The Popularity of Musical Instruments, 2004-present

piano

guitar

drums

bassguitar

ukulele

singing

violin

viola

saxophone

recorder

trumpet

trombone

tuba

frenchhorn

flute

jazzflute

clarinet

drummachine

DJcontroller

harmonica

harp

jewsharp

keyboard

keytar

synthesizer

didgeridoo

 

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.

7 Responses

  1. Jeremy

    Google uses the word “interest” the way Facebook uses the word “friend,” stripped of all depth and context. In a way, the easier and more accessible Google search has become over this time span, via the smartphone, the more search equals in-the-moment distraction/entertainment rather than anything that might be called genuine “interest.” Personally, I search for all kinds of things that I wouldn’t say I am “interested” in in any serious or significant way.

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    • Dry Roasted

      You’re right, I personally only search for things I’m not interested in. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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  2. Renato

    That’s very interesting, Paul! I have been using this Google tool in Science Education for a while (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2441534), but it’s the first time I see it applied to musical instruments.
    A point I’m not sure you are aware of is the “school topic” effect observed by Mohebbi et al., according to which some search terms that relate to school topics exhibit a temporal pattern that mirrors the school year in the United States, with “upticks in the Fall and Spring, sharp drops during Thanksgiving and Christmas and a long trough in the summer.”

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  3. Bob

    I though it was for musical instruments. What’s “DJ Controller” doing in there? (I think they probably mean CD player)

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