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Does your music taste change with the weather?

Asked by richardhenry (12628 points ) June 17th, 2008 from iPhone

On a hot day, there is nothing I love to listen to more than the Dandy Warhols. But it’s cold right now, the sun is setting, I’m on a train staring out the window and I’m listening to Imogen Heap. Does your music taste change with the weather? If so, how so?

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iwamoto's avatar

to me it’s just how active i am, i wake up with jazz, walk to school with neo classical, shuffle @ school, and my current favorite CD the rest of the day, and some more shuffle before i go to sleep

wildflower's avatar

Absolutely! When summer comes around I go all pop-disco-esque or power-pop/rock. In winter it’s a bit heavier.
I still can’t listen to Coldplay though – with all the rain in Ireland, that’s just too depressing.

richardhenry's avatar

Just thought I’d add that there’s some pretty amazing clouds in the sky right now. Tried taking a photo to post but phone quality sucks.

@iwamoto: What’s the CD of the moment?

marinelife's avatar

Oh yes, weather and time of day. I like classical in the morning, jazz after dark, classic rock late night, and sing along rock for road trips.

Wine3213's avatar

Definitely. When it’s warm and sunny out, I lean toward upbeat music. Especially more hip-hop, and dance music (stuff with a beat). When it’s cold and cloudy, I lean more toward dark, or more somber music.

Skyrail's avatar

I don’t know. I’d love to create some sort of app from say the last.fm API to help me see how different things affect my music tastes. I don’t think the weather affects my music directly. I think it’s more of my mood and weather combination affecting my music taste. Sometimes, like now, I’ll listen to anything general. But sometimes (like this time of night and this weather) I want to listen to songs that tend to be ‘hollow’ in the way they make me feel (trying to explain how music makes you feel is so hard), other times It’s different. Most of the time I just want to lose myself in certain songs which take time to find. But once I find the right song I drown out everything else. </ramble>

syz's avatar

I listen to music based on my mood rather than weather or other factors. I’ve also found that I can moderate my mood through music. If I’m in a crappy/angry mood, I can gradually play less caustic music until I calm down.

Fallstand's avatar

Yes absolutely

iJimmy's avatar

I use to work in radio. Its pretty common for ratings to fluctuate with the seasons. For example pop stations tend to go up in the spring and summer. And classic rock and oldies stations go up in the fall and winter. I guess people tend to get more nastagic then.

Knotmyday's avatar

It depends on the temperature, and what I’m drinking at the time. With me morning coffee, something upbeat and driving and fun, like Don’t Lose Touch by Against Me is good for all weathers, drives the cobwebs away. Driving in the rain, during the day, Nick Cave. Driving at night in the rain, In the Air Tonight, Phil Collins (I’m such a geek ;^). Long distance driving, epic rock/metal (Leviathan by Mastodon, Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden) Sitting on the beach, with something rummy in my hand: War, Marley, anything mellow. Out on the deck with a beer on a warm summa night, Van Morrison, The Police, etc. In the garage with a beer on a cold winter night, whatever I feel like. Usually Sinatra. By Helmet.
So I guess the short answer was…yes.

iwamoto's avatar

@richard, the cd of the moment is:

a night with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess

loser's avatar

yeah, in the winter I tend to listen to more classical and when its warm I really gotta have reggae!!!

fabulous's avatar

not really i pretty much I like the same music what ever the weather

Ha did ya get it what ever the weather
did ye see what I done there with the questin and my answer

Oh just forget I ever said any thing

whatthefluther's avatar

Well, yes and no. For example, if its cloudy and the “Clouds Taste Metallic”, there is a good chance I’ll listen to The Flaming Lips or if there’s a “Summer Breeze”, Seals and Croft, but I don’t care how many “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”, under no circumstances will you find me listening to B.J. Thomas.

stephen's avatar

With my mood.

bethanski's avatar

Absolutely. Sunny, warm weather makes me want to roll the windows down and crank up The Ramones; cloudy, cool weather has me breaking out the Imogen Heap. (Good choice, by the way…)

Trance24's avatar

Only sometimes it does. Like I like listening to upbeat songs when its like that summer driving weather. And when its cold I guess it would be a little more down beat. But a lot of the time it depends on my mood.

steelmarket's avatar

When it snows, I get the urge to listen to Vivaldi. Trite, I know….

SecondHandStoke's avatar

As a person with seasonal depression I listen to fewer musics during the eternal New York winter.

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