Software app writer Virgil Griffith is a man with a mission: for seven long years, he has been charting musical tastes based on average SAT scores of college students with correlated Facebook data.
His study was sparked from listening to music that he thought was trashy, and then wondering how ‘loving this rubbish says a lot about someone and how much they got going on in their head’. His findings? Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins and Counting Crows rank among the top favorite bands of those with the smarts, while Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, The Used and gospel music trickles at the bottom as being liked by those who are not so bright. Faith in humanity and good taste restored there.