i admit it. i totally judge people by their musical preferences. and not only that, i judge them a little based on their PASSION for music. if someone doesn't have a favorite song, singer or band i wonder, silently, what is wrong with them.
there are musical extremists in my book and i blatantly judge them, although i know for a fact my judgements are incorrect.
for example. i have a first cousin who is in his late 20s and married. he has always made fun of my musical likes--prince, rod, phil collins, etc. while his musical tastes swerve into the marilyn manson genre. heavy, violent music i don't understand. i label people who hear (you can't listen to it) that music as violent and stupid, though my cousin is neither. but how can you hear music you can't understand the lyrics to?
country. this is a hard one because there really are a lot of country artists i love. mary chapin carpenter, patsy cline, johnny cash, the judds. plus, i grew up hearing a lot of the old country and like it too. however, i have found that typically teenagers who listen to country exclusively drive big ass trucks w/ gun racks on them, think flannel is appropriate for every season and wear cowboy hats or ball caps all of the time. and they're stupid. (you see the pattern here?) and they're usually racists and have no goals in life. (yes, i KNOW how horrible i'm sounding.)
those really are the only two genres i have strong opinions on.
well, no not really. classical. this too is a genre i can appreciate and do appreciate from time to time. though not strictly classical per se, the sound track to out of africa is so totally awesome. however, in my mind, people who exclusively listen to classical music are incredibly smart (and i aspire to be that smart) but they can also be holier than thou (uh, like i'm NOT being w/ this post?).
if someone told me their favorite band of all time was new kids on the block or the hanson brothers, gah, i'd say they're idiots.