Dance music is now the second most popular genre in the UK


Dance music is now the second most popular genre in the UK

Dance music has become the second most popular genre of music in the UK, as it has seen strong growth over the past three years. The findings were revealed by data released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents the recorded music industry in the UK.

The importance of dance music in the UK charts has been clear and dominant, with the industry claiming more than a quarter of the hits that reached the official Top 10 singles in 2022. The rise of dance music in the UK has been consistent and evident when looking at the market and market share over the past few years. The 2022 figures show dance music making up 26.1% of the charts, which is an incredible 80% overall compared to 14.6% in previous years, and almost three times the 2019 level of 9.3 %. These latest numbers have pushed dance music past hip-hop/rap in generating hits, and leaving it behind pop music in popularity in the region.

One of the most fascinating aspects of BPI’s findings is that more than half of these singles are made by and feature artists from the UK. The charts have seen local artists such as LF System, Eliza Rose and Bad Boy Chiller Crew maintain chart dominance alongside industry staples like Calvin Harris, Calum Scott and Jax Jones and MNEK. Geoff Taylor, Managing Director of BPI, the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, commented on the growing popularity of the genre and its impact on other genres and artists:

“Britain has always excelled in dance music, so it’s gratifying that the revival of the genre is fueled in part by local talent, including groundbreaking artists LF System and Eliza Rose, who have both spent several weeks at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart this year. . It’s fascinating to see how other genres such as hip-hop and pop are transformed into dance and to see dance music embraced by global superstars such than Drake and Beyoncé.

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