Which Music Genres Have the Loyalest Fans?

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Music fans all have our favorite genres — the ones that most resonate with our personal taste, and that we always return to. Hip hop fans, metalheads, EDM enthusiasts, country fans, rockers, reggae lovers, etc. might dabble with other genres, because there’s just too much amazing music out there. Still, we come back to our favorites.

Do fans of some genres return to their favorites more than fans of other genres? And which genres inspire the most loyalty in the listener?

To find out, we first identified the “core” artists that, according to The Echo Nest (a part of Spotify), are most central to each genre, starting with the big ones, on a global level. Then we did  the same thing with local genres in various countries around the world. To create a measure of genre loyalty, we divided the number of streams each core artist had by their number of listeners. All of the charts are normalized against the genre with the loyalest fans.

The first thing we noticed: Metal fans are the world’s loyalest listeners (we’ll get to the individual countries soon):

Global

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After Metal and Pop, the rest of the genres cluster into two groups. Folk, Country, and Rock fans have a higher loyalty score, and Hip Hop does fairly well too, while Jazz, EDM, Classical, and Blues scores are not as high, suggesting that those listeners don’t adhere as closely to the core of their favored genre. (Reggae sits between the two groups.)

Aside from the obvious conclusions that Metal fans are the most loyal of all and Pop fans are also fairly loyal globally, one could also conclude that the more guitar-oriented genres inspire more loyalty in the listener. It’s worth remembering our methodology here: We looked for repeated listens to the core artists from each genre — the ones sitting right at the “center” of the genres, as it were. So one could also reasonably conclude that Jazz, EDM, Classical, and Blues listeners play more fringe artists from those genres.

This doesn’t necessarily mean Metal is “better” than Jazz (metalheads would disagree), but it does tell us that Metal fans are in fact the most hardcore, according to this new measure of genre loyalty.

Now, let’s see how some additional genres stack up in various countries, loyalty-wise.

One thing we noticed overall about the charts below: Homegrown genres tend to inspire lots of listener loyalty. There are plenty of other interesting details to pore over, and we’ve included listening links below each chart so you can find out what each genre sounds like:

Australia

australia

Listen:

  1. Australian Country
  2. Metal
  3. Australian Indie
  4. Australian Alternative Rock
  5. Australian Pop
  6. Perth Indie
  7. Folk
  8. Pop
  9. Didgeridoo
  10. Australian Hip Hop
  11. Australian Dance
  12. Hip Hop
  13. Country
  14. Rock
  15. Classical
  16. Funky Breaks
  17. Aussietronica
  18. Blues
  19. Reggae
  20. EDM
  21. Jazz
  22. Deep Psytrance
  23. Melbourne Bounce

Brazil

brasil

Listen:

  1. Brazilian Punk
  2. Rock Gaucho
  3. Brazilian Pop
  4. Metal
  5. MPB (Música popular brasileira)
  6. Brazilian Indie
  7. Brazilian Hip Hop
  8. Samba
  9. Pop
  10. Brazilian Composition
  11. Velha Guarda
  12. Rock
  13. Reggae
  14. Hip Hop
  15. Blues
  16. EDM
  17. Jazz
  18. Country
  19. Classical
  20. Folk

France

franceListen:

  1. French Reggae
  2. Neo Metal
  3. Breton Folk
  4. French Rock
  5. French Punk
  6. Metal
  7. Variétés française
  8. French Pop
  9. French Hip Hop
  10. French Indie Pop
  11. Zouk
  12. Pop
  13. Folk
  14. Reggae
  15. Rock
  16. Hip Hop
  17. Jazz
  18. Blues
  19. Classical
  20. Yé-yé
  21. EDM
  22. Country
  23. Filter House

Germany

germany Listen:

  1. Kabarett
  2. Neue Deutsche Harte
  3. Liedermacher
  4. German Pop
  5. German Indie
  6. Metal
  7. Schlager
  8. Pop
  9. Folk
  10. Hip Hop
  11. Kraut Rock
  12. Rock
  13. Reggae
  14. Country
  15. Neue Deutsche Welle
  16. German Techno
  17. Jazz
  18. Discofox
  19. EDM
  20. Blues
  21. GDR Rock
  22. Deep Euro House
  23. Techno
  24. Classical
  25. Trance

Great Britain

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Listen:

  1. British Alternative Rock
  2. Metal
  3. Scottish Rock
  4. Punk
  5. Pop
  6. Welsh Rock
  7. UK Hip Hop
  8. British Folk
  9. Leeds Indie
  10. British Indie Rock
  11. Folk
  12. Shoegaze
  13. Rock
  14. Hip Hop
  15. New Rave
  16. Grime
  17. Country
  18. Reggae
  19. British Blues
  20. Mod Revival
  21. Jazz
  22. Classical
  23. EDM
  24. Blues
  25. New Romantic
  26. Drum And Bass
  27. Dubstep
  28. Jungle
  29. Merseybeat

Greece

greece Listen:

