music reveals it all

A study of the musical preferences and personality traits of 3500 individuals suggests that you are what you listen to.

This quote from the article is sure to please Levi:

“I’ve always believed that people’s musical taste says a lot about them. If you like Avril Lavigne, for example, you probably need to have your ears syringed.”

Sign me up for the ear syringing.

The article goes on to list different artists, explaining what it means about your personality, but I like all of them. That must mean I’m complicated.


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  1. Of the choices it gives, I really like the songs by Bob Dylan, Barry White and Harold Melvin. I don’t believe any of these songs reflect my personality.

    I suppose I need my name on the ear syringing list.

    Comment by Mel on July 11, 2003 @ 8:20 am
  2. Look at me, I’m so sophisticated! What can I say, it’s all true…. ;)

    Comment by Levi on July 11, 2003 @ 9:36 am
  3. This article is being discussed at MeFi too.

    Some are defending Avril while others make cynical comments in true MeFi style.

    Comment by dan on July 11, 2003 @ 11:38 am
  4. Well, there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about Avril one way or the other, but none of the support for her was exactly glowing. One person said at least she’s a better role model than Britney, and another said she’s got potential. The most telling ‘defense’ said, “cut her some slack, the songs are simple because she wrote them at sixteen!” Which is great and all, but that’s an excuse, and I’d rather have good music than good excuses for mediocre music. For my particular definition of ‘good’, of course. ;)

    Someone on that thread also posted a link to this test, which did a pretty good job in its analysis of me. My dislike of Avril can probably be explained by my score of 19% in the ‘fun and simple’ category and 84% in the ‘reflective and complex’ category.

    Comment by Levi on July 11, 2003 @ 1:25 pm
  5. I could post a glowing defensive comment for Avril but I’m too lazy.

    I saw that and took the test too. I got something like 83% on fun and simple and 15% on reflective and complex. That corroborates the vast dichotomy between our musical tastes.

    Comment by dan on July 11, 2003 @ 2:05 pm
  6. I got 90% on fun & simple and 78% on reflective and complex. I suppose if you were to take Dan and Levi and make them into one person, you’d have ME!

    Comment by Mel on July 11, 2003 @ 2:35 pm
  7. Heh. That would be one strange person.

    Comment by dan on July 11, 2003 @ 2:44 pm
  8. As I said here, I must either be a genius or a psycho.

    Comment by Will on July 11, 2003 @ 5:06 pm
  9. I am glad that they did not list any of my music. That must mean that I AM NORMAL huh!

    Comment by Sil on July 12, 2003 @ 10:21 pm
  10. There’s some music that I was wrapped up in at one time that I don’t care for much now. Music has always been a staple in my life. During some bad times, I listened to some music that, while I could really relate to it at the time, I hear it now and think, ‘Geez, how miserable!’ That would include The Smiths/Morrissey and NIN. If that music is great on it’s own, I couldn’t judge anymroe. I associated it too much with negative times.

    These days, my tastes run more upbeat and quite varied. Lots of classical, instrumental, Sting, 80s alternative and pop, plus some jazz, and even country (go ahead and cringe, ha!).

    Comment by Renee on July 13, 2003 @ 6:22 am
  11. I have no problem with country. Levi’s the one who cringes at the sound of it.

    Comment by dan on July 13, 2003 @ 4:50 pm
  12. Me too.

    Comment by Cameron on July 15, 2003 @ 1:07 pm
  13. one of the links on your music is outdated for surfcd but you might check out

    Comment by whaleman on February 6, 2005 @ 1:58 am

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