My Favorite Music Genre Essay Examples

My favorite music would have to be Country, Rap, Acoustic rock, Christian music, and all other types of music. The only reason I listen to all these types are rap is to pump me up, acoustic rock is when I’m in a mellow mood, country is when I feel a little sad . But one of my favorite bands right now would be Rocket to the Moon and A Day to Remember. From country it would have to be Jason Aldean and other country singers. Rap it would be Wiz Kalifha, a little of Mac Miller.

Lulu Gutierrez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

The genre of my favorite music is a lot. It’s a rapper who took it to the top, but this year he didn’t win a Grammy award in the music awards. He is a trip for real no lie, but then he’s a good singer. He was in the singing group for like two years and has made over a million songs already and like 4 albums and he is a flow master I think who ever reads this should check him out a YouTube and its young money boy.

Christopher Garcia, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I don’t really have a favorite type of music. If a song comes out on the radio and it catches my attention, I find out the name and the artist or group who sings it and I then download it off of iTunes and put it in my iPod. Eventually these songs of different genres become what I listen to on my spare time.

Stephanie Villarreal, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is rock because it fits me and when I listen to it I feel good and relaxed; it’s just my type of music. Don’t get me wrong other types of music are good as well but, I like rock a lot more then any other type. It chills me out and I can jam to it!

Elias Urbina, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre in music is country music, because the singers express their feelings. Country music is different because the entire singer’s relate to their child hood. They also relate to their family members. They also relate to Iraq and how family members react when they’ve been told that their love ones aren’t coming back home. They express their love life’s and make you think about “falling in love” at such a young age. They make you realize that life can be too short so why waste it on being tied down to just one person.

Ruby Garcia, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I value music and friends most in life, because with music, it helps a lot of us through things in life and it gives us something to relate to. And with friends, they are there for you when you need something or someone to talk to. True friends never leave your side.

Stephanie Bautista, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre in music is country music, because the singer’s express their feeling’s. Country music is different because the entire singer’s relate to their child hood. They also relate to their family member’s. They also relate to Iraq and how family member’s react when they’ve been told that their love one’s aren’t coming back home. They express their love life’s and make you think about “falling in love” at such a young age. They make you realize that life can be to short so why waste it on being tied down to just one person.

Ruby Garcia, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is mainly rap. I love to listen to rap music because it makes me feel like I can face any challenges that I have. But I also listen to sad love songs when I’m feeling down because it makes me see what the artist wrote the song about and why. Rap music is okay to listen to it’s just all the bad word’s that makes kid’s parents hate it. To me it don’t matter what type of music I listen to as long as I’m satisfied with the artist and the song that’s all that matters to me. I mainly listen to rap and my friends that know what I listen to think I’m ghetto but I’m not; it don’t matter what type of music you listen to.

Katherine Cottongim, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite music is all kinds. I love music and its got to be in us because I use it so we can relax. When we’re mad I hear music and it calms me down. Or if you just want to listen to music for the fun its all good. Many people relax just listening to music once in a while because they just want to chill. When you are frustrated sometimes music changes your mood. That’s why I think music is a big roll in my life.

Jesus Martinez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite type of music to listen to is Spanish music. I like to listen to this music because this is the music I listened to when I grew up. Some types of Spanish music that I like are Banda and Bachata. I also like this music because this is the type of music you can dance to. You also have fun hearing it. I like Spanish music better than English music because for me it’s more enjoyable and danceable. Another reason I like it is because I can actually sing along to it unlike other genres that say the words too fast. Don’t get me wrong, I also like English music; it’s just I’d rather listen to Spanish music.

Maria Rubio, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I hear all types of music, country, corridos, rock, rap, reggaeton, and a lot more. Sometimes I hear them when I’m going to sleep. I like hearing music that makes me happy. The music makes me cool down. I don’t really care what the genre is as long as its good music to my ears. Music that I can dance to and enjoy dancing to it.

