Tastebuds.fm, the UK-based dating site which uses music taste to match singles, conducted the study, asking their members to name up to 12 bands whose music they couldn’t stand.
Over 1,600 users responded, with Nickelback and Justin Bieber leading the nominations by a sizeable margin. The other artists that had the dubious honour of making it into the top 10 turnoffs were Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Coldplay, U2, Creed, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne and Britney Spears.
“We were curious to know which bands people would be most horrified to discover when browsing their date’s iPod,” explains Alex Parish, who founded the site with band-mate Julian Keenaghan, “as although sharing musical tastes with your partner is not the be all and end all it can certainly help in maintaining a harmonious relationship, and we’ve seen it’s a great conversation starter.“
The study also examined how men and women’s musical turnoffs differed. Women were more often turned off by female acts: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj all made it into the women’s top 20 turnoffs but were nowhere to be seen in the men’s top 20 selections.
Some notable bands that men were turned off by — but that didn’t register with the ladies — include Oasis, Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, Eminem and Kanye West.
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Notice no one said Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Lamb of God, Mastodon, or any other metal band. That’s because metal rules.