The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-present

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genre_pop

genre_hiphop

genre_EDM

genre_classical

genre_jazz

genre_blues

genre_heavymetal

genre_disco

From Google’s beta-stage measurement analysis of topics, designed to accurately measure overall interest in a broader topic area, not just one specific search term.

Results are relative to previous interest, but Google doesn’t offer absolute search volumes.

 

 

40 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    “From Google’s beta-stage measurement analysis of topics”

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    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      Checked it out, looks like Google isn’t batching that as a category, perhaps because it’s such a broad search term (spanning everything from ‘Klezmer’ to ‘R2D2’ to ‘Coachella’). Perhaps there will be something in the future that we can look at.

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  2. roland

    its hard to tell what these graphs mean. electronic dance music is relatively new to the mainstream so of course it is up in popularity. what are the numbers though? pop music is probably still way ahead.

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  3. Anonymous

    As a single entity, music just isn’t as popular in general. Too much competition for peoples time from other media.

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    • Anon

      I would like to see data to back this statement because it seems more people are into music than ever before.

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      • GGG

        I think it’s less that people aren’t INTO music, more that if you take the modern day equivalent of 1000 kids who would have sat in front of their turntable with headphones in 1967, an enormous chunk of them will be playing video games now, or watching YouTube videos, or generally surfing the web. Not that music won’t be present, jut that it’s not the focus.

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  4. markedwards

    Why no data on Country music? That may be a format with some actual growth to report.

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  5. Ryan Troughton

    Alternative Music? Inide Music? These genres have become in some senses, interchangeable with “rock.” I am curious to see the effect of how new music gets categorized, as genres continue to evolve

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  6. jim C

    The Y axis would be useful here. If you read the annual Neilson Music reports you get a better sense of how each genre is related to each other in terms of overall listener share.

    So Rock and Hip Hop may be on a downward trend based on previous peaks but their slice of the overall consumption remains very high. Also, the definition of “rock” now often gets lumped into ALternative and Pop depending on it’s Billboard charting. What is 21 Pilots? What is Imagine Dragons? Think I missed country music consumption here…as well as R&B/Urban Contemporary.

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  7. DeezNizzuhh

    I don’t think these graphs mean very much. As social media has grown since 2005, searching for music by genre has declined because now people look for specific artists on social media. There’s no need to really search for music based on genre.

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    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      This is a reality Google has to contend with. Apps aren’t generally searchable, and that includes hugely-important apps like Snapchat. Over the past few years, Google has struggled as other platforms have started to host serious, often search-driven discussions and indicators of interest (Twitter being one major example).

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  8. Julian Huntly

    So genres are more or less popular than they were, but amongst a set of how many people.

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  9. Musicservices4less

    If these charts are somewhat accurate, they provide interesting information. However, if you are attempting to get a handle on the general question of “is music as a whole being listened to less or more than previous years, I my gut tells me it is being “listened” to much more than in the past decades.
    My gut is based on many years of day-to-day music business involvement. I know, not very scientific.
    The numbers appear lower most likely do to the devaluation of music that has taken place over the last 15 years.
    So for those like me whose livelihood depends on the conversion of “listens” to monetary value, there is an extremely bright future. Popularity of genres of music will always change with the generations of listeners. Every generation wants to claim creation of “their sound.” And that is a wonderful thing for the arts and the business of music.

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  10. John Smith

    Sorry to see hip hop flattening out like that, hopefully in the future it will continue to nosedive.

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  11. Dennis

    Someone tell this to the people setting concert ticket prices. Those sure aren’t going down.

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  12. d. fuentes

    i will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER listen to EDM… it’s not music… it’s synchopated, computer-generated drumbeats with no soul whatsoever. give me a real person with a real instrument making real music….

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    • A. Nonymous

      I find EDM useful for work which requires deep thought. Have you ever had a song running in your mind and you can’t get it out of your head? EDM keeps it away and frees those neurons for more useful activity. (Warning: that has not yet been scientifically confirmed.) Also, I don’t actually “listen” to EDM. It is just background, not something I focus on.

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  13. DarkoV

    Seems to me that practitioners of the different genres might want to combine forces for an alternative music category so as to halt their respective skid. Heavy Metal and Disco are both skidding toward Old Age homes…why not combine and have Heavy Disco…unless the resulting music would be the cause for sore backs and out-of-whack joints..

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