Almost half of us tell ‘musical mistruths,’ global study reveals

Deezer research uncovers why people are hiding their true music preferences

  •  International survey of 8,000 adults finds 42% tell ‘musical mistruths’ about the songs and artists they’ve listened to
  • Small white lies lead to musical discovery, with over two thirds (70%) listening to the song they claimed to know
  • Top reasons to pretend include not hurting someone’s feelings and avoiding embarrassment on a first date

30th July: Being untruthful about your music taste is more common than we think, according to a new research from global music streaming service, Deezer. The study looked across Brazil, France, Germany and the USA, and found 42% of people tell white lies about songs or artists they like or listen to. The primary reason why we pretend is to avoid hurting someone’s feelings (40%).

Deezer reached out to 8,000 adults in four countries to find out if people were entirely honest when it came to sharing their music preferences. Despite almost half of respondents admitting to stretching the truth, a musical white lie can actually become a pathway to discovery and over two thirds (70%) go on to listen to the track they were dishonest about.

The participants revealed their ‘musical mistruths’ involved pretending to like an artist or song they’d never heard or didn’t like (19%) or claiming to dislike a song or an artist when they actually loved them (12%).

The top 5 situations to tell ‘musical mistruths’ include:

  1. To not hurt someone’s feelings when they play you a song (40%)
  2. Avoid embarrassment on a first date (21%)
  3. Appear more sophisticated in front of work colleagues (14%)
  4. Discontinue a conversation when asked about music you haven’t heard (13%)
  5. In front of children or family members when lyrics are obviously rude or explicit (10%)

Frédéric Antelme, VP of Content and Productions at Deezer, commented: “Our music taste reflects who we are. It shouldn’t matter if our friends don’t like the same songs or artists. We’d love people to be more open and honest the next time your colleague or friend says they’re not a fan of your favorite artist. You never know, you might even change their mind!”

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