When I listen to music, I occasionally try to figure out what cognitive function or type it might best be representing. Going through random samples from my collection, then seeing if there is a youtube match, heres a few and my impressions on them (these are just my impressions without any analysis on most of them )...
INFJ - (NiFe) The Cruxshadows - Eye of the Storm
This one has some lyrics that seem like strong Fi, but overall, I get more of a feel of Fe supporting Ni. Curious if INFJs feel this represents them or not. Beseech - Innerlane
Not really sure if this is INFJ or something else, but its one of the stranger and more imaginative videos I think I've ever seen.
For me, classical music is Ni, because it's so abstract, and produces imagery in your mind. The tone of music affects your inner impressions and the mental images in your head because of it are nothing directly related to the objective world.
Same goes for any foreign language music, where you cannot understand the words. And since you can't understand them, your subjective interpretation will more likely be of things completely unrelated.
Certain tones of music make you think of flowers and gardens, other tones make you think of demons and monsters.
I like to search through folk music for intuition.
'to nashville town they strayed...the power and glory, did not come to meet them'
'behold the famous dissapearing man who comes in crimson robes, and leaves in yellow rags."
-Tracy grammar and dave carter
Minor music and dark lyrics = INFP (FiNi). Tell me if I am wrong! (Thankfully, I am not this dark anymore!!! )
I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn't accidentally tell you that
I'm only happy when it rains
Hmmm, I certainly agree that they fit for INFP, but reading those lyrics above, that sounds more like sensing than intuiting. I guess the question would be whether a natural inclination toward sorrow and dark things is part of Fi in itself or a product of how the cognitive processes of Fi, Ne, Si and Te interact together in an INFP?
This one here seems more like the kind of darkness an INFP would come up with (and one I relate to much more than happy when it rains (but I do like rainy days )) Beseech - Lost
On the basis of comparing metal, I wont argue, but I don't really get an Ni or Ne feel from most Metallica songs. A lot of their lyrics have a feeling of relating to concepts like justice, free will and consequences, and those strike me as mostly Te (which would be shared by INTJ, but as a secondary process not dominant) but they seem flavored more by concrete descriptive lyrics than by ideas. I would say that most of Metallica's songs strike me as either ESTJ or ESFJ since they are either critiques of organized systems (justice, military etc) or drawing attention to problems with society and the way we treat people that do not conform (an argument could be made for Fi influence there, but the overall feel to me is Te or Fe dominant).
I chose the Iced Earth song as a representation of INTJ since a common stereotype for INTJ (whether or not its accurate) is the mastermind and the themes of manipulation and world domination in that song as well as the more image/future idea oriented lyrics in it.
Heres some other rock/metal songs I'm curious how others would type...
Ok, that Bjork video was quite strange, but saying thats Ne makes me wonder if I'm seeing Ne completely wrong. I associate Ne with seeing and articulating possibilities and ideas that are influenced by introverted judgement of some type and Ni being the more dreamlike or visionary version of intuition that is much harder to act on or put into words, so I'd be more inclined to call the Bjork video INxJ.
On a similar note, what would people consider these to be? Herbie Hancock - Rockit Peter Gabriel - Sledge Hammer
To me, these are how I see ENTP, but again, I could be very confused since I have a harder time distinguishing between Ne and Ni than any other function pair.
I just chose it because I usually score INTJ and like it a lot more... not a serious argument, I know... then again, I did recently take a MBTI out of curiosity and it said I was either an INFP or an ESTJ. My posts are usually spur of the moment BS btw.
Speaking of Alanis, this song always struck me as Fe from both the view of the person caring about the other & the person it is describing (and the person it describes seems to have the Ni perfectionism - I totally related to it throughout high school)...
Mary Jane by Alanis Morissette
Whats the matter mary jane, you had a hard day
As you place the dont disturb sign on the door
You lost your place in line again, what a pity
You never seem to want to dance anymore
Itsa long way down
On this roller coaster
The last chance streetcar
Went off the track
And youre on it
I hear youre counting sheep again mary jane
Whats the point of trying to dream anymore
I hear youre losing weight again mary jane
Do you ever wonder who youre losing it for
Well its full speed baby
In the wrong direction
Theres a few more bruises
If thats the way
You insist on heading
Please be honest mary jane
Are you happy
Please dont censor your trears
Youre the sweet crusader
And youre on your way
Youre the last great innocent
And thats why I love you
So take this moment mary jane and be selfish
Worry not about the cars that go by
All that matters mary jane is your freedom
Keep warm my dear, keep dry