Where Does Your Music Taste Come From?

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  • Whether you're a Beyonce fan or faithfully following Phish- your personal taste in music is probably all linked to your memories.

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Comments: 1 652

  • TheGamingFanatic
    TheGamingFanatic 16 days ago

    E N G L A N D I S M Y C I T Y

  • Bob Stone
    Bob Stone Month ago

    Then how do you explain people with vastly different music preference than those around them?

  • FunPheonix97
    FunPheonix97 2 months ago

    This honestly makes so much sense, both of my parents were born in 1975, and I'm in love with music from the 70's-90's, and I was born in the late 90's. But, I do like my fair share of music from the 2000's as well :)

  • Be Lovely
    Be Lovely 2 months ago

    I almost only listen to ballads and I'm 14. I don't see the appeal in upbeat songs or these new songs filled with auto tune. I guess I'm just different.

  • EliteBakayoko
    EliteBakayoko 2 months ago


  • Vehlune
    Vehlune 3 months ago

    I find this fascinating because both of my parents really enjoy traditional latin music, like salsa, merengue, Spanish pop, and some early to late 80's stuff, which I figured played when they were young adults. I've been exposed to all of this, yet my interests go completely the other way. I really enjoy experimental and noise music, with hip-hop and rock and pretty much all else thrown in, and I've never understood why. Perhaps the development of my personality simply went against the status quo provided by my parents, resulting in my choosing of relatively "odd" music. I have warmed up to their music as I've gotten older, which might provide some weight to my thinking.

  • Brian O'Dell
    Brian O'Dell 3 months ago

    60s were also the golden age because that's when allot of the popular folk songs started getting recorded and simpler melodies could be recorded while still being mostly original.

  • Mr. Big
    Mr. Big 4 months ago

    African Pygmy war chants.......best age of music, damn I was born in the wrong generation

  • Willy Nebula
    Willy Nebula 4 months ago

    The golden age of music 60's 80's probably
    but it will never be the SHIT that was made atm! hurry up 2020

  • 1995 GetJiggyWitIt
    1995 GetJiggyWitIt 4 months ago

    How come I like Pearl Jam, 2Pac, the Platters, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, Biggie, Pink Floyd, Buddy Holly, Slipknot, Nirvana, TLC, Wu tang , the Beatles, doors, blink 182, pantera, Aretha franklin, frank Sinatra, 2 unlimited, Guns N' Roses, jay z, Black Sabbath, Eminem, earth wind and fire, Alice In Chains, Metallica, abba, Eric Clapton, Stevie wonder, salt n peps, ice cube, Ccr, beach boys , James brown, megadeth, de la soul, r Kelly, NWA, slayer, Green Day, sound garden, bobby Darin, DMx, steppenwolf then????

  • Arianna
    Arianna 4 months ago

    I hate being asked what kind of music I listen to because I listen to everything. My taste in music is essentially everything except the songs I don't like

  • Patrick William
    Patrick William 4 months ago

    I like Symphonic Black Metal like Emperor and Dimmu Borgir

  • MadAnili
    MadAnili 4 months ago

    i like music with piano in it, it s shooting

  • Ligh ght
    Ligh ght 4 months ago

    i like almost all genres, but only a few songs from each genre

  • Damien's Adventure
    Damien's Adventure 4 months ago

    but is there a.... Vaporwave gene? what about one for aesthetic? :P

  • Sarah Taylor
    Sarah Taylor 4 months ago

    I feel like when you grow up, and considering we have technology now. You're able to explore what you like, and your taste in music. It evolves over time. I was into metal for a little bit and my mom hated it. I still listen to it. But, I also do like a minority of pop hits (other genres too rnb, etc.). It helps having family to be given music they like, but I never liked my mom's music (gospel, bluegrass, & country) and one bro likes Chance the Rapper/dance music and the other likes Miley Cyrus (Wrecking Ball), and show-tunes.

  • Sigmaairav
    Sigmaairav 5 months ago

    I would love to see a video of the psychology and inner workings of the brains of musical savants. A comparison between autistic musical savants and non autistic ones would only add to the intrigue of such a topic

  • Travis Fletcher
    Travis Fletcher 5 months ago

    So this is why I like Death Grips....

