Music Trends Predictions for 2023

Which genres of music will be popular in 2023

Jacqueline Jax
5 min readJan 5


There’s lots happening in music already as we jump into a brand new year. Music never sleeps, not even over the holidays so if you thought you were going to get a break from the ever changing landscape, hang on to your headphones because it’s sprouting change more quickly than ever.

Although all genres of music have their niches and fans, there are some notable jumps in the areas of UK music, Dance Music, Afrobeats and EDM. I’m going to touch on those here today.

The most exciting thing about this future is that it will be filled with new and innovative ways of making music. The tools we have now are far more advanced than anything available 10 years ago; there’s no reason to think they’ll stop improving anytime soon. And as technology continues to advance, so too will our musical creations from new artists. In fact, music is releasing faster than ever before and that gives listeners lots of fun music to choose from..

Here are my music trends predictions for 2023…

UK music market passes 150 billion streams as British acts dominate Top 10 singles of 2022

UK artists have made history by claiming a clean sweep of the year’s Top 10 singles for the first time ever. More than three billion audio streams were generated on average every week in 2022, compared to around 1.3 billion each week five years earlier. It now takes, on average, 1.3 million audio streams to break into the Top 40 and a combined seven million audio and video streams to land a UK №1 single.

I’ve noticed that the music submissions coming in to me from the UK has dramatically increased between the end of 2022 and the 1st month in 2023. I can’t think of a submission I haven’t liked thus far. <full story>

Catch up with all the music trends I love to talk about on my Curators Picks Playlist

Afrobeats is going to be a big thing on the turn of 2023

I think you’ll see this trend continue to get a boost in spring summer 2023 as the weather warms up and people head outside. Nigerian artists who are part of the rising generation of street pop (Asake) will probably lead this pack but you’ll see some other areas of the world getting into this trend as well as other genres sprinkling this into their production.

Street pop leans into traditional elements of Afropop but infuses it with hip-hop attitude, and with a recognizably Nigerian accent.

Some artists who started producing this style in 2018–2020 will of course already have a jump on it and can probably really gain momentum this year perhaps even rising to the top of their niche. It will be interesting to see who rises to the top ranks.

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Listen to my Feelin Good Afro beats Hip Hop Playlist

One artist who is already seeing huge success is Asake. His knack for chronicling street life and his polished, hooky sound strike a winning balance between authenticity and pop appeal.

“The 27-year-old singer and songwriter only started releasing music in 2018, making his ascendance in Nigeria’s music industry almost unprecedented. No African artist has achieved this level of breakout success so quickly.

Comparable artists — Wizkid, Burna Boy or Mr. Eazi, for example — released several albums over a period of years before scoring international hits and establishing dominance at home.

Even labelmate Fireboy DML released two albums before the success of his single “Peru” in 2021. “

Indie Afro-beat Music Producers with notable sound include:

Genre: Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion
Similar artists: Tems, Tiwa Savage, Asa, Sade, Omah Lay, Ayra Starr

Obije — Let Love
Genre: Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion
Similar artists: Ckey, omaley

Blvckbyrd — Find Your Love
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Alternative / Indie R&B Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion

Gad The Screamer- FISH
Genre: Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion
Similar artists: Young Jonn

A story in Music week reported that ‘SoundCloud reveals platform’s rising global sub-genres including UK Dance, Afrobeats and Plugg.’

Our Groundbreaking playlist features this Afrobeat trend, UK Hip hop, West Coast Rap, Trap and Drill with new music added daily ..

EDM Predictions for 2023

There will be continued consolidation in the EDM world.

EDM is a big part of the music industry, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to Nielsen data, EDM has grown by 10% over each of the last three years — which means that if you’re going to make money off EDM in 2023, then now is the time.

If your company makes anything related to EDM — like festivals or clothing lines — you should be thinking about how you can expand into new markets (especially overseas) before your competitors do it first.

The music industry is big business, and EDM is no exception. It’s estimated that in 2016, the global electronic dance music (EDM) market was worth $7.1 billion — and it’s only growing from there. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to capitalize on this trend, then here are some things you should know about the industry:

The EDM market is growing rapidly, but it’s still relatively new. As of 2016, EDM has only been around for about 30 years. There are many different genres within the industry — like house and techno, for example — that all cater to different audiences. Even so, the industry as a whole has grown by 10% over each of the last three years!

If you were considering it, 2023 is a great time to get into the space with product offerings.

Based on SoundCloud data reported through Music week, the streaming service has spotlighted the scenes that gained a strong fan following in 2022. UK Dance and Ireland dance is one of those identified, including acts such as LF System, Eliza Rose and Irish duo Belters Only, who are signed to UK label Polydor. Dance moved ahead of hip-hop as the most popular genre on the platform in the UK.

SoundCloud has 40 million artists and 150 million listeners, according to today’s end-of-year round-up.

Industrial techno increased by 10% and Plugg uploads are up 75% compared to 2021 on SoundCloud.

Our Dance music playlist is where you can discover all these trends and more..

New Release Dance Music with fun vibes

New Release: Mamma Loves Ya
Music Genre: Pop/Dance

Dacris — Savannah
Genre: Electro Pop Commercial

Dance Yourself Clean — Losing Focus
Electro PopIndie Electronic, Indie tronica


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Jacqueline Jax

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