Top 10 Most Musical Countries

The Top Ten
1 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is Boris Johnson. The UK is a Unitary State consisting of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland... read more

Not to mention sub genre's created solely by the U.S. Funk, Bluegrass, disco (influencing more than you think) Rapp, Hip hop, grunge, garage (with respects to funk, R&B and Rock) and also smooth jazz and fusion. Still no thanks or recognition at all. Other countries borrow and use to create their sound but style and sound itself originated in the U.S of A. Remember that when you listen to Sade, The Police, Queen and any other's. They owe their thanks to Rock, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Disco and so on. Music created in the U.S.. These genres do have standards which one has to follow for it to be in a particular genre or sub genre. Example: Latin Jazz it's a sub genre of Jazz but the Jazz part comes from U.S. Jazz, not matter what country it started in and has to give it's roots to the U.S. Same with anything Rock and Roll based, R&B based, Country based and so on. I Think you get the picture.

Both Blues and Rock were creations of the U.S. and so was the first blend of blues and rock in the 1950's. Elvis certainly was blues driven enough to make it different called Rock and Roll. Whoever said the U.K. invented Blues Rock get with it really. These are the major genres of music and I'm not talking sub genres they came from the main genres and owe everything to their main genres. Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Electronic, Folk, New Age, Reggie and Rock. Everything else a sub genre. Let's see Hum- Classical no one country created since classical could be European or Chinese or Japanese or so on. Electronic no one country since many countries were creating it at the same. Folk no country since every country has their own folk music. Reggae started in Jamaica. New Age started just about everywhere is the newest to main genres. U.S. created and they entirely originated in the U.S. let's see Jazz, Blues, R&B, Country and the Biggie ROCK. Every other country on the Planet then has BORROWED and USED our music style since these five styles were created. Yet the U.S. get's such disrespect. When you think of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Abba who is Swedish I know but a good example. As you boast and brag. None would exist at all or at least sound like they do if it were not for the U.S. willfully SHARING these rather important 5 genres with the rest of the world. Yet we get no thanks from most music listeners in other countries. They just boast and brag with no appreciation as the were the basic sound come from by ALL of their Rock, Jazz, Blues, R&B artist. By the way Heavy Rock is also universal I think many countries were inventing that at the same time. Is that even a sub genre, to broad. Hendrix would certainly be a pioneer here. And heavy metal was actually taking place at the same time in both the U.K. and U.S. but predominantly in the U.K. so neither one invented it really. That would also go for Punk. Though with the disco... more

2 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with... read more

Well I live in the U.S. and yes one could say that the entertainment industry has the leading history here and continues to do so. And I also sometimes know what that business can many times represent. Money and greed being the focus not the music as time has moved on. The amount being "Churned" out would be a good word. Quantity has nothing to do with quality. This is for any country not just the U.S. I would have to say what country an artist comes from does not have a large bearing on my music listening either, matters very little. Humans just need to beat their chests and that's a human thing regardless of country. This list somehow saddens me. Just had to say since I should not be returning. I have other more important things to be proud of concerning the particular country of which I have been born. To me music is universal no reason to be boasted about.

I would have to agree with someone below. Music is an art form and we all know that. Since all of these genres influenced or influence modern music up to the present time. The important genres like rock, blues, jazz, R&B and Country, just to name a few again, all have their birthplace and originated in the U.S.. These roots date back to the 20's, 30, 40's and most know what happen in the 50's.These art forms were only coming from the U.S. during these time periods. The rest of the world started to hear these sounds and borrowed them or were influenced by them to create their music long after most of these periods. Meaning what was heard in the U.S. before the late 50's stayed in the U.S.. Mostly unheard outside the U.S. until the in the early 60's. Individual visiting from other countries would hear and be amazed by what they heard and were influenced by it. The 60's came and influence began. The U.S. continued to also use these since they originated here anyway. This is a massive important music contribution. More than any one band from anywhere in the world. All music artists, solo or bands, from anywhere who fall into any of these genres are then using these art forms. With influence and music style coming from many of these. That is more important and massive than any one band from anywhere. It's the basis for modern music up to the present time people. When someone can create another genre of music which is totally apart from any of todays genres and owes nothing to them then they will have created something different and new. I can't think of anything more important to modern music than these influencing art forms. That's to massive to even disregard, to forget and even worse have no clue about where it all started. It would even be disrespectful to those who created or pioneered these art forms. If it were not for them there would be no sound of today. Can't think of anything more massively contributing than that in music as art. We are talking music art... more

