Music swap: What does a playlist say about a person?

By HALEY STAUB, Spring Grove Area High School,
and SOPHIE GROVE, West York Area High School

“With You” by Chris Brown was on Sophie’s playlist.

Music is personal. Just once, glance into a person’s iPod, and within seconds, you can glimpse into their life. To you, they might just be songs, but to them, the songs could mean so much more. Songs could be associated with memories, like the song you listened to on a road trip or the song that played when you had your first kiss. A person’s music also can tell you about their personality. Listening to the words or even just the genre can tell you what a person likes to do or if they have an upbeat personality.

To test this, we swapped our Top 10 Most Played songs on our iPods and then guessed what we thought the other person was like. This worked well because we did not know much about each other before the swap.

Sophie’s playlist:

“With You” -Chris Brown
“Kiss Me” -Sixpence None the Richer
“Thoughts from a Balcony” -Mac Miller
“Follow Me” -Uncle Kracker
“Wannabe” -Spice Girls
“Love on Top” -Beyonce
“Take a Shot for Me” -Drake
“Sweet Nothing” -Calvin Harris
“Wonderwall” -Oasis
“Sunday Morning” -Maroon 5

Haley’s take: Free-wheeling, feel good, romantic: These are just three characteristics I would use to describe Sophie from what I have learned about her through her playlist. Sophie is similar to the rest of today’s generation in that her music tastes are very diverse. I imagine that the songs on this list stand for different moods, such as the mellow, pick-me-up tune “Sunday Morning,” and life events, such as “Thoughts from a Balcony” to get pumped up for a sports event or “Wannabe” for a girls’ night.

“Follow me and everything is all right, I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night; if you want to leave I can guarantee, you won’t find nobody else like me” — “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker

Haley’s playlist:

“Chicken Fried”- Zac Brown Band
“Forever and Always” -Taylor Swift
“The Edge of Glory” -Lady Gaga
“Everybody Talks” -Neon Trees
“I Cry” -Flo Rida
“Hold On” -Jonas Brothers
“Raise Your Glass” -Pink
“Call Me Maybe” -Carly Rae Jepson
“Wanted” -Hunter Hayes
“Don’t Stop Believin'” -Journey

Sophie’s take: Just at first glance, I can tell Haley is an easy-going person. Almost all of her music choices are positive and upbeat. Anything by Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes is fairly easy listening, which tells me Haley probably has a relaxed personality. Also, the song “Don’t Stop Believin'” is good for getting motivated, so I’m guessing Haley plays a sport. Also, songs like “I Cry” tell me Haley likes to have a good time and maybe even dance.

 

About Matt Eyer

Breaking News Editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter @mjeyer.
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