Rock Music Was The Top-Selling Genre of 2018

January 3, 2019

Never mind what Gene Simmons and Flea say, rock is not dead. And in case you don't believe us, a report conducted by BuzzAngle says that rock music was the top-selling genre of 2018.

While Hip-Hop took the lead in online streaming, Pop and Rock were the highest earners in physical and digital album sales. According to the report, 26.3% of overall album sales went to Pop music. However, Rock inched ahead of the competition by making up 26.5% of all album sales in 2018.

Rock also lead the charge in digital album sales with 25.7% and outshined everyone else in vinyl sales with 41.7% with the Beatles being the top-selling artist of physical album sales in the US. 

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Not only that, but Rock was also the king of the road. With acts like the Foo Fighters and Guns N' Roses selling out arenas and sports stadiums in 2018, and with bands like the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Elton John and KISS to embark on massive tours in 2019, it's obvious that rock's dominance over live concert experiences isn't going to change.

Hip-Hop and Pop songs may rule online streaming and the Top 40 charts, but that doesn't always reflect ticket sales. To put it into perspective, Post Malone sold fewer tickets than comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in 2018. Meanwhile Greta Van Fleet are selling out 5,000-seat ballrooms in a matter of days.

The numbers don't lie.