Have you ever wondered if you were ahead of the crowd when it came to the ever-shifting landscape that’s electronic dance music? Well thanks to Beatport, we have an answer to that question.
Beatport released a clean-cut, color-coded line graph that represents genre sales from 2004 to 2014, the time period where dance music as a whole saw its popularity skyrocket, and the results are a little shocking.
While it seems like two of the most popular genres in dance music at the moment are electro and progressive house, with DJs like Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Martin Garrix gaining popularity, according to Beatport’s chart, electro and progressive house are the fifth and sixth most popular genres respectively. That may come as a shock to many as we are currently in the midst of the era of the “minimal” drop in dance music. Dubstep continues its struggles to gain popularity since its peak in 2011. Slightly ahead of dubstep are trance and d&b, two genres that have always had a group of outspoken and very loyal fans.
Perhaps the most shocking result? Deep house’s rise in popularity, along with techno’s rise in popularity within the last three years. Is this graph a perfect ranking of the genre’s in dance music? Probably not. But what we can see is that deep house, tech house, and techno are slowly gaining more and more popularity, and it soon may be the era of deep house after all.
One thing to keep in mind is Beatport's controversial decisions when it comes to categorizing songs. Many fans and blogs have been vocal about Beatport miscategorizing songs. Additionally, Beatport is largely used by DJs, so this chart might not depict the taste of your typical EDM fan. In any case, this chart is very intriguing, and it provides us with a vague idea of what people are listening to around the world.