The sound of music?

February 14, 2012 10:49 am

Bruno Mars is a popular choice for both new relationships and break-ups

Love stinks… but it’s not as bad as Facebook’s taste in songs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Facebook has revealed that it is in on yet more of our most intimate behaviours. We’ve all been guilty of indulging in a little soppy music therapy at the end of a relationship, and of finding exquisite beauty in the most literal of love songs when we’re beginning one.

For the most part, however, we do this in the privacy of our own car, or possibly while stifling a lonely tear on our morning commute to the dulcet tones of James Blunt through our iPods.

Apparently, however, we also use Spotify to soothe our hearts through our eardrums.

Facebook has launched a Valentine’s Day experiment (with surely no hidden financial agenda at all) to discover the songs that users listen to when they’re entering a new relationship, as well as when they’re leaving one. The project looked at data from the songs users listened to in the days and weeks after changing their relationship status – and the
results are… well, an abomination.

If these results are accurate, it would seem we’re all a bunch of clichéd iGen love-lemmings, with barely a skerrick of music taste between us. Courtesy of Mashable, here are the top 10 songs Facebook users listen to at the start of a romance:

  1. Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo
  2. Love On Top by Beyoncé
  3. How to Love by Lil Wayne
  4. Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
  5. Good Feeling by Flo Rida
  6. It Girl by Jason Derulo
  7. Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
  8. Criminal by Britney Spears
  9. No Sleep by Wiz Khalifa
  10. Free Fallin’ by John Mayer

…and for the broken-hearted?

  1. The Cave by Mumford and Sons
  2. Crew Love by Drake
  3. All of the Lights by Kanye West
  4. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
  5. Take Care by Drake
  6. It Will Rain by Bruno Mars
  7. We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
  8. Call It What You Want by Foster the People
  9. Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez and the Scene
  10. Without You by David Guetta featuring Usher

Well, it’s pretty clear why they got dumped!

Is the Biebster is favourite with twits?

While this data shows a worrying trend towards Bruno Mars taking over the world (whether you’re coming or going in the love game, he gets a piece of the action), there is some valuable data to be extracted for both Facebook and Spotify’s future marketing efforts.

We’re guessing that if Facebook looked at the average age of each user listening to these songs, the number wouldn’t be higher than the legal drinking age in most countries. Logically, this means that there’s an overwhelming number of teens either using Facebook, Spotify, or both. It’s not exactly groundbreaking research, but nevertheless valuable if
used correctly.

The data also got us thinking… what would the list look like if it had canvassed Twitter users? Instagrammers? Tumblr-lovers? We’ve placed our bets for the number-one songs in each category. Care to place yours?


For this community of whimsy-loving snapshotters, we’re thinking the soundtrack is going to be somewhat, well, visual.

New relationships: Pictures of You by The Cure

Break-ups: Paint a Vulgar Picture by The Smiths


Indie teen angst runneth over in the world of Tumblr…

New relationships: Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols

Break-ups: Sentimental Heart by She and Him (because if you love Tumblr, loving Zooey Deschanel is a forgone


While there are some cool tweeters out there, we can’t discount the sheer number of beliebers who utilise the site – and hold a considerable amount of power when it comes to making something trend…

New relationships: Baby by Justin Bieber

Break-ups: Baby by Justin Bieber

What are your picks?


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