Men with high testosterone dislike classical music and jazz…

Men with high testosterone dislike classical music and jazz…


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2018

…. according to one of those pointless academic surveys, this one originating from Nagasaki in Japan.

A tiny sample group of 37 Japanese males and 39 females, most in their early 20s, were subjected to 25 musical extracts and asked to rate them on a scale of “Like very much” to “Don’t like at all.”…

Read on here.



  • Steve says:

    Ok, then high testosterone –> “people exhibiting rebellious personality traits show strong preference for rebellious music such as hard rock, and an aversion to music genres such as jazz and classical.”
    because the greatest classical musical is actually far more rebellious and progressive than any pop or rock, which is only meant to stupify the senses and let the market forces take over; how they are deceiving themselves with their so called rebelliousness…

    • Suje says:

      Bravo. You’ve nailed it.

    • Alex Davies says:

      This is very true and I shall try to remember it next time somebody tries to suggest to me that an interest in classical music is retrogressive and that rock and pop are where the real innovation is taking place. Virtually all pop and rock music I can think of is of course much more conservative than a lot of the music I listen to: Ligeti, Schoenberg, Berg, Messiaen, Gubaidulina, Sylvestrov, Panufnik, Penderecki, Górecki (and that’s before we reach the composers I don’t listen to: Stockhausen, Boulez).

      • Hilary says:

        I’d certainly agree with the general gist of what you say.

        With that said, I watched this analysis of Captain Beefheart recently and there’s an incredible amount of rhythmical complexity going on here. From 17:20, this is tackled in some detail ( proportions of 5:7 for instance). To my mind one of the best YouTube channels. Also analysis of Webern, Bartok, Stravinsky and Boulez….endlessly fascinating.

      • Allen says:

        “that rock and pop are where the real innovation is taking place.”

        Yes, I think there’s a lazy assumption that modern, sophisticated equipment must produce modern, sophisticated music whereas those silly old wooden instruments could not possibly do that.

  • Allen says:


    Reminds me of a comment aimed at me several years ago along the lines of “Allen prefers the gentler stuff like classical”.

    Nothing gentle about it to me, but then if your exposure to classical is limited to the sort of “pretty” music that some schoolteachers seem to consider appropriate for children, I suppose it might appear that way.

    A genre which derives much of its energy from the national grid is not dynamic and exciting, in my opinion.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Just listen to the first movement of Beethoven 8, guess what LvB meant with that (very easy), and then you tell me about that Japanese study…

  • herrera says:

    What is the correlation of IQ to classical music? ; )

  • Walt says:

    Good, now I understand- my mother in law hates jazz.

  • Cubs Fan says:

    Men with high testosterone may dislike classical, but they sure seem to enjoy conducting it, if recent charges are anything to judge by.

  • Charles Clark Maxwell says:

    ==A genre which derives much of its energy from the national grid is not dynamic

    LOL 😉

  • tom says:

    An interpretation of the Article/Study Title:

    “Weak men that are scared of the vulnerable/caring part of their human nature. Men that lockup and repress that part of themselves to embrace a psuedo “hyper-masculinity”; those kind of men dislike classical music and Jazz”

  • Nicholas Reaburn says:

    On what basis is it established in this study that the sampling make this result representative of anything at all? Rubbish statistically.

    • Ed says:

      Seems like a lot of people in the comments are offended. Statistically the sample size is actually very good, however I would like to see the original research article rather than a websites article. Would be interesting to see how they chose their samples. Also, this only applies to the Japanese people since the participants were probably Japanese, however going forward other universities in other countries should also conduct this research. This article was not written very well either seems very bias to me. So the link to the original source would be nice.