One important side effect of my days in radio comes in being exposed to wider variety of music than at any other time of my life, especially songs that ended up in the regular rotation that I really didn’t care for.  (I’m looking at you, “Ya Gotta Be.”)  This also means that I know lyrics that I don’t even realize I’ve heard, which makes the child think that I’m a pop music wizard, and have musical favorites from multiple decades and genres.  Still, being an old dude, sometimes people are surprised that I’m aware of the new musical hotness, like that month where I couldn’t get that godforsaken ‘Royals’ song out of my head.  The greatest amount of shock came at my previous job, where several of my twenty-something coworkers were somehow amazed by my knowledge of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s back catalogue, which leads us to today’s musical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has to admit that Ariana Grande is a legit superstar, asking: Which of your musical favorites do you think people would find most surprising?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I don’t think anyone who actually knows me would be surprised by anything. Others, based on my current look would be surprised my knowledge and appreciation of 90’s Nordic black and death metal.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    I like to think that I’m pretty straight-forward in my musical tastes, and in my estimation there really wouldn’t be much of anything that would be a ‘surprise’ among my favorites among those who know me at least a little well. I suppose that it would depend on what kind of pre-suppositions that these ‘people’ are making about my musical tastes.

  3. Amazingly enough I had a friend that was surprised that I enjoyed me some ABBA the other day. My musical taste ranges all over the place so it made me wonder why it was such a surprise.

  4. generally, all my musical tastes are out on front street. most of my friends know what genres i’m into…mostly punk/garage/power-pop, some metal, a lot of old pre-70s reggae and first wave ska, a lot of old country…i guess what some would call “country-western”….a lot of mid-century jazz and old timey blues from the 20’s and 30’s….

    i guess my parents were pretty surprised i was into old country after i threw on a bunch of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, etc. one christmas morning, but they’ve never really been the most informed of my tastes and interests…

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