When Was Electronic Music Most Popular?

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We take a look at the history of electronic music and explore when it was most popular. From its early beginnings in the 1960s to its current status as one of the most popular genres, we explore the ups and downs of electronic music and find out when it was most popular.


The electronic music we know and love today has its roots in a long and storied history. This history can be traced back to the early days of experimental music and the birth of synthesizers in the early 20th century. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that electronic music really began to take off.

The 1970s was a decade full of change. It saw the rise of disco and funk, the birth of punk rock, and the advent of new technologies like the synthesizer. This new era of music was fascinating to many people, and electronic music quickly gained popularity.

The 1980s saw electronic music continue to rise in popularity. Artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna were using synthesizers and other electronic instruments in their hits, and dance clubs were playing more and more electronic music. By the end of the decade, electronic music had become one of the most popular genres in the world.

The 1990s saw a bit of a decline in electronic music’s popularity, but it rebounded in the early 2000s thanks to artists like Daft Punk and Justice. In recent years, electronic music has once again become one of the most popular genres around, with many people flock to festivals like Tomorrowland to see their favorite DJs perform.

The 1990s

The 1990s were definitely a time when electronic music was most popular. This was the decade when club culture really took off and when dance music became mainstream. This was also the decade when electronic music producers started to experiment with new sounds and new technologies.

The birth of electronic music

The birth of electronic music can be traced back to the early 1900s, when pioneering artists started experimenting with new ways of creating music using technology. This era saw the development of some of the earliest electronic instruments, such as the theremin and the Ondes Martenot.

However, it was only in the 1950s that electronic music really began to take off, thanks to the invention of new technologies such as the tape recorder and synthesiser. These new instruments allowed composers to create sounds that had never been heard before, and paved the way for the development of entirely new genres of music.

The 1960s and 1970s saw electronic music become increasingly popular, with groundbreaking artists such as Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder helping to bring it into the mainstream. However, it was in the 1990s that electronic music truly came into its own, with a host of new subgenres and style emerging.

The 1990s was a hugely important decade for electronic music, as it saw the rise of dance music and club culture. Artists such as The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers helped to bring electronic music to a whole new audience, while also innovating within the genre themselves. This was also the decade that saw techno emerge from Detroit and conquer Europe, thanks to pioneers like Derrick May and Juan Atkins.

Overall, then, the 1990s was a hugely important decade for electronic music, which saw it cement its place as one of the most popular genres in the world.

The rise of techno

In the early 1990s, techno music began to rise in popularity. This type of music is characterized by a heavy use of electronic instruments and synthesizers. techno is often seen as the forerunner of other electronic genres such as house and trance.

The rise of techno was assisted by the development of new technologies such as samplers and drum machines. These devices made it easier for musicians to create complex electronic sounds. The popularity of techno was also boosted by the rise of rave culture. Raves were large parties where people would come together to listen to music and dance all night long.

The 1990s were a golden era for electronic music. This was the time when many different genres and styles were being developed. It was also a time when electronic music began to cross over into the mainstream.

The popularity of trance

Trance music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the early 1990s. The style is characterized by a repetitive, hypnotic musical structure that is usually 128 to 138 beats per minute. Trance music is often layered with soft, ethereal vocal melodies and experienced as highly emotional, even euphoric. It is typified by a four-on-the-floor time signature and generally features a diminished seventh chord or ” messy ” chords with lots of open space between notes.

The 2000s

Electronic music became more popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This was the time when club culture was at its peak and when rave culture was at its height. This was also the time when electronic music artists like David Guetta, Tiesto, and Armin van Buuren were gaining popularity.

The popularity of house music

The early 2000s were a time when electronic music was becoming increasingly popular. House music, in particular, was starting to gain mainstream traction. This was largely due to the success of artists like David Guetta and Calvin Harris, who were able to bring the sound of dance music to a wider audience.

However, the popularity of house music was not limited to just the mainstream. A new generation of clubbers were also getting into the sound, and this was reflected in the growing popularity of dance music festivals like Ibiza’s famously raucous Manumission party.

By the middle of the 2000s, electronic music had become one of the most popular genres in the world. This was due in part to the increasing accessibility of digital music platforms like iTunes and Spotify, which made it easier than ever for people to discover and listen to new artists.

However, it was also due to the fact that electronic music had simply become more popular with young people all over the world. In 2006, for example, an estimated 5% of American teenagers identified as “rave fanatics,” according to a report by Billboard magazine.

The popularity of electronic music would eventually start to decline in the late 2000s, as other genres like hip-hop and pop began to dominate the charts once again. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular genres today, with artists like Avicii and Skrillex continuing to enjoy huge success around the world.

The popularity of dubstep

The early 2000s were a golden age for electronic music, with dubstep becoming one of the most popular genres. The genre is characterized by its heavy use of bass and its focus on the ‘wub’ sound. Skrillex and Bassnectar are two of the most popular artists in the genre, and their influence can still be felt today.

The 2010s

The 2010s were a big decade for electronic music. The genre became more mainstream, and artists like deadmau5 and Skrillex found success. 2010 saw the release of “Tron: Legacy,” which featured an electronic score, and the popularity of the film helped increase the popularity of the genre. 2012 saw the release of “The Grey,” which featured an electronic song in the credits. The popularity of these films helped electronic music become more mainstream.

The popularity of EDM

The 2010s was a decade of change for the music industry. Genres such as electronic dance music (EDM) and hip hop/rap began to gain mainstream popularity, while traditional rock music saw a decline in popularity. This shift in taste led to a corresponding change in the way that music was produced and consumed.

In the early 2010s, digital streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora became popular, allowing users to listen to music for free or for a monthly subscription fee. This led to a decline in sales of physical formats such as CDs and vinyl records. At the same time, social media platforms such as YouTube and SoundCloud gave rise to a new generation of music producers and performers who could reach a global audience with just a few clicks.

This increase in accessibility led to a boom in popularity for electronic dance music, which was often created using affordable home-computer equipment. EDM festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival became some of the biggest events in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans each year. The genre also gained traction in the mainstream pop world, with artists such as Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, and Justin Bieber incorporating EDM elements into their hits.

The 2010s was a decade of great change for the music industry. With the rise of digital streaming and social media, genres such as electronic dance music (EDM) saw a significant increase in popularity. This period was also marked by a decline in traditional rock music’s popularity.

The popularity of trap

The 2010s was a decade that saw trap music gain in popularity. This subgenre of hip-hop is characterized by its use of synthesized drums and emotional, often dark, lyrics. It first rose to prominence in the early 2010s with the release of several mixtapes by artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and Future. By the mid-2010s, trap had become one of the most popular genres of music, with hits such as Desiigner’s “Panda” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” topping the Billboard charts. The popularity of trap continued into the late 2010s, with artists such as Post Malone and 21 Savage achieving mainstream success.


It’s clear that electronic music has gone through several waves of popularity, with the most recent resurgence happening in the 2010s. However, it’s impossible to say definitively when electronic music was most popular, as it remains a niche genre that isn’t always mainstream. Nevertheless, its influence can be heard across all genres of music, and its popularity is sure to continue for years to come.

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