This interactive map shows which countries produce what kind of music

A company called TickX commissioned a survey of 35,000 musicians from around the planet and compared their country of origins to the genre of music that comes from that country. The result was a “top genre” from each nation.

Over 450 different kinds of music were surveyed and produced results for over 100 countries. And guess what? Rock comes out looking pretty, pretty, pretty good. All the interactive maps can be found here.

Some highlights:

Top genre by continent

  • Africa – African
  • Asia – Experimental (a subgenre of Electronic)
  • Europe – House
  • North America – Alternative Rock
  • Oceania – Alternative Rock
  • South America – MPB (Brazilian Popular Music)

Top genres produced in North America

  • The Bahamas – Vocal
  • Barbados – Electronic/ Reggae/ Pop
  • Bermuda – Electronic/ Rock
  • Canada – Pop Rock
  • Cuba – Afro-Cuban
  • Dominican Republic – Merengue
  • Guatemala – Rock/ Pop
  • Jamaica – Dancehall
  • Mexico – Ballad
  • Panama – Salsa
  • Puerto Rico – Salsa
  • United States – Alternative Rock

Top genres produced in Europe

  • Austria – Romantic
  • Belgium – House
  • Czech Republic – Romantic
  • Finland – Heavy Metal
  • France – House
  • Germany – Techno
  • Greece – Romantic
  • Hungary – Modern/ Romantic
  • Iceland – Ambient
  • Ireland – Folk
  • Netherlands – House
  • Norway – House
  • Russia – Romantic
  • Spain – Romantic
  • Sweden – House
  • United Kingdom – House

Top genres produced in Asia

  • China – Rock
  • Hong Kong – Electronic
  • India – Hindustani/ India Classical
  • Indonesia – Rock
  • Japan – Downtempo/ Experimental/ Punk
  • Nepal – Ambient/ Hindustani/ New Age
  • Singapore – Punk
  • South Korea – K-Pop
  • Sri Lanka – Pop Rock/ Vocal
  • Vietnam – Folk/ Pop

Top Genres in South America

  • Argentina – Pop Rock
  • Brazil – MPB
  • Chile – Classical/ Rock
  • Colombia – Latin
  • Paraguay – Classical
  • Peru – Folk
  • Uruguay – Metal/ Latin/ Folk
  • Venezuela – Ballad

Top genres in Africa

  • Algeria – African/ Raï
  • Burundi – African
  • Cameroon – African
  • Cape Verde – African/ Afro-Cuban
  • DR Congo – African
  • Egypt – Electronic
  • Ethiopia – Jazz
  • Ghana – Hip Hop / Reggae
  • Ivory Coast – Reggae/ Roots Reggae
  • Kenya – Afrobeat/ House/ Synth-Pop
  • Mali – African
  • Morocco – Contemporary/ Modern/ Spoken Word
  • Mozambique – African
  • Niger – African
  • Nigeria – Afrobeat
  • Senegal – African
  • Sierra Leone – African
  • Somalia – African
  • South Africa – House
  • South Sudan – Hip-Hop/ House/ Tribal (Electronic)
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Soca
  • Tunisia – Musical (Stage & Screen)
  • Zimbabwe – African

Top genres in Oceania

  • American Samoa – Electronic/ Pop/ Hip-Hop 
  • Australia – Alternative Rock
  • New Zealand – Indie Rock
  • Samoa – Dancehall/ Reggae

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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