Is it Rude to Play Loud Music?

In most people’s opinions (who listen to music regularly), the louder their favorite music is the cooler the music sounds.

But, is it rude to play loud music? Let’s read on below together and find out the answer!

Is it Rude to Play Loud Music?

Nearly everyone enjoys their favorite music as loud as possible, but, sometimes playing music as loud as we’d like to is rude. 

For example, when you get home from work and want to unwind with your favorite music, it is rude and uncalled for to blow the speakers loud enough for your neighbors to hear the music.

Likewise, if you are having a backyard wedding, and playing music, whether live or via a stereo system, your music’s loudness level may disturb the neighborhood and result in the police coming and crashing your party. 

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, playing loud music rates 8. The fact of the matter is, playing music loud is fine… playing it super loud isn’t. 

Playing music loud enough that it is heard away from the property from where it is being played is absolutely rude and uncalled for. 

The main exception is when a permit is issued from the city beforehand, such as a concert or perhaps an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Why is it Rude?

Playing music loudly isn’t really a problem for most people, as the majority of music lovers enjoy hearing it as loud as possible.

Loud music becomes rude when you play it so loud that people can hear it from surrounding properties. 

In other words, if your music is loud enough for people to hear it outside and away from your home, it is rude. In fact, if your music is that loud, you may be subject to a penalty by law. 

At any rate, if your neighbors can hear your music, you should turn it down (especially if they come and ask you to do so).

Common Questions

Why do people play music loudly?

People listen to music loudly for various reasons, mainly because they enjoy hearing it on the highest possible volume they can get away, without disturbing others.

At weddings, dance halls, and other places and events that include music, it tends to be loud for the same basic reason; people love to vibe with loud music.

Is my music too loud?

If you can hear your music outside of your home, it is likely too loud. Music that can be heard from a distance away from your property is without question much too loud.

Playing music that is so loud it disturbs the neighbors or surrounding businesses is often punishable by law.

What happens for playing music too loud?

When you play music too loud, the first thing that happens is the people it is disturbing to feel that you are rude. In other words, you may lose your neighbors’ basic respect by playing music too loud.

The second, and perhaps more important thing that may happen is that you could be visited by local law enforcement and even prosecuted by law.