3 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806.

Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone... read more

Iconic music; Beethoven, Mozart (technically Austrian, but so was Hitler and nobody remembers that), Back, all the classics. Literally, they created classical music. You could say a country like America has all the famous 'artists' who are popular now, but they won't necessarily be remembered fifty years from now, let alone two-three hundred. pop is the most well known now, and has been for a few decades. but classical music was not only the most popular for hundreds of years, it was some of the only music and defined modern music. Yet even today there are still brilliant composers and bands from Germany like Rammstein and Hans Zimmer.

Country with greatest composer ever like Beethoven (Japanese really liked Beethoven), Bach, Schubert, Brahms!

Love Germany in terms of music, from me (Ady) and my girlfriend!

Baroque, classical or romantical eras, Krautrock era with progressive rock, psychedelic rock or electronic, techno, cabaret, jazz, ambient music... Germany rules.

4 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). ...read more.

Many great game composers are Japanese.

5 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million... read more

France should be in top five guys! French music is somewhat unpopular outside France but that doesn't that they don't have great artists. They are in all genres from pop to rap to electro, even metal.

In France music is more an art than in some other countries. The language is perfect to sing and a lot of great songs and classic music are French. The accordion is a sixty years old cliché a lot of DJ like Daft Punk and David Guetta are French. And I only talk about French musicians and no francophone...

They have well-known house artists such has David Guetta, Nicky Romero, and let's not forget about Daft Punk.

6 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

In terms of the proportion of people in the population who play musical instruments andor sing I reckon Ireland just be near the top. Most people I know either sing, play or have played instruments from childhdood. I haven't come across this in other countries. Where I live, Belfast, there are music sessions of different sorts every night of the week at different venues across the city. I remember reading a book of photographs of Ireland by a French photographer and him commenting, in passing, that he hadn 't realised that the Irish were so music mad.

Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, U2 (bono), Hozier, Enya, Sinead O Connor, The Script just to name a few... they won the eurovion the most times (before it became political) the musical history within this fine country Ireland is when you look at the old gaelic traditions. not many places in the world where you could walk into a pub / bar / tavern in the world and see a man playing the violin or fiddle, the flute / tin whistle, the bodhrán and that excellent euphoric voice live while you enjoy a few pints. The countries history is saturated in beautiful celtic and gaelic music you will not find anywhere else in the world. It truly is a spectacular nation of music for just a population of 4 million people separated from the rest of the world.

7 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of 10 million.

U.K. , U.S. , serious? There live about 300 million + people in those countries and still they have a a lack of good quality music. But Sweden, there live only about 9 million people over there and they still have so much good artists. Hail Sweden, the country of great music, this is the where the best music comes from. From Dead by April to Avicii, from ABBA to Little Dragon and much more, almost impossible to count! So much talent! Go Sweden! Best Music is in Sweden!

I do think a lot of people sleep on how big Sweden is in ghe world of music. As a lot of people has mentioned a lot of the big hits you hear have been written or produced or whatever by a swede but then you have all the bands, in popular mainstream/dance/house music you have the likes of Zara Larsson, Galantis, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Icona Pop, Rebecca & Fiona, Alesso, Axwell & Ingrosso, Vigiland and Otto Knows just to mention a few.

