Your Taste in Music Can Reveal How Smart (or Dumb) You Are
Can your music taste determine how smart or dumb you are?
Virgil Griffith has mapped musical tastes of college students
with their intelligence levels determined by the SAT score.
Music That Makes You Dumb
Fans of Lil Wayne‘s music scored the lowest in SAT while
listeners of Beethoven‘s work were among the highest
scorers. The full chart is available at Virgil Griffith‘s website
To come up with this chart, Virgil used Facebook to
determine the “Favorite music” of students in different
colleges in the US and then combined their taste with the
average SAT scores of students from these colleges. Smart.
The musical taste vs SAT score chart maps the 133 most
popular (out of 1,455) favorite music from 1,352 schools. In
terms of music genres, it follows like this – Soca < Gospel <
Jazz < Hip Hop < Pop < Oldies < Raggae < Alternative <
Classical < R&B < Rap < Rock < Country < Classic Rock <
Techno in increasing order of SAT scores.
Amit Agarwal is a web geek and founder of Digital
Inspiration, a popular tech & how-to website since 2004. He
loves building web apps and has also written for the Wall
Street Journal & Lifehacker.