The Popularity of Music Magazines, 2004-Present

Rolling Stone, Music Magazines

Spin, Music Magazines

NME, Music Magazines


Mojo, Music Magazines

Billboard, Music Magazines

Vibe, Music Magazines

The Source, Music Magazines

XXL, Music Magazines

DJ Magazine, Music Magazines

The Fader, Music Magazines

Kerrang, Music Magazines

Variety, Music Magazines


From Google’s beta-stage measurement analysis of topics, designed to accurately measure overall interest in broader topic areas, not just one specific search term.  In this case, music magazines represent a definable category bucket.

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

(Pictured on the cover of this story is the Rolling Stone edition featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev).


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6 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Paper magazines are doomed. I work in hospitals and frequently travel by the waiting areas. I’d say roughly 90% of people under the age of 70 are on their smart phones or tablet (even young kids). The poor stack of magazines always look so lonely.

  2. Rick Shaw

    Where’s Cream, Popster, Smash Hits, Music Star or It’s Here?

  3. Mike

    Google Trends only reflects search queries, so this is a bit misleading and should not be used to interpret overall interest or traffic. Social media is likely driving the majority of these sites’ traffic.