Javier Torres, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

Reggaeton music is my favorite because I like the music that is joyful and that is not sad. I love Wisin y Yandel

Diana Villegas, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre in music would have to be Tejano. I like Tejano because when I hear it, I always feel like I am listening to the stories of a real hard working Mexican-American. My step father brought Tejano Music into my life and for that I thank him, because Tejano is not just Spanish music. Just like everyone else who listens to their "music" Tejano is a way of life. To many it's just a bunch of Mexicans singing about useless things, but to me Tejano is the heart and soul of the Valley. Sure we hear about many new artists that come and try to bring their hip-hop and rap music, when their music is the type that has no meaning to it. I'm not one to speak and disrespect their hard work, because I listen to some of it also. But I do not forget my heritage and where I come from. You may think that I am just a kid that does not know what I am saying, but I do. If I am born Tejano, and I am raised Tejano. Then consider me Tejano.

Jp Chris, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite type of music is rock. I love rock. Even my family loves rock. That is all we ever listen too. I was pretty much raised on rock. I love the way the guitars sound and bass sound. My favorite band is My Chemical Romance. I also love Green Day and Para Amor.

Linsey Delarosa, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite music is hip hop; that is one of the best kinds of genre you can hear here in the Valley. The other kind of music I like to hear is country because I just like to hear country; it sounds cool and it makes me want go to sleep at night. So when I’m about to go to sleep I hear those kind of songs and go to sleep.

Randy De Los Santos, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I think my favorite genre in music is R&B and RAP. The reason I like that is because I love the music, well it also depends what artist it is because I am really picky at that. The reason I love rap is because it sings about the daily things they have to go through every minute of their life. I think it’s sad to hear what they went through so many painful and bad times.

Elizabeth Sandoval, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite kind of music is country, hip-hop, R +B, pop and rock, I love listening to music because it helps me calm down and fall asleep. I also like it because it somewhat relates to what you’re going through. Music is a beautiful thing people value. I like that we have music; it really shows who we really are and what kind of personality we have.

Dallas Sepulveda, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is all types of music except country. I like metal, hip-hop, R&B, pop, and techno. I like all types of music because it’s all fascinating. I love the way metal has its own beat and lyrics that speak to you. With hip-hop you just feel like dancing with the beat; you can lose yourself in the music. With techno, I love the way it just makes you forget everything that is going on and just lose yourself in the music.

Viannay Vasquez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre in music is Rap, Chopped & Screwed, because that kind of music calms me down and actually lets me work.

Araceli Jimenez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music would have to be rock and alternative rock because some of my favorite bands are Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and my favorite band Blue October. There is no reason for this being my favorite genre other than that’s just who I am and that’s just what I like.

Raissa Vasquez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is techno. I like it because it cools you down and makes you want to dance and you lose yourself. And it is cool to listen to. Everybody has fun listening and dancing to it. In the songs that are coming out, you just hear techno and how the remixes of the songs include techno. Techno makes mostly everything sound better. Without it, I wouldn't like music and I wouldn't be happy.

Alejandro Garcia,

Weslaco East High School, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

Well the type of music that I like to hear is rap and hip-hop. I like that kind of music because the songs sound cool; and because of what they say. Lil Wayne sings cool, I like all the songs that he has made, they rock. I like hip-hop because there are some singers that sing cool and have made some cool songs like Drake; he sings cool and he kind of raps too. That’s the kind of music that I like to hear.

Ricardo De La Rosa Jr., Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

Some of my favorite songs are all the songs in the world, not the whole world. I pretty much listen to everything not everything. I listen to the music I like, her are examples R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock and more music. Music is just to calm you down when you are mad; that’s what I think of music.

Diego Rodriguez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I like rock music because it keeps me pumped up all the time. Before I do something that’s really nervous to me, I like to listen to my music to calm me down, but not too much. I can’t stand slow music because it makes me really sleepy and it gets annoying. I would listen to anything, but country is the most annoying of all for me. I just want to get their cowboy hats and stomp all over them.

