Smart People Listen to Radiohead and Dumb People Listen to Beyoncé

Publish Date
Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:00PM

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to?

For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT scores of various college institutions.

By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or — “liked”) band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A very "scientific" study, we know...

Griffith’s latest chart reveals Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins and Counting Crows as other favorite bands of smart people. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, The Used, and gospel music comes in at the lower end of the spectrum — or, as Griffith puts it, is music for dumb people.

Among other interesting revelations from the Griffith’s chart: Smart people prefer John Mayer over Pink Floyd; rock titans like Tool, System of a Down, and Pearl Jam fall right in the middle...

Here are his full findings:

Music -smart -dumb