Monday, March 05, 2007

Musical taste and IQ by race: Steve Sailer suggested that I display results from the last post broken out by race to see what happens. Here are mean IQs for whites:

Mean IQs--whites

Opera 108.2
Classical 108.2
New Age 107.5
Jazz 107.2
Showtunes 107.0
Blues 106.3
Big Band 105.2
Folk 104.6
Latin 103.3
Oldies 102.3
Contemporary Rock 101.1
Easy Listening 100.2
Reggae 99.7
Heavy Metal 98.5
Bluegrass 98.1
Country 97.1
Gospel 96.0
Rap 93.5

The ranking is similar to what we saw belowe (since whites are by far the largest group). Not surprisingly, the IQs are higher for whites, and they rose the most among genres that are popular among non-whites: Latin, jazz, blues, reggae.

Here are the means for blacks:

Mean IQs--blacks

New Age 113.9
Opera 107.0
Folk 103.5
Latin 97.8
Classical 96.3
Showtunes 96.1
Easy Listening 95.8
Oldies 95.5
Jazz 94.5
Blues 94.2
Bluegrass 94.2
Contemporary Rock 93.2
Gospel 91.9
Big Band 91.4
Reggae 89.7
Country 89.7
Rap 88.2
Heavy Metal 87.6

Caution: sample sizes are extremely small for less popular types of music.


  1. Anonymous11:55 PM

    What about Hispanics? Are they lumped in with Whites?

  2. Anon: No, they are left out.

  3. Anonymous1:09 AM

    any chance you could provide some numbers?

  4. I think you have a reality TV show in the offing here: I'd particularly like to see the battle between the black New Age and black Heavy Metal fans.

  5. Anonymous7:34 PM

    These results - Latin 103.3, Oldies 102.3, Country 97.1 etc. - sound like the names of FM radio stations :)

    Iron Rails & Iron Weights

  6. turkey9:14 PM

    They should rechristen the GSS as, "Every stereotype is true."

  7. Anonymous4:08 AM

    I've been to the site, but where do you get the information about IQ on the GSS?

  8. Anon: Just type in "IQ" as a variable, and you can analyze it however you want.

  9. I think there are several subgenres not listed here, on which the IQs are likely higher than in the parent genre: alternative rock/metal, progressive rock, and gothic rock. (All of these reject current mainstream rock and metal as superficial.) I would also be interested to see whether death metal attracts lower or higher IQs than thrash metal.

  10. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Very old post to be commenting on but as an old metalhead (I have crap hearing and metal is nothing if not loud) I thought I would toss up my personal observation. It was my experience that those guys who listened to it (at least the more extreme forms) tended to be below average or significantly above average intelligence with not much in the middle. Estimations of intelligence based upon personal experience rather than anything academically acceptable :)


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