Does your music taste change depending on your mood?

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  1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
    sparkleyfingerposted 10 years ago

    Does your music taste change depending on your mood?

    If I'm happy, I like happy music. I love The Beatles, for example. Then, when I'm feeling down, I like to listen to more acoustic music, like David Gray. It's not always the rule, because sometimes I can listen to absolutely anything, from one extreme to the other... So I'm interested to know, does your taste in music change depending on your mood? Who do you like to listen to in different situations?

  2. Rosyel Sawali profile image65
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 10 years ago

    I generally like more upbeat music when I'm happy. At times, I go more for more sentimental music like the ones played in the '80s. I suppose you can say that my taste in music changes depending on my mood. I can tolerate "noisy music" more when I'm in a happy mood too. ^_^

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      ditto, as I mentioned in a previous comment, if I am in a bad mood, and hear a jolly song, it can really annoy me! weird!

  3. writinglover profile image78
    writingloverposted 10 years ago

    For me, it does. Whenever I'm sad, I play, for example, "Broken Vow" by Josh Groban or "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts. Whenever I'm overly excited, I play "Irrational Anthem" or "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White-Ts just because of the high energy they both give off.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, I often play songs that relate to what I'm feeling at the mooment. Its quite sad, because for a moment you actually think the artist relates to you! hahaha

  4. Justin Muir profile image91
    Justin Muirposted 10 years ago

    Most definitely.  In fact, I tend to listen to music that reinforces my personal mood.  If I feel great and on top of the world,  I will prefer rock, pop, and or rap.  If I feel dour, tired or just contemplative; you can bet that I'll be listening to jazz or classical.  I've even tried listening music juxtaposed to my own mood.  It doesn't work too well  (i.e. jouyous/loud music doesn't make me happy when I'm feeling down).  Wonder if that's good or bad?

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, im the same, some people use music to change their mood, but unfortunately it doesnt work for me. If i hear a happy song, and I'm not particularly happy, it actually irritates me tongue

  5. Londonlady profile image88
    Londonladyposted 10 years ago

    Definitely. Perhaps your long term musical interests aren't affected but your short term ones are. If you're angry, for example, you might want to listen to something that is soothing to you perhaps something classical, or hard rock to get the energy out. If you're feeling in a romantic mood you might want to play some slower paced songs...and so on. If you're really interested in the topic (I clearly was) I wrote a whole hub about this. … -The-Brain

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Your hub is very interesting! I didnt try the test, but im sure I will at some other point smile

    2. larakern profile image69
      larakernposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I definitely agree. I believe that listening to certain types of music can even change my mood!

  6. msLarayne profile image62
    msLarayneposted 10 years ago

    yes, when I'm trying to feel better, I'll listen to something happier.  Now a days, I try to really use music to alter my mood for the better because I know it can be very powerful.  But I can definitely listen to some quiet or sad music because there is usually so much passion in it!

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! Thanks for answering!

  7. anikoonline profile image60
    anikoonlineposted 10 years ago

    I listen a wide scale of music (from rock to hiphop) depending on my mood.

    When I'm happy I listen alternative, rock or worldmusic, ex. Foo Fighters, Muse or Baba Yaga. 

    When I'm sad I prefer sad pop songs or rap music, ex. Adele or Eminem.

    I can't select any music genre to say its my favourite because it always depends on the special case. For long travelling I listen normally Reamonn or simply the radio.

    There's a huge music chaos in my mp3 player: I have an album from Jennifer Lopez, The Beady Eye and even Negative or Daughtry.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I love that you love such a wide range of music. I love loads of different types too, and even through the ages. I love Elvis, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, The Monkees.. right upto QOTSA, Foos, Eagles of Death Metal, Slipknot, down to The Lumineers...

  8. iviskei profile image74
    iviskeiposted 10 years ago

    There isn't really any specific kinds of music I listen to depending on moods, but there is a lot of music I don't listen to when I'm unhappy. There is only a few bands that I have no problem listening to no matter what my mood is.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, i can understand that! one band i can NEVER listen to is Coldplay (sorry to any fans out there) but they actually make me depressed, no matter what! lol

  9. band_girl profile image60
    band_girlposted 10 years ago

    I don't think my musical taste changes due to my mood.  I never seek out sad music if I am blue for instance, but I might talk to someone or do some journaling, but I would not intentionally listen to sad songs.
    Music can change my mood though.  If I am listening in the car or out running with my headphones on a song can evoke a mood within me.  I can get pretty pumped up by some AC/DC or I find myself racing down the road to some rockin BonJovi.  If I hear a sad song I will reminisce about a sad time.  The "Star Spangle Banner" makes me tear up and swell with pride and Meredith Brooks "Bitch" makes me feel sassy
    So it seems I am easily manipulated by music, HA!  In the interests of good mental health, I think I'll stick to the happy upbeat stuff.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, thats the thing though, personally I don't "seek out" sad music if I'm sad, it just happens to be the songs that my brain wants to listen to at the moment. The louder songs annoy me when I'm sad, and vice versa.

