Other results found Heavy metal and Soul as the least likely to contribute broadening interests.
Professor Loveday, a music psychologist, said: “Music is a very fundamental way for parents to connect with their children so it is not surprising that musical tastes get passed on.
“But it is interesting to think that listening habits might also nurture open-mindedness and flexibility, as well as a yearning for live music.
“We have known for a while that exposing young children to lots of new foods will help them to develop a more adventurous palate and it looks like the same thing might be true of music”.
People were most receptive to different genres and sounds between the ages of 24 and 35, with nearly half (45 per cent) in that age group saying they were now very happy to listen to the same music as their parents, after which they became less inclined to listen to new music.