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How to Tell a Person's Personality Based on Their Music Collection

Want to truly know what's in someone's soul? A person's music collection can teach you a lot about their personality.


  • Step 1: When a music collection focuses on funk, rap and hip-hop, electronica, R&B, reggae, and soul, you've probably found a talkative and energetic person, who's also extremely liberal. And don't worry if you haven't heard of all the artists in their library -- these people are usually very forgiving.
  • FACT: The term "world music" is thought to have been invented in the early 1960s by a professor at Wesleyan University.
  • TIP: People who like soundtracks and theme music also tend to have these personality traits.
  • Step 2: Searching for stability? Country, gospel, oldies, pop, and religious music fans tend to be conservative, reliable and helpful, as well as cheerful and outgoing.
  • Step 3: To tell if someone might be inventive and imaginative, look for a collection filled with bluegrass, blues, classical, folk, jazz, new age, opera, and world music. Researchers have also found that people who like these genres tend to be tolerant and liberal.
  • Step 4: Confronted by a collection with a lot of rock and roll, alternative rock, heavy metal, punk? The owner is likely curious and athletic and considers themselves to be intelligent. Be careful -- rock fans enjoy taking risks!
  • Step 5: Break down the music collection by genre. Focus on 23 broad categories -- alternative rock, bluegrass, blues, classical, country, electronica, folk, funk, gospel, heavy metal, indie rock, jazz, new age, oldies, opera, pop, punk, rap/hip-hop, reggae, religious music, rock and roll, soul/R&B, and world music.

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