  10. dghbrh profile image79
    dghbrhposted 10 years ago

    Yes it is true . Music choice do chance with time  and mood.
    Mainly i do listen to light Indian Hindi songs. Then depending on mood it may switch to English romantic evergreen songs or instrumental.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Its great that you enjoy lots of different types of music. I dont know much about hindi songs, but have heard a few Westernised Bollywood tunes, I don't know if they're similar? (I'm totally ignorant on the subject!)

  11. Goody5 profile image60
    Goody5posted 10 years ago

    Sure the taste in music is one of those ever changing things for everyone.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, although personally I usually loop round to the same stuff over and over. I can probably count on two hands the amount of new bands I have added to my ipod over the last 2-3 years! Oops!

  12. drag0ndad3 profile image60
    drag0ndad3posted 10 years ago

    My taste in music doesn't change a whole lot depending on my mood.  If I am listening to metal for example while I am in a happy mood, I will listen to something rockin' about partying or something of that nature.  When I'm in a bad mood or angry of course metal has a song for that.  I find metal to be kind of my comfort zone.  When I hear most metal, that's good, I feel at home no matter the mood.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      awesome! there is plenty of variety in Metal, not many people realize this smile

  13. rabadiya profile image62
    rabadiyaposted 10 years ago

    Yah surely it does, depending on your mood you will feel like listening to different kind of music for instance if you are in a energetic mood you will love to give your ears a dance, elctro, beat, my self when i am in an energetic mood i hear music from tomorrowland sets.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome, thanks

  14. Sophia-LeAnne profile image60
    Sophia-LeAnneposted 10 years ago

    My music is definitely synced with my mood. When I feel secure, happy and at peace, I put on my gospel music. When I want to party I play reggaeton. Feeling sad? Bachata all day.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Great stuff! Thanks

  15. Santibanez profile image60
    Santibanezposted 10 years ago

    I'm generally one who listens to R&B; something mellow, lively tempo, maybe a little whimsical. I've come to listen a wide variety of music depending on my mood and sometimes pending events or circumstances.

    Say playing along with sports, I might listen to something a bit more upbeat and challenging promoting competitiveness. In times of sadness, I think I'd prefer to listen to something that promotes a supportive mentality, a message that makes me look for a bright side. Playing a vid-game that might have an intense moment, I might go for hard music...Playing the moment aggressively like everything's on the line. Some nights I have trouble sleeping because my mind is endlessly thinking it seems, so I find acoustic music or clear nature sounds let's my thoughts drift away with the music and I'm left in peaceful state.

    Music is quite a colorful art, a beautiful representation of the aspects of life.

  16. JessicaBlack profile image59
    JessicaBlackposted 10 years ago

    Mine does. When I'm hurting and upset I listen to slow sad songs. When I'm happy I listen to Rave music. When I feel lonely I play Music that blares into the soul.

  17. Neinahpets profile image86
    Neinahpetsposted 10 years ago

    Very much so.  I will listen to anything from heavy rock/metal to soothing celtic music depending on how I feel. 

    Some examples...

    Avenged Sevenfold, Demon Hunter and the like when I'm angry or doing intense video gaming.  Sia, Maria Mena and others of this style when down.  Adrian Von Ziegler, Enigma, Enya and many video game/movie instrumental tracks when I'm relaxing or painting.  ...and when I want upbeat, dance around the house happy fun time?  Jpop/Kpop/Taiwanese Pop is great (After School, 5 Dolls, S.H.E, etc), as well as Lady Gaga and others.  These are also great for working out.  And just all around great?  Apocalyptica, HIM, and In Flames.

    There is sooooo much more, but I just wanted to name a few obscure bands that may haven't listened to to give a different spin on my answer.

  18. alsakhary5 profile image60
    alsakhary5posted 10 years ago

    Yes . It's real because we are'nt love to listen to same music all time or same genre of music all time we must change between them .

