Rock Music Falls To 50-Year Low
Just three of the top 100 singles in 2010 were rock…
2010 wasn’t a good year for rock fans, as just three of the year’s top 100 singles were classified as rock.
It’s the poorest showing for rock music in 50 years in the UK. In 2009, 13 of the 100 biggest sellers were classified as rock; in 2008, it was 27.
Not surprisingly, it’s hip-hop and R&B that are taking the market share, accounting for 47 of the year’s top 100 tracks. Forty hits were classified as pop, the remaining 10 were dance music.
Rock fared better on the album chart, with Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More album the year’s 10th best seller. Overall, rock albums made up 27 of the top 100.
Last week it was revealed that UK album sales fell for the sixth year in a row in 2010.