• How Eclectic Are You?

    Dic 26 2007, 3:31

    Taken from

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at

    My eclectic score is currently


    The 86 related artists for my profile are 54-40, Alanis Morissette, Annie Lennox, Arctic Monkeys (2), At the Drive-In, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan and The Band, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Broken Social Scene, Bruce Springsteen, Burning Spear, Chris Rea, Coldplay, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Eve 6, Flogging Molly, Franz Ferdinand, Grady, Guns N' Roses, Guy Clark, Headstones, Interpol (3), Jeff Tweedy, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Cliff, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin (2), Lucinda Williams, Matchbox Twenty, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Matthew Good, Matthew Good Band, Mogwai, Naked Eyes, Neil Young (2), Oasis, Paul McCartney, Peter Tosh, Pink Floyd, Pixies, R.E.M. (2), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sam Roberts, Shane MacGowan, Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Simple Minds, Sloan, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Sting, Suzanne Vega, The Alarm, The Arcade Fire (2), The Band, The Cranberries, The Doors, The Dubliners, The Fixx, The Flaming Lips, The Killers, The Libertines, The Pogues & The Dubliners, The Police, The Raconteurs, The Raphaels, The Rolling Stones (3), The Skydiggers, The Strokes (3), The Velvet Underground, The Wallflowers, The Who (2), Third Eye Blind, Tori Amos, U2, Uncle Tupelo (2), Van Halen, Van Morrison, Weezer (2), Wide Mouth Mason, Ziggy Marley

    It's an interesting little tool, and I think the algorithm is bit more accurate than the open-minded index calculator, the results of which you can see in my profile sidebar.

    Basing things on artists instead of tags makes a lot more sense to me. It could be even more accurate if things were based on individual songs or albums since saying all of an artist's songs sound the same is quite a stretch. There are fans of early U2 who despise later U2 and vice-versa, but the artist-based system is still more accurate than lumping every song tagged as "rock" in the same pile.