Over centuries, music has been enjoyed all over the world by people from all walks of life. It has evolved from percussion instrumentals to electronic pianos and guitars, not to mention auto-tune. Then there is the whole DJ mix experiences and fusion of different genres in musical performances and recordings. Music is now a way of life.

Pop Music

Pop music has remained one of the most tuned in to music genres over the centuries. This genre encompasses rock, hip-hop or rap and country music.

Rap or hip-hop seems to have taken the airwaves, concerts, and households. It now has the most album sales and streaming online, becoming the hugest genre this year. Some of the most popular hip-hop musicians who have broken records in consumption of their music include Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake.


Despite being one of the oldest music genres, rock music still tops the charts to date. This genre comprises of alternative, metal, hard or punk. Bands, as well as individual artists, are quite popular in rock. Live concerts and music festivals in different parts of the world have built up a huge fan base for rock music. Some famous rock stars include Cold Play, Evanescence, Twenty One Pilots, Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Artic Monkeys.

Country Music

Country music, also known as Western music or cowboy music is also still quite popular today. This is especially in areas such as Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and some parts of America. This genre entails classical country, Cajun, blue grass, country blues, and alternative country, among other sub-genres. Popular country musicians include Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

Rhythm and Blues

Rhythm and Blues, commonly referred to as R&B, is still one of the largest and widely listened to genres across the globe. This genre combines hip hop, dance, and soul, pop and funk music. Based on the numbers in concerts, album sales, and online streaming, R&B has a wide viewership as well as listeners over the world. Some of the most highly rated R&B musicians include Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars.

Electronic Dance Music

The most recent genre that has taken the world by storm is electronic dance music (EDM). This is especially is Europe where music is largely played in night clubs and music concerts. This genre includes disco, dub, downtempo, electro, hardcore, house, techno, breakbeat, trance, among other sub-genres. Electronic Dance musicians incorporate cool tones to music pieces to come up with great music. Famous artists in this genre include Avicii, Ellen Allen, The Prodigy, Iggy Azalea, and Enya. This genre is still gaining popularity and keeps performing as electronic production potential increases.