  • George Detective
    George Detective 5 months ago


  • Morbius Bellerophon
    Morbius Bellerophon 5 months ago

    This is generally a new thing only happening in the last 20 years. Kids from the 80 and before generally rejected their parents music, instead choosing to rebel and listen to something like sisters of mercy, since the 90s to now, kids are much more accepting of their parents music. In many cases saying it's better than current music.

  • Jade Choy
    Jade Choy 6 months ago

    I do not get why people hate Olivia so much. I saw a comment saying that they hope she gets fired soon. This does not make any sense why pele hate her so much.

  • God :-O
    God :-O 6 months ago +1

    So if I play Black Metal and Death Core when I have kids they will like it!?!?!?!

  • TheMaster100
    TheMaster100 7 months ago

    Beyonce is a devil.

  • mathyoooo2
    mathyoooo2 7 months ago

    I prefer music from the late sixties (and new stuff of course), even though I was never really exposed to it as a child. However a lot of 80s music was and is playing on the radio all the time and I hate this stuff. So maybe there's a correlation too

  • Kendall That Goth Nerd Girl

    My parents introduced me to all the greats of the 70s, namely Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, etc, but my tastes can go from anywhere Cannibal Corpse and Marilyn Manson to Vocaloid and dubstep to Tchaikovsky and everything in between. The first albums I ever received as a gift from my parents was Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" and Green Day's "American Idiot", two completely different genres, styles and generations. And they wonder why I'll play Bruce Springsteen or REO Speedwagon back to back with Dope or Rob Zombie.

  • thomas underhill
    thomas underhill 7 months ago

    After watching this and hearing all this talk about psychology researchers I have one question..... how many people died from hepatitis C this year ?

  • hehe eks dee
    hehe eks dee 7 months ago

    mere exposure exposure effect? random shapes? especially true when the person is not paying attention to it at first? Triangles everywhere eye, of horus everywhere. Pfft and people say the Illuminati is fake

  • craving pho
    craving pho 8 months ago

    I originally like Olivia for personal perspective from her first visit to SciShow....please put her in a place she uses her mind/personality, and not just reading a script. Personality and science folks....voice inflection is not personality. I'll just read an article to get straight information.

  • sea man
    sea man 8 months ago

    she is cute

  • Ricky Marczak
    Ricky Marczak 8 months ago

    I'd like to see the study repeated... on the SciShow staff! Mwha ha ha ha ha

  • Seno 251
    Seno 251 8 months ago

    I like japanese idol group and power/thrash metal. So, what I am ? weaboo metalhead ?

  • Frédéric Chopin
    Frédéric Chopin 8 months ago +1

    where are the classical music lovers?

    • Fandyus
      Fandyus 3 months ago

      I am not exactly a frequent listener but.. here!

  • F6130
    F6130 8 months ago

    She is getting better at this.

  • Ahmad elshare
    Ahmad elshare 8 months ago +1

    why are you doing rap moves with your hands, mouth and body
    you gotta lots of swag bruh

  • Lauren Rose
    Lauren Rose 8 months ago

    I like a bit of everything. 1960-1980's pop, 1990's R&B, 2000-2012's alternative, 2012-2016's rap and R&B, several musicals, and kpop.

  • Vince
    Vince 8 months ago

    I like classic rock in general for sure, but in the end, I've noticed that I'll listen to any song that I happen to like.  In other words, I don't choose the song, the song chooses me, whatever it happens to be.

  • vgman94
    vgman94 8 months ago

    "There's probably a Golden Age for you." Yeah, it's called now.

  • Bitches love sticks
    Bitches love sticks 8 months ago

    But... The Beatles though.

  • John Blake
    John Blake 8 months ago

    Lighting in this video though

  • Thunder Alqisi
    Thunder Alqisi 8 months ago

    this girl fucking moves a lot ! meh

  • steven halliday
    steven halliday 8 months ago

    fuck no. just. no. fuckit.

  • steven halliday
    steven halliday 8 months ago

    So I prefer Mozart when out killing bitches because my mom made me listen to the bay city rollers??

  • Vítězslav Ureš
    Vítězslav Ureš 8 months ago +1

    My taste range from "you've got to hear this" to "nobody must know I listen to this". =)

  • jose montal
    jose montal 8 months ago

    I love japanese metal songs. my parents never heard those musics, and i was never exposed to it when i was a kid. explain that.

