And singles looking for something serious should consider female classical music fans, who are 93 percent more likely to be looking to tie the knot, and male rap fans, who are 16 percent more likely to want a serious relationship.
This is in tune with a 2017 Elite Singles survey that found 67 percent of daters said it’s a deal-breaker if a partner isn’t interested in music, with just more than half saying it’s important to have a similar taste in tunes — and one in three even vowing to pull the plug on a potential match if their musical tastes weren’t aligned. That report also noted that three-quarters of American singles think going to a concert is a great first date idea, with rock (29 percent) being the most popular choice, followed by a classical performance (15 percent) and a pop star (13 percent).
So what’s the deal? First, your musical tastes do say a lot about you. A University of Austin study titled “Message in a Ballad” found that your song and album preferences are linked to your personality, and other people are able to form accurate impressions about you based on your playlist. For example, extroverts often prefer happy and energetic music; those who are more experiential gravitate toward complex music; someone more introverted or depressed may avoid upbeat songs. So if you want to work the $3 billion online dating industry to your best advantage, you may have better luck looking for your musical soulmate first.
Plus, bonding over your favorite songs — or teasing each other about different musical tastes — makes a great icebreaker for first dates.
“Music is very good at helping to create social bonds. When we listen to music together and keep the beat or sing along, even if we’re in separate rooms, we feel good about the other person,” Plenty of Fish conversation expert Celeste Headlee told Metro. “The experience releases endorphins in our brains, which leads to pleasurable feelings that we can share with someone else. Singing together also leads to the release of oxytocin, the neurotransmitter that causes warm, loving feelings. Even listening to music can cause your brain to release oxytocin.”