Judging a Book by its Album Cover: A Study of the Relationship Between Musical Preference and Personality

Louis Craig Dalrymple


The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between musical preference and personality. Despite an overall lack of research on this psychological aspect of music, a wide array of studies have indicated a strong relationship between musical preference and personality, income, criminality, and various other personal characteristics. Upon reviewing this related literature, it is clear that musical preference can be used as a reasonably good predictor of one’s personality. Furthermore, it is also clear that musical preference can often reveal a great deal about an individual’s lifestyle.


Musical preference; personality; lifestyle; music; taste; predictability; correlation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v5i0.2855

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