Music Taste World Series: California vs. Missouri

The baseball teams of San Francisco, California and Kansas City, Missouri face each other tonight for the third game of this tied World Series (1-1). These are the Giants and Royals you’ve been hearing so much about.

To celebrate each team’s home state and learn something about what makes them unique, Spotify analyst Ariel Marcus compared their tastes in music on the field of Spotify.

We’re not going to declare a winner or loser, because one can’t truly judge music taste, other than subjectively (although one can try). Still, we can see pretty well how these states line up against each other music-wise.

You can make your own rules for deciding who wins.


California

California Music That Is Not Missouri Music

Here are the top 10 artists that people in the San Francisco Giants’ home state of California listen to a lot, and that the people in Kansas City Royals’ home state of Missouri don’t tend to listen to very much:

  1. Disclosure
  2. Jhene Aiko
  3. Enrique Iglesias
  4. The Neighbourhood
  5. J. Cole
  6. Adele
  7. Daft Punk
  8. Charli XCX
  9. The Rolling Stones
  10. John Legend

Keys strengths: Pop, ElectronicaThe Neighborhood, J. Cole, The Rolling Stones

 

Missouri

Missouri Music That Is Not California Music

Here are the top 10 artists that people in the Kansas City Royals’ home state of Missouri listen to a lot, and that the people in San Francisco Giants’ home state of California don’t tend to listen to very much:

  1. Sam Hunt
  2. Hoodie Allen
  3. Pentatonix
  4. Lady Antebellum
  5. Ingrid Michaelson
  6. Florida Georgia Line
  7. Foo Fighters
  8. Jason Aldean
  9. Green Day
  10. Bastille

Key strengths: Contemporary Country, Rock, Hoodie Allen, Pentatonix, Bastille

Now baseball fans know who to listen to if they want to support one team’s home state vs. the other’s, musically speaking.

For those not interested in baseball, there’s another application for these lists: understanding a little bit about how people in these places stand out from each other. There’s also some decent music in there.

Play ball!

Methodology

These are the most distinctive artists to each state because one state listens to them a lot relative to the other state.

There a many ways to do this. This time, the most interesting results came from running the top 200 from each state artists against each other, with the popularities reversed,to get the distinctive lists, and then including the top 20 from within that.

(Images of California and Missouri via Wikimedia Commons)