Really want to listen to new music, but all new music sucks. & I hate listening to music when I don’t know the words bc I can’t sing along
— Nerd Queen ●—● (@BerryMary92) April 29, 2015
An unscientific study from the blog Skynet & Ebert crunched a bunch of data from Spotify and Echo Nest. What they discovered is that peoples’ musical tastes grow and expand furiously in your 20’s, and then flatline by the time you hit 33.
They conclude that most of your musical discovery happens after your teens, but by your 30’s, you’ve settled into the music you like. And increasingly go back to the music you grew up with.
“Two factors drive this transition away from popular music. First, listeners discover less-familiar music genres that they didn’t hear on FM radio as early teens, from artists with a lower popularity rank. Second, listeners are returningto the music that was popular when they were coming of age — but which has since phased out of popularity.”
The authors created a graph that show the streaming habits of spotify users. It shows that teens stream the most chart popular music. And as we age we expand our tastes to less popular bands and genres. This peaks at the age of 33. Then we settle into our tastes and stop exploring new music.
Another take-away from the blog:
What I found was that, on average…
- … while teens’ music taste is dominated by incredibly popular music, this proportion drops steadily through peoples’ 20s, before their tastes “mature” in their early 30s.
- … men and women listen similarly in their their teens, but after that, men’s mainstream music listening decreases much faster than it does for women.
- … at any age, people with children (inferred from listening habits) listen to a smaller amounts of currently-popular music than the average listener of that age.
A feel this tweet.
— Michele (@vanishingirl) April 30, 2015