stimulation.

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3 music How wide-ranging are your musical tastes?
I like just about everything.
I only listen to music lacking electronic elements.
There's one, underground genre of music I like, and that is all.
I love all manner of music, but I tire of it quickly and move on.

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4 beatles Do you ever listen to The Beatles?
Only every day!
I prefer the Stones.
They are too cheerful for me.
No. Why? Have they dropped a new album?

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5 joy With regards to the content and style of the music to which you listen, which of these emotions dominates your playlists?
Joy
Sadness
Anger
Love

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6 music Does Depeche Mode do it for you?
Sure! They're good.
I only listen to them ironically.
No, but KMFDM does.
I like to put them in my mixes from time to time, randomly paired.

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7 concert Which song genre do you listen to the most?
R&B
Ballads
Rock and Roll
Anything works for me, if it comes as a surprise.

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8 headphones Done with Duran Duran?
Never!
Sometimes I think I like them, but then I listen to a whole album of theirs ...
They were geniuses.
I'm done with them.

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9 broadway How do you feel about Broadway-style musical soundtracks?
They're great!
No, they're too manufactured.
No, they're twee.
I tend to overplay them and then never listen to them again.

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10 concert Is Muse your muse?
I like that one song of theirs ... What's it called?
Some of their material is fine.
I love them and all their works.
They were fine — eight years ago!

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11 gym Assuming you go to a gym, what do you listen to while you work out?
The news
Classic rock
Industrial metal
Top 40

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12 one direction Is One Direction one of the bands you listen to?
Of course! They're great!
No thanks! They're as authentic as a Chicken McNugget.
I can't believe you would have the temerity to even consider asking me that question.
I'm not a teen.

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13 headphones Through what technological device do you prefer to listen to your music?
Ear buds
Vintage speakers
Chunky headphones
A smart speaker

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14 dance Does Florence and The Machine make you rage against the machine?
I have no idea who that is.
They're wonderful! The best!
I like to listen to them when I'm alone.
I like it when they come out with new stuff, but it gets old fast.

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15 driving Driving can be a bore. To what do you prefer to listen while behind the wheel?
Classic rock
I have a mixtape I listen to, and yes, it is a cassette tape.
Nothing
Whatever music is on the radio

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16 concert Are you a fan of Dizzee Rascal?
He's adorable. Does he make music?
Not since he sold out to The Man!
I just don't "get" his music.
The man is a genius.

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17 music What mood typically precedes you retiring to listen to music at home?
Feeling mentally tapped out
Coziness
Loneliness
Optimism

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18 led zeppelin Does Led Zeppelin go down like a lead balloon?
Who is Led Zeppelin?
I think they're good.
No, they are one of the greatest of all time!
They're a little old fashioned, don't you think?

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19 work Can you listen to music while at work? If so, what kind do you listen to while on the job?
I just put on a streaming service's pop music channel.
I listen to world music at work.
I can't listen to music at work because my boss is a tool.
I pick something new every week!

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20 heaphones How often do you deliberately listen to Oasis?
Whenever possible! I still remember going to their concerts!
There are other Beatles cover bands I like better.
I avoid them at all costs.
Not often

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21 loud How tolerant are you of strangers who subject you to their loud music as they drive past you?
I hate that! Hooligans!
It depends on the music, you know?
I never notice because I'm always listening to my own music on headphones.
I like it! I've learned about new music that way.

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22 radio Is Coldplay just radio-friendly Radiohead?
What's Radiohead?
For the most part, yes
Yes, totally
No. They are distinct artists.

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23 music How do you collect your music?
I just buy them à la carte from online mp3 stores.
I prefer LPs.
I buy physical CDs when I can.
I use a streaming service.

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24 instruments What instrument have you played at some point in life?
The recorder
The guitar
The synth
Digital turntables

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25 ed sheeran Are you over Ed Sheeran?
Actually, I only recently started listening to him. He's pretty good.
I'll never be over him!
Yes
He's still making music?

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26 music How do you adjust the settings of the music player you use to play your music?
I don't. I don't know better than the engineers who set up the defaults!
Treble boost
Bass boost
Vocal boost

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27 gold Is Ellie Goulding as good as gold?
Everything she does is magical.
Yes, but I prefer her B-sides.
No, thanks!
Sure, but I like her newer stuff.

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28 vinyl How do you gift music?
I give credit for online music services.
I buy my friends music on vinyl.
I make custom mix tapes for my friends, on cassette tapes, like a boss.
I buy SACDs for my friends who like music.

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29 tickets How much are you willing to pay for concert tickets?
Up to 60 quid, but not a penny more.
I would rather work out a barter arrangement.
No more than 30 quid.
I will pay anything to see the right artist.

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30 image Do you care about the public images of the musicians to whom you listen, or do you only care about the music?
I don't know or particularly care either way if I enjoy it.
The music and how it's made matter, but the image shouldn't.
It all matters a lot to me, though I loathe admitting it.
I've never really thought much about it, but I think the image might actually be more important than the music.

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