O-negative blood is considered the “universal blood type” because O-negative blood can be safely transfused into a person with any other blood type.
I’m a big fan of music (here’s my IFOD on the 100 Greatest Alternative Bands) and for about a decade I’ve been on a quest for a band/musician who is universally liked — an O-negative of music if you will.
For years I thought that I had found the answer in Fleetwood Mac. Their album Rumors is the 8th best-selling album of all time. Their combination of pop and rock is easy on the ears and catchy. I asked dozens of people over multiple years if they liked Fleetwood Mac and they all said yes. I thought I had my answer. Then I was at a party a few years ago and when “Go Your Own Way” came on the guy I was talking to said “argh, I hate Fleetwood Mac.” Bummer. Back to the drawing board.
Since then, I’ve surveyed people about all sorts of bands. The Eagles? Nope, a surprisingly high proportion of people said they don’t like the Eagles. How about Michael Jackson? No, tons of people don’t like the King of Pop. Lady Gaga? She’s an amazing talent and an even better person, but nope, I’ve found people who can’t stand her music.
Is there such a band/musician that everyone (or nearly everyone) likes? Maybe there is no O-negative of music. Maybe tastes in music vary too much for there to be a universally liked musician. (Here’s an IFOD on Why Do We Like the Music We Do?) But I still hold out hope. Maybe it’s Tom Petty? Or Dua Lipa? Or Daft Punk? The Weeknd?
If you have an idea about what band/musician might be the O-negative of music please nominate them in the comments. I may send out a survey monkey at some point with the nominees to see if we can get closer!