Music and Personality

Find out what your music taste says about you

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But what if your taste in music is also a reflection of who you are? Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University decided to explore this theory by conducting a study of the relationship between music tastes and personality types.

To determine whether music taste is correlated to personality, the study asked 36,000 people from around the world to rate 104 musical styles and also answer questions related to their character.

What did the study reveal? Heavy metal music fans are usually calm and comfortable around others, while classical music lovers are often shy and introverted. Dedication and hard work are values that pop and country music lovers both share.

Below is a breakdown of the correlations between music taste and personality.

What Your Musical Taste Says About You:

Blues: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

Jazz: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease

Classical music: High self-esteem, creative, introverted and at ease

Rap: High self-esteem and outgoing

Opera: High self-esteem, creative and gentle

Country and western: Hardworking and outgoing

Reggae: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

Dance: Creative, outgoing and energetic

Indie: Creative, easy-going and energetic

Bollywood: Creative and outgoing

Rock/Heavy Metal: Creative, gentle and at ease

Chart Pop: High self-esteem, hardworking, outgoing and gentle

Soul: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that our music tastes can change over time. In fact, a recent study revealed that as we age, our choice in music is likely to change based on our life experiences. This is because we gravitate towards music that reflects our thoughts and emotions.

Researchers found that a preference for the rock/heavy metal genre is dominant during adolescence as teenagers explore their individuality. But as they enter early adulthood and experience autonomy, their preference is likely to shift to contemporary music such as dance/electronic and R&B. Once people reach middle age, they will likely prefer to listen to relaxing, emotive music, such as classical, jazz and country.

One thing that all music fans have in common, regardless of their music genre preference, is the recognition that music plays a significant role in their daily lives – whether it be listening to music to get through a long workday or playing the best workout songs to run that extra mile.

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