What Your Taste in Music Says About You
It showed that musical preferences could be organized into the following four general dimensions according to the level of complexity, emotion, and energy found in each musical style:
Reflective and complex—classical, jazz, blues, and folk
Intense and rebellious—alternative, rock, and heavy metal
Upbeat and conventional—pop, religious, country, and soundtracks
Energetic and rhythmic—rap/hip-hop, soul/funk, and electronica/dance
Researchers say each of these broad categories of musical preferences was also closely linked to an individual’s personality traits, self-perception, and cognitive ability or intelligence.