Are guys simply born loving rap and rock? Do women really gravitate toward dance and teen pop groups like One Direction? Or are these just popular stereotypes?
Paul Lamere ponders questions like these a lot. As Director of Developer Platform for The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company in Massachusetts, he often dives into data trends like this on his blog, Music Machinery. This month, he compared the streaming playlists of 200,000 male and female U.S. listeners to find out if there are such things as “gender-specific” music preferences. For instance, if someone found your lost phone or iPod and started playing your music collection, could they easily tell if you’re a guy or a gal?
To keep things simple, he zoomed in on the top 40 pop singers and bands preferred by both sexes. As you might expect, singers that ladies enjoy but their male counterparts shun include: Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Ke$ha, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Britney Spears, and, yes, One Direction. While artists preferred solely by dudes include: Avicii, J.Cole, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Bob Marley, T.I., Linkin Park, Queen, and rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent.
But then things get crazy: You might think that, after his troubles with Rihanna, Chris Brown would score higher with guys but, in fact, Brown rated No. 11 among women and No. 15 with men. Rihanna is the queen of the ladies’ chart at No. 1, but guys also love her, putting her at No. 8. Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, and even Miley Cyrus are also enjoyed by both genders.
Guys’ favorite pop performer? Mad rapper Eminem. And while Kanye got no love from the ladies at all, nice guy Bruno Mars landed in the top 5 for both sexes.
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