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What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:15 AM
click to enlarge Lambda Chi Alpha - COURTESY OF KYLE BURCH
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  • Lambda Chi Alpha
Frat guys were once thought to be the Neanderthals on campus, particularly when it came to their cultural tastes. But you'd be surprised the kind of music you hear at fraternity parties today - it's often more Low End Theory than fratstep

To wrap our heads around what the bros are into, we talked to guys from six fraternities at Loyola Marymount University - after all, the school represents a good cross section of college students today; elite kids and scholarship kids alike. 

Keep in mind we're generalizing, and every guy in every house is different. But, based on our interviews with them, conversations with co-eds, and personal experience, these are the kinds of music the different houses more or less prefer when they're getting down. 

click to enlarge MARY GRACE CERNI
  • Mary Grace Cerni
Sigma Chi
These guys tend to frequent events like FYF and even have a "music appreciation" phase of their pledge process. Often considered the "hipster" fraternity, they're also quite fashion forward: one member even has his own line of above-the-knee shorts
Favorite Genre: Rap and alt-rock throwbacks
Some of their favorite artists: Blink-182, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Taking Back Sunday
What their parties are like: At their rowdy ragers and lower-key shindigs you'll hear everything from Justin Timberlake to the Black Lips.
What the brothers have to say:
"We had a party, and I played 'My Love' by Justin Timberlake in the flip cup room.  That just totally changed everything. It's some sexy shit, but it's also a banger."
"As a fraternity we are very passionate about music, that's certain to me. But I don't know if you could pin it down as, 'This is what they do and don't listen to.'"
"There are small things you can do to create that really perfect fuckin' atmosphere at a party. It's just as simple as knowing the right music to play, and changing the fuckin' lightbulbs, and then you have, like, a really really good party."

Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon tend to dominate all-Greek sports competitions, but they're also involved in service organizations and student government. Hence they're known as Renaissance men.
Favorite Genre: What you'd hear at a Vegas club - top 40 with a twist
Some of their favorite artists: Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, Avicii
What their parties are like: It depends, but you might hear Ke$ha, or eclectic remixes of popular radio songs. Oh, and "Remix to Ignition" by R Kelly is never left out. 
What the brothers have to say:
 "If it's at a party, it's definitely gonna be more upbeat, pop mainstream. And then some hip-hop, but not too obscure. Stuff that everyone hears on the radio, like iTunes top 100."
"We're into Vegas."

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