Three Types of Listeners

I have found that there are three types of music listeners.

The first is the casual listener who doesn’t pay much attention to the music whatsoever. This listener often doesn’t know the name of the artists or the songs that they listen to. They don’t own much in the way of music. They might not even have an MP3 player. However, they do listen to the radio and rarely switch stations.

The second type of listener likes the sound of the music and doesn’t really focus on the lyrics as much. If it has a good beat, they are into it. If it has a catchy chorus, it doesn’t really matter what the song is about, they like it.

The third type of listener really listens to and analyzes lyrics. This listener cares about the whole package. It isn’t just about the lyrics. The song needs to have a good beat too and the delivery needs to be on point. This listener is often critical of everything they hear.

So what type of listener are you?

I know that I fall into the third category, which from my experience seems to be the rarest of them all. I know that there have been plenty of times where I have discussed a song with someone and they seemed really surprised to hear what the song is actually about. They say things like, “I don’t really listen to the words.” (Type 2 listener)

I know that there are certain songs that I like simply because of how they sound, but I still listen to the words. Sometimes it is okay to have a bubble-gum-pop song that doesn’t really say anything. I do have a few guilty pleasures, but for the most part, I want substance in my music.

I want to hear from you.

Did any of the above categories describe your listening style?

Are you a Type 1, 2, or 3 listener?

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