During a boring afternoon at work last week we came up with a musical taste test. Here are 15 albums, you score a point for every one you have in your collection or have ever owned (try and be honest):- 1/ Thriller - Michael Jackson 2/ The Four Seasons - Vivaldi (plus less than 5 random classical based albums in your collection) 3/ Greatest Hits - The Eagles 4/ Any of the 'Now thats what I call music' compilations 5/ One - The Beatles (plus less than 4 random Beatles albums that are not compilations) 6/ The Bodyguard Soundtrack - Whitney Houston 7/ Appetite for Destruction - Guns n Roses 8/ Bat out of Hell - Meatloaf 9/ American Idiot - Green Day (but no Green Day albums earlier than this) 10/ Legend - Bob Marley (but no other reggae albums in your collection) 11/ Nevermind - Nirvana (and it's the heaviest music you own) 12/ The Joshua Tree - U2 13/ Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits 14/ Progress - Take That 15/ Back to Bedlam - James Blunt How did you score ...... 0 points - Totally Anal - You despise muzak in all it's forms and will even force yourself not to listen to something you actually like if it is popular in any way. Down the pub when the conversation turns to music you revel in befuddling your mates with such phrases as ' I'm currently into a band called Blimpo Gurangi Zeppelin, oh haven't you heard of them ? It's an altrock/baroque/folk/reggae/pinoy-rock/deathmetal band from Madagascar'. Your favourite artists - anything that no-one else has heard of. 1-5 points - Slightly Retentive - You do have a few embarrassing things lurking in your collection but by and large your musical taste is relatively sound. However, you would never admit you like this music and will say 'oh that belongs to my girlfriend/boyfriend' if anyone challenges you. You have a tendency to despise anything that may be termed 'popular' and you take pride in displaying your leanings towards the obscure. You probably read the odd issue of Mojo magazine. Your favourite artists - an eclectic varied mix including such artists as The MC5, Rush, Beck, Bowie, Brahms and early White Stripes. 6-10 points - Well Adjusted- You just listen to stuff that you like..period. You don't care if it's popular or if it's totally obscure as long as you like it. If someone points at that Michael Jackson album and laughs you would say something like 'yes well some tracks are ok and the Eddie Van Halen solo on Beat It rocks'. Your favourite artists - a mix of some classics such as R.E.M. ,Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, some poppy stuff, a few cool alt-rock bands and a smattering of some reasonably obscure artists. 11-14 points - Laughable - You are heavily influenced by the opinions of the general public when you choose your music. Listening to U2's first 2 albums is about as edgy as you get (you believe this is quite cool). You may have some music which is actually quite good but you don't really like it as it was just bought on recommendation of a friend, but you keep it because you think you SHOULD like it. Your favourite music magazine is Q. Your favourite artist - The Beatles (only the hits), Coldplay, ABBA, ELO, Take That, The Eagles. 15 points - Totally Clueless - congratulations, your cat is more discerning than you when it comes to music. You will listen to any old crap if it's high in the charts cos that means it must be good. Now and again you will try to branch out from your pop favourites and buy something a bit 'edgy' in a vain attempt to impress people who may see your collection, in these cases it will usually be in the form of some sort of derivative heavy rock music that you may have heard of. Favourite artists are likely to be U2, Michael Jackson, Shakin' Stevens and the Scissor Sisters.