According to psychologists Jason Rentfrow (University of Cambridge) and Sam Gosling (University of Texas), knowing an individual’s musical likes can provide for accurate personality profiling.
Strangers can accurately assess another person's level of creativity, open-mindedness and extroversion after listening to his or her top 10 favorite songs. Rentfrow thinks that personality clues are conveyed in the music's tempo, rhythm and lyrics.
Some of the more interesting observations in the article from Psychology Today include:
Compared with other music fans, opera aficionados are three times more likely to endorse suicide as a solution to family dishonor, says Steven Stack, a psychologist at Wayne State University in Michigan. Don't blame Madame Butterfly. Stack says dramatic personalities are drawn to opera, not influenced by it.
Parents often worry that music—whether it's Elvis or Eminem—promotes sexual or aggressive behavior in teens. Rentfrow's work has found no direct link.
In fact, fans of gangsta rap or heavy metal are often more timid and shy than other kids, he says.
Extroverts gravitate to music with a heavy bass line, according to a Northeast Louisiana University study.
Check out the rest of the profiles. I thought a lot of them made sense, but some may surprise you.