  19. lakeets profile image59
    lakeetsposted 10 years ago

    Yes - rocky music when I'm angry, hip hop when I'm feeling confident, pop ballads - like Adele, Emeli Sande when I feeling hard done by men,

  20. OutWest profile image58
    OutWestposted 10 years ago

    My taste doesn't change but my choice of what I listen to changes with my mood.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's actually quite interesting... I must admit the same, really when i think about it. The music i choose to listen to at a specific time is dependant on mood... but my CD collection always stays the same! Great way to look at it, thanks!

    2. OutWest profile image58
      OutWestposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for such a positive response

  21. Elderberry Arts profile image94
    Elderberry Artsposted 10 years ago

    Yes, definitely and also music can change my mood

  22. profile image0
    KEPitzposted 10 years ago

    Oh absolutely! When I'm having fun, I'll lean toward 80s music (Oingo Boingo, Missing Persons, etc.), if feeling nostalgic it's classic rock - like 70s music (Grand Funk, Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, etc.). When I'm angry, I'll listen to heavy, heavy metal - LOUDLY - particularly KoRn or Godsmack. When relaxing, I like new age and classical. And when I'm just being silly, I sing the theme to the Big Bang Theory over and over (it's been stuck in my head for a few months now...)

  23. carozy profile image81
    carozyposted 10 years ago

    Yes, my mood determines the music I feel like listening to, although sometimes a song will change my mood.  For instance, happy jumpy dance music can make me feel like dancing while a smooth romantic song can make me feel sentimental.  It's interesting how music plays with my emotions.  Sometimes music can be very soothing to me.

  24. profile image57
    betty1989posted 10 years ago

    For me, no matter how happy or sad I am, I always listen to light music. I just like that feeling.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image86
      sparkleyfingerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      True, some would say that happy music all the time would lighten their mood, if they were down!

  25. R Creighton G profile image61
    R Creighton Gposted 10 years ago

    I listen to prog rock while I'm writing, more often than not.  Otherwise I'm all over the map; I'm as likely to listen to "Player's Ball" as I am to "Landslide".

  26. adambarker97 profile image70
    adambarker97posted 10 years ago

    yes, the way you are feeling can affect what type of music you want to listen to e.g bad mood may lead to depressiing song, happy mood and you want to listen to something upbeat. Also not only can your mood decide what music you listen to, the music you listen to can determine your mood.

  27. sahbam16 profile image69
    sahbam16posted 10 years ago

    I imagine depending on the activity you are undertaking, an event which has passed you are likely feel comfort in listening to a certain type of music. For example when exercising, fast tempo music with a strong beat aids in building adrenaline within your body, thus I would agree that dependent on mood your music taste can change slightly. However it could be argued that the type of music simply enhances the mood you're already in, giving the illusion of a change in your taste in music

  28. rainpurplewine profile image67
    rainpurplewineposted 10 years ago

    I always love to listen to love songs.When I'm feeling down I love to listen to something more inspirational.  So yeah, I think my music taste does change slightly depending on my mood.

  29. ladydeonne profile image73
    ladydeonneposted 10 years ago

    With me it's the other way around.  I like all genres of music.  Unlike you, I use music to help me control my feelings .  If I am down or anxious about my circumstances, I play music or sing a song that is uplifting and makes me happy.  It's impossible to be sad and happy at the same time.  Listening to sad music when you are down only serves to exacerbate your feelings of being down.  I prefer to be happy all of the time, when possible, as it is when we are happy that we are attracting more things in our life to be happy about.  We have the power to control our thoughts and feelings.

  30. nArchuleta profile image77
    nArchuletaposted 10 years ago

    I have certain bands (ok, just Rammstein and, usually, Prljavo Kazaliste) that I can listen to at any time. However, if I am angry, I listen to Rammstein's most aggressive songs; if I am sad, I listen to their melancholy songs. But if I am in a regular mood, I can listen to most pop, rock, metal, industrial music and be just fine. If I'm in a more cultured mood, I switch to my flamenco or even classical music. But rap and hip-hop instantly affect my mood negatively, as does twangy country music.
    Great question!

  31. Violets3 profile image53
    Violets3posted 5 years ago

    Allll the time!!! But it goes both ways. If I'm sad, I might listen to sad music...but sometimes, I might be sad and I on purpose listen to happy music...and I start feeling better.

    Music can inspire an emotion...including change how you feel in that moment - no matter how opposite that emotion is. This is why I love music. I will often listen to specific music to help me do something creative, or something different if I want music to help me concentrate on studies, another to get me hyped up...etc etc.

    And in general, I like almost allll genres of music. I'm not big on country or jazz..but even sometimes I like listening to those kinds of songs.

    This is why I LOOOVE music.


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