  • MrPoopyButthole69
    MrPoopyButthole69 8 months ago

    jup 60 is the golden age soo much soul n original everything from there just became shittier n shittier and no i can still not like justin bieber even if the radio makes me listen to that crap almost 24/7 now -.- urgh what has the world become

  • Hidden Electron
    Hidden Electron 8 months ago

    There is a booger in your nose wanting to escape.

  • Ulo Magyar
    Ulo Magyar 8 months ago

    No. Taste comes from pattern-recognition. If a stimulus fits into a code you built, you like it. If not you don't. Your code of music taste is built from your experience with things that were extramusical and enjoyably concomitant to your listening experience. Taste in music is also explainable at a physical level. Just look at spectrograms and see that harmonics aren't random frequencies.

  • Charle Magne
    Charle Magne 8 months ago

    My Parents listen and love 80s-90s latino love songs...how does that make me prefer Orchestra Rock?

  • Elizabeth Aurich
    Elizabeth Aurich 8 months ago

    My parents raised me with plenty of 80s Synthpop, so it makes absolute sense I adore Electronic Music today.

  • Thunderbelch
    Thunderbelch 8 months ago

    Here's an idea for an experiment you guys could try: Upload the same subject matter presented both in this style with the forced spastic bobble head doll impression and Italian-waving-around-of-the-hands-while-talking and in a more natural and toned down style, and measure which version gets a better response from your audience.

  • Asdrubal Leon
    Asdrubal Leon 8 months ago

    I think "bad music" doesn't exist, it's just peoples interest, personal feelings, psychological states and culture that defines what people llike, or 'prefer'.

  • Giffica
    Giffica 8 months ago

    Nah kinda bullshit. Your "taste" is what sounds good, not just "what you think you like."

    I grew up east coast america in a Jewish household, and I listened to kpop when i was like 18. No chance that's from development.

    • MiguelPpM
      MiguelPpM 8 months ago

      Well, it's not all the time.

  • Zeno Bonk
    Zeno Bonk 8 months ago +2

    I only listen to Queen

  • Zandonus
    Zandonus 8 months ago

    Great. I'm starting to get tired of the 80s. Couldn't handle my kids listening to early MJ and ac/dc

    • MiguelPpM
      MiguelPpM 8 months ago

      Why? I guess the 60s was a different thing.

  • FFiSh1911
    FFiSh1911 8 months ago

    Wow, way to condense a complicated subject to "well, the scientist says..." some people are more attuned to their hearing.
    Like many things, music has evolved; every modern singer uses auto-tune to change their tone to suit our taste. Unlike food, music doesn't go bad after time. Classical music will never go out of style because music from different eras are like flavors of ice cream, one isn't necessarily better than others; it's not a quantifiable thing, it's a preference. To offer a limited amount of choices in a given period of time, only to come out with narrow conclusion, isn't very scientific.

  • ChiefFalque
    ChiefFalque 8 months ago

    I was lucky enough to be exposed to music ranging from 1600s-2005 in my youth, so I've concluded the the golden age of music has been going on for a VERY LONG TIME. Good music is being written these days, too - It's just harder to find it in the massive chaos of the current musical world.

  • Rune Trust
    Rune Trust 8 months ago

    Danish "Dak" 👌👌🙌

  • Toby Port
    Toby Port 8 months ago +1

    Can we pay you on Patreon to NOT have Olivia Gordon host any more shows?

  • PixelCube
    PixelCube 8 months ago

    I like listening to my dads favorites, like ACDC. I guess he did pass down his favorites to me, cool!

  • David de Kloet
    David de Kloet 8 months ago

    People who were teenagers in the 80s have kids who go to college?? That makes me feel super old!

  • Merlin Emyrs
    Merlin Emyrs 8 months ago +11

    I would listen to the radio,

    But somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence.

    • MiguelPpM
      MiguelPpM 8 months ago

      Depends on the radio station.

    • acousticpsychosis
      acousticpsychosis 8 months ago

      Between having to listen to the radio, or silence, I'd say you should thank that thief.

  • I am Bennu! So are You!

    The CC? ought to be peppered? with question marks?

  • Chuck Fina
    Chuck Fina 8 months ago +2

    Too many "I don't listen to/like the mainstream songs" hippity hipsters on the comment section

    • Chuck Fina
      Chuck Fina 3 months ago

      +Fandyus CZ As long as you use the term "we", you are not the hipster I'm referring to. The hipster thinks he/she is the only person among the 7 billions of people on Earth who listens and likes the music.

