As a music enthusiast, I have always wondered what kinds of music other people find interesting.
Surely, it had to be different from what you hear on the radio or at mainstream night clubs. I decided to do a little digging, and surveyed, anonymously, 59 students on their music tastes. I used Spotify’s Developer Tools to collect data regarding the responses I got from the survey.
We posted the survey on the UNSW Discussion and the Blitz 2019 groups on Facebook, and I asked a few friends to fill out the survey. I tried my best to maximise my goal of randomising the people who respond within UNSW. The data that I decided to use was composed of the responses people gave to the question “What is a song you’ve listened to a lot lately?”
I think the answer to this question gives an indication of a general type of music the person finds interesting, and worthy of multiple listens. I had theorised that most of the music would be recent, and looking at the data, I was fairly correct. We’re almost 7 months into 2019 and almost half the tracks in the data were released in 2019. Only about a sixth of the tracks were released before 2010.