Aaron Ybarra, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is classic rock and alternative rock. I like this genre because some of the songs and bands inspire me and I can relate to some songs. My favorite bands are the Beatles and Breaking Benjamin. Every time I feel down I get my iPod and start listening to their music to get right back up. You can stereotype some people by music. If you see a person with a cowboy hat, cowboy shirt, and cowboy boots you can tell that he listens to country music. Music is the best thing in America.

Jesse James Castillo, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is hip hop and R&B music. I love listening to my two favorite singers Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. I love dancing to party music. I love hearing music everyday. I don’t know what I would do if music didn’t exist. I listen to music when I’m bored or when I’m having a bad day. I like to sing to my favorite songs and to my favorite artists. Music is my LIFE!!!!   

Amanda Trevino, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music would be R&B, Hip Hop, Country, slow rock. Well, I would have to say anything that would describe my feelings and makes me want to dance and sing along. I’m a music lover. I like any type of music; but the singer I can’t live a day without hearing would be Chris Brown. I love him and his songs. I just have to hear music to be happy and to keep going on with my day. If I’m not hearing music I’m singing. I think every song inspires someone, has a little truth in it, and can grow to success in life.

Alondra Coronado, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre is techno because it has certain beats and it makes any song sound good. It makes you want to dance or gets you pumped up. Without techno music it won’t be good. And you can have a lot of fun with friends.

Danny Tamez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music would be rock because rock music tells you live stories when you listen to the lyrics and you can really relate to them. That’s why I like rock; its interesting to listen to other peoples stories and listening to what they have to say.

Janeth Salazar, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is rock. It's my favorite genre because there are many different types of rock, and each type is different.

Javi Cabello, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite music is all types really. I listen to Rap, Rock, Spanish, Country, and Crunkcore. It all really depends on the mood I’m in, but all this music really entertains me and I like to sing along and dance to it, but yeah all this music really makes me happy when I listen to it. Some of it makes me laugh, but as long as I like the beat to the song or lyrics then it’s all good. Sorry I can’t really say what my favorite music genre is but I have a lot. I can’t just choose one; it’s to hard.

Maxine Cantu, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite music to listen to for some reason is R&B, although I do listen to all types of music. R&B helps me concentrate and relax when I need to and as well helps me think things out

Mary Reyes, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre is rock. It soothes me when I listen to it. I also like the ones where they scream and you can’t understand what they’re saying. Some people don’t like it because they think its crazy, but I like it. I like listening to the guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn how because I like to listen to my dad playing the guitar, but he never showed me. I like the sound of the drums too since I know how to play the drums. The bass, especially the bass, I love to listen to. My favorite grandpa in this whole entire world played the bass and I loved the sound of it and loved how he played it. He passed away and I wish he showed me how. I love music, but this would be my favorite genre.

Shannon Leah Valdez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I love all kinds of music except Spanish, only because I don’t understand a word they are saying. My favorite kind of music though, is country. I love country because you can just relate to all the songs. About, I think 95% of it is depressing, but it is really good and they sing about real life problems. I relate to country music a lot. All the country stars are the best singers ever!

Samantha Flores, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

To me music is my passion; it’s just my way of life. It determines my mood and my emotions. Whenever I am feeling down I usually listen to soft music than goes with my feelings. Usually when I am excited I put on something that will really get me in the mood for just getting up and start moving.

Jonathon Hernandez, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I don’t really have a favorite type of music. If a song comes out on the radio and it catches my attention, I find out the name and the artist or group who sings it and I then download it off of iTunes and put it in my iPod. Eventually these songs of different genres become what I listen to on my spare time.

Stephanie Villarreal, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is rock because, it fits me. And when I listen to it I feel good and relaxed; it’s just my type of music. Don’t get me wrong other types of music are good as well but, I like rock a lot more then any other type. It chills me out and I can jam to it!

