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Many factors can contribute to one’s compatibility with their significant other:  general interests, background, education levels, and so forth.

But what about taste in music?

Jezebel recently posted an article asking their readers whether or not compatible tastes in music are a dealbreaker or not:

As this Mindtroll song, “Jazz Boyfriend” attests, sometimes a partner’s musical obsessions are enough to ruin a relationship.But most people, I suspect, don’t even make it to the relationship phase if musical tastes are a dealbreaker; with dating sites asking you to list your favorite things, it becomes easier and easier to weed out potential candidates based on things like listing what you perceive to be a heinous band. The lady or dude of your dreams might be out there, but if he or she admits that they listen to say, Nickelback, the dream just might die, hard.

Though it’s not entirely fair or accurate, it’s very easy to stereotype people based on their favorite bands, assigning them entire corresponding lifestyles based solely on the fact that their ears and brains find a particular set of noises somewhat pleasurable. It’s also a matter of questioning someone’s judgment on non-musical things—if this person thinks Creed is the greatest band of all time, and I think Creed sucks, why should I trust his or her opinion on anything else? If Creed guy says this restaurant is great, will it really be great? Or will it be the gastronomical equivalent of “With Arms Wide Open?”

Judging from reactions to the article in TheUrbanDaily’s office, the answer was a nearly unanimous “definite dealbreaker.” So now we turn to you, our loyal readers.

Could you be with someone whose musical tastes were the complete opposite of yours?

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