17
Mar
09

Morons Dig Pop Music. Who Knew?

According to a PhD student’s dissertation work (and we all know that shit is golden), if you both like Beyonce and can feed yourself without incident, you’re way ahead of the curve.

The study was carried out by Virgil Griffiths, a PhD student in America, who compared students’ scores in SAT exams with their favourite music acts and genres by analysing data on social networking sites.

Those who prefer indie music are most intelligent, while pop, rock and gospel fans were all ranked at the lower end of the scale.

Fans of legendary acts like Queen, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and Bob Marley are all around average and above when it comes to intelligence, according to Griffiths.

Radiohead, U2 and Bob Dylan all have intelligent fans, he said.

Fans of Beyonce, Timberlake and Jay-Z all tended to score below 1,000 on SAT scores, with the average being a mark of 1071 out of 1600.

Fans of Beethoven were way ahead of the rest with an average score of over 1300.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not totally averse to Beyonce’s music, and I think it’s its inoffensive nature which makes her base broader. And, let’s face it, more listeners in The U.S. = overall dumber listeners in the U.S. (and, really, I think it’s safe to say Sasha Fierce has outsold Beethoven’s 9th this year).

What I’m wondering if where the hell is Britney Spears and/or Michael Jackson on this chart? Doesn’t crazy make the cut anymore?

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