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Most Popular Music Genres Today

Music comes in many different styles and forms. Your location, culture, and taste in various other things will most likely determine what kind of music you listen to. There are so many different styles of music ranging from jazz and classical music to traditional rock and country music.

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With each genre of music comes a rich history and geographical importance. With that has come many changes in music throughout the years. How music is written, played, and listened to has greatly changed throughout the last several decades. Even though everything has changed when it comes to music, especially the artists and composers; one thing has not changed, and that is the different genres of music available. Here are the most popular music genres today.

Hip hop

According to Business Insider, in 2018, for the first time ever, hip hop passed up rock to become the most popular music genre in the world. When it comes to album sales, the hip hop and R&B genre ended the year as the largest genre of the year when it comes to total consumption. Out of the ten most consumed albums of 2018, seven of those came from the hip hop genre, with Drake and Kendrick Lamar taking the first two spots. This is credited to the 72% increase in on-demand audio streaming which has become more and more popular over the last decade. Now, more than ever, people from all over the world are starting to listen to hip hop due to how much of its music becoming more mainstream. Hip hop is being used in commercials, in movies, performed at the super bowl, and is simply catchy,


Rock will more than likely never go out of style, and was the number one genre of music for years until hip hop changed that in 2018. Even though rock was surpassed by hip hop in online streaming, it is still the second most consumed genre in the world and still number one when it comes to physical and digital album sales. Rock was and still is the king of the road, with more people paying to see rock artists on tour. Rock legends such as Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Queen are selling out arenas and sports centers all around the world. Rock is winning when it comes to selling out concerts and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon with artists such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Fleetwood Mac going on tour as well.


Just like rock, pop is also one of the most listened to when it comes to physical and digital album sales. People of all different cultures and walks of life enjoy pop music. Pop music has grown exponentially over the last several years with artists such as Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, and Ariana Grande making more and more albums. Emerging artists such as Lizzo, Khalid, and Post Malone are making pop music what it once was by making hit after hit that consumers just can’t get enough of.


Country music has always been a pretty popular genre of music with artists such as Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, and Jason Aldean steadily producing great songs. Country music is listened to on the radio more than any other outlet, which is more than likely why it isn’t as popular as the other genres. Hip hop, rock, and pop music are all streamed way more than country music. However, this doesn’t mean that many people all over the world don’t support country music and its artists. One of the reasons that country music is so big is because country music singers are extremely talented. They are not only gifted singers, but major storytellers that draw in their listeners that hang onto their every word. Even though country may be staggering when it comes to online streaming and album sales, country music is stronger than ever and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Country music entertainers
Country music entertainers

Music is the universal language of mankind, as every culture enjoys music of all genres. People all over the world listen to music for a variety of reasons. Music can make you happy and make you sad, and music is used in celebrations as well as sadder occasions. Not only does music sound good, but music really has a way of bringing people together. I enjoy listening to music not only when I’m out at a night club, but also around the house while cleaning. I also enjoy listening to a good melody in the background while studying or playing a card game at Pokerstarscasino. The calming music really helps me to drown out distractions. That’s one major reason why music is needed in society. It can help you focus, relax you, and is just so needed in the world.

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