60 Minutes and Vanity Fair recently polled music-loving Americans for April 2014 about how they consume music, the genre they love the most… and which type of music has reached it peak.
In the poll, as reported by CBS News, it found that 50 percent of those polled believe that Hip Hop has “likely reached its peak and will not get any better.” Country came in second with 20 percent believing it has peaked.
“It may be that because Hip Hop is the most recently developed genre, it has not had the time to develop as strong and loyal a fan base as the other musical categories have,” CBS News writes about the poll. “However, people of every age group including those 18-35 voted hip hop most likely to have peaked.”
Also in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, Americans were asked to select one of two genres they thought were more important… and a whopping 73 percent chose Jazz, while just 19 percent picked Hip Hop.
“Hip Hop is undeniably popular, but Jazz is uniquely American,” CBS News writes. “It embodies the melting pot of the southern United States and is comprised of a rich gumbo of sounds that combine different African American spirituals with newer forms like Ragtime, Blues and Swing. The combinations create a series of ever-changing and evolving rhythmic beats that defy description.”
Lastly, 42 percent of users polled believe this decade has the worst music of all time. The 2000s are second on the list for worst decade in music, with 15 percent of the votes.
As far as user consumption, 49 percent said they consume music through the radio and 17 percent through a digital music service. “As you might imagine, the devices that people use are often related directly to the age of the user,” CBS News says. “Only 24 percent of those under the age of 35 are still ‘radio heads’ while almost two out of three of them use personal devices or digital services. Now that’s music to the ears of the people who run those industries.”
What do you think of the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll? Do you agree?