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Mar 21, 2008, 1:41 pm

Do music preferences correlate with type?
I've never noticed a particular bridge between the two, but maybe there is one.

What are your favorite genres? What can you not stand in music? Why do you listen to music? How important is music to you? Do you play music?

Random question-
If you had to give up music, books, or movies forever which would it be?

I like folk, some classic rock, alternative, electronica, and classical. If I song has lyrics I need to be able to understand them and they have to be interesting. I like knowing every word to a song. I listen to music as a distraction from my own thoughts and for dancing. I do not play or study music.

Editado: Mar 21, 2008, 2:14 pm

Personally I perfer listening to the music from the 60s and 70s I grew up with including everything from The British Invasion, Folk, old school R & B with James Brown, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Martha and The Vandellas, The Four Tops,etc.I also like listening to Rock from the 50s and 80s, Classic Country from Johnny Cash,Patsy Kline, Hank Williams,Loretta Lynn,
etc.;Big Bad and Swing music from WWII,Linda Ronstadt,The Guess Who,Carole King,Jethro Tull,
Carly Simon,Grand Funk, Grand Funk Rail Road,Barbra Streisand,etc.; basically anything that is called Classic Rock.Though I can not stand anything from the 90s onward because music in general in my opinion started going down hill in the late 80s. I don't know if any of this has to do with me being an ENFP.
I say Thank Goodness for acts like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springstein, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell,
Joan Baez, Judy Collins, etc. and everyone else from that era who is still around making great music and entertaining the younger generation and showing them how they get things done. Because the music scene would have been a lot worse if they were not all around today performing for people.They have made the 90s and onward bearable for me musically.
Plus I still have a lot of their original LP's and 45's and CD's too. Everything else is nothing but crap. Long Live the 60s and 70s. Boomer Music rules everything else drools.


Maio 14, 2008, 7:45 am

#1 If a song has lyrics I need to be able to understand them and they have to be interesting. I like knowing every word to a song.

I agree completely with this. Lyrics have to also have meaning. A song with banal lyrics has no meaning to me no matter how much I like the music.

As a result of this, I tend to listen more to lyricless music (classical, jazz). I like authentic folk (like the Harry Smith collection) as opposed to what I call well meaning folk (like Pete Seeger), and I like country blues.

I did like punk and new wave and like the more avant garde end of hip hop/rap.


Jun 29, 2008, 11:29 am

#2 I am also an ENFP (female, age 54) and your choices in music almost completely parallels my own but I do appreciate other things both before and after "our time". I don't think I'm as fond of folk music as you seem to be (Baez, Collins, etc.) I too, love big band and swing from the 40's. I love classical but the soothing sort (in particular violins) versus strong powerful stuff. I can't say I'm overly fond of opera. I love Enya - very relaxing. I like some jazz standards. Like yourself, I also love Streisand - Celine Dion is ok but doesn't have the clarity/pureness in her voice that Streisand does. Dion is too nasal.

I like U2 from the 80's and beyond and there are others. No, I don't like as much from the 80's onwards but it's not all bad; however nothing speaks to me more than good ole Rock and Roll. I love a strong back beat.

#1 If a song has lyrics I need to be able to understand them and they have to be interesting. I like knowing every word to a song.

I agree with your sentiment above especially when it comes to rock, etc. but not in other types of music where it's another language, i.e. Enya.

So yeah whether any of this is impacted by type I don't know. I'm thinking that the E/I preference will make for the most difference in what one likes but that's just a guess. Anyone else care to weigh in.

Jun 30, 2008, 5:05 pm

I am an ENTP, but I don't have to know all the lyrics to a song, and don't have a good memory for lyrics. The music is more important than the lyrics for me. Sometimes, I can remember the entire tune to song, and only know the first 5-10 words. I like classical, world music, some Broadway, some of the ambient music, hymns, chant.

Jun 30, 2008, 9:48 pm

I can't speak for the other post but so far as lyrics go - I don't need to "know" all the lyrics but I want to be able to "make out" what said lyrics are if I choose to pay attention. Yes, I'm not very good at knowing lyrics either, nor is it important to me - it's all about the music.

Jul 18, 2008, 9:24 pm

I don't know what this means, but I'm not very keen on music in general. I'm an INFP. When I do listen, its to "Hits" on the radio. Occasionally, some song will speak to the depths of my soul and cause me to weep each time I hear it, but after the first 500 soundings or so, I grow stony towards the nauseating melody.

Jul 18, 2008, 9:54 pm

Lots of people might agree that 500 listenings might destroy a piece of music or a song. Of course, the same thing can be said about books.

Jul 20, 2008, 3:08 am

My musical preferences are for classical music, primarily 19th and 20th century orchestral and some opera, followed by serious wind ensemble/band music. I like big band jazz, and do not like post be-bop jazz. My favorite pop/rock music groups are The Doobie Brothers and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Like others I hate pop music of the last two decades. I think when studio production overtook the compositional quality of the song, and dance overtook singing ability, music lost.

Good music will stand the test of time, whether it be classical or pop. A hot performance may sell copies of weak music, but weak music will die a quick death.

INFJ and a musician