Elias Urbina, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

I listen to all kinds of music except rock. I can’t stand that music; that’s for crazy people. The most I listen to would be Spanish and country. There is nothing like that music better then anything else. That music just makes me feel better. When I’m sad I listen to country and makes me feel better and when I’m happy I listen to Spanish.

Primo Gurrusquieta, Weslaco East High School

Teacher: Minerva Hinojosa

My favorite genre of music is Alternative Indie rock. Those bands that may sound like they were from the 90's always get my attention, or bands that sound psychedelic and make me feel like my room is spinning always make me feel great even bands that are slow and mellow grab my attention. Bands like Woods, Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, and Pedro The lion most of all. Songs that make me feel what the lyrics are saying or songs that make me just want to go for a car ride into the middle of nowhere until I run out of gas are the songs I love to listen to.

Esteban Sanchez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Personally, I don't have a favorite genre. It just depends on the mood I'm in and how my day went. This may sound weird, but heavy rock is very soothing. At the same time it can pump me up as well as pop or hip hop. Country and Indie are good when I feel pretty chill. Classical is good thinking music and is proven to make one smarter. Whether its country, rock, Indie, hip hop, Tejano, or rap I'll hear it all.

Jovani Orta, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

I don't know whether you’ve heard the saying “lyrics say the things you’ll never have the guts to” but I have, and I most definitely believe it. I think music is such an escape as well as a way to express your self. With that being said, I absolutely love the Tejano, Norteno genre. My dad loves listening to Corridos and what not and strangely enough I’ve adapted and grown to love it. The lyrics to the music that come from the Mexican/ Latino heritage are always so meaningful and definitely speak wonders to my ears and heart.

Natasha M. Guerrero, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

My favorite genre of music is country music, because every song depicts a story for any situation that life might throw at you. Country music is in my opinion the heart and soul of our great country, because no matter what mood you’re in, it can always make you feel better and never worse.

Haley Hernandez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

I really enjoy listening to country music. I've lived on a ranch all my life and that's what you play in a big truck. I don't care for all this rap music. I can't even understand what their saying. With country you can and it's a story in a song.

Victor Voyce, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Now-a-days there are more genres of music out there than what we really know about. I don’t have a specific genre of music that I would call my favorite because I listen to all kinds of music. I love country music, although it’s depressing sometimes. Pop, because it's so up beat and just makes me want to dance. Tejano, every now and then when I want to dance. Last would be alternative, it varies from soothing music to upbeat or screamo.

Olivia Garza, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

My favorite genre of music is alternative rock and reggae. This type of music is great because I can listen to it no matter where I am or how I feel. It can be calming and uplifting all at the same time. My favorite reggae artist is Matisyahu and my favorite alternative rock band is Phoenix.

Kassey Ann Herrera, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

I honestly don't really have a favorite genre of music. I usually listen to the music that matches the mood that I'm in. If I feel energetic I will listen to fast paced music, like rock. If I feel calm, sad, or relaxed I will listen to slow or steady paced music, like rap or country. To me, music is just an extension of a person's emotions. And I just listen to what I feel.

Johnny Ayala, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

My favorite kind of music is country because it soothes the soul and speaks to whoever listens to it. It's a type of music that comes from the heart.

Cody Casares, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

I like every type of genre, but the one that stands on top is country. If I ever find a girl who loves country as much as I do, I would marry her right on the spot. Country talks about almost everything from people overcoming adversity, to simply learning to enjoy the little things in life. One artist who really fascinates me is Kenny Chesney, he is the best there is. I like him because he likes to party even though he is old.

Miguel Torres, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

My favorite music genre would, without a doubt, be country. I’ve grown up surrounded by country music because of my parents and the rest of my family listen to it a lot. I’ve also been to a lot of concerts and I think country artists and bands put on the best shows of any genre of music. One thing I love about country music is that there are country songs for every emotion and every occasion. Country music relates to a never ending list of people and that’s why I love it so much.

