Survey: Listening to Nickelback Won’t Get You a Date

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Richard Lam / Reuters

They say there’s no accounting for taste, but no one can say Tastebuds.fm didn’t try.

The free dating website for music fans conducted a survey among site users to determine what musical act was the biggest turnoff, and the “winner” was no real surprise: oft-reviled Canadian band Nickelback.

Each user was allowed to specify up to 12 musicians that would kill the mood or any romantic prospects. Nearly 13% of respondents named Nickelback as their least favorite act, with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber trailing close behind. Other non-Canadian acts, such as Lady Gaga and Coldplay, made appearances on the list.

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Tastebuds.fm notes that despite their seemingly virulent unpopularity, Nickelback was actually the best-selling foreign act in the U.S. after the Beatles. Judging by the radio ubiquity of their songs “Someday,” “How You Remind Me” and “Photograph,” it’s clear that the band must do pretty well. And to be fair, if you’ve signed up for a music-matching dating site, you’re probably too hip to like mainstream rock.

The site has full survey results, including a breakdown of how responses varied between men and women.

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