There are many genres of music in the world right now. However, some styles are more appealing than others. Here are the most popular types of music, after looking at the number of active fans and artists within each group.

Hip Hop

Also known as rap music, Hip Hop is the most popular style of music in 2020. It traces its root to the African-American and Latino communities in New York City back in the 1970s. But it wasn’t until the 90s when it became popular and gave rise to several stems, including MCing, Rapping, and Djing.

Now, people from all over the world have local Hip Hop scenes in their native language. Still, the English version remains to be the oldest and most prominent community.


Techno can be described as a commonly monotonous instrumental music that began in Detroit, Michigan. It derives its name from the all-electric instruments that include drum machines, sequencers, and synthesizers. These electronics produce a rhythm ranging between 120 and 150 beats for each moment (BMP). Techno is typically played in night clubs and combined with flashing lights to create the ultimate party atmosphere.


Rhythm and Blues are yet another African American-made style of music. It started in the 1940s, but the world came to love and listen to R&B in the 1950s. A typical band consisted of a piano, a couple of guitars, drums, a saxophone, and optional foundation vocalists. They usually sang about the torments and struggles they had passed through at the time. However, the narrative has changed to love chronicles and other issues that interest people right now.

There you have it, the top three genres of music in 2020. All the other styles are limited to specific regions, which make them less popular than the ones on this list.