Your music taste goes through a bizarre change when you hit 30



Deezer, the website which tracks huge amounts of data in order to tailor recommendations to its users, relied on a 1000 person survey to find out about listening habits.

Cheaper than actual advertising, I suppose.


This explains my smashing pumpkins thing


What a pile of bollocks.


My taste has got broader and more experimental and varied as I’ve got older. I’ve listened to so much music in my life that I’ve become less and less tolerant of stuff that is safe and unadventurous. I’m always looking for something I’ve not heard before.


Same here. When I was a teenager I had my tribe that I belonged to. As I got older I branched out and followed the branches of the musical tree. My listening - and the stuff I play when DJing - is far more broad now than it ever was.


Totally unnecessary dig at Roy Orbison there. Also, this article is balls as I’ve become more poptimist than ever since 2015


Hasn’t changed at all in the last month


Bit of scepticism in this thread, think broadly it is obviously true, but dis isn’t going to be representative on this


I think having grown up on Peel I always had fairly wide taste. I’ve never really understood people who just listen to indie guitar bands or just listen to hip hop or just listen to electronica (although I love all of those things). What has happened over the years is that
I’ve become more selective and less trusting of critical orthodoxy. Even in my twenties I’d think I bought into the latest music press ‘hot band’ much more than I should have done. It’s easy these days to give those things a quick listen and discount any claim they might have to originality - experience gives you the confidence to make quick judgements you can have faith in. Because I always want new music to listen to that forces you out to the margins to find something that is both new and of value.

I still love a lot of the music I’ve always loved and I’m very happy when it comes up on shuffle, but if I have an hour to sit down and listen to a record it will be something new 90% of the time. That normally means newly released but also explorations of bands and genres you haven’t listened to before.


As for originality, I believe that Billy Childish had it right when he said that “Originality is overrated.”


My tastes have broadened in that I listen to a lot more bands than when I was younger, but has remain relatively narrowly focused genre wise. Don’t think it has increased my enjoyment, if anything the more I got into music the less music I enjoy, like I was becoming more discerning and learning not to like things. Kinda miss being younger and just enjoying any music


Same, I used to be such a little music snob (probably why I got on well here when I was posting as a uni student :joy: I was the indie bellend in my friend group who was v serious about music) but now my tastes are so broad and I’m a lot more relaxed about it all. Used to spend an inordinate amount of time looking for new music and carefully curating playlists, I just have one playlist on my phone now that is a mess


It’s probably the wrong word, but I can’t think of one that expresses what I’m looking for better. Not necessarily a brand new sound but some spark of something new and unexpected or different or individual. I like lots of new music that sounds like old music but it has to have something in the songwriting that lifts it above the crowd.




I have got more adventurous as time has gone on with music. Probably more to do with availability and lack of fucks given than anything else. 16 year old punk me would have been unlikely to spend money on a Joanna Newsom record as it would have been a punt and I would be afraid of looking like a dork. No issues now though.


Hitting 30 this year, put on Radio 2 out of choice in the car the other day. Can only conclude that this article* is 100% accurate.

*I haven’t read it. I’m 30 soon and can’t afford to waste time reading things.


In my teenage years I was very tribal and only listened to stuff I thought I should like

In my twenties my tastes expanded, I realised there was good music in all sorts of genres and I listened to loads of different stuff.

Now I’m 30 I’ve pretty much given up on proactively seeking new music and just listen to stuff I know I like, but at least it has a fair range.


This is the opposite from what I’ve experienced - maybe a good 90% of bands that I listen to I’ve discovered since turning 30. I think a lot of that had to do with the sudden existence of Spotify, and also being relocated across the country at that age to the suburbs of a city where I knew no one for a job I loathed. I pretty much did nothing in my free time other than try to find new music. Finding this place has pushed that even further - it’s weird looking back to when I considered years where I found four new albums (three of which were probably by bands I already knew) as productive.


As I’m approaching 30 (it feels weird to be saying that), I am finding with regard to music that (a) there’s less time to really invest in music as there was when I was younger (even considering that my hours are fairly flexible at this point in time); and (b) it’s harder to be as passionate about a larger pool of music as I was about the smaller amount I was aware of when I was younger.

Still bloody love music, though. I really can’t see myself suddenly thinking “music has stopped now” at the age of 30.