How Do Most Americans Listen to Music in the Digital Age? You May Be Surprised — Here Are the Highlights From the ’60 Minutes’/Vanity Fair Music Poll

Apr 7, 2014  •  Post A Comment

"Which decade had the worst music?" is one of the questions in the April "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair music poll, and it turns out most Americans say it is the current decade. CBS News reports that the results show that, given a choice among the decades from the 1970s on, respondents chose this decade by a wide margin, with 42% picking this decade.

Next was the 2000s, with 15%, followed by the 1980s with 14%, the 1990s with 13% and the 1970s with 12%.

The response to the question "How do you most often listen to music" may be a surprise, given the proliferation of digital devices. 49% answered that they most often listen to music on the radio, followe by 17% for digital music service, 15% for iPhone, iPod or mp3 player, 9% for CD player, 6% for computer and 1% for record player/turntable.

The poll showed little love for hip hop. Asked which is more important between jazz and hip hop, 73% chose jazz with only 19% choosing hip hop. And asked which of a number of musical forms has reached its peak, 50% picked rap or hip hop, with 20% saying country, 10% selecting rock, 9% choosing pop and 7% opting for R&B.

Asked which artist they would want their child to study, Americans gave a slight edge to the Beatles (33%) over Mozart (32%), followed by Michael Jackson (14%), Billie Holiday (9%) and Jay-Z (5%).

And if they had to take their daughter to see one of five artists in concert, they would rather go see Taylor Swift (39%) than Katy Perry (26%), One Direction (11%), Miley Cyrus (5%) or Justin Bieber (3%).

Click on the link in the first paragraph to see the rest of the poll results.

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