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Music Taste and Personality: How Closely Related Are They?

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Everyone has a different taste in music. Some people are more hard rock listeners while others are strictly listening to country music. But could your taste in music be a reflection of your personality and vice versa? Instead of looking at your enneagram or zodiac, it might be more telling to look at your music taste to get an idea of your personality. Read on to learn how music taste and personality are connected so you know how to upload music to Spotify that closely matches your vibe.

The Connection Between Music and Personalities

No matter what type of music you listen to, each style is full of emotion and meaning. When we listen to music, we connect with it, whether it’s the lyrics or the music. Research shows that our musical taste is linked to cognitive styles, specifically how our brain processes information. Music is often how people self-identify themselves. They find that connection in music and are drawn to it, which could be that deep down they find a reflection of themselves within it.

It makes sense that friends tend to listen to the same type of music. Their similar personalities draw them to each other and shared interests, such as music, show that perhaps our musical taste is more ingrained in our personalities than we realize. 

What Your Music Taste Might Say About Your Personality

Personality traits draw us to specific types of music. Our personalities are complex so it makes sense for people to love a variety of different styles of music and for that connection to reflect different parts of our personalities. Below are some common music styles and the typical personality traits associated with them.

Pop Music

Fans of pop music or top 40 music tend to be considered extroverted and traditional. These music fans are more conventional and have a tendency to be less creative and have a social uneasiness about them.

Rap and Hip-Hop Music

Similar to pop music fans, rap and hip-hop fans tend to be outgoing. What makes these fans different from pop fans is that they typically have high self-esteem. While some consider listeners of rap and hip-hop music to be more aggressive and violent, research shows that there is no correlation to that notion. 

Rock and Heavy Metal Music

While rock and heavy metal music is generally loud and sometimes depicts aggressive images, listeners of this genre have quite the opposite in terms of personality. These listeners tend to be quiet and introverted. These fans also are quite creative, but they can exhibit low self-esteem.

Country Music

Listeners of country music, similar to pop music, tend to be conventional and extroverted. Despite a majority of the genre discussing songs of heartbreak, country music fans are actually emotionally stable. Listeners of this genre also lean conservative and are less open to new experiences. 

Classical Music

Fans of classical music actually take after the genre and tend to be quiet and have a controlled nature. While these fans tend to be introverted, they have high self-esteem, a positive life outlook, and are rather creative. The stereotype of classical music listeners being smart has some truth with researchers citing that listeners of this genre score higher on standardized tests compared to those who do not listen to the genre. 

Dance Music

Dance music fans have a tendency to be extroverted and assertive. These fans have an openness to new experiences. 

Indie Music

Listeners of indie music have a tendency to be introverted and passive. While they typically have low self-esteem and can be anxious, they are also considered creative and intellectual. Research also shows that fans of this genre appear to move through life in a more lackadaisical manner, which mimics the slow and methodical movements of the music style.


So, does it sound as though your musical taste could closely relate to your personality? There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that it might. Take a bit of a test for yourself as you upload music to Spotify. See if you feel as though this research is an accurate reflection of your musical preference and that of those close to you. There seem to be some interesting similarities. Perhaps this is why music is such an integral part of our daily lives.

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