92 percent of adults listened to the radio at least once a week in the first quarter of 2019. However, the reach was greatest among those aged 35 to 49 and 50 to 64, with 94 percent of persons in these age groups listening to the radio regularly. Among children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 to 19), 90 percent listened to the radio at least once a week.
The most popular genre among all ages is classic rock, followed by country. For children, television programs are the most frequent source of music exposure (78 percent), followed by parents/caregivers (57 percent). When it comes to adolescents, peers are the main influence on what they listen to (58 percent), followed by friends/family (42 percent). Young adults are more likely than children or adolescents to be influenced by new artists or songs that catch their attention on social media or in other ways not directly from the program material (47 percent for young adults).
Radio remains popular across all age groups, but its share of total music consumption is declining. In 2018, audio files streamed over the internet accounted for nearly half of all music consumed online, while digital sales accounted for about one-third. Radio still accounts for almost one-quarter of all music consumed.
The most popular type of radio program among all ages is the hit song or album (55 percent), followed by news (45 percent).
In the first three months of the year, Britons listened to more than 1.058 billion hours of radio every week. "Radio listening hit its greatest level ever recorded in the first quarter, as 47.3 million adults, or 91.6 percent of those aged 15 and above, tuned in to their favorite radio stations each week," a spokeswoman said. The figures come from research group Triton Research which polled more than 10,000 people across Europe.
It's a trend that's only going to increase as more people turn to online streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music for their music needs. In fact, one study conducted by Nielsen found that people are listening to music on smartphones alone for an average of 3 hours and 49 minutes every month. That's more time than they're spending watching TV or video games.
Of course, with such a large amount of time being spent listening to the radio there's a lot of content out there to consume. Here are the top 20 most popular radio programs of 2017:
1. BBC Radio 2 - Live from London" - This is the most-listened-to British radio show of all time, with an average of 14.9 million listeners per week during its last season on air."
2. Classic FM - The Best of Classical Music" - This is the second most-popular radio show in Britain and it's been running for decades.
Commercial radio reaches 86.8 percent of people aged 10 to 17, 77.4 percent of people aged 18 to 24, 77.3 percent of people aged 25 to 39, 79.8 percent of people aged 40 to 54, 78.4 percent of people aged 55 to 64, and 66.5 percent of those aged 65 and above. In 2019, listeners spent 13 hours and 23 minutes per week on commercial radio. It is the most used media format for music.
The modern radio station combines musical genres and trends from many sources including pop, rock, R&B, hip hop, jazz, blues, gospel, Latin, country, news/talk, sports, and other formats. Although most popular songs are now released simultaneously as CD singles that can be played on regular radios, before about 1995 most songs were released only as vinyl records or cassette tapes that could only be played on special radio stations. Today's radio stations often take an eclectic approach mixing different types of music together, especially in urban areas where artists are less likely to have their songs restricted to specific genre boundaries.
Radio has always been a major outlet for new music. Before the advent of record players, musicians made their work available by playing it at local taverns or coffee houses. These days, musicians use blogs, social networking, and other methods to get their music heard by fans. Many famous songs have come from these independent projects; for example, "Like A Rolling Stone" was written by Bob Dylan but originally recorded by The Velvet Underground.
In the United Kingdom, nine out of ten individuals (89.6 percent) listen to the radio at least once a week; listening has been stable over the last five years. Women are more likely than men to listen to the radio (94 versus 86 percent), as are young people between 15 and 24 years old (92 percent). In addition, 94 percent of adults with higher education levels listen to the radio regularly, compared to 89 percent of those without any school qualification.
The most popular genre is music, with three out of four people listening to it at least once a week. News and interviews come next, with about two-thirds of listeners hearing them at least once per month. Other types of programs include talk shows, sports, and children's programs. Religion is another frequent topic for radio discussions: More than half of all Britons say they hear religious programs on the air at least occasionally. Political programs are heard by about one in ten people often enough to be classified as "regular listeners."
Overall, British people are among the most radio-minded in the world. They enjoy many different types of programs, from news to sports to entertainment. Women and younger people tend to like music more than men and older people, but everyone enjoys something every week.
The most popular type of program is music, followed by news and interviews.
Reach Every week, nine out of ten adults in the United Kingdom listen to the radio, a statistic that has been steady over the previous four years. Every week, all BBC radio reaches 67 percent of people, while BBC Network radio (excluding the BBC's local and national radio stations) reaches 61 percent. The remaining 4 percent use other methods, such as streaming audio or MP3 files.
These figures come from the British Broadcasting Corporation's Annual Review of Radio, which covers programming between January and December 2015. They show the number of people listening to BBC radio each week, including those who only listen at weekends or during holidays. They also include those who watch television programs with BBC radio included in their schedule. People can listen to different parts of a single program or concert recording; therefore, these figures give an overall picture of the size of the audience for BBC radio.
In addition to these figures, the review states that "nine out of ten" adults listen to the radio every week. While this may seem like a high figure, it should be noted that it includes those who only listen at weekends or during holidays. Also, since music accounts for almost all BBC radio content, it is not surprising to learn that most people use the radio to hear songs.
According to the review, women are more likely than men to listen to the radio, with women making up 54 percent of listeners compared with 46 percent of men.
In the United States, 92 percent of the population, or over 272 million individuals, still listens to radio every week. This is higher than the 87 percent who watch television on a weekly basis and much beyond the 22 percent who listen to podcasts on a weekly basis.
Radio remains popular among young people too. According to Nielsen Research, 80 percent of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 own a radio, making it the most common form of music consumption for this age group.
The best-selling album of all time is the Beatles' "Abbey Road," with over 40 million copies sold. The second-best seller is Taylor Swift's latest release, "Reputation," with more than 33 million copies sold. Both albums include songs from every genre of music, indicating that both mainstream and alternative artists can find an audience on radio today.
For comparison, look at some of the other highest-selling albums in history: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (more than 60 million copies sold), Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" (over 50 million copies sold), Queen's "A Night at the Opera" (over 40 million copies sold), and David Bowie's "Blackstar" (over 30 million copies sold).