Deserving of its name, pop music is in fact the most popular music genre in the world. According to IFPI's latest Music Consumer Insight Report, 64 percent of the 19,000 consumers from 18 countries surveyed listen to pop music, edging out rock and dance/electronic music as the second and third most popular genres.
In 2020, says MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music), 'R&B/hip-hop' claimed a 28.2% share of total album-equivalent consumption. That was up on both 2019 (27.4%) and 2018 (25.6%). Meanwhile, Rock was the second most popular genre in the US in 2020, both across all formats, and across on-demand streaming platforms.
Since 2017, R&B/hip-hop has been the dominant music genre on the United States Billboard charts, becoming bigger than pop and rock and coming to define modern popular music.
Here's our list of the 10 most popular music genres:
- Pop. The quick and easy definition of “pop music” is any music that is popular during a particular time in history. ...
- Hip-Hop. Hip-hop is one of the most popular music genres in the music industry. ...
- Electronic Dance Music (EDM) ...
- Rock. ...
- R&B. ...
- Latin. ...
- K-Pop. ...
The Top 10 Music Genres
- Electronic Dance Music.
- Rhythm and Blues (R&B)
Unsurprisingly, the biggest global audience for hip-hop music is found in the United States. The genre is so popular that in 2019, 52% of the top 100 most streamed songs were hip-hop.
Hip-hop is officially the most consumed genre of music in the United States. This might not be surprising to music fans out there, but now there is compelling data to back that up. Nielsen Music has released its annual mid-year report. This report looks at the songs and albums that are being consumed the most.
Here's why. Rock is no longer the top dog in music. For the first time ever, R&B/hip-hop has surpassed rock to become the biggest music genre in the U.S. in terms of total consumption, according to Nielsen Music's 2017 year-end report.
R&B/hip-hop held a 37.5% market share of audio on-demand US streams in H1 2018, according to Nielsen, but this fell to 29.8% in H1 2019. Overall, total on-demand streams (audio plus video) in the United States reached 507.7bn in the first half of this year – up 31.6% year-on-year.
It's easy to think of powerful vocals and piercing instrumentals as the most effective forms of music to create emotion within us. However, R&B can not only compete with the most striking sounds and solos, but it is one of the best genres of music that can instil an array of varied feelings.
Pop. As the label itself indicates, pop music is surely the most popular genre in the music market.
New York City is the clear number one choice on this list, as it is home to some of the greatest rappers of all-time, many of which made the greatest albums of all-time. The beats and rhymes created and exhibited on those albums are a soundtrack to the gritty beauty of New York City.
Sometimes it's 70%, sometimes 80%. The proportion is of rap buyers, or rap listeners, or total rap purchases; it's of teenagers, or of consumers age 13 to 34. Often, the 70% statistic isn't attributed but merely recited as gospel, making it tough to find its original source.
Marshal Bruce Mathers, professionally known as Eminem is on the top of this list of best rappers in the world. You might be knowing him from his all-time epic – Rap God, and trust us he literally owns the title. In the Billboard list of the best all-time rappers, he is the top one who is alive.
Coke La Rock is known for being the first rapper to ever spit rhymes after teaming up with DJ Kool Herc in 1973 and both are recognized as the original founding fathers of Hip Hop. Rap music was originally underground.
There's no one look to R&B.” Yet while the hip-hop/R&B category has collectively grown, surpassing rock as the most popular genre in the United States for the first time in 2017, according to a Nielsen Music year-end report, the former is quickly outpacing the latter.
Blacks are the most likely to hold that rap and hip-hop (69%) is representative of America today, followed by R&B (53%). When it comes to personal preference, one in five Americans say that classic rock (20%) most reflects their lives.