Your music taste reveals a lot about your personality - what sort of a person you are, whether you are introverted, superficial, outgoing or more open-minded.

Better look out – your music taste can give away more about you than you may think. We’re not yet at the stage of evolution where admitting you like Rihanna, Nirvana or The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble will tell others what you keep in your fridge exactly – but your favorite genres can give away a lot. Here’s what you have to be aware of…


Dozens of research papers have proven that what’s on your iPod can determine your personality traits. If you hang out with music fanatics some of these may be familiar. If not, here are our tips:

Researchers from Roanoke College say that those who like complex music tend to be open to new experiences and have a higher need for intellectual stimulus, and those who like happy and upbeat music appear to be more agreeable and have higher self-esteem.

Other researchers have found country and Top 40 fans are more conventional, honest and conservative, whereas if you’re into energetic dance music you’re more likely to impulsively blurt out your thoughts.


Our own research here at Tastebuds concluded that Nirvana fans are most likely to jump into bed on a first date, leading a list of apparently “easy-going” acts including Metallica, Linkin Park and Kanye West. On the other end of the list you’ll find artists whose fans are more reserved, like Coldplay, Adele, Lady Gaga or Katy Perry.


Your favorite artists are also a dead giveaway about your intelligence, apparently. Virgil Griffith’s experiment of combining favorite tracks and SATs scores shows a correlation – the smartest students listen to Beethoven, and the dumbest love Lil’ Wayne and Soca. Fans of Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers and David Bowie are somewhere in the middle.

Fans of Tool rate in the middle of the intelligence chart, whereas we would say Tool is one of the most amazing bands in the universe.


If you think you can make your own deductions from music genres you might be on the right track.

  • Are you listening to the same three artists, not really wanting to get more music into their life? Superficial. And boring.
  • Are you always looking for new music, getting into obscure stuff and rarities? Great attention for detail, tendency for hoarding. Or obsessive. Or a musician.
  • A huge variety of genres? Skills for compromise are probably legendary. Or prepare for bursts of ADHD.


Music has the power to bring people closer or put them at an infinite distance. Musical turnoffs are as old as music itself and if someone you would want to get closer to has a very different taste in music you may want to keep silent about some of your own faves! According to our own research at Tastebuds, the biggest musical turnoff is none other than Canadian grungers Nickelback, followed by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. So drop the argument about music being too loud – the music that will stop you getting laid is much worse!


American filmmaker and actor John Waters once said “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!” We believe the same goes for music – and you don’t necessarily have to take the risk of ending up at anyone’s place! If you’re on a date and they say they’re not really into music – they’re not compatible with one of the most expressive modes of communication on this planet. Our advice: run away screaming. Or silently. But run away.