  1. Entehno
  2. Rebetiko
  3. Metal
  4. Laiko
  5. Greek Indie
  6. Folk
  7. Pop
  8. Country
  9. Rock
  10. Hip Hop
  11. Classical
  12. Reggae
  13. Blues
  14. Jazz
  15. EDM
  16. Greek House

Italy

italy Listen:

  1. Italian Indie Pop
  2. Italian Pop
  3. Italian Folk
  4. Italian Jazz
  5. Italian Hip Hop
  6. Italian Punk
  7. Metal
  8. Canzone Napoletana
  9. Opera
  10. Folk
  11. Rock
  12. Pop
  13. Reggae
  14. Classic Italian Pop
  15. Jazz
  16. Blues
  17. Hip Hop
  18. Classical
  19. Country
  20. Italo Dance
  21. EDM
  22. Italian Disco
  23. Eurobeat

Mexico

mexico Listen:

  1. Regional Mexican
  2. Latin Pop
  3. Mexican Indie
  4. Metal
  5. Latin Metal
  6. Pop
  7. Latin Electronica
  8. Rock
  9. Country
  10. Reggaeton
  11. EDM
  12. Reggae
  13. Classical
  14. Hip Hop
  15. Jazz
  16. Blues
  17. Folk

Norway

norway Listen:

  1. Norwegian Hip Hop
  2. Norwegian Jazz
  3. Norwegian Metal
  4. Danseband
  5. Barnemusikk
  6. Black Metal
  7. Classic Norwegian Pop
  8. Metal
  9. Norwegian Rock
  10. Nordic House
  11. Folkmusik
  12. Norwegian Pop
  13. Country
  14. Folk
  15. Pop
  16. Yoik
  17. Rock
  18. Hip Hop
  19. Norwegian Punk
  20. Reggae
  21. EDM
  22. Blues
  23. Jazz
  24. Classical

Philippines

phillippines Listen:

  1. OPM (Original Pilipino Music)
  2. Pop
  3. Metal
  4. Rock
  5. Classical
  6. EDM
  7. Hip Hop
  8. New Wave
  9. Rap
  10. Jazz
  11. Reggae
  12. Blues

Portugal

portugal Listen:

  1. Metal
  2. Portuguese Rock
  3. Fado
  4. Morna
  5. Pop
  6. Rock
  7. Hip Hop Tuga
  8. Hip Hop
  9. Country
  10. Folk
  11. Jazz
  12. Reggae
  13. Blues
  14. EDM
  15. Classical
  16. Portuguese Pop

Spain

spain

Listen:

  1. Spanish Punk
  2. Cantautor
  3. Flamenco
  4. Spanish Classical
  5. Spanish Pop
  6. Spanish Folk
  7. Spanish Hip Hop
  8. Rock Catala
  9. Galego
  10. Metal
  11. Spanish Indie Rock
  12. Spanish Indie Pop
  13. Spanish Reggae
  14. Pop
  15. Folk
  16. Spanish New Wave
  17. Rock
  18. Jazz
  19. Blues
  20. Reggae
  21. Country
  22. Hip Hop
  23. Classical
  24. Reggaeton
  25. EDM

Sweden

sweden

Listen:

  1. Swedish Metal
  2. Swedish Punk
  3. Metal
  4. Classic Swedish Pop
  5. Swedish Jazz
  6. Swedish Soft Pop
  7. Dansband
  8. Swedish Alternative Rock
  9. Swedish Reggae
  10. Swedish Hip Hop
  11. Swedish Indie Rock
  12. Swedish Prog
  13. Swedish Pop
  14. Pop
  15. Swedish Indie Pop
  16. Folk
  17. Country
  18. Rock
  19. Hip Hop
  20. Reggae
  21. EDM
  22. Blues
  23. Jazz
  24. Classical
  25. Vintage Swedish Pop

Switzerland

switzerland

Listen:

  1. Swiss Folk
  2. Swiss Rock
  3. Swiss Hip Hop
  4. Metal
  5. Pop
  6. Folk
  7. Rock
  8. Hip Hop
  9. Reggae
  10. Country
  11. Blues
  12. Classical
  13. Jazz
  14. EDM

United States

US Listen: 

  1. Regional Mexican
  2. Latin Pop
  3. Native American
  4. Emo
  5. Metal
  6. Punk
  7. OPM (Original Pilipino Music)
  8. Italian Pop
  9. Gothic Americana
  10. Juggalo
  11. Spanish Pop
  12. Folk
  13. German Pop
  14. Brazilian Pop
  15. Broadway
  16. Greek Entehno
  17. Pop
  18. Country
  19. French Pop
  20. British Alternative Rock
  21. Pop Rap
  22. Hip Hop
  23. Portuguese Rock
  24. Rock
  25. Reggae
  26. Rap
  27. Jazz
  28. Norwegian Pop
  29. Swiss Rock
  30. EDM
  31. Blues
  32. Classical
  33. College a Capella
  34. Funk
  35. Soul
  36. Australian Pop
  37. Motown
  38. Swedish Pop

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