Beatport’s Top Selling Genres, Year by Year…

Here are Beatport’s top selling genres by year, going back to their launch in 2004. Beatport’s popularity makes this a good indicator of trends in electronic music, just look at dubstep’s sharp rise.

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The graph comes from Mixmag, who published a range of exclusive Beatport stats, including top selling tracks and performers.


14 Responses

  1. jw

    I don’t understand the y axis. Is that just ranking #s? If so, why leave off the 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, & 15th most popular genres?

    If dubstep is only really moving from 15th to 7th & back to 14th most popular genre, the sales change might not look nearly as exaggerated as the graph depicts.

    Tough to really know what’s happening with these relative rankings, if that’s what these are. Need actual sales data.

    • Nina Ulloa

      it’s just increasing by 5s so they don’t have to write out every single number.

      • jw

        Oh THAT’s what they’re doing?

        I’m just saying if they plotted the sales data, the comparative rankings would be self-evident. By plotting less information, they’re creating misleading visual relationships between these different genres, & are thereby making the graph less useful & more confusing. After all, the difference between being ranked #1 vs #2 could be much more exaggerated than being ranked #7 vs #14, which would even out Dubstep’s trajectory somewhat. Or the opposite could be true. There’s no real way to know.

        And then omitting genres makes it all the more confusing. Why include the current 13th & 14th most popular genres but not the 7th most popular? Why omit a genre that is more popular than trance & drum & bass?

        Basically, they just did a very terrible job at plotting and contextualizing the data. All it really proves is that no one really likes dubstep anymore, which everybody already knew.

        • danwriter

          It’s because the people who put the chart together are on molly. All the time.

    • Hello World!

      I’m guessing the missing ones are not electronic music.

  2. disinformation

    Publishing this kind of “charts” is actually illegal in the EU. Just saying.

  3. Jose Fritz

    The part you’re missing is that these are all the same genre.

  4. Willis

    One of these things is not like the other – Dubstep – looks off; makes the entire data set seem wonky.

  5. Jamie

    1 what? 15 what? I am thinking really hard, I can’t imagine what that is or why 1 is on top and 15 at the bottom.

  6. Carl

    I noticed that the top-5 positions have been constantly dominated by genres all around 120-130 bpm.
    I guess the average clubber does not enjoy faster grooves (dubstep, drum ‘n bass… brief exception for breaks)

    • Julian r.

      true, especially considering that techno and tech house are really slow compared to what they used to be