Has anyone ever asked you about what type of music you like listening to? You may have noticed that you hesitate to answer this very simple question. This is because deep down, we are aware that our answer is a reflection not just about our musical taste, but also about who we are as a person.

A music psychology scholar studied how our musical preferences are tied to our personality. Dr. Adrian North has discovered, based on a survey performed on more than 36,000 participants, that there is indeed a relationship between our personality and our preferred music:

1.) Rap or Hip-Hop

If you like either rap or hip-hop, you may have the following traits:

  • High self-esteem
  • Not very friendly to the environment
  • Outgoing

These people enjoy every kind of activity related to music, including dancing and singing along. If you like rap or hip-hop, you don’t want to be confined in your headphones; you like sharing your music with other people. As an extrovert, you like to blurt out what’s on your mind without really thinking.

2.) Heavy Metal

If you’re a heavy metal fan, you’re said to have the following attributes:

  • Gentle
  • Reserved
  • Low self-esteem

Although heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, they are comfortable with themselves. They are also delicate, just as classical music lovers are – but they are younger.

Musical Instruments3.) Indie Rock

This kind of music shows you have the following personality:

  • Lazy
  • Creative
  • Headstrong

Also the same as people who love heavy metal music, indie rock fans have low self-esteem. They are also open to experience new things, which is why they are considered more skillful in music.

4.) Classic Rock

If you like rock, but not the indie type, just classic rock, you’re one with the following traits:

  • Self-centered
  • Easygoing
  • Not hardworking

As classical rock has songs with intense life experiences, you also tend to use music to normalize and control your mood.

5.) Punk Rock

If this is your preferred music, you’re:

  • Energetic
  • Low on empathy
  • Intense

As you can see, rock music is not created equal. Depending on the rock variety you like, your personality will correspond to it.

Other Music Types and Your Personality

According to Dr. North, here are the other musical preferences and what they say about you:

  • Folk, Blues, or Jazz Music: Reflective, very creative, and open-minded
  • Country Music: True to one’s self, very empathic, extroverted, and hardworking
  • Pop Music: Not too creative, worrier, outgoing and likes to socialize, and with high self-esteem

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, the co-author of Dr. North’s study, says that our personality can change with music. For instance, a person who is aggressive can become even more aggressive if he or she listens to a certain type of music that encourages this attitude.