How music can help make friends

Cliques. They are the one thing that everyone fears and reveres more than anything when going to a new school. The only thing worse than being part of a clique is not being part of one. posted a handy list of cliques to watch out for in university – and new information suggests that those cliques might exist due in part to musical preference. Recently, there have been studies out of the University of Edinburgh that suggest that the type of music one prefers may actually lead to clues about their personality. Professor Adrian North, leading researcher on the topics, states, “People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it.” Music is a big part of the bonding experience when you get to school, especially if you’re in res and you’re sharing walls and bedrooms with people. If music is an important part of your life and you want to make friends with similar tastes and lifestyles, you have to play the right albums. While the latest hits will surely draw a crowd, some of the older tracks may help you to find common ground with floor mates. Once you learn about what music is saying about you and others, you can help attract the friends you want by using nothing but an iPod dock and, of course, your shining personality. Here are a few album suggestions to get you started:



Clique: Hip Hoppers

Genres: Rap, Hip Hop

Listener personality: High self esteem and outgoing

Albums: Drake, Take Care and Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy




Clique: Party Hardies

Genre: Dance, Pop

Personality: Creative and outgoing

Albums: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories and Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe



Clique: The Stoners

Genre: Rock, Oldies

Personality: Creative, gentle, at ease

Albums: The Beatles, White Album and Beck, Mellow Gold



Clique: The Cowboys and Cowgirls

Genre: Country/ Western

Personality: Hardworking and outgoing

Albums: Taylor Swift, Red and Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times



Clique: The Studiers

Genre: Classical, Easy Rock

Personality: Hardworking, gentle

Albums: Josh Groban, Illuminations and Various Artists, Masters of Classical Music




Clique: The Inbetweeners

Genre: Top 40, A little bit of everything

Personality: Hardworking, gentle, not particularly creative

Albums: Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox and Adele, 21



Clique: Hipsters

Genres: Indie, Folk

Listener personality: Creative, not particularly gentle, relaxed workers

Albums: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News

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