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The clash: Is your significant other's different musical taste a deal-breaker?

December 22, 2011|RedEye

This week: As year-end top 10 lists emerge, you discover that you don’t like your significant other’s musical taste.

The question: Is that a deal-breaker?


Taste matters. Books, movies, music, where to go for dinner—if you can’t get along the majority of the time, it’s going to be rough going. If they love top 40 and your musical taste is guided solely by blogs, good luck on sharing the finer things in life. And by finer things I mean Friday road-trip playlists, Monday morning playlists, Sunday cuddling playlists and a general agreement on whether a festival lineup sucks. Besides, that moment of “I love them too!” when you’re looking through someone’s iTunes? The best. – Emily Van Zandt


If we only shacked up with people who shared similar tastes in music, it’s likely I would have made some major mistakes at those Chevelle (pictured) concerts I shamelessly attended in my high school years. While it’s nice to have a concert buddy for a significant other, there’s something exciting and interesting about a person who’s passionate about a genre you either never got into or blindly hate. It takes a bit of an open mind—it will never last if you’re a stubborn jerk, let’s be honest—but it’s a lot easier than you think to overlook someone’s seemingly crappy taste in music if he or she is an overall kickass person. Musical taste certainly says *something* about a person, but it doesn’t say nearly everything.  – Jessica Galliart

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