A new study suggests that country music is in its prime in the U.S. as millennials move to the suburbs.
The study, conducted by Music Genome and Music Genomics Institute, analyzed more than 300 million songs and lyrics in more than 10,000 songs from 50 genres and genres.
It found that the country music genre is experiencing a renaissance as millennials age.
“It’s an interesting phenomenon because of the way the country is changing,” said Kevin Naylor, a music scientist at the Music Genomic Institute.
“The way it’s changed is the way people listen to music.”
He added that the genre has changed, but not by much.
“We’re really only at the beginning of this,” he said.
“In terms of trends, it’s pretty much the same thing as when you look at rock and roll.”
In the study, the researchers analyzed 1.7 million songs, representing a wide range of genres and music styles.
Of the songs analyzed, they found that more than half are from the country.
“That’s the type of music that you hear on the radio and the type that you’d like to hear when you go out to dinner,” Naylor said.
The other two-thirds are from country-western, blues, rock and reggae, and classical.
Of those, Naylor noted, “there’s a pretty large overlap with genres that are used for hip-hop, country, and indie rock.”
In addition to the country genre, the study found that young people are listening to more than 40 other genres, including country, hip-hops, country blues, jazz, jazz fusion, hip hop, and rock.
The researchers said that music genres are shifting in ways that are important for the future of the country as well.
For instance, there’s a “shift in musical tastes that has led to a greater focus on the musical content of genres,” the researchers wrote.
“This shift may be a result of the popularity of digital music and the proliferation of online services like Spotify.”
They said that the study also showed that there’s “a shift in the way young people listen and listen to different genres, which is likely related to the popularity and accessibility of social media.”
The researchers say the next step is to better understand which genres are resonating with people and how they’re changing.
“As music consumption increases, we expect to see more engagement with genres such as country and hip-hoppers as well as a shift in preferences toward listening to music that’s less structured,” Nason said.
He added: “Our data also suggests that there is an increase in the amount of social interaction between listeners of different music genres.
These changes may have an impact on the listening habits of listeners, with some researchers suggesting that the increase in social interaction could be contributing to an increased listening to musical genres.”
The study is being published in the journal Music Genomes and the Science of Human Behavior.