    • Fandyus
      Fandyus 3 months ago

      We are not hipsters, we can just appreciate effort.

  • CupojoePro
    CupojoePro 8 months ago

    Most creative musicians: Jim Morrison, Jimi hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Jimmy Page

  • Pharbod Khalili
    Pharbod Khalili 8 months ago

    please hire a different presenter or make her stop tweaking all the time.

  • Abe Castellanos
    Abe Castellanos 8 months ago

    50's and 60's bebop era!

  • chiller miller
    chiller miller 8 months ago

    So I like Hardstyle and thrash metal because my parents made me listen to german Schlager music? :D

  • Georgalexin1
    Georgalexin1 8 months ago +1

    OK, that part where I can tell who is the host of the video just by looking the likes/dislikes bar has to stop.

  • Thoths Temple
    Thoths Temple 8 months ago

    I'm the black sheep of the family then. I love industrial, EBM and post punk. However my mum prefers mainstream chart music and things like Michael Ball, Buble etc. My dad like a lot of cheesy 70's disco music. Both me and my two younger sibling love classic rock. Whilst my parents listen to some classic rock like Queen it's not really their forte and my mum once told me to turn that crap off when I was listening to Led Zeppelin. Deffinately not Def Leppard or AC/DC people. How do you explain goths and rockers in a family of non goths and rockers.

  • Abel Perez
    Abel Perez 8 months ago

    Golden Age of rap was in the 90s. There was so much good content coming out from the west, east and third coast. Now you have the rap game going backwards with artists such as Young Thug.

  • William Love
    William Love 8 months ago

    anyone else's favourite 3 bands AC/DC, pink floyd and black sabbath?

  • William Love
    William Love 8 months ago

    thumbnail looked like micheal starr playing guitar

  • PooleParty24/7
    PooleParty24/7 8 months ago +2

    1970s classic rock and 80s thrash metal!

  • Schrödinger's Cat
    Schrödinger's Cat 8 months ago

    I feel like such an anomaly when it comes to music taste. When I was younger, I just bought the same kind of music my older brother bought, but I actually didn't like it that much; the music wasn't terrible, but I can't say I had a preference for it, or any genre for that matter. After growing older, I've been able to enjoy and dislike music of every genre... I like some obscure artists and some popular ones. I've found both contemporary and oldies music I can enjoy, while some oldies I scratch my head at why the song(s) or artist became so popular (some lyrics, tunes, and vocals make me go: "wat?"). And because of my supposedly odd tastes, it's been difficult for me to understand why some people write off entire genres or have limited preferences themselves.

  • MidnightWingz
    MidnightWingz 8 months ago

    This chick is oddly sexy

  • knightofjustice12
    knightofjustice12 8 months ago

    So basically, Johnny Cash will live forever. Totally okay with that!!

  • Uber Wulf
    Uber Wulf 8 months ago

    her voice hurts my ears

  • Adam Wishneusky
    Adam Wishneusky 8 months ago

    still killin it, Olivia!

  • Arun Woosaree
    Arun Woosaree 8 months ago

    Where does my taste for dubstep come from 😂

  • theQiwiMan
    theQiwiMan 8 months ago

    Can't stand her.

    • docfabz
      docfabz 8 months ago

      theQiwiMan well, can you sit her?

  • L.A.B ART
    L.A.B ART 8 months ago +1

    omg Olivia I LOVE YOU!

  • Lindsay Frost
    Lindsay Frost 8 months ago

    My mom and dad both liked country music, so they played it a lot. My brother thought being a rebel meant hating all things (even if he really liked them) our parents liked, and ended up eventually actually hating them.

  • Silver Mirai
    Silver Mirai 8 months ago +1

    I enjoy all kinds of music, I can listen to a nasheed even tho I'm not religious, or maybe a mongol song about horse and I still don't understand the words, or how about sakura played on a koto, or maybe symphony 40 from mozart, time to say goodbye sang by Haley Westenra or sarah brightman and andreea bocelli, how about chinese folk music dream or whatever it's called, or maybe the live version of pumped up kicks, I can hear the amazing control of the voice and the complexity of the songs. The patterns the rythm, after all it's not something you can fully explain, but at the same time I can tell you very fast if a piece of music is on my liking or not, doesn't matter the lyrics or style, instrument or anything.

