Musicians Who Are Really Smart

Updated: May 10



We may assume that people with high IQs are found in the science and mathematics world. Seldom do we connect entertainers with high IQs. But if we think about it, it cannot be just luck and opportunity for one to become rich and famous - intelligence probably plays a big part too. The moderately gifted scores between 130 to 144 on an IQ test and those with a score above 180 is considered profoundly gifted. Here’s a list of some musicians who are really smart.


Madonna - IQ Score 140


To kick off the list is Madonna, who has an IQ score of 140. The queen of pop has inspired numerous famous musicians throughout her entire career. She has been a staple of the music industry for decades after her breakthrough in the 1970s and 1980s. She is also a genius at reinventing herself. It’s not surprising that the iconic star is moderately gifted.


Snoop Dogg - IQ Score 147


Snoop Dogg is next on our list and this successful American rapper, actor, and businessman is in the highly gifted category with an IQ score of 147. He is also known as an amazing cook, which not many people know.


Lady Gaga - IQ Score 166


It takes creativity and intelligence to be able to keep reinventing oneself artistically quite a few times over the years. Well-known for her visual image reinventions and musical versatility, Lady Gaga has an impressive IQ score of 166, which makes her exceptionally gifted. Lady Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling musicians and the fourth highest-paid female musician of the 2010s.


Shakira - IQ Score 140


Shakira is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is also able to converse in French, Italian, Catalan, and Arabic and her language prowess earned her a degree in the history of western civilisation at UCLA. It’s not a surprise since this pop star has an IQ score of 140 which makes her moderately gifted.


BTS’s RM - IQ Score 148


While he was a middle school student, RM scored 900 out of 990 on the TOEIC, an international standardized exam that tests the English proficiency of non-native speakers. He was the top 1% student in the national university entrance exams for language, math, foreign language, and social studies.


TVXQ’s Changmin - IQ Score 150


Changmin of the Korean pop duo TVXQ has an IQ score of 150, just 10 points less than Albert Einstein. Changmin attended Kyunghee University, one of the top universities in Asia. He pursued a second degree at Konkun University in 2011 where he majored in film and arts. He later obtained a master’s degree at Inha University.


EXID’s Hani - IQ Score 145


Hani from the Korean girl group EXID scored 900 out of 990 on her TOEIC exam and everyone was shocked to learn that she spent just two months studying for the test. She can speak English and Korean and also studied in China for a year, making her quite fluent in Chinese. She also is conversant in Japanese.


Besides being gifted with high IQ scores, these musicians are also helped by playing music because music affects the grey matter in our brains. If you are keen to get your brain workout via learning a music instrument, get in touch with us at Ritmo Music Studio in Singapore.


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