New data from the The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has revealed that dance music is now the second most popular genre in the UK.
Dance/electronic music made up 25% of the weekly top ten singles in 2022, three times as much as 2019, with the chart presence of dance music has increased by almost 80% since 2021.
Scottish dance producing duo LF System reached number one in the UK charts this July with their track ‘Afraid to Feel’, becoming the second most-popular UK dance track of the year according to the Official Charts — with Lost Frequencies and Callum Scott’s ‘Where Are You Now’ as the most popular.
LF System told the BBC that dance music’s popularity is “incredible”.
“There’s definitely a few things that are influencing this trend at the moment,” one half of the duo Sean Finnigan said adding: “One of them being social media – big moments at raves are captured and go viral online and people want to be a part of it.”
In fact, Beyoncé is looking to score her first-ever GRAMMY award within the dance/electronic categories, for single ‘Break My Soul’.
The report was released with the hopes that statistical and written evidence can act as a “springboard” for change within the indsutry, and so “non-binary people feel supported and represented.”
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Written by: Tim Hopkins