    • Silver Mirai
      Silver Mirai 8 months ago

      I mean, just so people understand, you all know enya, but now search something like puru pururin or cradle song , they're completely different styles I mean they have nothing in common at all, one is a cutsy meme type of japanese song featured in a comedy anime the other is thought to be "native american" type of song, or how about the way of tears, it's a nasheed about pain, I don't even care about the lyrics, it's just a good song, but you can see, these songs are completely different and I like them, it's because I exposed myself to any type of music, and I don't limit myself to a genera, I don't blacklist a particular genera for stigma or whatever, I mean there is a type of music that is hated by everyone here in romania, it's called "manele", like, if people hear you listen to that, they'll assume you are a certain type of person.
      For me it's all about the music not about lyrics, not about style, not about anything really, just the music itself, if I like it I listen to it.

  • Marleena Ulry
    Marleena Ulry 8 months ago

    That actually makes sense, at least in my case. I find myself enjoying songs from many different types of music genres. However, I do notice a pattern. It really depends on the bass guitar. I believe this is because my dad plays the bass, so I grew up listening for it when he would play. So if a song has a nice bass line, then I'll like it.

  • BrainsickBlaze
    BrainsickBlaze 8 months ago

    My golden age is before my parents were born, Jazz between 1920 and 1960. Probably because of fallout, memes, internet, etc

  • Windows Logo
    Windows Logo 8 months ago

    Wait. Can you explain why there is hair around my anus?

  • maidenair
    maidenair 8 months ago


  • Prison Riot
    Prison Riot 8 months ago

    all music should just die out.

  • Quinzark
    Quinzark 8 months ago

    - Peoples tastes in music changes gradually throughout their lives.
    - Siblings probably have as much, if not more sway in music taste compared to parents in my experience [not just me but most of my friends]
    - the kind of music you can think of as 'your generations' sound is likely a factor.
    - the selection of songs they played would obviously omit stuff that was less instantly popular but had a longer shelf life because they'd not be high on the charts for the era.
    - The music people are exposed to now is much more eclectic due to the switch in media sources.
    - I'm a massive swing fan & no one in my house listened to it while i was growing up. [funnily my mum is also a fan but never played it at home because she's more of a radio-news or movie type when it comes to entertainment]

    I definitely know exactly who in my family got me into what though.
    Dad -> Classical / Instrumental Trad
    Mum -> Beatles / Rebel & pub Trad {Dubliners & such}
    Oldest Bro. -> Led Zep, Deep Purple, Skynard, Floyd etc.
    2nd eldest Bro. -> Iron Maiden, AC/DC & oddly Gareth Brooks [don't judge]
    Sister - > Nirvana, Kinks, Monkeys, some select pop
    My friends or MTV -> Offspring, Chillies, Greenday [pre-emo], Blur, Oasis, Hendrix ... etc

    It comes from all over, for a cavalcade of reasons

  • Wishful Thinking!
    Wishful Thinking! 8 months ago

    Hard Trance all the way.

    FRAPYDO 8 months ago

    top wifu

  • Teemu Laine
    Teemu Laine 8 months ago +1

    If there is one thing i hate more than Trump its people who tell me my taste in music is "wrong"

    Its all personal preference people...personal preference.

  • aLE lANDA
    aLE lANDA 8 months ago

    I like all kinds, and listen to music so many hours a day. I have a collection of 11500 songs. It's great to have that variety. I use random and "never played" in the old winamp. Still have 789 hours of new music. I'm just writing this, not to be read but to express myself. Now that I think, I'll grafitti this somewhere. Thank you youtube!

  • xmaswitguns
    xmaswitguns 8 months ago

    Interesting, however, it only accounts for top 40 music. Since all music is so widely available now it would be intriguing to see how the experiment is done in the future.

  • TheHollowBodiesBand
    TheHollowBodiesBand 8 months ago

    1965-1966-1967. Good years, because I wasn't alive yet...

  • hellraizer44
    hellraizer44 8 months ago

    Beastie Boys 'Sabotage

    McCoy : "Is that classical music?"
    Spock : "I believe so."
    Kirk : "Good choice."

  • Kevin Hill
    Kevin Hill 8 months ago


  • Missing Headpiece
    Missing Headpiece 8 months ago

    But Justin Biebers "Love yourself" song plays on the radio at least 20 times a day and i fucking hate it. So how can repitition make me like it?

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