Global Music
Listening Habits

Insight and Analysis from IFPI

Music has abiding meaning and value to people. Within cultures worldwide, music is tightly woven into the fabric of life. It plays an irreplaceable role in providing entertainment, constructing identity, communicating feeling and emotion, and offering both a shared human experience and one that is highly individual.

For most people, the ways in which we listen to, discover, and consume music have changed rapidly in recent years. IFPI conducts original research into music consumption in order to better understand the habits and meaning invested in music across the globe within a continually developing music landscape. IFPI released the Engaging with Music 2023 report in December 2023. The report examined the ways in which music listeners engaged with recorded music across 26 of the world’s largest music markets.

Engaging with Music 2023 highlights:

20.7 hours

Time spent listening to music each week – up from 20.1 hours in 2022. That’s the equivalent of listening to an additional 13 3-minute songs a week.


Listened to music using subscription audio streaming.


Of people with awareness of AI’s music capabilities agree that AI should not be used to clone or impersonate artists without authorisation.


Of people say music is important to their mental health.


Over 700 genres were chosen by study respondents when asked the music they typically listen to.


Almost a third of people use unlicensed or illegal ways to listen to or obtain music.

Engaging with Music 2023


The Music Engagement Mix 2023