According to Google Trends, EDM is the only genre that has grown in the past decade
Electronic Dance Music (EDM), the new umbrella term for all electronic releases, has experienced unprecedented growth since its re-introduction to the mass music market around five years ago. Its various forms have resonated so widely with the younger generations that we even see giant festivals like Coachella bowing down to the genre, this year offering a lineup that was nearly 50% electronic.
A recent investigation undertaken by Digital Music News takes a closer look into the EDM phenomenon, using Google Trends to chart the genre’s rise over the years in comparison to its older, established competitors like Rock, Country, and Hip-Hop. It turns out that EDM has been the only type of music that’s shown growth at all over the past ten years. Pop showed a plateau in growth, while hip-hop, heavy metal, and rock have all been on the steady decline. Dance music, on the other hand, showed a massive spike after 2013, eventually evening out this year. The full comparison can be viewed here.