How to Get Your Best Friend to Like Music You Like
I’ve been in a lot of situations where I have to convince friends to like music that I like. While this is not the most exciting thing in the world, it’s also not something you should feel bad about. You’re just trying to connect with someone who you love and want them to understand what makes your favorite songs so special.
Rod wave quotes about love are a great way to convince your friends that the music you love is worth their time. Whether it’s a band, song, or album, these quotes will help you explain why you love what you love.
You’re not alone. Here are some tips for convincing your friend (or anyone) to like the music they don’t already love:
You can’t force someone to like any art form, really: not books, not movies, not even food. The world is vast with so many different kinds of art that each person is bound to have their preferences.
This means that no matter how much you love an artist’s work or album and try to get your friend into them too, it may just not be for them. That’s okay. You can still spend time together without having similar tastes in music as long as you accept and respect their preferences, and vice versa: your friend should do the same for you.
Think about what makes the songs special
Focus on the lyrics. Lyrics are important to any song, but if you’re trying to get your friends to like music by making a playlist together, they’re especially essential. Think about what makes the lyrics special, are they funny? Romantic? Sad? What kind of feelings do they evoke in you?
Focus on the instruments. Listen closely and try to figure out which instruments are playing in each song. Are there drums? A guitar? A banjo? If you can recognize them all and point them out when they come up, that’ll be a big help for your friend as he or she learns more about them later on.
Focus on the singer’s voice (or instrument). Different singers have different voices, some are gruff; some are smooth; some sound like robots or children at times, and those differences can make songs sound very different from one another despite being about similar topics (like songs about love).
Don’t focus on their flaws
The last thing you want to do is insult your friend’s taste in music. They might not like the same music as you, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong or bad at listening to it. If anything, it means that you both have different tastes in music and that’s okay. Don’t try to change them; instead, accept their differences and learn from each other’s experiences with different genres of music.
Don’t tell them they are wrong for liking what they like or not liking what you like.
When someone shares their preferences with others, please don’t respond by telling them how much better another genre must be than theirs (even if it is). What happens when someone tells us our favorite food sucks?
We get defensive because we feel judged by an external source, and the same goes for people whose musical tastes differ from ours: they will instinctively think we’re judging them when we just want to support them in whatever way possible. So instead of saying “I’m right,” try asking questions about why they like certain artists/genres more than others…and maybe even offer up some suggestions if needed 😉
Take them to a concert or a music festival
If your friend discovers music, take them to a concert or music festival. You can talk about the music and the artist, share your enthusiasm for both, and maybe even have an “aha” moment that gets them hooked on something new. There’s nothing quite like hearing a band live, they’re better than ever before.
If your friend doesn’t have time to go with you, there are other ways of sharing these experiences with them. For example:
- Share videos from YouTube (or other places) where people discuss their favorite bands/artists in detail; or share articles written by critics who like those same bands/artists, or post things on Facebook so they see it when they log in (and maybe comment).
- Send links to artists’ websites so they can listen online if they don’t have much storage space on their phone/tablet/computer at home; then follow up by asking them what they thought about the music. Or meet up outside work after work hours so we can enjoy some tunes together over coffee.”
The most important thing is to not get frustrated and keep trying because your friend will one-day love music as much as you do. Keep the conversation open, be friendly and supportive, and remember that there’s no way to predict when someone will change their mind about something.