Quiz: What’s Your Music Personality?

brunette woman leaning against a wall and listening to music with headphones

What does your music reveal about you?

Do you think people who listen to different types of music have different personalities? I think they do! And it seems like there is a fair amount of research supporting this – most of it done down the road from Blogthings HQ at the University of Texas – Austin by the psychology department down there.

In 2003, some psychologists from UT published a study where they came up with four different types of music listeners. Going into the study, they had no set ideas of how they would cluster music preferences together, and they came away with some clusters that make a lot of sense to me. There seems to be intuitive overlaps with different music types. After all, there’s a lot of similar music played on NPR, but there’s also stuff you’d never hear there. Same thing for a Top 40 station.

The first type is Reflective and Complex, describing music that is complicated in structure and worth reflecting on. This includes blues, jazz, classical, and folk music. The second type is Intense and Rebellious, for music that is energetic and counter to the mainstream. This can include rock, alternative, and metal. The third type is upbeat and conventional, and that includes mainstream genres like pop, country, and soundtracks. The final type is Energetic and Rhythmic – covering music that is lively and beat centric. This can include hip-hop, soul, and dance music.

These musical taste dimensions are fascinating, but of course, we really want to know if they link up with personality characteristics. Well, they do. Quite a few studies have been run with interesting results. For example, people who like Energetic and Rhythmic music tend to be more extroverted while those listening to Reflective and Complex music tend to be more open. Cool stuff – check out The do re mi’s of everyday life: The structure and personality correlates of music preferences for the complete info.

By this point, you’re probably wondering what your music personality is and what it says about you. Of course, I quizzed this up and added a little flair: What’s Your Music Personality? I hope you’ll enjoy taking this quiz well grounded in psychological research 🙂

What do you get on What’s Your Music Personality? Does it fit your taste in music and your personality? If not, is there a result that suits you better?

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What do you think?

11 thoughts on “Quiz: What’s Your Music Personality?

  1. ENTPgal

    Your Music Personality is Intense and Rebellious

    You love music that is outside the mainstream in one way or another. You’re not big on mainstream fare. The types of music you tend to gravitate toward are metal, rock, alternative, ska, reggae, rap, or punk. Your musical loves are more subcultural than mainstream.

    Of all the types, you are one of the most open to new experiences. You think life is all about adventure.You are also one of the least agreeable. You don’t go along with the crowd unless it suits you.

    It’s likely that you consider yourself dominant and proactive. You don’t just sit by and let things happen.You value freedom, and you don’t like to live a life with too many rules. You need independence and autonomy.

    ** pretty accurate, except for the music that I gravitate to. I gravitate to alternative and indie rock, electro pop, glam rock, classic rock, oldies pop, folk (sixties Americana folk), bluegrass, Irish folk, Scottish folk, vocal jazz, bossa nova, and samba.

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  2. Josh

    Your Music Personality is Reflective and Complex

    You love music that has many layers to it. You have sophisticated taste.
    The types of music you tend to gravitate toward are jazz, blues, folk, new age, lounge, world, and or classical. You like music that others find hard to get into.

    Of all the types, you are the most emotionally stable. You aren’t easily phased and bothered.
    You are also one of the least extroverted. You are content in your own little world… with your music.

    It’s likely that you consider yourself open-minded and even more socially liberal than average.
    You have high verbal skills and many would call you intelligent. You are less athletic and more artistic than the average person.

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  3. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    This is a fun one–I love music! I got:

    Your Music Personality is Reflective and Complex

    You love music that has many layers to it. You have sophisticated taste.
    The types of music you tend to gravitate toward are jazz, blues, folk, new age, lounge, world, and or classical. You like music that others find hard to get into.

    Of all the types, you are the most emotionally stable. You aren’t easily phased and bothered.
    You are also one of the least extroverted. You are content in your own little world… with your music.

    It’s likely that you consider yourself open-minded and even more socially liberal than average.
    You have high verbal skills and many would call you intelligent. You are less athletic and more artistic than the average person.

    Note: Wellll…a lot of it does fit! I’m definitely quite introverted, and happy on my own, and very socially liberal for sure. (And also I’d say “less athletic” fits–and I hope more artistic, since I’m a designer!)

    But I also love pop standards/classic show tunes, and the singer/songwriter type of pop, so maybe I edge a bit more toward the conventional? 🙂

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    1. kari Post author

      Yes, I’d definitely say you probably inch a bit toward conventional too given the pop standards and singer songwriter pop you enjoy. I’m glad you liked the quiz! I wish more genres of music had been included in the studies, and I may do a follow up quiz if more research is done 🙂

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  4. Tawnee Calhoun

    Your Music Personality is Upbeat and Conventional

    You love music that is easy to listen to. You like a catchy melody and a few good hooks.
    The types of music you tend to gravitate toward are top 40, pop, oldies, country, and soundtracks. You don’t have to look far to find music you enjoy.

    Of all the types, you are the most agreeable. What makes others happy tends to make you happy as well.
    You are also the least open to new things. You tend to have plenty of things you like, so you don’t seek out novelty.

    It’s likely that you are quite content with yourself and your life. You are confident in who you are.
    You are social and easygoing. You like to be a part of a group, and you value harmony.

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  5. moonstep1969

    Your Music Personality is Energetic and Rhythmic

    You love music that gets you moving – even if it’s just mentally. You are attracted to high energy beats.
    The types of music you tend to gravitate toward are very easy to dance to – techno, electronica, soul, Latin, and hip-hop get you going.

    Of all the types, you are the most extroverted and outgoing. You are very comfortable in your own skin.
    You are also the least conscientious. You don’t like to get hung up on responsibilities and rules.

    It’s likely that you are quite creative and personally expressive. You’re even a bit of a show off.
    You love a good party, and you love to let loose. You like to be where the action is.

    Comment: When you love disco, soul, funk and house, a music quiz will always tell that you’re creative, easygoing and a party animal. Nothing wrong with that, but doesn’t apply to me. However, it’s very true I’m comfortable in my own skin, personally expressive and a bit of a show off, so I guess it’s 50/50 accurate.

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    1. kari Post author

      Haha! Maybe you just are a partier at heart 🙂 There are a lot of convincing psychological studies about personality and music taste, but of course there are always outliers. I’m a big “club music” fan, but you will never find me in the club 😉

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