Most popular genres in global store
Here’s a list of the most popular (prevalent) genres on the LicenseQuote Global Store page. The research, using the keywords search filter, was done in September 2013 to identify to most popular “top 50” genres found in the LQ Global Store. They are listed below from the most popular (at top) and on down, based on total number of tracks available in each category.
Notes and analysis:
* All genres are created and self-defined by the publishers themselves (not LicenseQuote), so this gives a good idea which genres are the most commonly used, but is not necessarily a direct reflection of the most-searched genres by the majority of music supervisors and licensing buyers, though among the top third (15 – 18) it possibly could be.
* Keep in mind that actual search results will fluctuate (hourly, daily, weekly) as publishers switch or edit genres, tags, track descriptions and remove or add new material, etc.
* Most of these are considered “primary” genres, while a few could be considered subgenres, which have (for one reason or another) become popular enough to be recognized as main-line genres. This is mostly a matter of marketing and changing “tastes” as it’s common knowledge that genre “labels” are often used subjectively and may depend on the size and nature of a publisher’s active catalog.
* Not all tracks that are “Acapella” will appear only under the “Acapella” genre label, as many more could also be cataloged under Pop, Easy Listening, Hip-Hop or R&B (for example) and then use “Acapella” as a subgenre. So please note that just because a genre appears to have few tracks, it doesn’t mean there can’t be more similar tracks found. For example, you could search for “easy listening acapella” or other combinations of keywords to get completely different, even unexpected or surprising results.
* If you are a publisher with an LQ plan and catalog, you might consider using some of these popular (fairly mainstream) genres for your own store, using the genre filter and appropriate track tags, etc. For example, Hip-Hop will help buyers find your tracks more frequently than using lesser-known spellings such as “Hip Hop”, “HipHop” or “Hip/Hop”, so it helps to know which spelling to use for the most standard, popular genres.