Many INTJs, like most people, love listening to music. In this article, I’ll cover a few INTJ musicians/artists, and I’ll also reveal some of my preferences for music.
INTJ Musicians, Singers, or Artists
While this list isn’t all-inclusive, many people think that the following singers, rappers, composers, or artists might be (or have been) INTJs.
- Beethoven–Some people think that Beethoven was an INTJ. David Keirsey pegged him as an ISFP. It’s hard for me to say without an in-depth study of his life. I did watch a great documentary about him on YouTube, and he was definitely an introvert, but I wasn’t trying to type him when I watched it. I could also relate with his disdain of allowing patrons to influence his creativity. I hate accepting gifts from people, especially if I think they can influence me in some way (I’m far too independent for that!).
- Jay-Z–Many people think that Jay-Z, the rapper, is an INTJ.
- Roger Waters
- Annie Clark
- Glenn Gould
- Dan Aykroyd–He’s an accomplished actor who has also played music throughout his career.
- Stephen King–He is known for his writing, but Stephen has also played in a band as a hobby.
How INTJs Approach Music
INTJs approach music in the same way they approach anything else: strategically and scientifically. When I made the INTJ creativity video, I received many interesting comments from INTJ artists and painters. Many of them said that they approach their work in a very scientific way. They put tremendous thought into the colors, and they think about the science behind the paints they are using.
I’d imagine that most INTJs would approach music in that same way. They’d meticulously write (and even rewrite) music until the lyrics were perfect. They’d take great care in structuring songs. They’d plan out performances and rehearse them.
INTJs would also apply their standard of perfection to everything, and never be truly happy with their work. They might become upset when missing a single note while playing an instrument and feel inclined to start over. They’d probably practice for hours in an attempt to master their skills.
In addition, INTJs would make great executives within the music industry. With their abilities to see the big picture and recognize patterns within their own internal framework, INTJs could exploit emerging genres or identify new market trends and act accordingly.
INTJ Music Tastes and Preferences
What kind of tastes or preferences do INTJs have in music? First, you must realize that this is more of a personal preference, not a personality trait. Some INTJs might love rock, whereas others might hate it. It really comes down more to personal preference, culture, and age.
I like a broad range of music, and I tend to like older music. I feel that most songs produced these days are superficial and meaningless. The older songs have more zest, more meaning, and more heart.
I rarely pay attention to the artist or band of a particular song. I don’t really become a “fan” of a particular group. Rather, I just like individual songs from a wide variety of artists/bands.
I like a few songs from The Temptations. I like that one song “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops. I like several songs by Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. I like a lot of songs from the 50’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. I like some pop songs, soft rock, Christian songs and hymns, Christmas songs (I even listen to those in the summer), etc. I love Beethoven’s Fur Elise. I even like rap songs if they don’t contain inappropriate lyrics or themes.
I like some songs from the following bands: Chicago, Journey, Heart, Mercy Me, etc.
I like some songs from these artists: Chris Tomlin, Phil Collins, Bonnie Tyler, Mariah Carey, etc.
Honestly, the list above doesn’t even scratch the surface of my musical preferences. I can’t recall most of the artists or bands that I listen to on a regular basis, because I rarely take note of them. I’m more concerned with individual songs than I am the artist or band who created it. I often have to type keywords of lyrics into YouTube’s search bar when I want to hear a song that I like.
As far as dislikes, I really have never been a fan of jazz, country music, bluegrass, hard rock or goth, rap with excessive profanity, or songs with immoral lyrics or themes (example: “I just slept with five girls”). I’m not really a fan of Frank Sinatra-type music either.
Here are a few other observations about music from my perspective as an INTJ:
- I have zero talent for writing music, playing instruments, or singing. I cannot read a single sheet of musical notes (it looks like Greek to me).
- I’ve never had loyalty to one single artist or musician. In other words, I used to hate buying a whole CD so that I could listen to the 1-2 songs I actually liked on the album.
- It’s rare that I like more than 3-4 songs from any single artist. I judge songs by their own merit. However, I do have respect for talented artists. I do like about 6-8 songs by Celine Dion, so she’s probably an exception.
- I hate musicals. I even hate movies that feature heavy musical breaks, such as the movie “Mary Poppins.”
- I dislike “live” versions of music. I’d rather listen to the best version with crisp audio and no mistakes.
- I’ve never been to a concert and don’t plan on it.
- I like to listen to music that helps me express emotions that I already feel. Music helps me to express them in ways I could never verbalize.
- I find that when I listen to music, I often go into a trance-like state. I create elaborate scenarios in my mind, much like I do when I create those imaginary debates or conversations. I can often picture myself in scenes in the future.
- I can even become emotional when I listen to music, which is relatively rare for me to do. My eyes can even fill with tears.
- I like listening to music while doing random tasks such as paying bills online or organizing my room.
- I get most emotional when I listen to music while doing nothing else, because then I can really visualize and imagine things.
- I do NOT like to listen to music while studying or concentrating on something deeply. I need complete silence, kind of like Bobby Fischer during a chess match in the movie “Pawn Sacrifice.”
- I do not like to listen to music loudly. Perhaps it’s due to my inferior extroverted sensing function, but extremely loud noises, bright lights, and strong smells give me a headache.
- Random words spoken to me will often remind me of songs. For example, my wife recently told our son, who was on the floor, to get up. I suddenly started singing the James Brown song…”Get up, eh. Get on up…”
- I often sing random songs throughout the day (even though I have a horrible singing voice). My wife calls me her radio.
- I often make up my own silly lyrics to songs I know well, much like Weird Al Yankovic does with people’s songs. He turned Michael Jackson’s “I’m Bad” into “I’m Fat.” My wife often laughs when I do that.
- I don’t always know the lyrics to most songs. I don’t know the official title to most songs I like (hence, why I often have to search for it by using keywords of the main lyrics).
- I don’t know the artist or band of most songs I like. I think I already wrote that, though.
In conclusion, I really enjoy listening to music. I find it relaxing, and it can help me escape, express emotions, and recharge. What kind of music do you like? Feel free to leave a comment and share your preferences or experiences.