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4 of America's most musical universities are in California, according to Spotify



Genres listened to at UCLA, according to Spotify.
Genres listened to at UCLA, according to Spotify.
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Music streaming service Spotify recently released their list of the "Top 40 Most Musical Universities In America" — schools that listen to streaming music on Spotify the most — and four California schools made the list: UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC and, coming in at number one, Cal Poly.

"We saw quite a bit of diversity in listening behavior, especially in the distinctive tracks and artists that define a school’s taste," said Spotify's Paul Lamere in a press release. The list is based on schools where students who signed up for Spotify's student discounts stream the most music.

Distinctive artists at Southern California schools included Flume, Boyce Avenue, Haim, Sam Smith and the xx, while country and Christian music proved less popular than at other schools. UCLA students ranked highly when it came to acoustic songs and longer songs, while USC ranked highly for listening to instrumental music. Both schools ranked highly for discovering new music — and ranked among the lowest listeners when it came to positive, happy music, with UCLA at the bottom of the 40 schools ranked.

"I was also really interested in getting insights into the sleep/wake cycles at these schools through music — it’s interesting that some schools stay up late, some get up early, and others do both, burning the candle at both ends as it were," Lamere said.

USC students tended to wake up 45 minutes earlier than students at other schools, while UCLA students went to bed 45 minutes later, with students at both not making up for it on the other end.

One trend that might surprise those who expect California to show its hispanic ties — the top schools for listening to Latin music are the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida and the University of Minnesota.

Read Spotify's full most musical schools list below, including links to more information about the four California schools:

  1. California Polytechnic State University
  2. Iowa State University
  3. University Of California Los Angeles
  4. University Of North Texas
  5. University Of Washington
  6. Texas Tech University
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Northeastern University
  9. University Of Arizona
  10. Georgia Institute Of Technology
  11. Miami University
  12. University Of Missouri Columbia
  13. University Of California Berkeley
  14. Cornell University
  15. University Of Wisconsin Madison
  16. University Of Oklahoma
  17. University Of Colorado Boulder
  18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University
  19. Purdue University
  20. Texas A&M University
  21. Ohio State University
  22. University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
  23. University Of Arkansas Fayetteville
  24. Michigan State University
  25. University Of Central Florida
  26. University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  27. University Of Virginia
  28. Brigham Young University
  29. University Of Michigan Ann Arbor
  30. University Of Southern California
  31. Pennsylvania State University
  32. University Of Pennsylvania
  33. University Of Florida
  34. University Of Alabama
  35. New York University
  36. Florida State University
  37. Auburn University
  38. Indiana University Bloomington
  39. University Of Texas Austin
  40. University Of Georgia