Tech House dominated Beatport in 2021, Viberate study finds

Tech House’s supremacy in today’s dance music landscape shows no signs of abating, with the genre dominating Beatport in 2021, according to new data from Viberate.

The music and analytics platform (co-founded by techno legend Umek) has just published its State of Music report, which examined the popularity of artists, tracks, labels and genres.

The report shows that Tech House remains the most popular genre on Beatport for the third year in a row. The genre represented more than two fifths (44%) of the top 100 Beatport tracks in 2021.

It also accounted for four out of the top five tracks on Beatport in 2021, which was topped by Set U Free (Extended Mix), by Guz.

According to the data, other top performing tracks included John Summit’s Make Me Feel, Cloonee’s Sun Goes Down, Vintage Culture and Elise Le Grow’s It Is What It Is and Pump The Brakes by Dom Dolla.

Other genres performing strongly on Beatport include Melodic House & Techno, House, Techno (Peak Time / Driving) and Drum & Bass.

The best performing artists in Tech House was ARTBAT, followed by Chris Lake, Cloonee, Fisher and Sidepiece. In House, the top five was led by John Summit, with Block & Crown, Vintage Culture, CamelPhat and Biscits also scoring highly.

In Techno, Space92 led a top five that also included Fabrication, Charlotte de Witte, Umek and Boris Brechja, while Drum & Bass saw Break, Bou, Bladerunner, Sub Focus and Dimension make the top five.

The report also examines the top 10 fastest-rising labels releasing on Beatport. Anjunadeep, Sink or Swim and Ministry of Sound Recordings took the top three spots, with Tech House also prominently represented – according to the data, seven of the 10 fastest-rising labels mainly focus on Tech House.

Elsewhere, on Spotify, the top 500 artists generated 33% of all streams and gained 40% of new followers, the study found – with artists including Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Ariana Grande and BTS.

Pop music accounted for 145 billion streams on Spotify, followed by hip hop (83.2 billion), Latin (55.9 billion), rock (31.8 billion) and electronic (25 billion).

“We’re always excited to showcase data conclusions among expert opinions,” Umek explained. “Data is objective and paints an unbiased picture of how popular someone or something is.

Music consumption grew in 2021, so my goal for 2022 is using data findings to try and improve my stats even further – and I encourage others to do so as well.”

The full Viberate ‘State of Music’ report can be found here.

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