How about that?
According to a study at New York University, country music isn’t the preferred music of choice for psychopaths.
The researchers gave a questionnaire to more than 190 NYU psychology students that rated their level of psychopathy. It includes questions such as, “For me what’s right is whatever I can get away with” and “Love is overrated”.
The students listened to a songs from a wide range of musical selections, from classical to recent Billboard 100 songs, and rated them on a seven-point scale. Most of the songs were unfamiliar to the students. Wallisch and Leal looked for correlations between preferences for certain songs and the students’ scores on the psychopathy scale. They identified about 20 songs that seemed to be particularly popular or unpopular depending on the listener’s level of psychopathy.
Among the songs with the highest correlation were Eminem’s Lose Yourself, the Academy and Grammy award-winning rap song popularised in the 2002 movie 8 mile, and Blackstreet’s No Diggity, which ousted Macarena for Billboard’s top spot in 1996. Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean was also popular with those students who scored high on the psychopathy scale. On the low end were Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing, the much-covered country tune Wayward Wind and The Knack’s 1979 pop-rock hit, My Sharona.
There you have it. Out of the 190 students tested, fans of Patsy Cline’s “Wayward Wind” came in pretty low on the psycho scale. In other news, Justin Bieber fans were relatively high on the psycho scale… which is like half of the country. Yikes.