Favorite music genres among consumers in the United States as of June 2017, by age group

Favorite music genres in the U.S. 2017, by age The statistic provides data on favorite music genres among consumers in the United States as of June 2017, sorted by age group. According to the source, 57 percent of respondents aged 16 to 24 years stated that pop music was their favorite music genre in the United States in 2017.
Country music in the United States – additional information

In 2012, country music topped the list; 27.6 percent of respondents picked it among their three favorite genres. A year earlier, the result was one percent lower, which allowed classic rock to take the lead. The figures show, however, the genre’s popularity across the United States is unshakeable and it has also been spreading abroad. This could be demonstrated by the international success of (among others) Shania Twain or the second place the Dutch country duo “The Common Linnets” received in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, singing “Calm after the storm.”

The genre is also widely popular among American teenagers, earning the second place and 15.3 percent of votes in a survey in August 2012. The first place and more than 18 percent of votes was awarded to pop music, rock scored 13.1 percent and landed in fourth place. Interestingly, Christian music made it to top five with nine percent of votes. The younger generation is also widely represented among country music performers with such prominent names as Taylor Swift (born in 1989), who was the highest paid musician in 2015, and Hunter Hayes (born in 1991).
Country music is also able to attract crowds (and large sums of money) to live performances. Luke Bryan’s tour was the most successful tour in North America in 2016 based on ticket sales as almost 1.43 million tickets were sold for his shows. Fellow country singer, Garth Brooks, came second on the list, selling 1.4 million tickets for his tour in North America in 2016.
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16 to 24 years25 to 34 years35 to 44 years45 to 54 years55 to 64 years65 years and older
Pop Music57%54%50%45%36%22%
Rock Music44%46%51%49%43%21%
Hip Hop/Rap44%37%30%16%8%4%
Indie/Alternative Rock38%35%31%22%12%7%
Classic Rock37%49%53%67%66%50%
Soundtrack27%27%25%21%18%17%
RnB (Rhythm and Blues)26%24%22%20%19%18%
Instrumental25%15%13%16%15%18%
Country/Western22%35%33%37%40%48%
Singer/Songwriter20%24%20%22%23%18%
Heavy Metal17%19%25%24%11%4%
Classical Music16%18%18%20%22%24%
16 to 24 years25 to 34 years35 to 44 years45 to 54 years55 to 64 years65 years and older
Pop Music57%54%50%45%36%22%
Rock Music44%46%51%49%43%21%
Hip Hop/Rap44%37%30%16%8%4%
Indie/Alternative Rock38%35%31%22%12%7%
Classic Rock37%49%53%67%66%50%
Soundtrack27%27%25%21%18%17%
RnB (Rhythm and Blues)26%24%22%20%19%18%
Instrumental25%15%13%16%15%18%
Country/Western22%35%33%37%40%48%
Singer/Songwriter20%24%20%22%23%18%
Heavy Metal17%19%25%24%11%4%
Classical Music16%18%18%20%22%24%

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The statistic provides data on favorite music genres among consumers in the United States as of June 2017, sorted by age group. According to the source, 57 percent of respondents aged 16 to 24 years stated that pop music was their favorite music genre in the United States in 2017.
Country music in the United States – additional information

In 2012, country music topped the list; 27.6 percent of respondents picked it among their three favorite genres. A year earlier, the result was one percent lower, which allowed classic rock to take the lead. The figures show, however, the genre’s popularity across the United States is unshakeable and it has also been spreading abroad. This could be demonstrated by the international success of (among others) Shania Twain or the second place the Dutch country duo “The Common Linnets” received in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, singing “Calm after the storm.”

The genre is also widely popular among American teenagers, earning the second place and 15.3 percent of votes in a survey in August 2012. The first place and more than 18 percent of votes was awarded to pop music, rock scored 13.1 percent and landed in fourth place. Interestingly, Christian music made it to top five with nine percent of votes. The younger generation is also widely represented among country music performers with such prominent names as Taylor Swift (born in 1989), who was the highest paid musician in 2015, and Hunter Hayes (born in 1991).
Country music is also able to attract crowds (and large sums of money) to live performances. Luke Bryan’s tour was the most successful tour in North America in 2016 based on ticket sales as almost 1.43 million tickets were sold for his shows. Fellow country singer, Garth Brooks, came second on the list, selling 1.4 million tickets for his tour in North America in 2016.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
June 2017
Number of respondents
3,006 respondents
Age group
16 years and older
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Which of the following types of music do you generally like?"

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