Ever wondered how other people listen to popular music?
Doubt no more, since Google Music Timeline can give you the answer.
Music Timeline is a project newly released by Google Research in the beginning of 2014, as “a visualization to show which music has stood the test of time, and how genres and artists have risen and fallen in popularity.”
Gathering the data from Play Music app, Google defines popularity based on the number of users having that artist or album in their music library. To keep the visualization legible, the overview data is normalized by the total number of albums from that year (obviously more music is published now than in previous years) so that you can see and understand the timeline across all the decades.
The chart walks you through different types of music, starting by 1950. The peak time of each type of music is also highlighted with links to related albums’ genre and release date. Depicting an overview of music history, the chart can satisfy music addicts’ eagerness to keep up with the trends.
It’s easy to notice that classical music is missing, but in the scope of this chart, Google only takes into account the recording date, not the composition date. Overall, the chart merely reflects what people today think about music from the past.
To some extent, everybody can use Music Timeline as education tool about music genre. Click on a genre, for example Folk, you’ll see the sub genres: Neo-folk, Celtic folk, folk rock, acoustic, or Cajun & Zydeco. Scroll over any and the row of album cover art under it to update with the most popular albums from this genre. You can click any of these albums to be taken to the Play Store (unfortunately isn’t available yet in Vietnam) to buy it.