Not only that but Sweden is probably even bigger in the Rock/Metal genres with the likes of Europe, The Hives, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Mando Diao, Corroded The Hellacopters, Hardcore Superstar, Ghost, Meshuggah, Mustasch, PAIN, Passenger, Soilwork, Sabaton, Hammerfall, Johnossi and Bathory with list being far from over.

8 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince... read more

To say Canada produces some of the most popular music right now is an understatement, Ontario and the Grand Theft Auto alone are producing some of the top pop artists right now, Drake, Justin Beiber, the Weekend all of whom are headliners for their own shows and rake in millions for their tours and music. Then we have Allessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Majid Jordan who are gaining that status slowly. Ontario and all of Canada is a hotbed for talent.

We are the smallest country by population on this list we are only the 2nd largest country in the world by land area please fix the description. Shows you just how talented our population is per capita.

We have artists for all different genres of music. pop: Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson Sarah McLachlan. Rock: Neil Young, Rush, Tragically Hip, Tom Cochrane, Simple Plan, Billy Talent. Alternative rock: Nickelback, Our Lady Peace. Country: Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette. Rap: Drake, Classified, K'naan. That's just to name a few.

9 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

New Zealand and Australia have a staggering number of musicians and groups. The tyranny of distance has ensured their unique voices

I'm Australian I love my country. There is a lot of modern day and olden day music

10 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages... read more

Bollywood is the undisputed main music output. But from Punjabi hip hop in the North, to Carnatic music in the South, from Orissi to Bharatnatyam, Indian music has no doubt the most incredible diversity in the world. Glad to call myself an Indian

India is all about music!
No matter that is 'filmy', 'raggas', 'folk' or 'rock'...
The music of India includes multiple varieties of folk, popular, pop, classical music and R&B. India's classical music tradition, including Carnatic and Hindustani music, has a history spanning a millennia and developed over several eras. It remains fundamental to the lives of Indians today as sources of spiritual inspiration, cultural expression and pure entertainment. India is made up of several dozen ethnic groups, speaking their own languages and dialects, having distinct cultural traditions.

There is no other country having such variety and versatility in music like India. So India should be on top in respect of music and the people related with the Indian music.

The Contenders
11 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Perhaps one of the few countries in the world that has produced countless international music legends. A country where various styles have been born, a place where many Latin American countries including the United States have found an icon singer or song writer. As a music historian Mexico should definitely be number three right below the United States due to it's influence, inspiration and styles it has produced continueously since it's initiation.

When in it comes to music in Spanish, Mexico is number one in production. You can literally find live music in any town.

Probably the Spanish speaking country with more music production.

12 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones and borders sixteen sovereign nations, the most of any country in the world. It is the ninth-most populous country and the most populous country in Europe, with a population of 145.5 million. The country's capital and largest city is Moscow, the largest city entirely within Europe. Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural centre and second-largest city. Other major urban areas include Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.

Russia now have the best classic musicians in the world such as Mariinsky orchestra under the baton of Gergirev, the truely number 1 conductor in the world.
The best pianist in the world. It should be noted that Russia has young classic musicians even at the age of younger than 10.

13 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

Their beautiful accent makes Norway a really great country for music.

14 Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often in German, and referred to Vienna, showing its influence well before the Austrian Empire. After the first World War, Austria became a small country, under 10 million population, but including the world's then 4th largest city. 'A big head on a small body' they said. In 1938 Hitler invaded his home country and imposed Naziism. Vienna was then the World's largest Jewish centre, many famous people, eg. Sigmund Freud, had to leave. After 1948, Vienna declined as the 'iron curtain' cut eastern Austria off from its natural hinterland. ...read more.

Mozart, Strauss, Haydn, Schubert and others were born is this delightful country of music! Even the musical 'The Sound of Music' suggests this country's love for music!

15 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. It has a population... read more

South Korea has it's own separate genre of music! Kpop is the best thing to happen to this world! Gangnam Style is the most viewed video on YouTube and is a South Korean Kpop m/v. South Korea also has Big Bang, SNSD, EXO and of course Psy. I'm Australian and have a Lebanese background and let me just say that South Korean music is top of the range.

