3 Trends Shaping Gen Z’s Taste In Music

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These three shifts are Gen Z driven and changing the music scene, from where they’re finding new music to the kinds of artists they’re tuning into…

We’ve talked about how young consumers have reshaped the way that music is listened to as they’ve flocked to streaming services. Today, streaming has overtaken radio as the dominant way that Gen Z and Millennials are listening to music every day. Radio in the car, once their top way of listening to music every day, has fallen from 43% in 2016 to 29% today among young listeners, while streaming on their smartphone has increased from 33% in 2016 to 41% today. At the same time, YouTube is the top “service” that 13-36-year-olds are listening to music on, and one of the top ways that they discover new artists—second only to their friends. In other words, the internet and apps are the dominant forces for accessing and discovering music among these generations. Gen Z has grown up in the middle of this shift, and their music tastes are being shaped by it. As Rolling Stone reports, popular Gen Z music artists like Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are tapping into online trends to connect with their fans. Eilish’s whispery sound taps internet trend ASMR while Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” leveraged Red Dead Redemption 2’s popularity boom, even using the cowboy-filled video game for the first music video.

New music trends are being fueled by this new era of online access—and the kinds of artists and songs that Gen Z is interested in are shifting accordingly. Here are four changes shaping the tastes of the next generation of music fans:

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing1. The End Of The Genre

When we first started writing about young consumers' genreless preferences, 60% of young consumers said they don’t primarily listen to one genre. Today, in our recent music survey, 78% of…


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