Every year we get statistics on what music people bought in the previous twelve months. Here is their report for 2015.
The best-selling genre of music in Canada was singer-songwriter and folk, accounting for 21.6% of all albums sold last year. Close behind in second place was alternative with an even 21%.
But check this out: if you include punk (which is broken out as a genre separate from alternative for some reason), the share goes up to 23.0%, making that combo the best-selling genre. Now let’s add it mainstream rock (at 13.8%) and metal (2.1%) and we find that rock in general accounted for 38.9% of all the albums sold in this country in 2015.
Compare that to straight-ahead pop at 8% and a combo of R&B and rap at about 6.5%. Yep, Canada is still a rock nation.