R.J. Berrones, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

“Singing sad songs often have a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” I like music that usually tells stories with situations similar to real life stories. My favorite genre of music is country music, because it isn’t just about getting money, degrading women, and using drugs. Country music tells stories that soothe the soul and relaxes the mind.

Kassandra De La Rosa, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Music is an influence of the society we live in today. It is an expression that exudes in each citizen, and it identifies the persona that we all hold. My favorite genre is pop, because it not only represents life being lived in the moment, but it represents the generation we are today.

Kassi Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

I come from a family of metalheads so listening and loving rock and roll comes naturally to me. I can listen to every type of rock music from a head banging Avenged Sevenfold song to a slow foot tapping song by The Police. If the band has a guitarist, bassist, a drummer, a singer, and a good rhythm I most likely listen to and like their music. Don’t get me wrong, I've been in the mood for some Eminem and Taylor Swift from time to time, but if I had to chose only one, rock music would definitely be the music choice for me.

Sara Marble, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Music and I have gone a long way back and my taste truly differs now since the time we became friends. The first song I ever heard, not just some vague memory; I remember it clearly: "Strawberry Fields Forever." At age three, the Beatles filled my life with music. But now, a multitude of various artists has that job. I love all types of music. I love listening to the bands that I've grown to love and I love to discover new bands and artists that I never knew of.

Noe Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Jean Bovee

"But darling, I still catch a grenade for you!" blared the radio. I don't know what I would do without the catchy tunes of the year's greatest musicians. It gives you a way to act calm or release steam. If you could think of any song in the world, what would you listen to? So many choices. So little time.

Taylor Gray, W.B. Green Jr. High

Teacher: Terrie Gracia

Music means the world to me. Without it, life would hold no meaning. Music is what colors the world. If there was no music, there would be no way to keep people entertained, or happy. Life would be gray and flavorless. Everyone has their own type of music that hypes them, calms them or helps them. Pop, rock, classical, rap, reggae techno are just a few types of music that fill the world. Music is what I value most because it's what makes the world go around.

Nicky Castillo, W.B. Green Jr. High

Teacher: Terrie Gracia

I find that all music is slowly infusing with Pop. Most of the songs are now directed to a wider age range and can be set to similar life experiences. Therefore, Pop is my favorite genre of music.

Erich Kitten, Coakley Middle School

I don’t know what kind of music I like. It really depends on the song and really what sort of mood I happen to be in. If I am feeling sad, I will listen to sad songs, if I am happy I will listen to happy upbeat tunes. I enjoy songs by Justin Bieber. They make me feel loved and songs by Paula Deanda make me sad. It is just too difficult to choose!

Kayla Gutierrez, IDEA College Prep

Teacher: Maria E. Gonzalez

My favorite genre of music is definitely pop. If someone looks at the genre list on my iPod, it’s pretty diverse, but more than half of the songs are pop. I like listening to pop because it’s upbeat and catchy. The songs get stuck in your head even when all you know is the beat. Pop is a mix of multiple genres. If you listen closely you can hear little bits of hip-hop, blues, jazz and even rock. My favorite pop artist is Justin Bieber. There’s no question about it. He, along with other pop artists, mixes a bunch of different musical styles and blends it together. The best part is it sounds good too. Pop is all about mixing music to set your self apart from the others, and that’s why I love it.

Shelby Aceto, IDEA College Prep

Teacher: Maria E. Gonzalez

ROCK!  This is because it has a lot of hard-core sound and rhythm and cool instruments that make the great sounds.

Christian Perez, IDEA College Prep

Teacher: Maria E. Gonzalez

My favorite genre of music is classical music. It is very calming and scientifically proven that it is related with your education. People who listen to classical music often are proven to have higher test scores than others who don’t. That is why many people play the piano, where they can interact with many types of classical music. Some people even believe that listening to Mozart while you study helps your concentrate more and make you smarter. Some of my favorite composers are Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, Debussy, Listz, and Scarlotti. But my favorite of all is Chopin. Chopin is an intelligent composer who created phenomenal music through his feelings. His pieces are simply the best. Classical music is my favorite genre of music. It always has been and always will be.

