Personality Cafe banner

Are Song Lyrics Important to You?

  • xNTx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    Votes: 19 7.8%
  • xNTx - The sound must be appealing.

    Votes: 28 11.4%
  • xNTx - Both are important.

    Votes: 39 15.9%
  • xSTx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • xSTx - The sound must be appealing.

    Votes: 9 3.7%
  • xSTx - Both are important.

    Votes: 17 6.9%
  • xNFx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    Votes: 19 7.8%
  • xNFx - The sound must be appealing.

    Votes: 15 6.1%
  • xNFx - Both are important.

    Votes: 78 31.8%
  • xSFx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • xSFx - The sound must be appealing.

    Votes: 5 2.0%
  • xSFx - Both are important.

    Votes: 15 6.1%

  • Total voters
    245
1 - 20 of 80 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
EDIT: I looked a little before making this thread, but apparently not enough. There are already some threads with a similar poll.

How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

Which captivates you more: Lyrics or Instrumentals?

Mine is still a little different, but mine is basically just a duplicate.

ORIGINAL POST: I want to see if there is a trend between certain types on whether they care more about the lyrics or the actual sound of a song.

I can't say I don't care about lyrics at all, but typically, they matter very little. The voice is usually just another instrument. I love instrumental music and music in other languages. I usually can't understand what is being said in English songs, but I usually don't care anyways. But I still like songs in English as well.

Even if I can understand the lyrics, I usually don't feel any attachment to them. Sometimes I may, but the reason I listen is for the sound of the song. But on the other hand, if there is profanity or something else bad in a song, it tends to stick out in my mind more. I will probably still listen if I like the song though. I usually only stop listening/skip part of a song if it is filled with bad stuff.

I have two main uses for music: 1) when I am partaking in activities, such as using the forums or reading something, 2) or it serves as fuel for my imagination.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
I want to see if there is a trend between certain types on whether they care more about the lyrics or the actual sound of a song.

I can't say I don't care about lyrics at all, but typically, they matter very little. The voice is usually just another instrument. I love instrumental music and music in other languages. I usually can't understand what is being said in English songs, but I usually don't care anyways. But I still like songs in English as well.

Even if I can understand the lyrics, I usually don't feel any attachment to them. Sometimes I may, but the reason I listen is for the sound of the song. But on the other hand, if there is profanity or something else bad in a song, it tends to stick out in my mind more. I will probably still listen if I like the song though. I usually only stop listening/skip part of a song if it is filled with bad stuff.

I have two main uses for music: 1) when I am partaking in activities, such as using the forums or reading something, 2) or it serves as fuel for my imagination.
That is pretty similar to my view on lyrics. The voice is another instrument and if it all sounds good together, then that's good enough for me.

However, if I really like the song, I will look into the lyrics, but mostly so I can sing along with it in my room >.< It's so hard to tell what singers say sometimes and its even more difficult to extract real meaning a lot of the times for me.

Oh yeah, I'm probably an ISTJ, though I could be INTJ. Took the poll as xSTx
 
  • Like
Reactions: Aelthwyn

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
That is pretty similar to my view on lyrics. The voice is another instrument and if it all sounds good together, then that's good enough for me.

However, if I really like the song, I will look into the lyrics, but mostly so I can sing along with it in my room >.< It's so hard to tell what singers say sometimes and its even more difficult to extract real meaning a lot of the times for me.

Oh yeah, I'm probably an ISTJ, though I could be INTJ. Took the poll as xSTx
It might have more to do with your judging function, rather than sensing. There's not enough input to really be able to say right now though.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
156 Posts
Sound is always important to me (does the music match the singing, are the voices tolerable, etc.) As long as it doesn't spread a message that doesn't offend me then I'll listen to it, and I let a lot of lyrics slide if the beat is really nice.

Sometimes the words really stick out, especially if it tells a story, but as I've heard someone say it's not until people are really going through something that they listen to the lyrics, and my listening is very acute when I'm disturbed or in pain.

INTJ
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,701 Posts
Considering that only 10% or so of my musical intake consists of lyrics that I can compherend (mostly due to listening to heavy metal, foreign music or both). I tend to not really place much importance on lyrics, and I'll even listen to bands that have repugnant lyrics (such as Nationalist Socialist Black Metal) if I like the songs themselves.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Aelthwyn

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,296 Posts
ISTP, and I really couldn't care less for lyrics the vast majority of the time. I mostly just treat the voice as another instrument, but if I happen to be interested enough, I may look at the lyrics. Albeit, this does not happen very often because about 5% of the music I listen to has words to begin with. Likely less.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
I would say they are both equally important. Maybe not entirely for the listener, but for the artist. The artist has to create a melody and sound the flows well for a listener, while also create meaningful lyrics that connect to the listener and hopefully help them. I can say I love some music only for the sound or voice, while I love other for lyric content as well. As an amateur singer-songwriter myself, it's important for me to do both with my music. To create a melodic sound while also creating a message through my lyrics.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
993 Posts
I've always been of the persuasion that popular music is not primarily a verbal medium. If someone is a top-tier wordsmith, wouldn't he/she be better-served by becoming a poet, a playwright, or a novelist? Not as big a potential payday, but certainly more prestigious.

