February 12, 2014


40 Artists Men & Women Can Agree on Listening to in 2014

Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

If you're searching for music anyone can get down with, turns out Bruno Mars is your best bet nowadays, at least according to new findings from digital music blog Music Machinery.

According to the report—which studied the recent streaming habits of 200,000 randomly selected digital music listeners—Mars, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are 2014's least divisive acts when it comes to male and female listening preferences. 

The report listed the 40 most-listened-to artists after eliminating several names based on alleged "gender bias." For instance, while Avicii boasted a load of plays, the DJ was not included on the study's Top 40 list because his listeners skew too heavily male. Meanwhile, Christina AguileraOne DirectionJustin Bieber and Demi Lovato were also kept off the Top 40 list due to skewing too heavily female (based on this report).

The most popular male-skewing artists axed from this list were Iron MaidenRage Against the Machine and Van Halen, while Danity Kane, Cody Simpson and Emily Osment were the top three for ladies.

That's not to say that zero chicks get down to Iron Maiden or that dudes don't dig Xtina, but according to these figures, their listeners will be a guy or girl (respectively) more often than not. 

The study concluded that for mainstream music fans, about 30% of the artists in a typical guy's playlist won’t be found in your average female-crafted listening rotation, and vice versa. So while you're crafting your next party playlist and are looking to avoid that "WTF are we listening to?" moment, you can play safe with the 40 artists above.