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Have you ever tried to psychoanalyze someone's playlist?

Asked by JeSuisRickSpringfield (621 points ) January 17th, 2013

Playlists offer an interesting look into the minds of others. Why that song? Why those songs together? Have you ever tried to figure out what meaning might be hiding behind the choices? If so, whose playlist did you analyze? Do you think you discovered anything interesting?

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Kardamom's avatar

One of my teenage male cousins used to constantly post lyrics of songs on Facebook that tended to include the theme there’s darkness all around and I was somewhat concerned that he was depressed or even suicidal. Now that he a few years older, those posts have stopped and now posts mostly sarcastic/ironic quotations and ridiculous non-sense (inside jokes that only very specific people would get) stuff, but he seems pretty happy.

I have to stop myself my always asking, Huh?

hearkat's avatar

@JeSuisRickSpringfield There’s something familiar about you… have we met before?

My fiancĂ© has friends he met on a site about making mixes, and some of those make me curious. My brain just doesn’t work that way, I guess. I don’t even have playlists.

glacial's avatar

@Kardamom Sounds like he was a typical teenager. :)

Kardamom's avatar

@glacial I guess I am getting old, when I was in High School, boys simply didn’t emote like that. But then again, we actually spoke directly to each other, if you were lucky enough to have one speak to you, and of course we didn’t have Facebook.

The constant need to appear ironic really drives me up a wall.

glacial's avatar

@JeSuisRickSpringfield I absolutely love mixed tapes, and wish more people would give them to me. I give them sometimes (burned to disc these days, obviously), to people who I think would appreciate them, and put a lot of thought into choosing songs that work together, and into the transitions from one song to the next. I like to juxtapose songs with themes (or lyrics – sometimes just a single line) that either contradict or complement each other. They are fun to create if I have the time. I’m not sure what that reveals about me… other than that I enjoy music. :)

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

Some songs are just meant to be songs for the hell of it. Not because it means something, but because it just ‘is’. I can’t say that analyzing a playlist would probably be a surefire way of getting an accurate ‘read’ on someone.

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