Open your music player and select to shuffle the songs from your full collection. List the first 15 songs that play. Worse case, just shuffle your ipod. Tag 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what randomly plays from your collection, and don't lie about the obscure horrible stuff that might play.
So here's what popped up the first time.
1. Symphony No.48 in D major, Andante grazioso - Mozart
2. Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 No.1 - Mendelssohn
3. La Precieuse - Kreisler
4. Oxford, Pope's Gypsy Cadenza from The Red Violin - John Corigliano, composer; Joshua Bell, violin
5. Dick Holster - Ben Folds Five
6. Here Comes the Night - Them
7. Elison Spared from "What He Beheld," Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Bear McCreary
8. Ballyfin Polkas - The Chieftains
9. Ache - The Endless
10. Suite No.2 in B minor for Flute and Strings, Polonaise - JS Bach
11. Every valley should be exalted - Handel
12. Symphony No.20 in D major, Andante - Mozart
13. X&Y - Coldplay
14. The Old Castle - Mussorgsky
15. Bingen: O Virtus Sapiente - The Kronos Quartet
By the third song, I was like, oh. I'm still in my classical playlist. WRONG. And then I was like, oh. They are going to think I am SO PRETENTIOUS. Here's the thing - I write to instrumental music; or, if there's singing, it's choral or not in English, so it doesn't distract me. And I generally don't write at home, so rather than just listen to a classical radio station I put it on my iPod. So I have a lot a lot a lot of classical and other instrumental music.
And then I was like, that's a boring meme. No one cares which particular Mozart I'm listening to. So I did it again, and I skipped until I got to "actual" songs.
1. Side - Travis
2. A Horse With No Name - America
3. Hold On Tight - Electric Light Orchestra
4. StarStruck - Lady Gaga
5. Breakout - Foo Fighters
6. Beat Box - Matisyahu
7. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans - The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Battersey Odyssey - Super Furry Animals
9. The Infanta - The Decemberists
10. Lady of Dreams - VAST
11. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and the Banshees
12. To Your Love - Fiona Apple
13. Four Horsemen of 2012 - The Klaxons
14. Spiderwebs - No Doubt
15. Come Thou Font of Every Blessing - Sufjan Stevens
I'm not sure if that list is any better.