Current theory has it that our musical tastes are mostly determined by a particular age. For boys, that age is between 13 and 16, and for girls it’s between 11 and 14. Some believe that 14 is the most defining age for both boys and girls, but input from music fans asked to offer their experiences with musical taste revealed that the age range is a more consistent and reliable point of reference.

Those putting this theory forward called this the “Magic Age” and essentially suggest that our personal taste in music is developed and solidified within that age range so the music you like thenn becomes the music you go on to like as an adult and for the rest of your life.

It’s important to note that while this could include specific musicians or artists, it generally refers to the genre and type of music you like. If at age 14 for example you are a fan of classic rock, you will in theory like classic rock as an adult. Whether you still like Led Zeppelin at age 40 as much as you did when you were 14 is another story, but you will still like classic rock.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone nor does it mean that once you’re older than the age ranges you will never like another genre of music. You may and likely will like some other types of music, but those may not be your favorite and may not draw the same level of interest. It’s also possible that you become a music fanatic, and your music tastes continue to expand and develop and refine for decades…making this Magic Age concept null and void to you.

My Magic Age:

I was born in November of 1964, making my Magic Age range 1978 through 1981, given that I turned 13 in late November of 1977. To keep it simple, I’m just leaving December 1977 out of it…So, what does all this mean to me? Let’s take a look.

For me, as a music fanatic, which I wrote about here, I would say the Magic Age isn’t quite as meaningful as it may be for others, but it still is dead on accurate in identifying a good portion of my favorite music.

For example, I became a huge fan of Styx which I still love today and consider amongst my favorites along with other groups such as Foreigner and Boston that were classified similarly as Album Oriented Rock (AOR).

Van Halen debuted in 1978 and they’re a big group to me. I got into the Rolling Stones in 1978 due to Some Girls which led to a lifetime of being a Stones fan. Then there is Foreigner, Rush, The Who, Wings and a whole slew of other bands that put out albums that year which became some life long favorites. Yes, I’d say this was part of the Magic Age for me.

For me though, the love of music and discovering new music continued. When I left home for college in 1982, I met people from other backgrounds and those people introduced me to new music. The first time I heard The Clash was in 1982 as a freshman in college. I also heard Jazz for the first time and instantly fell in love with the music of Monk, Davis and Herbie Hancock.

About a decade later still, in 1991, Nirvana and Pearl Jam hit the scene and along with Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, turned the world of music upside down with the so called Grunge genre. I loved that music. Still do. It reminded me of the classic rock I grew up on, though it wasn’t quite the same.

In between all of this, I developed a strong interest in early old school rap music such as Eric B and Rakim, De La Soul, Public Enemy and others. Rap was a vital and vibrant music scene back then and I enjoyed a lot of it.

How does the Magic Age fit into your life? Is it accurate? Does it hold up under the scrutiny of your own experiences? Let me know below in the comments on our Facebook Page!

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