Most kids enjoy pop music to some degree or another; whether it's singing along to the radio, downloading the latest ringtone, or sticking posters up on the bedroom wall, it's as big a part of youth culture as it's ever been.
Then, somewhere around puberty, one of two things happens. For the majority, nothing much at all. They'll continue to buy the occasional single or album, but music won't ever be more than a part of the overall entertainment mix along with movies, TV, and reading about what Kerry Katona's been up to in Heat magazine.
For the rest, however, it assumes a far greater importance. Typically (but not always) they'll ally themselves with a particular genre and develop a ferocious contempt for anyone who doesn't share their obsession.
This is how the music snob is born.
We spoke to one such person on condition of anonymity and asked for 12 ways they can tell someone isn't a 'real' music fan.
If you agree with more than half the reasons in the gallery below, you can consider yourself a music snob too
Add your own responses (agree/disagree) to find out if you are a music snob and repost if you want to or if you’re really bored. :)
So according to a music snob you’re not a real music fan if:
You actually use the headphones that came with your iPod.- Funnily enough I am going to replace mine because they leak way too much sound but I don’t agree with this.
When asked the best gig you went to recently, you reply 'Glastonbury' - disagree
You've bought an 'authentic-looking' band t-shirt from Topman. - agree
You think Guns N Roses are a really 'heavy' band. – agree
You think gigs that aren't in arenas are 'intimate'. - disagree
On your Facebook profile you describe your music taste as 'I like a bit of everything really!!!' – agree
You think support bands exist purely to give you time to go to the bar. – oh I thought that’s exactly what they were for.
You think Jo Whiley knows what she's talking about. - agree
You can't remember the last time you bought a CD. – agree
But you can remember that AMAZING Leona Lewis song you downloaded the other day. – agree
You buy an album because you liked the single, and then skip through all the other tracks just to listen to it. – agree
You think people who talk about bands you haven't heard of are pretentious. – agree
Hmm so I got 8/12 looks like I’m a bit of a music snob, I sorta knew that already anyway.The BeatlesJoy DivisionThe Smashing PumpkinsThe SmithsInterpolColdplayRadioheadPink FloydThe ClashThe CureU2MorriseyKings of LeonThe VerveBob DylanArctic MonkeysModest MouseThe Velvet UndergroundDavid BowieElliott SmithNick Drake