What are the world’s most popular music genres?

The IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries) recently took a survey of 19,000 consumers around the planet to see what sorts of music were the most popular.

At the top of the list was pop, which was cited as a number one preference by 64% of respondents. Rock was a reasonably close second. And although hip-hop has become an important cultural driver in the West, it’s still the fifth most-popular genre worldwide.

Take a look at this graphic from Statista.

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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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