Most popular music genres in Germany 2020

Rock and pop are the most listened to music genres in Germany. Followed by oldies and the quintessentially German “Schlager”, these make up the top three of the most popular types of music. The ranking is also echoed among those who purchase music CDs, though a rising share of consumers don’t buy CDs at all.

Festival country

Based on various album charts, mainly German- and English-speaking music artists are popular among German listeners. Germany is also known for a variety of international rock festivals, catering to the many subgenres, as well as being one of the leading three countries in Europe hosting major music festivals in general.

In tune with the times

While German consumers will still buy music CDs, an increasing share of them is using streaming services to access music. Over a five-year period, the figure grew from 9 to 50 percent, indicating the changing trends in how listeners consume music and the ongoing rise of digitalization in this area. Spotify was the most used fee-based online streaming service in Germany.

Most popular music genres in Germany in 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
The survey is based on the German-speaking resident population aged 14 years and older.

n (2019)=23,191, projected to a population of 70.63 million

Find more information on the methodology of this survey here.

This statistic is the result of an analysis of different characteristics of the survey. The question was not posed directly. The survey question allowed for multiple answers. Due to this, percentage points may exceed 100 percent. The figures shown in this statistic display only the share of respondents who stated to like the specific music genre "very much".

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