Coldplay and ABBA ‘music greats’: report


Students in Australia and the UK were asked to nominate musicians and bands they thought were “great” along with their favourite and least liked songs.

Professor Emery Schubert from UNSW’s Empirical Musicology Laboratory said the findings suggest it’s time to accept the musical value of bands who have been dismissed in the past.

Professor Schubert pointed to the Beatles as a band widely recognised as “great”.

“Perhaps more surprising are recommendations that ABBA, Queen, Coldplay and Whitney Houston have now joined these great masters of music.”

American singer and actress Whitney Houston.Source:News Regional Media

Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Picture: AFP / TT News Agency / Olle LINDEBORG.

Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Picture: AFP / TT News Agency / Olle LINDEBORG.Source:AFP

The artists considered the greatest in the study, published in the Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain journal, were Queen, followed by the Beatles, then Beethoven and Coldplay.

Eh? Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Eh? Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The results from the survey showed even when a musical act is loved, there are still some critics hanging around.

None of the participants disliked composers Bach, Beethoven and Mozart – but new contenders Queen and Coldplay were sometimes disliked.

“It seems that undisputed greatness just takes a long time to establish,” Professor Schubert said.

Friday by Rebecca Black received the highest number of nominations for disliked piece of music.

This was followed by Happy by Pharrell Williams, Gangnam Style by Psy and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Nicki Minaj received the most nominations for disliked artist, followed by PSY, Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black and Taylor Swift.

Researchers from UNSW, Curtin University and Roehampton University in the UK surveyed 172 participants for the study.



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