I do pay attention to lyrics, but don't think they register much when determining whether a song is good or bad...unless they're truly execrable. A song with superior composition and inferior lyrics is, by and large, vastly preferable to the opposite case. Usually, a golden ear for tones isn't married to a tin ear for the spoken word, but it's not unheard of.
 

·
Registered
INTP
Joined
·
1,738 Posts
INTP

Huh... I guess I'll be a bit of the oddball here and say lyrics are more important than sound to me. A song may sound great, but if I don't like the lyrics, I'll forget about it quickly and move on. If the lyrics are stupid to me, then I'll even dislike the song, regardless of the sound aspect because I'll get hung up on "lol this writing sucks!" and then find myself incapable of enjoying it all that much. I like meanings in lyrics because it makes me think more about things and conceptualize ideas hidden within the words.

I voted that both are important, though, because music is a composition of multiple elements, like how a painting is a mixture of content, composition and color. When everything is done well, you get a really wonderful complete package that is a real treat for the ear and the mind.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Phantomhive

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,489 Posts
It varies with me. Some songs I tune out the lyrics because the music is so much more moving. I won't even know the words if I heard it 100 times. Other times it's the reverse, like with old Bob Dylan songs or Beck's early stuff. For me personally, lyrics usually get in the way of music. There's very little I want to express through lyrics when I just want to hear my guitar. Unless I have something profound to say that's never been said I'd rather be silent. I can't just fill a song with "I went down to the bus station...yeah & ate a sandwich...yeah.....". Hey, I might have a hit there. :laughing:
 
  • Like
Reactions: Aelthwyn

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
I might be an ENTP, I'm not sure though. Not to say all ENTPs look at music the same way, nor that INTPs all look at music the same way, but I wonder how much the functions play into this. Maybe since Ti users like to analyze things, they may look more at the meanings of the lyrics. Where as an Ne user cares more about patterns and ideas, using the music as fuel for their imagination (that's what I do anyway). It's possible for both ENTPs and INTPs to listen to music in the same way, especially since they both have Ti/Ne dominant/auxiliary. But for the most part, their dominant functions might cause them to listen to music differently.

Just a thought, but there's still only a little bit of input. You can also never fully trust the results of a poll. What if people mistyped themselves? What if they misunderstood the options, answering wrong? But the results can still shed some light on whatever subject is on hand.

Thanks to all who have participated in this poll so far.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
276 Posts
I'm drawn to music AND to lyrics. When the lyrics are brilliant, the music is even more powerful. A classic example of perfection (IMO) is "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot. Exquisite poetry; beautiful music. Check it out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
76 Posts
I like great lyrics, but what's more important for me is the vocalist's earnestness in singing them. I'm a huge fan of early R.E.M., and even though their songs are full of lyrics like "Up to par, Katie buys a kitchen size but let me in / Sit in top of the big hill, waste of time, sitting still" it's okay because Michael Stipe is singing with this deep earnestness and that's what counts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,083 Posts
Technical/Musical biased. I take in the sounds in their entirety. Fuck having meaningful lyrics if they do not fit within the overall musical feel of a piece.

This coming from an ISTP "Suffering" from Absolute Pitch (makes listening to a lot of things dreadful, especially when I can pick up auto-tune out no problem and 99% of what is out there uses it to a ridiculous degree.)

ISTP, and I really couldn't care less for lyrics the vast majority of the time. I mostly just treat the voice as another instrument, but if I happen to be interested enough, I may look at the lyrics. Albeit, this does not happen very often because about 5% of the music I listen to has words to begin with. Likely less.
Yep, exactly. It is just another instrument. Meaning need not be there unless it makes the lyrics mesh better with the rest of the piece.

Here are a few example of songs that to how I listen to music, meshes perfectly, both musically AND lyrically. (It is something I find common in symphonic metal.)




And to highlight voices to the absolute extreme as instruments, listen to Van Canto or A Cappela in general.

Hooray for being a fan of both Metal AND the classical styles of music. Can also throw in jazz and blues as well. I really detest most of the current wave of mass appealing pop however, there are some gems in there but I can pick out the auto-tune way too easily in most of it.
 
1 - 20 of 80 Posts
Top