Music might be a universal language but what sounds like music to one’s ears differs between people and countries. Despite some regional differences occurring in the data collected by the Statista Global Consumer Survey, the works of great classical composers, rock icons and pop divas have reached every corner of the world, as seen by the popularity of these genres around the globe.
Despite hip-hop and R&B music having its roots in the United States, more South Africans said they were listeners of the genre in digital formats. 59 percent of respondents from the country said they were streaming hip-hop, rap and similar types of music compared with 34 percent in the U.S. The United States is also surpassed in hip-hop consumption by some of the world’s most eclectic listeners, who are at home in Mexico and India. In these countries, the sum of the listeners of all genres included in the chart was approaching 300 percent, meaning that the average respondent listened to around three genres. That numbers was closer to two in the European and Anglophone countries in the survey.
South Korea was at the other end of the spectrum, with 1.8 genres listened to on average per respondent. Here, pop music reigned supreme at 51 percent of respondents saying they listened to it. With the huge popularity of K-Pop in South Korea and elsewhere, this is not a huge surprise. China had even more pop fans at 53 percent listeners. The countries where people liked to rock out were Mexico (51 percent), the U.S. (47 percent) and Brazil (45 percent of respondents said the listened to the genre).