T.O. P is the best :D

For me Korea because every months idols has a comeback.. Like BTS I'm a solid huge army fan of them and my bias is jungkook v jimin...

Should be much higher. They have artists who are now known around the world such as EXO, Big Bang, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, and Blackpink, just to name a few.

16 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City. The... read more

I believe the Italians really almost own the leaders in music from operas to chants and poetic music. The Italian language itself is based on musical syllabic overtones!

Giovanni Gabrieli, Giacomo Puccini, Paganini, Verdi, Ennio Morricone, Anrea Bocelli, Pavarotti... those are reasons alone that make Italy at least rank 3 together with Germany or the States

Never heard, except maybe the outdated and obese Pavaroti, that's not funk, not fun, not al all.

17 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and several minor overseas territories also scattered along the Moroccan coast of the Alboran Sea. The country's mainland is bordered to the south by Gibraltar; to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.
18 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26... read more

Most of people doesn't realize the importance and influence of Bossa Nova in other countries (rhythms and styles of music).
There're other various local type of regional music in Brazil. The fact of these genres are not known around the world does'n mean that they are not important or genuine.

How is Brazil not on this list yet? It should be number one in fact. Brazil has the most unique and some of the best rhythms in the world. Samba and Bassa Nova music pretty much define the "world music" scene.

Are you kidding? All day all night samba?

19 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the world's third or fourth... read more

Communist Party ruined the real progression of music in China. The real stuff lies in Hong Kong and Taiwan, which have not suffered those musical detriments the mainland has suffered.

Jane Zhang, Cui Jian (China's most prominent rockstar), former EXO-M members named Kris Wu, Lay Zhang Yi Xing, Huang Zi Tao & Lu Han, former Miss A members named Wang Fei Fei & Meng Jia are so excellent and they boost their singing voice in them!

The Chungs. Ever heard of them? Well they are really good. (Jun Zhou, Jia Huang, Hui Yang, Chun Liu, An Zhang)

20 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines is bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east,... read more

When you hear a Filipino speaks in a native language you would thought he is singing. For melody is even in the language itself of the Filipinos.

One can play music outside in Philippines without solidifying to become an integral extension of the surroundings.

You can hear music Everywhere you go... In a plane... In the mall... In the toilets... Heck almost every night you can hear music!

21 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coast-line to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages, while Dutch Sign Language, Sinte Romani, and Yiddish are recognised ...read more.

I don't think people realize how much of today's musician's and producers come from the Netherlands. I mean you have LEGENDS from the Netherlands. Headhunter, Noise controllers, Armin Van Buren, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Hardwell and so much more. These guys literally redefined electronic music, sure it isn't classical or pop, not even metal or rap. But these guys alone are founding fathers to what is now taking the world by storm.

22 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Music every where people love there.

23 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northeast separates Egypt from Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt, while Alexandria, the second-largest city, is an important industrial and tourist hub at the Mediterranean coast. At approximately 100 million inhabitants, Egypt is the 14th-most populated country in ...read more.

Some of its Musicians have won World Music awards - beating out all other countries. Amr Diab (Egyptian), is in the Guinness book of world records for it.

Most of the voters here just haven't listened to Egyptian music. And if you haven't, you're missing half of your life!

24 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi) with a population of 5.5 million. Helsinki is the capital and... read more

There is a lot of good music coming out of such a small country, especially when it comes to metal - Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Sonata Arctica etc.

There are many good metal artists like Finntroll, Nightwish, Korpiklaani and so on.
Furthermore, nice polka music is from Finland.

25 Cuba Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.

Cuban music inspired countless Musicans through Latin America. Cuba has a more than 20 musical genres. Top music in Latin America 1. Cuba 2. Brazil 3. Argentina 4. Mexico

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