Students Tell All… The Perfect Playlist Consists of What Genre?

Music is a huge part of every student’s life, from turning it on to help them study to blasting it in the car with all of the windows rolled down. It seems that there’s a playlist to fit every activity, but what genre makes up the perfect playlist?

When sharing their preferred genre of music, the majority of students at West noted Indie music as their top choice, as this was about 44% of the votes. R&B/Alternative and Pop followed for students’ second favorite, each genre being about 19% of the votes. The remaining favorites included Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop, as each was approximately 6% of the votes.

It’s clear that Billie Eilish is certainly a popular artist among students, due to her unique voice, dark vibe, and the fact that she’s 17 years old. Students shared that many of Eilish’s songs fill their playlists, such as “Bad Guy” and “Bury a Friend”.

Other songs that complete students’ playlists include “China Shop” by St. Lucia, “January” by Verzache, “Sunflower” by Post Malone, and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Due to students’ differing tastes in music, some students have shared that they’ve felt “music shamed” before. This occurs when someone criticizes you for your taste in music simply because it doesn’t resonate with their own. Junior, Nadia Pane shared a time that this happened to her. Pane said, “I love classical music but many people tell me it’s outdated.”

Music shaming can come in all types of catty comments, from “Oh, you like Country?” to “Who listens to Rock anymore?” These sharp remarks can take a toll on students, making them feel guilty and embarrassed for their preferences. Although this happens all too often, most students agree that the practice of music shaming should come to an end.

But why does it exist in the first place? Junior Nicola Lai said, “I think music shaming exists because people might generalize a whole category from one bad song. Everyone has different tastes, and some people might be more stubborn or believe that their opinions are better. It could be that instead of accepting another person's opinion on music, they see it as a challenge and a requirement to defend their own opinion.”

Music shaming may always exist due to differences in opinions, but one sure way to reduce its impact is by being more open to other people’s music tastes.

Students share their favorite movie genres and explore the impact of "music shaming".

Photo Credit: Rachel Haunschild

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