The music you listen to can indicate your personality type, a study claims, with country fans more extroverted and blues lovers more emotionally stable.
Researchers for Spotify profiled 17.6 million songs and over 662,000 hours of music listened to by 5,808 Spotify users spanning a three month period for the study.
People who like Aretha Franklin and soul music generally tend to be more agreeable and lovers of folk music are more likely to be open, the authors found.
Spotify was this week granted a patent for technology that uses personality types to 'personalise user experience' by changing the tone of voice used in spoken messages delivered within the service.
The team behind the music personality study was also involved in the new patent.
Dolly Parton performing onstage at Day on the Green concert at Oakland Coliseum on May 28, 1978. Country music fans are among the most outgoing, according to the researchers
Fans of B.B. King (pictured) and blues music generally are more emotionally stable than fans of many other genres of music
Study authors linked musical genres to one of the major personality types.
Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and emotional stability.
Emotional links to genreSoul - Conscientious and agreeable R&B - Extravert Reggae - Open Country: Extravert Jazz - Agreeable Blues - Agreeable, emotionally stable Funk - Conscientious Alternative - Introverted Rock - Introverted Punk - Anti-social, emotionally unstable Emo - Introvert, emotionally unstable Indie: Open, introverted
Study authors had 5,808 volunteers complete a personality test that rates them on openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and emotional stability.
They then looked at their musical history and found that the songs people listened to could predict their personality type with 'moderate to high accuracy'.
'Our results using big data and advanced machine learning techniques show the opposite,' the Spotify team said in the paper.
'There is a great deal of information about personality that is communicated through musical preferences.'
A love of punk links to disagreeableness and a lack of