Ayane Ito, IDEA College Prep

Teacher: Maria E. Gonzalez

My favorite genre, in music, is hip-hop and country. Hip-hop makes you want to dance, move, sing, and have a good time. Country, on the other hand, has meaning either inspirational, funny or just a good time. Singers that I prefer are Drake, Nelly, 50 Cent and Eminem as well as Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, and Jack Nichols.

Smiley Ramirez, IDEA College Prep

Teacher: Maria E. Gonzalez

My favorite genre of music is jazz because I think it sounds cool and kind of edgy. I started to enjoy jazz when I was about eight, and when I was eleven I asked my parents if I could play a jazz instrument. I now play alto saxophone and I’m doing well. I am also planning to join jazz band next year. Jazz is a really neat music genre, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Alec Macmanus, Gutierrez Middle School

Teacher: Stacey Hill

I only like one genre of music and one genre only, rock music. I just love to listen to the electric guitar and the drum set play. Even though some songs are about five to ten minutes long, I don't care, I enjoy it! And I know there are some people that don't "like" rock music, honestly I don't care. I just love to listen to rock music.

Richard Hernandez, Gutierrez Middle School

Teacher: Stacey Hill

I really like all sorts of music but the ones I really like and enjoy the most is the Mexican music, like for example, I love Cumbias a lot specially when it comes to dancing them at a party. Another genre of the Mexican music that I like is the bands. I think the sound that the instruments make in a band sound really cool and the way the singers sing the songs it’s really nice.

Rocio G., Gutierrez Middle School

Teacher: Stacey Hill

The Music You Love Tells Me Who You Are

Ever been a bit judgey when you hear someone’s taste in music? Of course you have.

And you were right — music tells you a lot about someone’s personality.

Research has learned a great deal about the power of music:

  1. Your musical tastedoes accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably love for the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.

But enough trivia. It also turns out music affects your behavior — and much more than you might think.

Studies show music can lead you to drink more, spendmore, be kind, or even act unethically.

No, rock and heavy metal don’t lead people to commit suicide — but it’s possible that country music might:

The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate.

Music is so powerful it’s even possible to become addicted to music.

Eric Barker:What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

But can we really use scientific research on music to improve our lives? Absolutely.

Here are 9 ways:

1) Music Helps You Relax

Yes, research shows music is relaxing.

I know, I know, obvious, right? But what you might not know is the type of music that helps people relax best.

Need to chill out? Skip the pop and jazz and head for the classical.

Via Richard Wiseman’s excellent book 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute:

Blood pressure readings revealed that listening to pop or jazz music had the same restorative effect as total silence. In contrast, those who listened to Pachelbel and Vivaldi relaxed much more quickly, and so their blood pressure dropped back to the normal level in far less time.

(More things that relieve stress are here.)

2) Angry Music Improves Your Performance

We usually think of anger as something that’s just universally bad. But the emotion has positive uses too.

Anger focuses attention on rewards, increases persistence, makes us feel in control and more optimistic about achieving our goals.

When test subjects listened to angry music while playing video games, they got higher scores.

Via The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (and Why They Are So Good For You):

What Tamir and her colleagues found was that people preferred to listen to the angry music before playing Soldier of Fortune. Faced with a task in which anger might serve a useful function, facilitating the shooting of enemies, participants opted for an anger boost. What’s more, listening to the angry music actually improved performance…

(More on how to boost productivity here.)

3) Music Reduces Pain

When ibuprofen isn’t doing the job, might be time to put on your favorite song.

Research shows it can reduce pain:

Preferred music was found to significantly increase tolerance and perceived control over the painful stimulus and to decrease anxiety compared with both the visual distraction and silence conditions.

