What Your Favourite Music Says About You

There’s that sweet spot in our lives between the time we enter high school and when we join the workforce.  Call it ages 14-24 or so.  These are our musical coming-of-age years.

It’s the time in our lives when music is most important to us.  We have the time and energy and need and funds (well, mostly) to constantly explore music of the present and the past.  And this is important, too: we use music to identify ourselves to others.  The music we love tells other people something about us.  And it gives others a chance to evaluate us and, yes, judge us.

TIME magazine explores this phenomenon as music-as-an-identifier:

Research has learned a great deal about the power of music:

  1. Your musical taste does accurately tell me about you, includingyour politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably lovefor the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.

But enough trivia. It also turns out music affects your behavior — and much more than you might think.

Keep reading.  (Thanks to John for the link.)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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