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4) Music Can Give You A Better Workout

What’s the best thing to have on your iPod at the gym?

The weight room is no place to try new genres. Playing your favorites can boost performance:

The performance under Preferred Music (9.8 +/- 4.6 km) was greater than under Nonpreferred Music (7.1 +/- 3.5 km) conditions. Therefore, listening to Preferred Music during continuous cycling exercise at high intensity can increase the exercise distance, and individuals listening to Nonpreferred Music can perceive more discomfort caused by the exercise.

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5) Music Can Help You Find Love

Want to get the interest of that special someone? Put on the romantic music.

Women were more likely to give their number to men after hearing love songs:

…the male confederate asked the participant for her phone number. It was found that women previously exposed to romantic lyrics complied with the request more readily than women exposed to the neutral ones.

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6) Music Can Save A Life

Do you know the proper way to give CPR chest compressions? Turns out timing is key.

And how can you best remember that timing during an emergency?

Sing “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees. Yes, I’m serious:

…Dr. John Hafner of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria had 15 physicians and med students perform the 100-compression procedure (on mannequins) while listening to the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.” As Hafner reports in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, their mean compression rate was an excellent 109.1. Five weeks later, they repeated the exercise while singing the song to themselves as a “musical memory aid.” Their mean rate increased to 113.2. The medical professionals reported that the “mental metronome” improved both “their technical ability and confidence in providing CPR.”

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7) Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes

Does music at the office make you work better or just distract you? It’s a much debated issue and the answer is not black and white.

For the most part, it seems music decreases work performance – but makes you happier while you work:

…a comparison of studies that examined background music compared to no music indicates that background music disturbs the reading process, has some small detrimental effects on memory, but has a positive impact on emotional reactions…

That said, a little bit of music can make you more creative. If you have ADHD, noise helps you focus:

Noise exerted a positive effect on cognitive performance for the ADHD group and deteriorated performance for the control group, indicating that ADHD subjects need more noise than controls for optimal cognitive performance.

And music with positive lyrics makes you more helpful and collaborative.

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8) Use Music To Make You Smarter

There is a ton of evidence that music lessons improve IQ.

But there’s even research that sayslistening to classical music might boost brainpower as well:

Within 15 minutes of hearing the lecture, all the students took a multiple-choice quiz featuring questions based on the lecture material. The results: the students who heard the music-enhanced lecture scored significantly higher on the quiz than those who heard the music-free version.

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9) Music Can Make You A Better Person

Need to soften someone’s heart? Maybe even your own?

Playing music can make you more compassionate:

In a year-long program focused on group music-making, 8- to 11-year old children became markedly more compassionate, according to a just-published study from the University of Cambridge. The finding suggests kids who make music together aren’t just having fun: they’re absorbing a key component of emotional intelligence.

Venezuela made music lessons mandatory. What happened? Crime went down and fewer kids dropped out of school:

A simple cost-benefit framework is used to estimate substantive social benefits associated with a universal music training program in Venezuela (B/C ratio of 1.68). Those social benefits accrue from both reduced school drop-out and declining community victimization. This evidence of important social benefits adds to the abundant evidence of individual gains reported by the developmental psychology literature.

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Sum Up

So music not only says a lot about you, it provides a myriad of easy ways to make your life better:

  1. Music Can Help You Relax
  2. Angry Music Improves Your Performance
  3. Music Reduces Pain
  4. Music Can Give You A Better Workout
  5. Music Can Help You Find Love
  6. Music Can Save A Life
  7. Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes
  8. Use Music To Make You Smarter
  9. Music Can Make You A Better Person

Most importantly: Music makes us feel good, and in the end, that’s worth a lot.

Speaking of music that makes you feel good, ever wondered what English sounds like to people who don’t speak it?

Then you’ll love this song.

“An Italian singer wrote this song with gibberish to sound like English. If you’ve ever wondered what other people think Americans sound like, this is it.”

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